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Did You Know? Facts About Master's Degrees

Group of graduates facing the stageDid you know that jobs that require a master’s degree at an entry-level are projected to grow by 15% between 2019 to 2029? Or that nearly 2/3 of students finishing a baccalaureate degree plan to complete a master’s degree? How about that nearly 1/4 of master's degree recipients in 2018-19 were underrepresented minorities, giving them a critical pathway to job security and higher pay?


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Balancing Job, Family, and Grad School: 5 Principles for Christian Nurses

Nurse practitioner standing in front of patient“How do you do it?”

That was usually the question that people asked after they discovered that I was enrolled full time as a graduate student in the dual-track Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner focus areas in the M.S.N. program at Cedarville University. As a wife, mom of three under 12, contingent nurse at an inpatient hospital unit, adjunct clinical professor, and active member of the church, I understood why they were asking. When I felt the Lord calling me to pursue a degree as a nurse educator and family nurse practitioner, I entered with prayerful fear and trembling. Hanging over my computer — where I have spent countless hours (many during a pandemic and many during long nights) — were the following 5 guiding principles that helped me balance my job, family, and graduate school.


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How Should Christian Nurses Respond to COVID Burnout?

by Scott Long, MS, RN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN

Nurse caring for a child in hospitalCritical care is a job that I have felt called to since day one of nursing school and have since expanded my skills to an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit. I have felt blessed and honored to be a person whom God has given an ability to provide comfort to patients and/or families. This is a stressful job that can be rewarding but also leave you walking out of work crying alone or in a co-worker’s arm. The COVID-19 pandemic has added even more to stress, anxiety, and even burnout, but that is where we need a strong support system of people. We can confide in others but, ultimately, we can get so tied up with our professional occupation and keeping up on the most up-to-date information that we lose time with God. If there is anything we need to do more than ever is to spend time in God’s Word and prayer to provide us with spiritual and mental strength through life’s storms personally and professionally.

Over the last 18 months, we have watched COVID-19 grow from what at first was distant, unless you lived in China, where it all started. This virus spread increased in size and its impact became evidently clear as it deprived hospitals of critical care beds in certain areas to even have the U.S. Navy deploy the hospital ships to Los Angeles and New York City as well as Samaritan’s Purse deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to set up field hospitals in Central Park and in Italy to allow an opportunity to expand the access of critical care capabilities. Now we see the Delta variant stretching healthcare, hospitals at capacity with not just COVID but in general higher acuity patients. It feels we are continuing in disaster response status. As Christian health workers, what should be our perspective and response at this time and how can we help reduce burnout among nurses?


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FNP Clinical Requirements: 3 Things You Need to Know

As you consider pursuing graduate education toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), it’s important that you ask the right questions to set yourself up for success. M.S.N. FNP programs require clinical hours for degree completion. Securing a clinical placement can be challenging and a source of stress for many students. There are three important questions you should consider as you plan to pursue graduate education toward becoming an FNP: 1. Is it possible to work full time while...
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