Nursing CEUs Online 

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Nursing continuing education is mandated in most states and the District of Columbia to ensure nurses are constantly updating their knowledge base and skills. A nurse will never learn all that is necessary to know from nursing school. Lifelong learning is a reality. Nurses learn something new every day on the job and through constant…

LPN vs RN – What’s the Difference? 

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Nursing is a very diverse and hierarchical profession. It affords young women and men an opportunity to enter the field and to grow their career path through advanced education, certification, and experience. It also offers nurses the opportunity to find their niche and make a lifetime career of it.   Many begin by getting their feet…

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Conferences 

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Continuing education for Nurse Practitioners is mandatory in most states. The ceus are required to maintain nursing licensure as well as enhancing or upgrading skills. Check with your state board of nursing for specifics as these will vary from state to state. Many employers include a continuing education allowance as part of their benefit package…

Top 10 of the Highest Paying Nursing Jobs in 2022

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

One of the best parts of nursing is the variety of options available along with the ability to make changes to career paths and enjoy new and exciting experiences. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) published each year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 3.1 million registered nurses were actively employed in the U.S in 2020. The median salary for…

Can Nurse Practitioners Use CME Credits?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Under specific circumstances as defined by the nurse’s home state board of nursing, Registered Nurses, NPs, and other APRNs (such as Clinical Nurse Specialists or Nurse Midwives) can use Continuing Medical Education (CME) units which are designed for physicians and dentists.   For example, in the state of California, accredited CME category 1 courses are accepted by the Board of Registered nursing for…

Should I Take the AANP or ANCC Certification Exam?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Upon completion of the Nurse Practitioner program, you’ll need to decide which certification exam to take – the AANP or ANCC certification examination. Major factors to consider in making this choice include the difference between the two exams, the certifying bodies, and your career plans.  The two certifying bodies are the American Academy of Nurse…

Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Clinical guidelines are written suggestions and recommendations for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to use for diagnostics and treatment options. The guidelines summarize current medical knowledge and weigh the options based on scientific evidence.   The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as, “statements that include recommendations, intended to optimize care, that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and assessment of…

How Does the Nursing Process Apply to Pharmacology?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The Nursing Process can and should be adapted to all aspects of quality nursing care. One of the easiest examples is to examine how the Nursing Process applies to pharmacology and pain management. Ida Jena Orlando developed the theory for the Nursing Process to explore the purpose of nurses and their various roles in the healthcare field.    Using the Nursing Process  The patient-nurse relationship…