RN to BSN – Career Benefits and Education Options

The complexities of a changing medical field in technology, advanced information, and facing a growing leadership role among nurses has increased the need for a degree of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing among registered nurses (RN). This higher level of education takes commitment and dedication and in the following article, we will outline how to achieve these goals.

Advancing your nursing degree – The difference between RN and BSN

Beginning a career in nursing for those who desire an abbreviated education will get an associate’s degree (AD) which usually involves 2-3 years of schooling. A nurse may also follow a diploma program, usually through a hospital, that is also 2-3 years in length before becoming an RN. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Sample Survey, 70% of nurses have AD or diploma level degrees. An RN must also pass all required examinations such as the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses) before practicing with patient contact.

For many nurses looking to advance their careers, a BSN is the natural next step. It is a 4 year program that includes research oriented learning, leadership training, and liberal arts. Many of the students that are enrolled in the BSN program are previous RN’s with associate degrees or diplomas. They are now going back to school with all the hardships involved; financially, time inflexibility, family and other outstanding commitments.

The differences between an RN and BSN are not necessarily clear to the patient who is being treated with basic care. A nurse treating a patient won’t be asked, “excuse me, are you a RN or a BSN?” Yet the differences lie within. The education gained, the additional technical training, and the potential advancement are not immediately recognized by the patient. A nurse with a BSN can review research papers, advocate for the patient, work with leaders in the hospital or medical facility with confidence and advanced management skills. A nurse with an RN may have all these abilities, yet a BSN enhances them and increases advancement opportunities.

Career Opportunities with a BSN

RN’s return to school for a number of reasons, yet many are personal in nature: To become leaders in the nursing industry, advancing their careers, or move to the next level and receive a master’s or doctoral degree.

Management-level nursing requires an advanced degree such as a BSN. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in management, nurses can become anywhere from the assistant head nurse or head nurse, to assistant director, director, and vice president and upwards. Other career opportunities include research, consulting, and teaching. A nurse with a BSN can manage a home health care clinic and ambulatory services, etc. Nurses can also move into the business side of nursing to becoming an manager of an insurance company, pharmaceutical manufacturer, and managed care organization (U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2005).

Salary Benefits of advancing a degree from RN to BSN

Advanced nursing degrees create new career opportunities and justify an increased salary. An RN and a BSN will receive the same salary for the same nursing position, but as the BSN moves through the ranks to a higher position, salaries tend to increase. For example, a promotion to a management position of head nurse with a BSN has a higher salary than being the floor nurse with an RN.

Education Opportunities and Education Cost

In 2004, there were 600 RN to BSN programs in the United States. Many RN’s use the tuition reimbursement from their employer as an incentive to go back for the BSN. There are also accelerated BSN programs for those individuals who already attained bachelor or higher degrees and wish to go into nursing. There are more than 165 of these programs in the United States. These programs are 12 to 18 months in length (U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2005). In choosing the appropriate program, it is necessary to choose whether to work in a classroom setting or study through an online RN to BSN program.

The classroom setting has many benefits which include peer contact and live lectures. Sharing experiences with others and learning from other previous like-minded RN’s is a great benefit. The dilemma with classroom education for most nurses is the stringent scheduling and time management needed to attend class and work around an RN’s busy schedule.

An online nursing degree course is the other alternative. It is a way for nurses to work while continuing with their education with flexibility around time commitments. The non-clinical portion of the classroom courses are given online and the clinicals are usually arranged at a medical facility near the nurse’s home. There may be timed lectures or the nurses may do lectures at their own time with assignments being sent to the lecturer by fax or mail on designated due dates. Examinations are usually offered online. Many times the online school follows a semester schedule and has a set start and finish date, though this is not true for all schools. To learn more about online RN to BSN programs, refer to your school of choice and learn what that school offers.

Conclusion

Personal satisfaction, a qualitative factor that can not be measured or quantified, is what many BSN students say is most important about receiving their advanced degree. Our society is advancing in all areas, with technology and intellectual expertise. The information is available and the prerequisites allow many RN’s to attain an advanced degree; the determining factor is, we must advance as a society and create leaders in all areas of industry. A BSN gives the degree and knowledge and critical leadership skills for an RN to advance in the world of medicine, business, and personal achievement.

The Magic of Diamonds: Diamond Buying Guide and Education!

Celebrating a Special Occasion with Jewelry

Jewelry and gems The Buying Guide

Diamonds

The diamond has been one of the most coveted gems in history. Uncut diamond adorned the suits of armor of the great knights; cut diamonds have adorned the crowns of kings and queens throughout the ages. Today the diamond is internationally recognized as a symbol of love and betrothal and is the recipient of increasing interest as a source for investment.

The diamond has been credited with many magical powers, superior strength, bravery and courage. At one time it was considered the emblem of fearlessness and invincibility; the mere possession of a diamond would endow the wearer with superior strength, bravery, and courage. It was also believed that a diamond could drive away the devil and all spirits of the night.
During the 1500s diamonds were looked upon as talismans that could enhance the love of a husband for his wife. In the Talmud a gem that, from its description, was probably a diamond was worn by the high priest and served to prove innocence or guilt. If an accused person were guilty, the stone grew dim; if innocent, it shone more brilliantly than ever.
The Hindus classed diamonds according to four castes. The Brahmin diamond (colorless) gave power, friends, riches, and good luck; the Kshatriya (brown/champagne) prevented old age; Vaisya (the color of a “kodali flower”) brought success; and the sudra (a diamond with sheen of a polished blade, probably gray or black) brought all types of good fortune. Red and yellow diamonds were exclusively royal gems, for kings alone.
Diamonds have been associated with almost everything from producing sleepwalking to producing invincibility and spiritual ecstasy. Even sexual prowess has been strongly attributed to the diamond. There is a catch, however, to all the mythical powers associated with this remarkable gem. One must find the diamond “naturally” in order to experience its magic, for it loses its powers if acquired by purchase. However, when offered as a pledge of love or friendship, its potency may return, another good reason for its presence in the engagement ring!

– What is Diamond?

Chemically speaking, a diamond is the simplest of all gemstones. It is plain crystallized carbon, the same substance, chemically, as the soot left on the inside of a glass globe after the burning of candle, or the substance used in lead pencils.
The diamond differs from these in its crystal form, which accounts for the desirable properties that have made it so highly prized, its hardness, which gives it unsurpassed wearability, its brilliance, and fire. Nonetheless, while diamond is the hardest natural substance known, it can be chipped or broken if hit hard from certain angles; and if the girdle, the edge of the diamond that forms the perimeter, has been cut too thin, the girdle can chip with even a modest blow.
White (or more correctly, colorless) diamonds are the most popular, but diamond occurs in every color in the rainbow. When color is prominent the gem is called a fancy or master fancy diamond.

– How to determine the value of a diamond, the four Cs?

The factors used to determine the quality and value of a diamond are referred to as the “four Cs.” In terms of their effect on the value of a diamond, in order of importance, they listed as follows:

1. Color (body color)

2. Clarity (degree of flawlessness)

3. Cutting and proportions (often called the make)

4. Carat weight

– Finding the right combination.

Keep in mind, however, that the key to being happy with your diamond purchase is understanding how each of these four Cs affects beauty and durability, cost, and the stone as a whole. It may sound complicated at first, but when you begin looking at stones you’ll see it really isn’t. With a little experience, you’ll decide which Cs are most important to you, and know to look for to get the right combination, one that meets your emotional and financial needs.

The importance of Cut and Proportion.

It’s important to distinguish exactly what “cut” means when referring to diamonds and other stones. Cut does not means shape. The selection of shape is a matter of individual preference. No matter which shape is selected, its cutting must be evaluated. differences in cutting can affect a diamond’s beauty, durability, and cost, the latter by as much as 50%, or more.

The cutting and proportioning of a diamond, the stone’s “make”, is especially important because of its effect on the fire (the lovely rainbow colors that flash from within) and brilliance (the liveliness, the sparkle) exhibited by the stone. Proper cutting and proportioning release the full beauty that sets diamond apart from all other gems. A stone with an excellent make will be exciting, while a stone with a poor make will look lifeless, it will lack the sparkle and personality we identify with diamond. In addition, stones are often cut to make them appear larger. But a stone that looks much larger than another of the same weight will not be as beautiful as a smaller stone that is properly cut.
Differences in cutting can also affect the durability of a diamond. Some cutting faults weaken the ston and make it more susceptible to breaking or chipping.

Fine cutting requires skill and experience, and takes more time. For all these reasons, a well cut diamond commands a premium and will cost much more than one that is cut poorly.
There are many popular shapes for diamonds. Each shape affects the overall look of the stone, but if the stone is cut well, beauty and value endure no matter which shape you choose

– Round brilliant cut (The most popular shape)

A modern round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets, 33 on the top, 24 on the bottom, plus the culet (the “point” at the bottom, which normally is another tiny facet). Round brilliant cut stones that are small in are referred to as “full cut” to distinguish them from “single cut” stones that have only 17 facets, or “Swiss cut” with only 33 facets. Older pieces of jewelry, or inexpensive pieces containing numerous often contain these cuts instead of full cut stones. They have less brilliance and liveliness than full cuts, but with fewer facets are easier and less expensive to cut. Jewelry containing single or Swiss cut stones should sell for less than jewelry with full cuts.

When a round brilliant cut diamond is cut well, its shape displays the most liveliness because it enables the most light to be reflected back up through the top. This means that round brilliant cut diamonds will have greater brilliance, overall, than other shapes. However, shape is a personal choice, and other shapes can also be very beautiful. New shapes also appear, some of which compare very favorably to round stones for overall attractiveness.

As a rule of thumb, if the top portion (crown) appears to be roughly 1/3 of the pavilion depth (distance from girdle to culet), the proportioning is probably acceptable.

Types of diamond proportioning

The proportioning, especially the height of the crown in relation to the depth of the pavilion, and the width of the table facet in relation to the width of the stone, is what determines how much brilliance and fire the stone will have. Several formulas for correct proportioning have been developed for round diamonds. Stones that adhere to these very precise formulas are considered to have an “ideal” make an will cost more than other diamonds because of the extra time and skill required to cut them, and because more diamond “rough” is lost in cutting.

There are several slightly differing formulas for cutting an “ideal” stone, but each results in an exceptionally beautiful stone. Generally speaking, diamonds that are cut with smaller tables exhibit more fire; those with larger tables exhibit more brilliance. The latter seems to be more in fashion today. But, as common sense may tell you, both can’t excel in the same stone. A larger table can create greater brilliance but will cause some reduction in fire; a smaller table area can increase fire but may reduce brilliance. The ideal would be a compromise that would allow the greatest brilliance and fire simultaneously. No one has come to agreement, however, on what the percentages should be, since some people prefer fire to brilliance, and vice versa. This is why there are several different types of proportioning found in diamonds, and best is usually a matter personal preference.

When purchasing purchasing a round diamond, ask how the make would be graded: ideal, excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. A diamond with a “fair” or “poor” make should sell for less than a diamond with a “good” make. A diamond with a “very good,” “excellent,” or “ideal” make will sell for more.

Your eye will be responsible for making the final determination. In general, when you look at a diamond that has a lot of brilliance and fire, the cutting and proportioning probably are acceptable. A stone that appears lifeless and seems to be “dead” or dark at the center probably suffers from poor cutting and proportioning. The more time you take to look at and compare diamonds of different qualities and prices, the better trained your eye will become to detect differences in brilliance and fire, lifelessness and dullness.

Diamonds exhibit somewhat different “personalities” depending upon the make. An “ideal” make will exhibit one personality, while another diamond with different proportioning will exhibit different personality. A diamond cut with an ideal make will cost more, but that doesn’t mean everyone will prefer stones cut to ideal proportions. A diamond does not have to be cut to “ideal” proportions to show strong fire and brilliance, to be beautiful or desirable. Many prefer a diamond with a wider table than is found in an “ideal.”

No matter what the proportions are, before making a final decision on a particular stone, ask yourself whether or not you think it is beautiful. If you like it, don’t allow yourself to be overly influenced by formulas.

Success and Education

Success in simple terms is the absence of failure, though debated a lot, in almost all languages; social set ups, cultures and business establishments it is still undefined. Being undefined doesn’t mean you cannot figure out what actually success is but your view about success can be different to the one another individual or a group has.

The difference of the definition of success in all the concerns is due to the difference in nature of events and requirements. Definition, principles, and exposure of success differ from situation to situation and in fact time to time as well. The components of success, i.e. determination, confidence, knowledge, potential, expertise etc, are, however, same in all cases with the variation in the composition ratio.

This article aims to focus knowledge with special reference to success. And when knowledge is being discussed it’s crucial to have an overview of Education as knowledge and Education are closely related to each other. Role of Education in Success is same as the role of knowledge.

Defined as ‘the process of changing the behaviors in desired direction’, Education stands not only as a tool of success but a road towards it. Knowledge expands the vision that increases the probability of success, and education by changing the behaviors in desired directions (positive) provides a platform for that vision to get expanded, as a result of such one becomes able to outline the strategies in much better way.

Providing opportunities for minds to explore the arenas of different fields, Education brings up with the ultimate and updated knowledge that levels the ground for potentials to grow, determination to get stronger, confidence to get build and ways to get clear. And once all the components are arranged in an order the ultimate result is nothing other than success.

The important point to ponder here is that, whether ‘education’ means only and only ‘Academics [http://www.blogoxide.com/Academics/]’ in this regard? Certainly not! It can either be academic or non academic. It starts from knowing, and knowing can be about anything. Yes, knowing about the things, useful and related to day-to-day matter has close connection with success in day-to-day concerns, knowing about professional matters leads towards the success in profession, knowing about relations helps to be socially successful and so on. In a nut shell, Education itself is a ‘success’ as a whole.

The Importance Of Reference and Education In Your Getting the Right Job

Most of you job hunters out there might want to polish your reference and education in your resumes or curriculum vitae so you can up the chances of getting the attention of human resource officers. This is especially true to people who have been unemployed from their jobs due to their companies cutting downsizing.

The number of people who have been re-trenched due to global recession has been rising in an alarming rate. Most of these out of employment people are suddenly put into a situation wherein their source of living is taken away so abruptly that they end up relying on the government monthly checks to survive. Many stories have been heard of these professionals still out of job because some job centers just cannot seem to find the right job for them that can match their skills, experience, and other attributes.

You must know that competition out there is tougher with fresh graduates, young professionals looking for greener pastures, or the laid off middle age worker, and other job seekers flooding the job market. You may be one of the types of job hunters circling the job centers in town, surfing online job databases, and or looking at your community bulletin board or local newspaper. And so you know how it is to keep on searching without having any positive feedback from the companies you have sent your resumes or CV’s. What seems to be the problem?

Well, there are two emerging important factors called reference and education that should be carefully mentioned in your profile or portfolio. Many human resource officers have been keen on these two factors because of the scarcity of the jobs that they can offer. Any of the companies wanting to hire a personnel would want someone who have been working credibly as stated in his references and also has the knowledge to fill in the job position that can be mirrored by his educational attainments. The higher the education, the higher is the expectation for you to get the job well done.

So how do you get a good reference? This depends if you have any prior job experiences and the type of job seeker that you are. For fresh graduates, enlist all your summer jobs and part-time jobs and then pick out something that relates to the position you are currently applying for. For young professionals or laid off worker, consider your most recent company if they have good commendations regarding your work. Some of the companies that laid off workers readily hand out references or recommendations to laid off workers to help them find a new job right away. Send a reference request letter to your direct supervisor of your best work experience and then wait for their letter of recommendation. This factor can be readily checked by the human resource personnel by contacting your stated references so do not attempt to falsify any documents.

For educational factor, this can be a limiting to those who do not have a degree, certifications, or other documented expertise. Universities, community and technical training schools can readily provide you with your scholastic records for your supporting documents. The government is also willing to shoulder your schooling expenses so that you can further your skills or education and therefore get a better job. Just look around for open programs or scholarships that you can use to make yourself more valuable with additional technical skills or higher education.