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Vast experience enables Mary Arbogast to connect with nursing students across all generations

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In her role as the Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator at Alvernia University, Mary Arbogast is often the first person a prospective nursing student meets. Thanks to her background, she’s able to relate to practically every type of student. Can she connect with students considering a career in nursing? Yes. She draws upon what she […]

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What do healthcare science majors need to know about the Affordable Care Act?

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Political parties continue to argue about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, there is one undisputed fact: In just four short years, this law has made significant changes that everyone – patients, healthcare providers, business owners and health insurance companies – must understand and integrate into their daily lives. We’ve covered some of these changes […]

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Gender differences and behavioral health

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The correlation between gender and risks for certain mental disorders has been widely studied. For example, one study published in American Psychological Association’s Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial behaviors. Women are also more likely to […]

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Top five ways nursing students can deal with stress

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Nursing students face many stressors as they balance school work and other personal commitments. With all that is going on in their busy lives, it’s critical for them to also commit to taking care of themselves. Here are five ways undergraduate students can survive stress and get through nursing school. Have a Study Plan Courses […]

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  • March 12th, 2015
  • Posted in BSN, Nursing
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Symanski: Focus on individual attention, communication skills and service, the strength of Alvernia nursing

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While strong scientific knowledge and technical skills are important, safe patient care also depends on communicating well with other healthcare professionals, patients and families, says Dr. Mary Ellen Symanski, PhD, RN, associate professor of Nursing and department chair of Nursing. Fortunately, nursing students at Alvernia have the advantage of learning the full range of skills […]

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Healthcare science degree, first step to becoming a patient advocate

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Say the words ‘healthcare career’ and chances are the first two thoughts that pop into your head are ‘doctor’ or ‘nurse.’ While those are obviously important jobs, there are a lot of behind the scenes careers that play an essential role in keeping Americans healthy. A degree in healthcare science can open doors to a […]

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Study skills to keep you on top in nursing school

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Nursing school is not easy, but with self-discipline, motivation and the right study skills students will succeed. Nursing degree students need to be prepared to take in a large amount of information from lectures, lab sessions, course materials and clinical experiences. Students might already be aware of their individual learning style and have developed particular […]

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  • February 23rd, 2015
  • Posted in Nursing
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Home-visiting nurse helps moms, babies toward successful futures

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Whether you are an experienced RN, returning to school to earn your B.S.N degree or someone outside the profession considering becoming a nurse, it’s helpful to look at the daily responsibilities of a variety of nurses to help you see the possibilities.  There are many places outside of a hospital where a nurse can contribute. […]

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What about EKGs? A guide for nursing students

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The ability to look inside a patient and evaluate cardiac status is vital to identifying a variety of cardiac conditions, which is why doctors and nurses rely on electrocardiography (EKG or ECG). An EKG records the heart’s electrical activity and translates the activity into line tracings on a paper. The spikes and dips in the […]

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  • February 16th, 2015
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Helpful Tips for Nursing Students: Web Clipping Tools and Apps

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It’s impossible to graduate from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program without spending many hours doing research. To help with this effort, we’ve compiled a brief guide of useful web clipping software and apps for researching and writing academic papers. Organizing Notes Whether in class, lecture or lab, nursing students have to digest a […]

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  • February 12th, 2015
  • Posted in Nursing
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