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Getting the Most From Nursing School: A Guide to Becoming a Nurse

Author(s): Robert Atkins, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, The State University of NJ, Newark, New Jersey
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763755812
  • Paperback    256 pages      © 2009
Price: $78.95 US List
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Find Success in Nursing School!

Getting The Most From Nursing School: A Guide to Becoming a Nurse presents a roadmap to guide talented men and women along their journey from considering nursing as a profession to their first position as a registered nurse. This exceptional resource provides the necessary guidance to ensure that students get the most from their education and become excellent care providers, policymakers, educators, and researchers and achieve their goal of improving the health and well-being of others.

Getting The Most From Nursing School is written by a doctorally prepared nurse, researcher, and professor and can be distinguished by its evidence-based information, its anecdotes, and its empirically grounded recommendations from nurses who have decades of experience in both clinical practice and as educators. 

Sample chapters include:
Why become a nurse?
Nursing school is tough...getting through the classes
Surviving and succeeding in clinical
Preparing for success on the NCLEX

Features & Benefits

  • Answers many of the questions many have about the profession and nursing school such as: Would I be better off going to medical school? What is the difference between an associate degree program in nursing and a baccalaureate degree program in nursing? Should I apply to a BSN-MSN program? How does one become a nurse practitioner?   
  • Provides "insider's information" on topics such as handling the pressures of clinical rotations and poignant anecdotes of experiences in nursing and nursing school.
  • Recommendations for nontraditional populations in nursing school will assist individuals who do not fit the traditional profile of nursing school students, and will help them to get the most out of nursing school.
  • Features both evidence-based information and real-world examples.

PREFACE

  1. Why am I writing this book?
  2. Who should read this book?
  3. What can you do for nursing and what can nursing do for you?
  4. What can you do for nursing?
  5. What can nursing do for you?

CHAPTER 1: 
I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT NURSING BUT…

CHAPTER 2:
WHO IS A NURSE AND HOW DOES ONE BECOME A NURSE?

CHAPTER 3: 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NURSING FACULTY AND THE STRUCTURE OF NURSING PROGRAMS

CHAPTER 4: 
GETTING INTO NURSING SCHOOL: WHAT ARE NURSING SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR IN APPLICANTS?

CHAPTER 5: 
YOUR CLASSES

CHAPTER 6: 
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PROFESSORS

CHAPTER 7: 
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME IN CLASS

CHAPTER 8: 
PARTICIPATING IN AN ONLINE COURSE

CHAPTER 9: 
HOW TO MAKE A PRESENTATION IN NURSING SCHOOL

CHAPTER 10: 
HOW TO WRITE A PAPER IN NURSING SCHOOL

CHAPTER 11:
A SHORT CHAPTER ON PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
 


Robert Atkins, PhD, RN-Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, The State University of NJ, Newark, New Jersey

Robert (Bob) Atkins is an assistant professor at Rutgers University College of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. Professor Atkins decided to pursue nursing after earning a degree in political science and American civilizations from Brown University. In 1995 he earned a Bachelor of Science of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and began working as a school nurse in Camden, NJ.  While working as a school nurse Professor Atkins earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Rutgers University and became a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Upon completing that degree, he began conducting research on the factors that influence the health and well-being of children and started his doctoral studies at Temple University.  In 2004 Professor Atkins completed a PhD in the Department of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. Atkins is the co-founder and president of the Camden STARR Program, a community-based, non-profit youth development program which seeks to improve the life chances of children and adolescents living in Camden.