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Why Writing Is One of the Most Important Skills to Hone in College

April 17th, 2011

You’ll learn a lot of things in your four years of college. Some will be useful on the job and some will really only come in handy when playing Trivial Pursuit. Other skills, however, will be ones that you’ll use over and over on a daily basis. One of those skills is good, solid writing. You might not think you have to worry about being a good writer in your field, but think about how much time you spend typing to communicate on a daily basis right now. That isn’t going to change once you graduate. Here are some of the top reasons that you’ll want to focus on being a better writer while in college.

You will need to make a resume. The importance of good writing comes to play even before you ever enter the workplace. You’ll need to produce a well-written, polished resume and accompanying cover letters. These documents will be your first impression with employers so they have to be good.

Your job will most likely involve some form of email communication. In order to come off sounding like the professional and intelligent person you are, you’re going to have to learn to express yourself in writing. Consistently presenting yourself well, in writing and in person, can go a long way to establishing good relationships with clients and employers.

You may be required to present information. Whether it’s a quarterly report or a detailed account of your research findings, there are a wide range of jobs out there that will require you to do a little bit of writing as part of your job. Knowing how to do it well will make you and your business look good.

Two-thirds of jobs with large companies involve writing. It’s hard to avoid a job that requires writing these days, so even if it’s not the central focus of your work, you can expect to spend a fair portion of your workday doing it.

Good writing leads to promotions. Paired up with good performance overall, writing can be one of the essential components needed to get ahead. In most fields, the higher up you go, the more writing you’ll do, so employers will be looking for stellar skills when choosing management or higher level players.

Even if your plans for a future career don’t include writing a novel or publishing research, it’s always a good idea to learn better writing skills while you still have a chance to practice, gain access to free resources and get help from professors. You may just find that those very writing skills help you to get and advance in the jobs you want with greater ease.

Reduce Your Dependence on College Loans

April 17th, 2011

Loans can be a great way for many students to finance a college education. Unlike scholarships and other forms of financial aid, loans have to be repaid, often with hefty interest charges. While it might seem like paying back your loans in something far in the future, college will go by faster than you think and you’ll soon be facing some big monthly payments on your loans. That’s why it can be a smart idea to do what you can to reduce your dependence on loans right now, so you’ll have less of a burden later. Here are some of the best ways to help you borrow less and still enjoy a great college experience.

Live like a student. You shouldn’t be dining out every night and buying fancy clothes if you’re a student. If you’re taking out bigger loans so you can maintain this kind of lifestyle, stop now. You’ll thank yourself when you get a job after graduation and have to pay back your loans.

Get a part time job. This can help cover your living expenses so you won’t have to take out additional funds to cover them. Over the summer, take on full time work and paying internships to help you save money for school expenses while living at home.

Apply for tons of scholarships. The more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances of getting one are. So, do your research, get your applications in there and work your hardest to get that free money.

Become a resident. Going to school out of state? You could save thousands of dollars (maybe even tens of thousands of dollars) by establishing residency first. Attend classes at a community college to get gen eds out of the way until you meet residency requirements.

Push yourself to graduate in four years. The fewer years you spend in college, the lower your debt will be upon graduation. So, plan out your college education carefully so you can graduate more quickly.

While loans are a big help for students who can’t foot the bill for college expenses out of pocket, they do come with strings attached (directly to your wallet.) Learning how to reduce your dependence on them can be a big help on your future finances and you may just look back and thank yourself for it later.

40 Excellent Blogs for Arthritis Support

April 17th, 2011

Arthritis manifests itself in a number of painful, limiting ways, and attacks all kinds of patients, even young children and babies. If you’re frustrated with clinical tests, pills and people who just don’t understand your disease, there is a supportive, informational community of bloggers on the web to help you. From alternative treatment options to simple advice on staying motivated to get through each day, here are 40 excellent blogs for arthritis support.

Informational Resources

While not all of these bloggers are doctors or certified experts, they do have legitimate, valuable information to share if you’re just learning about arthritis.

  1. RheumaBlog: Wren’s blog is a fantastic resource and center for encouragement for those wanting to discuss or learn about RA.
  2. RA Warrior: Kelly heads up this blogging community that’s filled with inspiration and information about Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  3. Arthritis: Carol Eustice’s blog on arthritis shares best tools for arthritis patients, medical research, and inspirational stories.
  4. All Joints Considered: Dr. Bruno Oliveira is a rheumatologist who shares on this Medscape Connect blog his findings and commentary on the disease. Great recaps in accessible language.
  5. Jen’s RA Journey: Read Jen’s blog if you’re also looking for alternative treatments for RA.
  6. Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog: While this blog does follow the personal journal of this optimistic blogger, it also offers good information about RA and an RA glossary.
  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy: Similarly, this "superhero"’s blog shares valuable information about RA and profiles of people with RA.
  8. The Doctors’ Rheum: Find out what a rheumatologist has to say about healthy eating and RA.
  9. Osteoarthritis Information: Get information about knee osteoarthritis from this blog.
  10. Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment: If you have psoriatic arthritis, learn about its symptoms, causes, medications, special diet and more.
  11. Arthritis Connect: Join this blog community to learn about pain management, diagnosis, treatments and what your fellow patients are talking about.
  12. Diagnosis and Joint Pain: This blogger has attempted to find out kind of inflammatory and joint pain disease he has.
  13. JRA-Journal of a Radical Arthritis-Chick: Twenty-five year-old Mallory has had RA since she was three, and uses this blog to share information about the disease and raise awareness.
  14. Katie Stewart Vents about RA: After reading Katie’s blog posts about diet, exercise and feeling motivated, turn to her resource pages on yoga, what to expect as an RA patient and more.
  15. Osteoarthritis Info Blog: Here’s another blog that’s a good resource for learning about osteoarthritis and its medication and treatment.

Living with Arthritis

Read personal stories to find encouragement and daily living tips here.

  1. All Flared Up: Amanda was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was just 26. Read her blog to find out how she’s refused to compromise her love of life because of her condition.
  2. Facing Arthritis: Judith doesn’t have money for surgery, so she’s on the hunt for other cures and treatments that will help her deal with arthritis.
  3. Carla’s Corner: This author and tech exec has had two replacement surgeries and here writes about having arthritis and related health issues.
  4. Feelin’ Swell: My Life with RA: This blogger proves you can still travel, exercise and feel good even with RA.
  5. An Attitude of Gratitude: This blog is about a woman who’s learned to live a quieter but loving life with arthritis.
  6. Frozen Woman: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Book and magazine editor Laurie details her RA progress and check-ups on this blog, helping to encourage others going through similar situations.
  7. Project Jennifer: Jennifer was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was just a baby, and here she blogs about arthritis advocacy and all the trips and activities that keep her going.
  8. The Seated View: This is a touching and honest blog about living virtually her entire life with RA.
  9. The Single Gal’s Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis: Through yoga and a sassy attitude, this single gal is dealing with RA the best she can.
  10. Muscles and RA: This young mother has realized she doesn’t have to give up being an athlete because she has RA.
  11. There’s Always Rheum for Improvement: "Rheuma Girl" was diagnosed with RA at 22 and had to give up her dream job soon after. But her blog is full of optimism and support, showing the promise for a beautiful life even with RA.
  12. RA Journeys: From the emotional to the spiritual to the practical, share the RA journey with this sensitive blogger.
  13. lipstick, perfume and too many pills: Journalist Nessie has psoriatic arthritis proves through her blog that she’s more than her disease.
  14. Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis: This blogger is juggling new motherhood with RA.
  15. Southern Gal with RA: Three years ago, this young woman was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and despite her many meds, found that a change in diet helped the most.
  16. MAID in Alaska: Megan has several auto-immune diseases including psoriatic arthritis, and here she shares news and recipes about gluten-free and other foods that have helped her.
  17. Pens and Needles: This blogger (and law student) has RA, scoliosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy but proves there’s way more to life than doctor’s appointments — like gardening, cooking and meditation.
  18. Remicade Dream: A musician blogs about life with RA.
  19. The Truth About JRA: Young blogger Robin has been chronically ill for 11 years and uses this blog as an information portal for others wanting to learn more about JRA and how a new diet can change your life.
  20. Small Town Girl in a Big City: This Midwestern girl has moved to LA and writes about life in the big city, while dealing with RA and anxiety disorder.
  21. Arthritis blog: NHS hosts community blogs on their site for arthritis sufferers to find support and share information.
  22. The Tin Mom Blog: This blog is hosted by Arthritis Toady Magazine and fuels discussion about living with RA.
  23. Experiencing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Find inspirational, thoughtful posts about dealing with RA.
  24. A Chronic Dose: Laurie Edwards has written a book about living with a chronic illness (or multiple ones) in your twenties and thirties, and extends the discussion to her blog.
  25. Brass and Ivory: This blogger is living with MS and RA, and blogs to share tidbits of information, helpful advice, and more.

Having a Strict Professor Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

April 15th, 2011

So this is the semester you have a required course with one of the most dreaded professors on campus. You’ve heard rumors of brutal tests and harsh grading, and you can’t imagine how you’re going to make it through a whole semester under such a strict professor. While it won’t be easy, it may not be as bad as you think and could actually be an experience that teaches you a bit about what you’re made of and how far you can really push yourself as a student. Read on to learn why having a few strict professors during your time in college can actually be a good thing.

You’ll have to push yourself to excel. If a professor is too lax, you won’t have to work too hard to do well. Stricter professors mean that the work you turn it must be better and that you’ll have to improve in studying, test-taking and writing. It’ll be rough while you’re doing it, but it could make you a better student in the long run.

Staying organized isn’t an option. Never been good with organization? Having a strict professor could change all of that. You’ll have to get your assignments in on time, keep detailed notes and prepare ahead of time for tests and projects.

Your skills may improve quickly. Has writing never been your strong suit? Perhaps you’ve just never had anyone push you really hard to improve. When you know you’re going to be graded harshly, you’ll be much more likely to proofread and run through several drafts before handing in your paper. You’ll probably be a lot more willing to ask for help as well.

Every other class will seem like a breeze. After you’ve taken a hellish class, every other class you take at school will seem a whole lot easier. Plus, you’ll get a great sense of accomplishment from having made it through in one piece.

It can be good practice for the real world. In the working world, unpleasant bosses are often a reality. Learning how to work well with those who may be a little harsh or rough around the edges can help to prepare you for demanding jobs and bosses that may be in your future.

While you certainly don’t want every professor you work with to be an authoritarian taskmaster, every once in awhile it can be good to have a professor that doesn’t let you slack off and expects nothing but the best from you. It could be just the push you need to really get yourself focused and working towards doing the best you can in school.

Should You Do an RN to BSN Program Online?

April 14th, 2011

If you earned your registered nurse license (RN) with a diploma or associates degree, you may be wondering if now is the right time to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). However, a busy schedule may not be allow you to go back to school full-time. There are many reasons why earning your BSN online could be your best option.

Benefits. By earning a BSN, you’ll have more job prospects and opportunities available to you, as well as the chance to earn a higher pay. Furthermore, a BSN will make you qualified to earn a higher level degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, advanced practice nurses such as clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners need a master’s degree to practice.

Accreditation. Over 45 traditional institutions that are either accredited by the CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education) or NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) offer online degrees in nursing. When finding the right program for you, you’ll want to make sure your school is also regionally accredited from one of these six regional accreditors: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA); Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA); Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS); Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)

Clinicals. Though your lectures and class assignments will be done online, you can still complete your clinical requirements. Your online nursing program will provide you with a list of guidelines regarding appropriate clinical sites and how to find one in your area. Many programs allow you to do your clinical rotations at a hospital close to you pending approval from the course instructor.

Flexibility. Online nursing students have the chance to choose their course schedule to fit into their lives with convenience. Travelling to campus is usually not a requirement at any point in most programs.

Affordability.Most schools offer federal financial aid provided that students annually file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your employer or hospital may also be willing to pay part of your tuition. Costs may differ between in-state and out-of-state residents, so your best option may be to find out which schools in your state offer online nursing programs before venturing out of state.

25 Important Global Health Facts Every American Needs to Know

April 13th, 2011

Global health is a worrisome topic for many reasons. Death and disease are major problems in our world, with millions dying each year from preventable diseases, poor access to clean facilities and health resources, and diseases that have not been well controlled. In the facts below, you’ll learn about these troubling conditions in our world; however, you will also discover facts that offer hope, including a rising contraception rate, as well as a rising life expectancy. Read on to learn more about the state of health around the globe.

  1. Together, malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS killed 5.7 million people last year: This figure accounts for about 10% of the world’s deaths. These diseases are preventable.
  2. Around 10 million children die each year: 10 million children under the age of 5 die every year, and almost all of them would survive if they had access to simple, affordable interventions.
  3. Cases of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis have been confirmed in at least 37 countries: Tuberculosis is a leading killer among infectious diseases. Drug resistant strains have emerged, and affected patients are unresponsive to antibiotic treatments.
  4. Only 61% of people worldwide have access to improved sanitation: African countries have the least access to improved sanitation facilities.
  5. At least 200 million women want to use safe family planning methods but cannot: These women are restricted from family planning by lack of information, services, or support.
  6. An estimated 25 million people have died from HIV/AIDS: About 5,000 people die from AIDS every day, and it caused 1.8 million deaths in 2009.
  7. Sixty-one percent of women aged 15-49 use contraception: In 1990, only 56% of women practiced contraception.
  8. Three billion people are at risk of death from Malaria: Of these 3 billion, there are 250 million cases annually, and 1 million die from malaria each year.
  9. Life expectancy is increasing in the poorest countries: The UN Population Division estimates that if recent progress against infectious diseases continues, life expectancy in the world’s poorest countries will increase by 2050 from 56 years to 69 years.
  10. 16.6 million children were orphaned by AIDS in 2009: Nigeria alone accounts for 2.5 million AIDS orphans.
  11. HIV/AIDS has a .8% prevalence rate worldwide: In Swaziland, 25.9% of adults have HIV/AIDS. African countries far outnumber others in HIV/AIDS prevalence.
  12. 24 million low birthweight babies are born every year: Low birthweight babies are more likely to die early, suffer illness, or experience stunted growth.
  13. Malnutrition prevalence in children has dropped worldwide: Malnutrition measured in weight for children 5 and under has dropped from 25% to 22.4%.
  14. In 2000, 4.9 million people died from tobacco use: Deaths from tobacco use are considered premature, and are preventable.
  15. 2.5 million children are living with AIDS: In 2009, 2.5 million children were living with HIV/AIDS. 360,000 of those cases were in Nigeria.
  16. Better water can prevent 6.3% of deaths worldwide: Improving water supply, sanitation, water resource management, and hygiene could prevent nearly 10% of global diseases and 6.3% of all deaths.
  17. Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate: Out of 1,000 births, 160 will die in Sierra Leone. 16% of children in Sierra Leone die before their 1st birthday.
  18. In 2008, the maternal mortality radio was 260 per 100,000 live births: This estimate is based on fertility, birth attendants, and HIV prevalence.
  19. 40% of deaths are from preventable risks: The top 10 risks globally are childhood and maternal underweight, unsafe sex, high blood pressure, tobacco, alcohol, unsafe water, high cholesterol, indoor smoke, iron deficiency, and overweight/obesity.
  20. Life expectancy has risen worldwide: World life expectancy in 2008 was 68.9, compared with 52.5 in 1980.
  21. The highest life expectancy in the world is 83 years in Japan: Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy of 40 years. There is a 43 year gap between these two countries.
  22. Thirteen percent of the world is undernourished: Globally, 13% of the people in the world are undernourished. 69% of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo is undernourished.
  23. The adolescent fertility rate has dropped: Births in women ages 15-19 have dropped from 63 per 1,000 births in 1998 to 51.4 per 1,000 births in 2008.
  24. The death rate is dropping slowly: In 1960, there were 18.5 deaths per 1,000 people, compared to 8.2 in 2008. The fertility rate is dropping as well, with a 1960 average of 4.9 births per woman, compared to 2.5 in 2008.
  25. Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980: Obesity is preventable, but 1.5 billion adults are overweight.

Earning an Online Degree in Medical Coding or Billing

April 12th, 2011

A medical coder or biller is responsible for keeping a record of patient visits and diagnoses for insurance companies in order for medical personnel to receive payment for their services. In the last decade, medical coding and billing has boomed as a subset of the healthcare industry. Employment in medical records and healthcare information technology is expected to grow faster than average in the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree in medical coding or billing, you’ll be joining one of the most rapidly growing specialties in healthcare. Here are the benefits of completing your associates degree in medical billing or coding online:

Time. If a full-time job and familial obligations won’t permit you to earn an associates degree the old-fashioned way, consider that you can earn one online in as little as a year and a half despite your busy schedule.

More job options. Once you’ve earned your degree, you’ll more career prospects such as medical claims reviewer, medical claims analyst, electronic claims processor, office billing coordinator and patient account representative.

In-depth education. Although your specialty will be in medical coding and billing, your online course work can include a wide range of healthcare disciplines such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, ethics, pharmacology and management.

Accreditation. Online degree programs specializing in medical coding and billing can be just as credentialed as traditional programs. When looking for the right program, make sure that it is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Easy admissions process. While some programs simply require filling out a form online, others may request official transcripts from your high school, vocational school or any other post-secondary schooling. Some schools allow GED scores in lieu of transcripts. As most classes are conducted in English and medical terminology comprehension is vital, international students are usually expected to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Affordability. Earning your associates degree in medical billing or coding is affordable, as most programs generally require a total of eighteen to twenty credits. Many schools offer financial assistance through programs of their own. Students can also request additional aid by filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) once a year.

Why Students Need to Drink Water

April 12th, 2011

Sometimes it may feel as though your brain is completely fried. While it’s understandable—all of the heavy course load that comes along with being an online student can make you feel like a zombie—there is no time to zone out when you are in the middle of taking a test, need to buckle down and finish an assignment, or need to focus on audio and video lectures. However, research suggests that an excellent way to get that wheel in your head turning is to simply drinking a glass of water before and after class—this will help improve your concentration skills and will aid in information retention. This is due mostly because your brain is comprised of 90 percent water and needs water to help it function correctly. But water can also improve other areas as well. To learn all of the additional benefits of water, continue reading below.

First and foremost, simply drinking the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water a day will help strengthen your immune system and help fight off illnesses and certain diseases such as the common cold and arthritis. This is because the more water you drink, the more you will need to urinate. And harmful toxins that cause you to get sick are flushed out of your system when you urinate. Drinking the recommended glasses of water will also help regulate you body’s Ph balance. If your Ph balance gets out of whack and starts to become more acidic then your body will not be able to easily absorb all of the nutrients and vitamins that one needs to stay healthy. Thus you will become more venerable to contracting diseases and getting sick.

Water will also help improve the elasticity in your skin and can help prevent acne—which is typically prone in younger college-aged students. How? While water helps flush out toxins that can make one ill, it can also remove toxins from our bodies that cause bad skin, like acne breakouts. While yes it is true that acne is mostly due to diet and genetics, another reason why acne develops is because of the many toxins that are absorbed in the skin from outside elements like pollutants in the air and the sun’s rays. If these toxins are not flushed out through your system via urination, they will definitely be released in another way—through your face, causing acne.

Water can also help one maintain a healthy weight in more ways than one. First off, water is a natural metabolism boosting beverage. Meaning, it will give you the strength you need to work out harder so you can burn more calories and stay fit. Ice cold water can even provide better results, experts say. Water can also help you lose or maintain your weight if you opt to drink a glass of water before you grab something to eat when you feel "hungry." This because often the body gives out the same signals of hunger (i.e. growling stomach) when in actuality it is dehydrated (thirsty). Thus drinking water before you eat may curve that hunger feeling preventing you from eating when it’s unnecessary.

25 Best Blogs for Following Stem Cell Research

April 12th, 2011

Stem cell research has been a contentious issue in both the scientific and political spheres for quite some years. Despite the ongoing battle between those who support and those who oppose the research and treatments, new discoveries and advances in the field are being made all the time. Whether you’re pursuing a career in medicine or science, if you’d like to keep up with these advances, then blogs on the issue are one of the best tools out there. Here, you’ll find a collection of blogs that provide all the information you’ll need to stay on top of the latest in stem cell discoveries.


These blogs will let you stay on the cutting edge of new developments in the stem cell research community.

  1. The Stem Cell Blog: Through this blog, you’ll be able to get updates on the latest and greatest in stem cell research.
  2. Stem Cell News Blog: This blog collects a wide range of articles related to stem cell treatments, research and policy.
  3. Ben’s Stem Cell News: Ben Kaplan is a stem cell activist, blogger and a biotech professional who shares his thoughts and the latest information on stem cells here.
  4. Stem Cell Directory: No matter what kind of stem cell information you’re looking for, you’ll find it here through articles, news and videos.
  5. All Things Stem Cell: From treating baldness to cancer, learn about the myriad of ways stem cells may be able to help patients on this blog.
  6. Cell News: This blog will make it simple to be in-the-know when it comes to everything related to stem cells.
  7. The Stem Cell Trekker: Use this blog to learn more about stem cell innovations around the globe.
  8. StemSave: You might not think dental care when you think of stem cells, but this blog will show you that stem cells may be able to be taken from the teeth, giving you a whole new appreciation for those chompers.
  9. Joescamp’s Stem Cell Blog: This blog offers up news, information and insights into adult stem cell research.

Businesses and Organizations

Check out these blogs to see what research corporations and organizations invested in stem cells are doing.

  1. International Stem Cell Corporation: Visit this blog to learn more about stem cell research that’s being done overseas, as many countries don’t have the same restrictions on research as the U.S.
  2. ViaCord Blog: This company, invested in cord blood baking and research, shares advances in the field of stem cells and cord blood treatments through this blog.
  3. Stem Cell Network Blog: Based out of Canada, this organization’s blog will help readers stay on top of new studies being done in the field, as well as some political issues that will affect researchers in Canada and around the world.
  4. Stem Cell Aware: Here you’ll find articles and information that can help you learn more about individuals who are receiving treatment with adult stem cells around the world.
  5. Umbilical Cord Blood Blog: Learn more about donating umbilical blood and the stem cell research being done with it through this organization’s blog.


Here, you’ll get not only news, but commentary on stem cell issues as well.

  1. David Granovsky’s Stem Cell Blog: Ranked as one of the top health bloggers by Wellsphere, David Granovsky’s blog on stem cells is sure to provide you more information on the subject than you’ll have time to read.
  2. California Stem Cell Report: See how stem cell politics are affecting research and development in California through this blog written by journalist David Jensen.
  3. Advance Stem Cell Research: Follow the latest news and commentary on stem cells with this blog.


These blogs, many from labs and experts in the field, focus on providing news and information on the best research being done with stem cells in the world.

  1. Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog: The UC Davis School of Medicine maintains this blog, providing readers with information on everything stem cell as well as other science-related issues.
  2. CIRM Research Results: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine shares their latest discoveries and political battles here.
  3. Robert Lanza, MD: Dr. Robert Lanza is a scientist and professor working on issues related to cell technology and engineering; his blog will provide readers with some insights into the field and his research.
  4. Stem Cell Gateway: Whether you live in the U.S. or abroad, this blog is the place to visit for information geared towards the stem cell research community.
  5. Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center Blog: Focused on tissue engineering and stem cell biology, this center is at the forefront of much of the research they share via this blog.
  6. Stem Cell Breaking Research: Need to know the absolute latest on stem cell research? This blog may be one of your best bets, with updates posted every day.
  7. Stem Cell On this blog, you’ll find information about stem cell research, progress, new applications and companies who are doing the work.
  8. Stem Cell Methods: Researchers, scientists and medical professionals can learn more about the protocols and methods being used in stem cell research and treatment through this blog.

Today’s Top Nursing Salaries by the Numbers

April 7th, 2011

As you consider getting an online nursing degree, it’s important to understand the current salary framework of the healthcare industry. Like any other discipline, nursing positions come in different levels and payscales. A breakdown of nursing salaries shows that salary isn’t always commensurate with education. Experience and specialization also play keyroles.

So, which nurses are making the big bucks today?

At the top of the money ladder is the nurse anesthetist. These are the specialists who administer anesthetics to patients during surgery. They earn around $154,000 annually, according to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses. That’s a reasonable figure, given their rigorous training, stringent certification process, and huge level of responsibility. Nurse anesthetists hold the lives of patients in their hands. One wrong step and things could go awry.

Not too far behind are nursing administrators and senior management. These veterans earn upwards of $96,000. Their graduate-level education and leadership training give them an edge in a competitive field.

Rounding out the top five are nurse practitioners ($85,000), nurse midwives ($82,000), and management/administration (78,000). Nurse practitioners (NP) and nurse midwives (NM) are part of the Advanced Practice nurse (APN) family. Advanced practice nurses have acquired graduate-level degrees and extensive training that enable them to carry out specialized duties. In addition to healthcare, nurse practitioners also provide medical evaluation, wellness tips, and a plethora of other medical services to patients. Some even serve as the primary healthcare providers for their patients, while others work in concert with physicians. Regardless, NPs assume extensive responsibilities that seem to validate their salary.

Here’s an overview of the Top 10 Nursing Salaries

1. Nurse anesthetist: $154,221
2. Management/administration: senior management: $96,735
3. Nurse practitioner: $85,025
4. Nurse midwife: $82,111
5. Management/administration: $78,356
6. Consultant: $76,473
7. Informatics nurse: $75,242
8. Management/administration: middle management: $74,799
9. Clinical nurse specialist: $72,856
10. Management/administration: first-line management: $72,006

If these numbers inspire you to consider a career in healthcare, the good news is that the demand for nurses of all specialties remain at an all-time high. “We project RNs from 2008 to 2018 to add more jobs in that profession than any other profession,” said Adam Bibler, economist for the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections with the BLS.

Keep in mind that these numbers are not gospel and should be taken with a gigantic grain of salt. Still, it gives us a clear picture of what nurses and nursing specialists are earning in today’s market.