The #1 Thing Every Accelerated Nursing Student Needs to Know to Land That First Job

smiling nurse holding clipboard at computer desk

Do you know what it takes to land your first entry-level nursing job?

There are, of course, the obvious qualities you need to possess to get a job as a nurse: excellent patient care skills, ability to work as part of a team, and being ready and eager to learn new things. 

But do you know the “most correct answer?”

Eileen M. Horton, MSN, MSM ‘00, RN, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for Capital Health in Hopewell, N.J. began her career as a maternity nurse and knows what nursing students need to do to launch a career in health care post-graduation.

Topics: Career, Nursing

6 Secrets to Submitting a Solid Nursing Scholarship Application

woman wearing nursing scrubs writing on a tablet

A good book grabs your attention in the first page and leaves you wanting more. But if you were presented with hundreds of books, and could only choose one, you would pick the one that grabbed you immediately, right?

This is the same dilemma many scholarship judges face when making their way through piles of nursing scholarship applications.

Topics: Scholarships and Financial Aid, Nursing

What Accelerated Nursing Students Can Expect During Clinical Rotations

Accelerated nursing students in the simulation lab

Accelerated nursing students go to work on a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulators in the College's simulation lab.

Nursing is a profession of lifelong learning and dynamic practice. Rooted at its core is the clinical rotation, where skills and knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to hands-on clinical practice.

Nursing students begin an immersive clinical experience in the simulation lab and classroom. After demonstrating proficiency in the fundamentals of nursing, students move into the clinical practice setting and continue to take courses that build upon previously learned concepts and skills. In Thomas Edison State College’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program, every clinical experience is based upon an in-class curriculum, so a lesson in maternity nursing or mental health is mapped to a clinical experience scheduled in that area. Eventually, nursing students are exposed to a variety of experiences and can then decide to which specialty area they are best suited. Through this involvement, many find a specific nursing path is enjoyable and intend to explore it further.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

A Look Inside an Accelerated Nursing Student’s Schedule


Kristin Tilbury, Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Student

Nothing about an accelerated nursing program is easy. In fact, many students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who want to transition into nursing are surprised at how intensive it can be.

Chances are, your experiences as an undergraduate are vastly different from an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. On top of attending class, there are critical-thinking and leadership skills to master. In addition to classroom discussions, you must learn how to make quick, sometimes life-and-death decisions, all while understanding a patient’s symptoms and treatment options.  After a long day of clinical work, there will most likely be an assignment or deadline looming. 

Topics: Nursing

4 Rules for Success in an Online Nursing Program

Written by Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC; Ritamarie Giosa MSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Harris PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN; and Holly Leahan MSN, RN, CMSRN

This article originally appeared in Advance for Nurses.

There is no doubt that education plays a key role in helping nurses provide better patient care and advance in their careers. However, for many working nurses, finding time to continue their education can be a challenge. In response, countless RNs have chosen online learning for the convenience, flexibility and efficiency they need to move forward in their nursing careers.

If you are considering an online nursing program, knowing what it takes to thrive in this environment can be fundamental to your success. As experienced advisors who respond to the concerns of more than 2,500 nurses in the College’s online RN/BSN-MSN program, we have four suggestions for success if you are considering an online nursing program. 


Topics: Advising, Nursing

7 Secrets to Nailing an Accelerated Nursing Program Interview


Applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State College does not end with clicking the ‘submit’ button on your final application. Hopefully, you submitted a stand out application on paper. If you are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee, now you have to impress the College in person. The committee has already determined your background met the qualifications, but this time, they want to learn what kind of person you are and how it will affect your future as a nurse.

Topics: Nursing, Applying

Do You Have What It Takes to Pass the NCLEX-RN?


Are you interested in an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, but nervous about taking the NCLEX-RN?

The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is unlike any other test you may have taken. It will determine if you can begin practicing as a registered nurse. Through a series of mostly multiple-choice questions, the NCLEX-RN tests how well you apply the knowledge learned in nursing school to make critical nursing judgments.

Topics: Nursing

5 Growing Nurse Specialties That Pay $65k or More


Malika Ibrokhimova, RN-BSN Program Student

People are living longer, healthier lives. And that’s good news for nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will rise faster than almost any other occupation in the next several years. Coupled with an increasing, global demand for healthcare services to provide critical care for an ageing population, the job market is attractive for new nurses, and especially those who want to grow professionally. 

As the healthcare system grows increasingly complex, specialized nurses with advanced nursing degrees are often in much higher demand. These educationally prepared nurses are finding opportunities to boost their careers – and their paychecks.  

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

What Does ‘Accelerated Nursing Program’ Really Mean?


The College's accelerated nursing students work with state-of-the-art simulators that can be programmed to simulate virtually any healthcare emergency or condition.

Are you ready to change your life in one year?

If you’ve made the life-altering decision to become a registered nurse, you’ve chosen a dynamic and unique profession with many opportunities for growth. The good news is that you don't have to start your life over. Believe it or not, the non-nursing bachelor's degree you already possess can help you take the quickest route available to becoming a registered nurse.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

6 Ways to Make Your Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application Stand Out


Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.

So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.

Topics: Career, Nursing, Applying