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How to become a mental health counselor

If you’re thinking about entering the mental health field, now’s a good time. The projected growth rate for mental health counselors and family therapists is 29 percent between 2012 and 2022 — much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What can you do with a human services degree?

If you’re passionate about helping others, earning a degree in human services can lead to a career in which you can make a positive difference in peoples’ lives, according to Stephen Sharp, PhD, associate dean of the University of Phoenix® College of Social Sciences and an instructor in the online psychology program....

How nurses can advocate for their patients

“Advocating for patients is within [nursing’s] mission,” according to Susan Perkins, MSN, a nurse practice consultant who teaches in the nursing program at the University of Phoenix® Main Campus. She stresses that nurses should ask patients open questions to help determine their specific needs, and then go to bat for them when necessary....

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

In-demand jobs for nurses outside the hospital

Many professionals who earn a nursing degree expect to work in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. But there are lots of other places where nurses can apply their skills in nontraditional jobs, says Karen Jamison, PhD, an instructor in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

Top traits of a nurse leader

Nurse leaders work both behind the scenes and in the public arena to improve their profession, as well as health care in their communities. And not all nurse leaders necessarily occupy top executive positions, either.

“All nurses have a leadership role to play,” says Angie Strawn, MS, ...

Why consider transitional care nursing?

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act have increased demand for transitional care, says Karen Jamison, PhD, a registered nurse who teaches in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

“This area of nursing deals with transitioning high-risk patients from the ...

What is forensic nursing?

Picture the scene of a crime. That single setting is filled with hundreds of small clues that must be pieced together to solve the case. When detectives are stumped, they can turn to forensic nurses for help.

A combination of caregiver and crime solver, forensic nurses play a critical ...

5 health administration jobs that may surprise you

You’ve got a degree in health administration — or you’re working toward one. What’s next? Sure, you’ve got the skills to work in a hospital — and many health administrators choose to do so — but your knowledge of regulatory issues, insurance reimbursement and business strategy could also be put to good use outside of a clinical setting....

Why donate blood?

January is National Blood Donor Month. You might want to consider making a New Year’s resolution to give blood.

“There are many reasons someone in your community may need a blood transfusion — cancer, complications from surgery or childbirth, bleeding ...

Cancer survivor’s foundation eases others’ pain

When Sandra Wing was battling ovarian and uterine cancer, she found that she dreaded chemotherapy more than the disease.

“I felt defeated and immobile, unable to perform the simplest of tasks” as a result of chemo, says Wing, who earned her MBA degree in 1995 from the ...

Is your office chair affecting your health?

“We’re a society that wants to be sedentary,” says Vicki Greenberg, a registered nurse practitioner and nursing program instructor at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus. “We sit and watch TV, look at our computers, play video games. And we spend an awful lot of time in our office chairs.”...

How to make the most of a psychology degree

A bachelor’s degree in psychology “is enormously adaptable,” and a good jumping-off point for a variety of jobs, says Sandra Moody, MS, area chair of psychology programs for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. “It provides an enormous number of skills that are useful in different areas.”...

What does a registered nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) are highly trained professionals with skills that set them apart from other members of the nursing staff.

“The designation ‘registered nurse’ is for nurses who have completed at least an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science degree in ...

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Many registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) don’t think they need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. But while professional nursing regulations don’t usually require workers to have a BSN, the job market does, says Gemma O’Donnell, MS in nursing, who teaches in the LPN/LVN to BSN program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

4 reasons to become a nurse practitioner

Considering a career as a nurse practitioner (NP)? The future is bright in this field for advanced practice nurses who perform many of the tasks usually handled by physicians.

Here, two nurse practitioners describe why the vocation is rewarding and how ...

5 networking tips for health administrators

Heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While that might be true for some industries, in health administration, both aspects are equally important.

“What lands people jobs,” says Dean Athanassiades, MS, an online instructor ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...

5 tips for new nurses

Not only did you diligently plow through all your required courses, but you also passed the licensing tests and landed your first nursing position.

Now comes the challenge of applying all your hard-earned skills to your new job....

5 reasons to be a nurse in an underserved area

If you’re inspired by the idea of giving flu shots to a family of four camped at a homeless shelter, or having the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, you might consider being a nurse in an underserved area, helping people who do not normally have access to care or who can’t afford it.

5 reasons now is a good time to become a nurse

Nursing is more prestigious than ever. Not only are nurses in demand, but they have more options of places to work and opportunities to learn new specialties.

“Gallup polls have called [nursing] the most trusted profession in America ...

Shifting demographics mean changes in nursing

An increasingly diverse U.S. population is having a big effect on many aspects of American life — and the nursing profession is no exception.

“The nursing workforce should reflect society at large,” says Joyce Benjamin, a nurse practitioner and an instructor in the nursing program at ...

5 ways the Affordable Care Act affects nursing

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) won’t take full effect until 2014, but it already is having a big impact on the health care system in general and on the nursing field in particular, says Pat Kiley, an advanced practice nurse who teaches health care ethics in the University of Phoenix nursing program.

Top career skills for health care administrators

Doctors and nurses may be the first people who come to mind when you think about the health care industry. But as aging baby boomers, returning veterans with long-term needs, and patients with chronic illnesses put increasing demands on the medical system, hospitals and health care services are hiring more administrators....

5 things to know about whooping cough

Once common in childhood, whooping cough — a serious bacterial lung infection — became a thing of the past beginning in the 1940s, thanks to effective vaccines. But a series of whooping cough outbreaks in recent years has alarmed public health officials, who discovered that instead of a one-time shot, the latest vaccine requires boosters throughout your lifetime....