Flames, faculty, and philanthropy: August FLAME! FORWARD!

FLAME! FORWARD! is our company’s time for all collaborators, both faculty and administration, to realign with our mission, vision, and values, and to be appraised on the state of the College. It is also a week to remember Florence Nightingale’s caring example, and to carry the flame forward to help those in need.

Mikhail Shneyder, our president and CEO, said that the College Seal, which has flames in the center, represents the lantern that Florence Nightingale carried to each bedside as she worked tirelessly through the night to save dying soldiers in the Crimean War. She was even nicknamed “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Through personal elevation, company unity, and giving back to the community, Nightingale College’s tradition of FLAME! FORWARD! is an opportunity to spread some good in the world, just as Florence Nightingale did.

This year, we also heard from our Elevate Coach, Greg Wightman. Greg spoke about how he tries to improve people, relationships, and functions through elevation, without taking away the differences that make each party unique. “I try to elevate the process, but not lose the humanity in the elevation,” he said.

The second and third days are faculty development, the time when faculty learn from our Executive Council how to better teach their learners. For example, the lead faculty in St. George, Utah, taught our faculty different ways to prepare the high-fidelity simulation mannequins within the school, including some new techniques for removing the clothing of a burn victim. Susan Jero, the Director of Nursing Education Services, presented on the College curriculum and provided other nursing program updates.

The faculty also discussed how their learners are doing, and the specifics of different classes. Some teachers had questions about how to deal with absenteeism. Others had questions about the remote model, and how to connect and interact with the learner over the internet.

Give Back Day is usually the favorite part of FLAME! FORWARD! This year, there were three different locations that needed our help: The Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, The Humane Society of Utah, and the Weber County Animal Shelter.

OWCAP is a local “Head Start” program, or a preschool program for children in low-income families. The facility also houses a food bank, an employment center, an adult education center, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Vita) program, and many other services that help those in our community with low incomes.

Those who went to OWCAP helped with landscaping and cleaning in preparation for the upcoming school year. While some collaborators washed windows, others pulled weeds in the playground areas and others ripped out bushes that were becoming too overgrown. Some bushes were so hard to pull out, our crew had to recruit the help of the OWCAP staff’s pickup truck and rip them out with a chain!

At The Humane Society of Utah, a no-kill shelter in Salt Lake City, our collaborators helped load trucks for the upcoming “Clear the Shelters” event, on August 19, 2017. Animal lovers, listen up! All cats, bunnies, and small animals have a waived adoption fee, and all dogs will have a 25% off adoption fee for that day only.

Many of our collaborators wanted to adopt the animals themselves after volunteering to walk the dogs and cuddling the cats and small animals. The hard part for them wasn’t loading trucks, it was returning to the College without an animal.

The faculty volunteered at the Weber County Animal Shelter, a facility that has a mission similar to our own, but a smaller, fluffier clientele. Like the volunteers at the Humane Society, they walked dogs and helped clean the facility. The shelter thrives on volunteers to assist in their day-to-day operations, and help their pets find forever homes.

Volunteering is essential to our own operations here at Nightingale College. Our first value, Beyond Self, constantly challenges us to selflessly serve others. We do that by not only serving in our communities, but by helping educate those nurses who will, in turn, serve their own communities. We hope that those nurses we graduate will carry the FLAME! FORWARD! tradition on and continue to elevate themselves and society.

 

The Nightingaler from Australia: Meet John Bouwer, Learner Accounts Coordinator

John BouwerHe comes from the land down under . . . Oh. Wait. That is the song by Men at Work. Whoops.

In all reality, however, John Bouwer, is a native Australian that we are lucky enough to call our Coordinator of Learner Accounts. He has been a part of the Nightingale family for almost three years. For those past three years, we have heard various stories from his life back in Australia, including stories of “killer” kangaroos and cute quokkas. His motto is “Live to Work Not Work to Live.” Wise words, John.

Get to know a bit about John by checking out this month’s Collaborator Spotlight.

What is your position?

Coordinator of Learner Accounts

How do you help our learners?

I try to help learners fund their education and make their dreams come true within the constraints that we all have to work with.

What is your favorite part about your job and Nightingale?

Nothing makes me happier than seeing learners graduate and pass the NCLEX.  Education is one of the few keys to a better life.

Considering your position, what is one piece of advice or tip you would give to learners?

Think very carefully how you are going to fund your education and if you do make the plunge, then make sure that you do respond to communications from Learner Accounts because it will save you a lot of money.

Where are you from and when did you come to the states?

I’m from Perth, Australia and I have been in the U.S since February 2008.

What is your funniest story about living in Australia?

 

I have a house just on the edge of the metropolitan area, so there are still lots of native animals running around. I was in the backyard once which is partly bush, and as I turned around, I found myself staring eyeball to eyeball with a 6-foot-tall male kangaroo. He was ready to go a few rounds, but I wasn’t. I just backed away and retreated to another part of the yard.

What is the wildest thing that has ever happened to you in Australia?

Being stopped by the police in the outback with an unlicensed (unknowingly due to change of address) car and made to walk to the nearest town and get the vehicle towed and re-licensed.

If you could have any of the wild Australian animals as a pet, what would it be?

A kangaroo would come in handy because most Americans think we ride them.

What is your career specialty?

I’ve done a bit of everything from teaching (K-12) in Australia and Europe to accounting. Variety is the spice of life.

Besides being the Learner Accounts Coordinator for the College, you also own a company. Tell us about your company. 

I have a little company called Kanga Custom Products that produces medals and pins for sports tournaments.  It’s nice to be my own boss and lets me explore my creative side coming up with designs.

Outside of maintaining learner accounts, what are some of your hobbies and interests?

Three kids take up most of my time, but once in a while I get some time to myself. I try to maintain a basic level of fitness and like to binge on Netflix series.

What is your claim to fame?

Every dog has its day and good dogs get two. I’ve had a fortunate life and am very thankful for that. I think having the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe and work in 5 different countries has been a great opportunity.  To travel without a care in the world for extensive periods and experience life is something everyone should do.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 5 years? Any goals you want to accomplish? Vacations on your bucket list?

Within 5 years, I would like to be independently wealthy and retire. Short of that I will probably have to complete an MBA and elevate myself. Future travel is definitely on the list, as there are so many beautiful and interesting things awaiting me to discover.

Continuous improvement is one of our values, and a personal favorite of mine. What inspires you to be better and to continually improve?

I need to do a better job at elevating myself.  Education is critical, but because of family life, I haven’t given it the attention it deserves. Thankfully Nightingale has provided Function Leader workshops, which I appreciate

Share anything else you would like our readers to know about you. 

If you get a chance, go and see the world. There are so many wonderful experiences awaiting. And for the record, not everything in Australia will kill you. We don’t give it a second thought.

Let’s Talk Plagiarism: The Cheaters Don’t Get Ahead

Plagiarism

Written by Samantha Hanlon, MA, PPS (Counselor, LALR)

Plagiarism is very serious. How much do you know about plagiarism? Admittingly, many of us do not know much about.  We may think we are writing a paper that is appropriate and based on our own thoughts. But how do we know for sure that we didn’t fall victim to plagiarism?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines plagiarizing as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own:  use (another’s production) without crediting the source.”

Plagiarism is something that is not condoned in any school.  Nightingale College Catalog states: “Learners must not deliberately use another person’s ideas, work, evidence, or words and present them as their own original work, including coping text from websites, textbooks, journals, or any other published materials, without proper acknowledgement”.

When you plagiarize, you are stealing someone else’s thoughts.  While you may be thinking this article does not apply to you, are you sure? Many of us plagiarize and do not realize it.

Here are a few tips and some great websites to help you:

Plagiarism comic

  • Do not copy and paste. Even if you are changing a few words, you cannot copy and paste into your paper.
  • It is also possible to plagiarize your own work. Make sure you are not copy and pasting from another paper you have written!
  • If you are getting an idea from another source, your need to write it in your own words and you MUST cite the source.
  • It is important that you know the appropriate way to cite your sources using APA. Here is a great website to help you: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
  • If you are unsure, ask your instructor or contact Learner Advising and Life Resources and we can help you.
  • You may also use free sources to check and see if you are plagiarizing.

Resources to Help Determine Plagiarism

The websites listed below are so easy to use.  You copy and paste a paragraph or your whole paper into the box and it will check immediately if there is any plagiarism in your paper. It is simple. It is quick. It is efficient.

https://www.duplichecker.com/

http://plagiarisma.net/

https://www.plagium.com/

https://www.paperrater.com/free_paper_grader

https://www.quetext.com/

https://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

For this website, you will upload your paper and it will check for plagiarism.

https://www.plagscan.com/plagiarism-check/

You should not rely solely on one of these websites.  Make sure you go over your paper yourself to check for plagiarism and always review the guidelines of plagiarism before starting your paper. A quick refresher crash course on the subject may be exactly what you need to ensure you do not get tangled up in the mess of plagiarism.

If you need help or would like to discuss plagiarism further, please contact Samantha Hanlon, Counselor in the Learner Advising and Life Resources Department.

References: Mariam- Webster Dictionary, Nightingale College Course Catalog

5 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Become a Nurse

5 Reasons to become a nurse

What does it mean to be a nurse? While there are many answers to this simple question, anyone who is a nurse will describe the meaning differently. From taking care of patients who are at their weakest to having the opportunity to change the entire experience for a patient, there is no doubt nurses bring a lot to their communities.

Here are five reasons why now is the time to become a nurse:

1.Nurses are in high demand. Did you know that there is a nursing shortage? A nursing shortage that over one million nurses are needed to remove the need?

The nursing shortage is experienced by both large and small communities. Within your own community, there are health care facilities in need of trained and qualified nurses to help take care of patients. In many facilities, the nursing shortage has become more of a concern.

Facilities are not able to provide enough nurses to maintain staffed units. Understaffed units lead to a risk in the quality of patient care provided. Facilities are highly motivated to bring competent nurses on staff that they have developed recruitment strategies such as sign-on bonuses that are very attractive to job-seeking candidates.

The numerous nursing positions available across the country give nurses the freedom to relocate easily at any point during their career.

Why not join a profession that not only helps you grow but a profession that will celebrate having you on board?

2. Nurses enjoy financial and career stability. Widely known is the handsome salary nurses receive annually. To review nurse salary by state, read our latest blog article Nurse Salary by State: Which US State Pays Better. According to the article, a nurse’s salary may reach as high as $94,000 per year (see California statistic).

While we don’t endorse becoming a nurse strictly for the financial gain it provides, the nursing profession offers a sense of financial security that many other careers do not.

Likewise, nurses have career stability and mobility. An important factor is ensuring that the career path you have chosen will be able to sustain you for years to come. Nurses will always be needed in patient care. For example, patients have more interactions with nurses than they do with their doctor.

Again, nurses are in high demand.

3. Nurses are one of the top most trusted professions. Gallup Poll released research that showed nurses ranked the highest for the 15th year straight for ethics and honest. Check out the research by clicking here.

Joining such a prestigious profession lends a sense of beyond self, respecting humanity, and integrity (which, by the way, are three Nightingale values).

Enjoying work is the key to a happier life. While nurses experience many situations that are devasting, they still have the opportunity to make a difference in their patient’s life. What a rewarding career to choose.

4. Nurses are endeared and loved by their community. Have you heard the numerous stories told by nurses of how they ran across past patients and their families, and were thanked for what they did? Can you imagine how it would feel to be appreciated for helping someone in their most vulnerable, weakest moments?

A popular quote by Maya Angelou, “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Everyone can reflect on an experience they had with a nurse. Why not be the person they remember as their “superhero?” Not all superheroes wear capes. Sometimes they rock scrubs and slip-resistant shoes.

5. Make the jump and become a nurse like you have always wanted to be. Many people go about their lives without pursuing their dream job. Why? Maybe because of time. Maybe because of financial burdens. Maybe even because they believe it is too late to be a second-career adventurer.

Whatever the reason may be, toss the idea aside and evaluate where you are and where you want to be. Eventually, you will conclude all these reasons are only excuses that are barricading you within your comfort zone.

Make the most out of your life and enjoy a career that is rewarding, challenging, and constantly giving back.

Start by researching nursing schools that fit your need and get moving! It is up to you to make your dream career happen.

Nightingale College’s President and CEO, Mikhail Shneyder, said, “Although your educational journey may be difficult at times, you will reap the reward of utmost satisfaction when holding your nursing diploma for the first time and nothing will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring!”

Are you ready to get started on your nursing journey? Can we recommend Nightingale College? Check out our ADN and RN-to-BSN Programs.

We are ready to help you become the nurse you have always dreamed of being.

Become More Focused to be More Productive: Productivity Distracters

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How does your focus rob you from reaching a high level of productivity? Let’s explore.

It’s ten o’clock Tuesday night (or any night, you pick). Wanting to get enough sleep to attend the early morning clinical you have been assigned to, you decide to get to bed at a decent hour. Tucked into bed, your eyes are glued to the brightly lit screen. One more pass, scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook feed. Before you know it, an hour—maybe two—have passed. Fast forward to clinical the next morning and you are exhausted, not ready to tackle the day nor have the focus to learn.

How about another situation? Imagine this. You sit down motivated to start studying for the big final exam that will determine whether you pass the class. Checking your schedule, you’ve set aside three hours to dedicate to throwing yourself into your studies. Note cards positioned right above the pencil, a bottle of water and snack at the ready. Twenty minutes in, a ring disrupts the silence. Lucky for you, your friends just commented and liked your post, sparking a conversation that has you smiling ear to ear and laughing. Finally, you check the clock an hour and half have slipped passed without notice.

Let’s explore one more example. Today in class, you are learning something new and something that you really didn’t understand from that week’s reading. The instructor is reviewing the subject in detail. Hammering on every possible angle and answering questions that would have been helpful to know, but you missed it. You weren’t focused. Instead you were stealthily checking your phone. Going through your emails, replying to texts about the weekend plans, and quickly clicking on every Facebook notification that rang on your phone. Refocusing on the class topic after all notifications have been answered or in the very least reviewed with delicate attention, you notice that you missed every single detail and the instructor has moved on to the next topic.

In each scenario, something valuable to that moment was stolen—focus and ultimately, productivity level. Time is unforgiving and before it is noticed, hours have passed with little productivity.

We are all victims to technology and it is hard to really unplug from our electronics and focus. Focus on bettering ourselves, our knowledge, and our future. However, it becomes more challenging when we are fighting the urge to reply to a text, scrolling one more time through Facebook to watch those quick cooking videos or check out what our friends are up to, and answering less-than-urgent emails that can wait until later.

How many of you reading this have been in such a situation? A situation where you reflect, knowing that you could have been more productivity if only you had unplugged from those darn electronics. Writing this, I know there are more instances than I can count.

Committing fully to nursing school is a continuous effort. Yes, effort because it requires a lot of focus to nail those nursing concepts and skills. After all, a person’s health will be in your hands.

Let’s talk about three strategies to help you become more productive with your time in nursing school and ways to leverage your attention to succeed. Of course, this is not a thorough list but top recommended strategies.

Unplug from those electronics. First, let’s cover the number one distracter: your electronics. Staying connected with others is important. Living in the twenty-first century, technology regulates almost all aspects of day-to-day activities. When it comes to studying and maximizing your focus, unplug from your electronics.

Turn your phone on silent and tuck it away out of view. You won’t be sidetracked when your phone lights up with a message or tempted to reply. Trust me, those messages will still be there when you are ready. If you live with family or roommates, let them know that the time you allotted is your focus time and to not disturb you.

Disable any notifications on your computer that will distract your attention. A computer and access to the Internet does not make is any easier to focus. With a click, you can be looking up the best prices for the vacation getaway that you are looking to book or shopping the latest trends at your favorite boutique. But how will that help with your upcoming exam? It won’t. So, disable your email notifications and do your best not to divert away to the Internet, if is not necessary.

Take frequent breaks. It is reported that a person can normally hold focus for about twenty minutes. Twenty minutes of uninterrupted study time is plenty to get you started on the right foot. Frequent breaks allow you time to get up and walk around, stretch, and grab a snack. Refreshing your mind is crucial to focusing. Focus hard for twenty minutes then take a quick ten minute break.

Have you found yourself often loosing track as you started to drift away from focus to start thinking of other things? Whether it be daydreaming about what you will do to celebrate the end of the semester or your dream job, there is a time for that and it is not during your set study time.

Take time during your breaks to let your mind wander, but make sure you have the power to draw yourself back in to study mode. A great way to get back into study mode is to put on music that helps you focus or take one to two minutes after your break to review where you left off.

Set a to-do list. Many people benefit from making to-do lists. While you set aside time to study, jot down several things you will accomplish during that time. Going to review your class notes from the other day? List it. Wanting to get started on the homework you have been putting off for a few days? List it. Needing to answer a few discussion questions and looking to email your instructor with questions from last night’s reading? List it.

You will be more productive if you know what you want to achieve during the time. Plus, every time you check an item off your to-do list, you will feel more productive.

What are some ways you stay focused and harness your attention to be more productivity?

Looking for help staying focused? Visit with the Learning Advising and Life Resources (LALR) Department and review the services the department offers that can help you and your productivity. Helpful article include Time Management, Study Skills, and Test Anxiety and Studying with ADHD.

The Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Nurse: Meet Brooke Forney

Brooke Forney
Nestled in Pocatello, Idaho, scrapbook-loving and kayaking enthusiast Brooke Forney joined Nightingale College in December 2016. As an adjunct faculty member at Nightingale College and now NCLEX Success Coach, Brooke has the opportunity to not only share her nursing knowledge with our learners but provides individualized NCLEX coaching to help learners build the confidence needed to tackle the NCLEX-RN.

Brooke is an experienced nurse with twenty-eight years under her belt. However, she didn’t start out wanting to be a nurse as she imagined herself as an interior designer.

For me nursing is the most rewarding, diverse, and flexible career. There are numerous opportunities to expand your career in a wide variety of venues. YES, there is a tangible satisfaction in helping others achieve goals, whether it be in health promotion or nursing education. Having an influence on patients, students, and the community is the greatest reward in nursing.

What is your current position and at what DDC are you located?

Adjunct Faculty in Pocatello, Idaho and as all of Nightingale’s NCLEX Success Coach, which came about in the middle of April and I am loving it.

As the Learner Success Coach, how do you help learners succeed? Describe your job.

Our NCLEX Success Coaching Program focuses on both test taking strategies and mindset development. Both are important to be successful on the NCLEX.

What do you love most about being the Learner Success Coach?

Having a license to practice is the only thing standing in your way of earning the coveted title of RN and the salary to pay those loans back, nailing down the job of your dreams, and boosting your confidence that you are prepared to practice nursing. Yes, it’s scary. That’s why Nightingale offers a NCLEX Success Coaching Program to decrease your anxiety, boost your confidence, and increase your competence to pass the NCLEX using evidence from cognitive psychology, NCLEX testing, and mindset research.

What do you enjoy most about being a nurse and now instructor to future nurses?

I like nursing because it’s a profession that never stops giving. You learn new things every day, and the opportunity for growth is almost unlimited. I feel so good inside when I see improvement in my patients and when giving emotional support by holding hands of family members who have just experienced tragedy. It gives me inner peace that I can help somebody.

You have had amazing success with our learners. For learners and even grads getting ready to tackle the NCLEX-RN, what is your advice on preparation and one tip you would provide to them?

I know how hard it is to put your passion to work every day whether it’s in the classroom, hospital, or corporation while managing the (sometimes overwhelming) demands of being part of a rigorous institution as well as a contributing member of your family and your community. I want the learners to know it doesn’t have to eat you alive, that Nightingale is still in their corner.

What school did you graduate from with your nursing degree?

Weber State with my ADN, Boise State with my BSN and soon my MASTERS through WGU.

 

Nursing learners face challenges throughout their time in school and right after graduation. From your experience, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self just starting your nursing career?

Find a mentor…If your hospital or workplace doesn’t have a mentorship program, it’s a good idea to find one yourself. If you work with a nurse whom you admire and is simply awesome at what they do, you can watch them quietly and learn from how they go about their work. This is a silent mentoring relationship where you just learn through association and observation.

What is your favorite memory as a nurse?

O.M.Goodness…She was a retired military nurse from Hills Air Force Base and worked at Davis Memorial where I was doing my preceptorship in L&D. She was very straight forward and I am a people pleasure so you can imagine the doom! We had a young patient who was delivering her first baby and for some reason she chose not to have an epidural and screaming “I can’t do this! No, No I can’t do it!” This nurse slapped her as hard as you could imagine on her buttocks (which was up in stirrups) and said “Did you feel that? That’s what you do to children so quit acting like one and push!!’ The room was silent and that little girl pushed! She delivered four pushes later. Later that night the same nurse asked me what I was going to name my baby but before I could answer, she replied “Sha-thead?” and giggled. That is not the way a L&D nurse spells this particular name…I’ll let you figure it out.

Some people follow their “dream jobs” from childhood. Did you always want to be a nurse? What attracted you to the field?

No, I was going to run off to the big city and be a famous graphic artist or interior designer but then I married and started thinking of children and my spouse still needed to finish his degree and the next-door neighbor told me she was going to nursing school and how much money they made. As soon as I started school, the bug bite me and I have loved every minute of it.

What brought you to Nightingale?

I just started into education at St. Luke’s in Boise, Idaho when we relocated to Pocatello. There was an ad in the paper for adjunct faculty so I sent in my resume. Susan Jero, Chyleen Tucker and I met for a late lunch and by the end of the meeting, I was talking to Ms. Jero as if I had already had the job. We all laughed and I have enjoyed being part of Nightingale ever since. Absolutely love it here!

What are three characteristics every nurse should have?

  1. Honesty – to yourself and others
  2. Integrity – or your dangerous to others
  3. Passion – if you don’t have the passion you will never be happy

Where are you from?

Pocatello, Idaho but after I married, we lived in Logan for 17 years and I would move back in a heartbeat.

Share three of your hobbies.

  • Scrapbooking
  • Interior Design
  • Kayaking

What is one thing on your bucket list that you look forward to checking off?

Go back to Europe but this time with my husband and spend an extended time in Ireland. Both my husband’s family and mine are strong Irish.

Goals are so important. We are quickly embracing the second part of 2016. What is one thing you hope to accomplish by the end of the year?

To complete my master ASAP and without killing anyone.

Share two truths and a lie. We will leave it to our readers to figure out what are the truths and which is the lie.

  • Have a passion for Mini Coopers and now own my forth one
  • Love snakes…find them fascinating
  • Want so badly to move in the “Tiny house” community, becoming a learner in materialistic items

What is your motivation in life?

My best friend…my husband Shawn Forney. He is absolutely brilliant to me and is always encouraging me to follow my dreams. Education and continuing education is intriguing to him and I find that passion very interesting and want to share.

Share anything else you would like our readers to know about you.

I am a grandma to one very energetic little boy named Daxtyn. My husband and I have always joked about “who was our favorite child” then Daxtyn was born. Tt was never questioned again! I love this little boy with every breath I take.

Along with Daxtyn, I have two wonderfully handsome boys who are nine years apart and the best of friends. Jacob is 28 and Daxtyn’s father, and my forever baby boy Justin who is nineteen.

We have two dogs: Henry is a 105 pound German Sheppard and Toby our newest member is a mini Yorkie and weighs 5 lbs.

As mentioned above, I had a best friend all through junior high and high school and then life threw us in totally different directions. Twenty years later I reunited with this wonderful man and he became the father my boys both deserved. I can’t imagine my life without him. We have so much in common and spend some of the funniest adventures together. I am truly blessed with all the trials and tribulations my life has given to me.

I am excited about this new journey I have just started with Nightingale and all its employees. I just adore my colleagues in Evanston, Pocatello and Twin Falls and am excited to get to know each of you within the Nightingale walls.

Bests of the Nightingale Blog Posts

Popular Nightingale blog postsThe Nightingale blog consists of articles ranging from nursing school anxiety to test taking tips and career development. With the help of all departments, especially Learner Advising and Life Resources (LALR), we can write on a variety of topics that benefit our learners, graduates, and even users who happen to land on our blog.

But which posts are considered most popular? Here are our top 16 Nightingale blog articles that have been measured on the number of views.

How to stay motivated in nursing school

Popular Admissions questions and answers

How to effectively study and hold down a full-time job

5 tips to beat procrastination

First day of nursing school lab: What to expect

Destress this season in 10 steps or less

A crumpled mess: Why clean scrubs matter

7 tips to overcome test anxiety

Nursing school study apps to try

4 recommended study guides to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN

The interview

NCLEX Confessions with a graduate: Summer Kervin

10 tips for starting the semester off right

14+ tips to get you interview ready

11 tips to writing a memorable cover letter

43 tips to a strong resume

Looking for a specific article? Cruise through our blog posts at www.nightingale.edu/blog.

How to Write a Professional Email

how to write a professional emailLost in a world of informal communication, it is common to not know how to write a professional email. With the average person receiving fifty texts per day (click to read the study), we get caught up in the “lols” and “jks” of today’s communication. Often, it is difficult to find the words that are the foundation to a professional email.

Part of a successful education is mastering the skill of professional email writing. While nurses are seen more hands on working with patients, communication is vital, including written communication.

Instant communication is a benefit of email messages; however, it comes at a high cost. Misspelling, incorrect grammar, and the use of “u” instead of “you” are only a few examples that depict an unprofessional image. Scurrying around to undo a sent email message does not have to be in your future if you learn the basics to professional email writing.

When speaking with instructors and faculty at school, potential job connections, or coworkers, it is important to remember to be professional in all communication. Welcome to the blog on professional email writing.

Here are some tips to help you write a professional email.

Choose an appropriate subject line and make it count

It may be easier to come up with the right subject line after you complete your email. Make it short, sweet, and to the point, but also formal.  Visualize the subject line like the title of a paper; make sure each word is capitalized, and it summarizes the main reason for the communication.

Your subject line is the first thing read by the recipient. Be sure that the subject line makes the right impression and is not misleading. A great email subject line can set the tone for the remainder of the email. No matter what tone you are interested in relaying, professionalism is key.

Make sure you address who you are emailing and say hello

You may just address the person with their name (using Dr., Mrs., Ms., Mr., etc.) or say Hello (then add their name). Refrain from using “hey” or “hi”. This isn’t any old email being sent out to a dear friend. Take your reputation seriously. Make sure the recipient knows you meant to send the email their way.

Address the person in the correct way

Especially in the medical field, it is important to address the recipient of your email correctly. If the person is a doctor, address them as Dr.  If you do not know whether the person is married and they are a female, it is okay to write Ms.  If you do not know the recipient’s title, a quick search on the school or company website might give you the answer.

Make sure you use the proper and formal tone

Remember, this is not a text message to your friend. You must write in a professional tone.  Think about the person you are writing to.  If you are writing to a professor or boss, you want to ensure that the email is as formal as possible.

Always sign your name (first and last)

You may write sincerely or just simply put your name and title. The more popular sign off is simply “Best.” With several different ways to sign off, it can be hard to decipher which sign off is the best for the situation. For more information on sign offs, click here to read 57 Ways to Sign Off on an Email.

An easy way to make sure your email has an appropriate sign off is to select a generic, professional sign off (such as “Best”) and set it on automatic. When you send off an email, every response will have your selected sign off.

Check for grammatical errors and typos before sending

Reread your email and make sure you do not have any grammatical or typographical errors. First impressions cannot be undone with a click of a button as some email can be.  Do not count on spellcheck.  Again, make sure you are using proper English and not abbreviations.

Eliminate exclamation points or all capitals as these can make it come across that you are yelling or in the very least, upset to a certain degree. Lastly, check for run-on sentences.  Remember, you want to write this email as if you were writing a paper for school.

If you are angry, do not send the email just yet

When reviewing your email, if you find several statements that may come across as angry or see several sentences or phrases that are IN ALL CAPS, save the email to your drafts and wait until you calm down before sending it. Once you are calm, go back and check the email.  Make sure you edit it before sending to reflect your calm state.  There may be things in the email that you typed out of anger and do not want to send.

Be professional in all further communication

Great, you’ve sent out the initial email and have received an email response. This is no time to let your professionalism guard down. Continue the communication in a professional manner. While you may be tempted to add some individual flair to the email, it is okay to show your personality through emails, but do so in a manner that will not put your professional reputation in jeopardy.

Still address the receiver of the email in your correspondence.  You may start out by saying “Thank you for your email” or “Thank you for getting back to me”.  Just make sure your writing is consistent.


When you send a professional email, it shows the recipient that you are serious about your education, your job, and their time.

If you need help, please contact Samantha Hanlon, Counselor in Learner Advising and Life Resources.  She is happy to proofread emails and help you write a professional email.

“Please remember to always try to send all instructors and faculty professional emails and use your Nightingale email.  It is great to start practicing this skill before you start your professional career and we are here to help you do that.” – Samantha Hanlon

Nightingale College Announces Accreditation Status of the BSN Program

Nightingale College Official Announcement

Nightingale College celebrates the initial accreditation of the baccalaureate degree nursing program by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2022 . With such an achievement, the College is able to offer an accredited RN-to-BSN Program to licensed nurses who are ready to take the next step in the nursing education and career. We are excited to share this news with our community and look forward to continue to serve our nursing education in communities throughout Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

“All of us at Nightingale College are thrilled with the CCNE’s recognition of the quality of our baccalaureate nursing program! This achievement brings the College closer to realizing its mission of elevating health care throughout the nation and the world!”

Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College

Read our full press release by clicking here.

Nightingale College Welcomes New Collaborators to Team

Nightingale College Official AnnouncementThe Nightingale College collaborators strive to elevate the organization in a manner that helps us achieve our long-term goals to improve communities our nursing graduates serve. But to help us reach our goal, we need our team to consist of exceptional and dedicated individuals. For that reason, we are excited to announce that the team at Nightingale College continues to grow and brings on more talented individuals. This week is the College’s New Collaborator Orientation Week that allows new collaborators to orient to the College and learn more about what the Nightingale Difference truly is.

We’d like to welcome the newest team members to the Nightingale family.

Beth Messinger, Instructor

Judy Elquist, Instructor

Erika Gunter, Instructor

Shane Otis, Instructor 

Amanda Nussbaum, Instructor