Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions 

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Is Nightingale College Accredited?

Yes. Nightingale has met the needed standards of quality that an accrediting body has put its seal of approval on our school and programs. Nightingale College is nationally accredited through ABHES, a health care education accrediting agency. Each of our programs is also programmatically accredited. Our ADN Program is accredited by the ACEN, and our RN-to-BSN Program is accredited by CCNE.

 

 

 

Why do schools need to be accredited?

The Department of Education’s website reads, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” Accreditation simple proves that the institution has met all requirements necessary to run a successful educational program as determined by the accreditor.

 

What types of accreditation are there?

According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, there are four types of accreditation:

  1. Regional (Usually public, non-profit schools)
  2. National Faith-Related (Religiously affiliated schools)
  3. National Career-Related (Usually private, for-profit schools)
  4. Programmatic (Concerning specific programs, such as health care or law)

When picking a school, the type of accreditation matters depending on what your plans are.

 

Regionally-accredited schools sometimes only accept credits from other regionally-accredited schools, so if your plan is to continue your education, regionally accredited schools could be your best choice. However, these schools tend to have long waitlists for programs, and are very competitive to get into.

 

Nationally accredited schools are ideal for quick entry into the workplace because they are less competitive and have fewer and shorter waitlists. However, these schools do tend to be more expensive.

 

Make sure that your program is accredited. Do not assume that because a school is accredited that a certain program of that school is. Check out this infographic:

 

Why do accrediting agencies have authority?

Just as Nightingale has to uphold certain standards to be an accredited nursing school, our accreditors have to uphold certain standards to be accreditors. There are many different accrediting agencies, and they vary in quality. To make sure you have a reputable accrediting body backing your school, make sure that the school is  listed in the Department of Education’s database of recognized accreditors. To access that database, click here.

 

Do employers accept degrees from unaccredited schools?

Often, employers will not accept degrees from unaccredited schools because there is no way to verify that the education you obtained is of high quality. It takes a lot of work for schools to meet all the standards the accreditors have set.

 

Think about it this way. We eat foods that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When foods aren’t approved by the FDA, we have no way of knowing if the food could possibly be harmful to us, or be rotten. It’s the same principle with accreditation.

 

Accreditation gives employers a clear indicator that your educational institution met certain quality standards and is reassurance that you didn’t receive a “rotten” education.

 

What happens to current students when a school loses its accreditation status?

When a school fails, current learners have the most to lose. When a school loses its accreditation, many times they cannot afford to pay back the learners. As a result, learners are unable to complete their education. Many learners will begin to look for accredited programs elsewhere, decreasing the school’s enrollment (and ultimately, reputation).

 

The Colleges and Degrees website explained “This is because most colleges and universities operate like a business, and you invest into this business by paying for your education. If your school goes bankrupt they cannot afford to refund any money, and your investment is just considered a loss.” They also emphasize that learners cannot transfer their credits from a now-unaccredited institution to an accredited one, which is why it is so important to pick a quality program from the start. Past learners, who graduated from a then-accredited school, can still say that they graduated from an accredited institution.

 

When selecting a school and program to attend, research the institution’s accreditation status and history. It may unfold important information that will help when deciding which school to attend.

 

How can I make sure my school is accredited?

There are two steps to making sure that you’re attending a quality school. One, make sure that your school is actually accredited by who they say they are. Go to the accreditors’ website and make sure that you can find your chosen school listed under their accredited programs. Second, go to the Department of Education database linked above to verify that the accreditor is legitimate.

 

In the end . . .

Attending an accredited school and program is the first thing prospective learners check when searching for the right school, and it is the right first step to take after determining what program is of interest. Remember, accreditation is the quality seal that can make or break your educational experience. Spend some time learning about accreditation to help make the right school decision.

 

Nightingale College offers two accredited nursing programs, the ADN Program for those ready to jump start their nursing career and the RN-to-BSN Program for licensed nurses looking to advance their knowledge and skills.

 

 

 

How do I keep my self-esteem up when nursing school is so hard?

Nursing school is hard. It’s meant to be hard. We wouldn’t want to be cared for by unprepared nurses, so at Nightingale, we strive to teach nursing learners to be prepared. It’s no secret that nursing school is a lot of work for learners, and, if they aren’t performing as well as they would like, this can lead to low self-esteem.  

Why is it important to have a healthy self-esteem?

Learners can sometimes feel like they’re not good enough, not strong enough, not awake enough, not smart enough, or not patient enough to become a nurse, which ultimately can injure their self-esteem and academic performance.

But do you know what is more stressful than nursing school? Being a nurse. In school, you take the class, get the grade, rinse and repeat. As grueling as school may be, in the workplace you’re dealing with people’s lives.

This is why it is important to set a pattern of healthy self-esteem early in your nursing education, so that when time comes to move into more stressful situations, your self-esteem doesn’t hold you back.

Psychologist Dr. Ken Shore wrote, “A student’s self-esteem has a significant impact on almost everything she does — on the way she engages in activities, deals with challenges, and interacts with others. Self-esteem also can have a marked effect on academic performance. Low self-esteem can lessen a student’s desire to learn, her ability to focus, and her willingness to take risks. Positive self-esteem, on the other hand, is one of the building blocks of school success; it provides a firm foundation for learning.”

Have you ever heard a little whisper saying you’re not good enough inside your head? Do you get especially down on yourself after an exam, and maybe have trouble making the feeling go away days or even weeks later? 

Here are some tips you can try to increase your self-esteem in school.

Make yourself a checklist of achievable tasks.

Have a lot of things to do today? Write them all down. Clinicals, homework, discussions…even getting coffee, no task is too small for this list. Put a nice square checkbox by each one, and check it off with a red pen when you’re done. At the end of the day, you can look back and see all the things you have accomplished. Plus, it feels really good to check boxes.

Study in groups.

If you don’t understand something, studying in a group can really help. You can also keep track of the classes, the assignments, and the schedules that are respective to each class. Surrounding yourself with people to encourage you will help you stay positive about your academics. Annie Dilling, the Summer 2017 valedictorian, said she uses small groups to be able to teach the content, because that’s how she learns best. She said if those aren’t available, she uses her husband as her guinea pig. 

Dispel that little whisper.

Whenever you think a negative thought about your achievements, think of something that you have accomplished. Replace the thought, don’t just push it away. Pay special attention to the thoughts that are broad and negative. If you’re having thoughts like “I’m an idiot” after a low score on a test, realize that you are generalizing. It is okay to accept that you may not be the best at one thing, but don’t let those thoughts broaden to everything.

Challenge yourself.

Once in awhile, do something a little outside your comfort zone. If you don’t achieve it on the first try, try again. Challenging yourself can expand your horizons and your capabilities. By increasing just a little each day, imagine what you could accomplish over a semester.

Remember to be grateful.

It is easy to think of things that are hard, the things that frustrate us, make us look bad, or catch us off guard, but we also have to remember those things that are going right. So you might not have straight A’s, but you are in school. You have your health. You made it this far. Think of the things that are going right in your life too.

Realize that no one is perfect.

Sometimes low self-esteem is a result of comparing yourself to others. Make sure to remind yourself that no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Everyone has weaknesses. Everyone is miserable at math (well, most of us anyway). It will do you no good to hold yourself to an unachieveable standard.

One of Nightingale College’s Values, Respecting Humanity, is defined as “A commitment to honoring and accepting every individual.” That includes yourself! Respect your own humanity, and realize that you will never be perfect at everything. We all come with strengths and weaknesses, and to be prepared as a nurse, we need to accept them.

The Leading Cause of Death to a Nurse’s Career: Social Media

Let’s face it, social media has integrated into daily life, changed the means of communication, and how we interact with others. However, that is not the worst. Deemed as the silent career killer, social media can influence how a future or current employer views you. We are guessing you are here for the simple fact […]

DDC Partner Receives Distinguished Award

At Nightingale College, we enjoy celebrating the success of not only our learners and collaborators, but of our DDC Partners. DDC Partner Monte Vista Hills Health Care Center, located in Pocatello, Idaho, received the prestigious Ensign Flab award. The Ensign Flag award is given to a facility within the Ensign Group that excels within a variety of categories. The categories that a facility is scored in are clinical outcome, quality measures, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, regulatory inspections, compliance audits, financial performance, and cultural contribution to the organization.

Nightingale College is honored to be associated with a health care facility that goes beyond self to serve the community, patients, and employees.

To view the official media announcement, visit the link http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14118409.htm.

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

Study How do you find the time to study when holding down a full-time job? After a long day at work, studying is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Many learners who are in this boat share how unfocused they are when studying. Some have even mentioned how unmotivated they are to really understand the concepts and rush through studying. It soon becomes a game of remembering concepts just so it can be regurgitated back on the test and then forgotten. Newsflash! That is not the way to study or learn, and will do you more harm than good. So much time and effort goes into your education, so don’t do yourself an injustice and slide on through nursing school.

Being prepared for nursing school as a full-time employee takes some additional effort. If you are looking for tips on working and attending school simultaneously, check out our part article Get a Nursing Degree while Working: Is it Possible? then refer back to this article to review the studying portion.

For those who are considering attending nursing school while working, take time to concentrate on what it really takes to be a nursing learner. Don’t get us wrong, it is possible to do both. We have seen it done. But let us help you prepare for juggling both so it no longer will be a one-person circus act, but you’ll have a whole crew supporting you.

Once you have solidified your plan of action and are mentally prepared, the next step is to learn how to successfully study when time is not on your side as you are focused on online class, and bouncing from simulation lab to clinicals. Studying often gets put on the back burner and is overlooked. Nursing school requires a significant amount of studying to stay on top of class material. Here are our top tips we recommend:

Create a routine study schedule. Even if your work schedule changes, it is important to stick to a routine that you designed. A study schedule that works well for one person may not benefit another. Studying a little every day is recommended as it helps cement concepts in your mind. Take an hour or two in the morning, over lunch, or before bed to review recent class material and to reread sections in the assigned textbook. Every day you are giving yourself a refresher.

Join a study group. First off, study groups are not for everyone. If you find no value in study groups, then do waste time joining one (and see the next point). Focus on studying techniques that work. For those that benefit from study groups, find a few members in your cohort and schedule a time to meet. Again, it is about creating a set study schedule. Be each other’s support and use the time to ask questions, clarify concepts for another group member, or to be around likeminded individuals. Sometimes knowing that you are not alone is the motivation needed.

Discover your studying niche. Time is wasted on useless studying techniques that are of no benefit. We focus a good portion on steering learners towards more useful studying techniques that fit their learning style. Explore the various studying techniques such as using colors to differentiate concepts, recording yourself “teaching” the subject, and using mind maps.  As one of the more important recommendations, if time is an issue, stop and consider if your current study methods are on point.

Be open with your employer. Some may shy away from letting their employer know, but being open with your employer about your goal of finishing nursing school or completing the RN to BSN Program will give you peace of mind. Invested employers will cheer you along and may even end up as a helpful resource. Another benefit to sharing your goal with your boss is that as job positions become available, you may be lucky enough to secure the position upon graduation with the recommendation from your boss, which may not have been possible if you did not share your future aspirations.

Be accountable. Holding yourself accountable for your progress is the key to success. Only you are responsible for passing the class, acing the skills pass off, and even showing up on time. Be accountable for sticking to your set study schedule, and do not place fault with others. Finding the time to study while working requires dedication that only you are responsible for. Always be accountable for your success, and in nursing school, that requires continuous studying.

It is unbelievable to see the hard work learners put in who are insistent on succeeding in nursing school and maintaining a job. However, it is not easy. Learning to study correctly will help you use time wisely.

Need further help in the realm of studying? Visit with our Learner Advising and Life Resources (LALR) Department.

Nightingale College Renews Partnership with the NRHA

Nightingale College announces its partnership with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for a second year.

The College joined the NRHA in 2016 as a Pipeline Partner to help improve health care in rural communities. Unlike their urban counterparts, rural Americans face challenges that limit their access to health care and health-related educational programs. To fulfill its mission of “creating pathways to educational and professional success” and “elevating health care,” the College renewed it partnership with the organization for 2017. The College, as an NRHA Pipeline Partner, offers its full-distance Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Programs to rural areas, providing a continuous pathway for health care facilities to recruit, retain, and support homegrown registered nurses. Nightingale College looks forward to continuing to assist rural health care facilities fight the nursing shortage and lack of educational opportunities. With the collaborative efforts of the College and its partners, rural communities can provide advanced education to licensed registered nurses, and educate and graduate locally trained nurses who are ready to serve their community.

Nightingale College is excited to serve rural America, its health care providers and residents in the upcoming year.

View the College’s efforts on the rural landscape through the Dedicated Distance Cohort (DDC) site by clicking here.

First Day of Nursing School Lab: What to Expect

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Learners in Ogden get hands-on experience with one of Nightingale College’s simulation mannequins during their nursing school lab experience. 

As you prepare to get back into the flow of school and prepare for new learner orientation, it is easy to underestimate all the activities that are involved in nursing school. Besides logging in to your class lectures online, on-ground labs and clinicals are part of the course. Prepping for the online portion of classes is not very complicated; however, preparing for nursing school labs and clinicals can throw you off guard. What is to be expected? Fortunately, you are not the first learner to ponder the question of what to expect your first day of simulation lab.

Nursing school centers around learning how to manage and monitor patients’ health, which comes with developing the necessary skills that go beyond lectures and class discussions. Simulation lab helps learners practice real-world situations on low-, medium-, and high-fidelity mannequins with the guidance of an instructor. It is the opportunity for learners to practice hands-on patient care in a safe environment to learn about taking the proper action when the patient’s health takes a turn for the worse.

As intimidating as it can be to realize you are going to be learning how to manage someone’s health, stay calm and realize that the hands-on instruction you are learning is crucial to developing the skills and knowledge that are required to take care of a patient’s well-being.

It is important to take simulation lab very seriously and imagine yourself working on a real patient as opposed to a mannequin. Instructors will sit back, analyze you as you practice specific skills in treatment, and be attentive to the actions you take to address the health concerns of the patient. For example, when your patient (the mannequin) starts turning blue, you will need to assess why and make the right actions to prevent the patient’s health from declining by talking it through as you fulfill the task.

Simulation lab is not a time to slack off. Take simulation labs very seriously. You will be handling real patients in your clinical experiences.

On your first day of labs, don’t get too overwhelmed. But you should be fully prepared. Here’s what you need to keep in mind to be ready for your first day of clinicals:

  • Dress like a nurse. Remember to wear your Nightingale College uniform. The College provides scrubs to every learner for good reason. Show up to labs in your uniform and adhere to the other guidelines set for attending labs. No learner should show up in scrubs other than the approved Nightingale College learner scrubs. Additionally, learners are required to show up to lab (and clinicals) with scrubs that are neatly laundered and ironed. Wrinkly, dirty scrubs are never acceptable, especially for nurses.
  • You’re in school. Where are your school materials? Bring your computer, notebook, and pen to lab to follow presentations on your computer and to capture important information. The notebook and pen ensure that you can easily jot down notes throughout lab so you aren’t wasting time typing or annoying a fellow nursing learner with your excessive typing. Part of lab is getting up and watching simulations done by the instructor or waiting in line behind fellow classmates to practice on the mannequin. Jot down notes as the instructor talks through the process and is aiding other learners. You can learn quite a bit from listening intently while the instructor is advising other learners.
  • Be conscious of time and respect the time of others. Being on time is important to any career. Make it a priority to be at your scheduled lab on time so you don’t run in late and miss important information. Respecting others’ time helps create a collaborative environment where learning reaches new heights. Do your best to not detain the class from starting.
  • It is a time to ask questions. If there were any time to pose a question in nursing school, it would be in simulation lab. Never hold back a question when it comes to a patient’s health. Often, registered nurses fear asking doctors for clarifications regarding a patient’s treatment; this is where mistakes happen. Learn to ask questions if you are unsure about the task at hand. However, learn to ask questions directly and quickly. The health care environment is fast paced and there is no time to stumble around a question.
  • You’re a nurse. Bring your nursing equipment like your stethoscope and learner ID badge. Enough said.

Simulation lab is a fun experience that allows you to finally practice care as opposed to read about it in your class materials. It is the part of the class that you gain the most experience from as you should always think in terms of action, not facts. Join your classmates in lab with a positive attitude. Simulation lab lasts a few hours and torpedoing the environment with negativity may keep other classmates from paying attention and positively engaging in the activities and post-lab discussions. Not to mention, your future patients will appreciate a positive and upbeat attitude.

Take a Glimpse at Nightingale College’s Simulation Lab

De-Stress this Season in 10 Steps or Less

‘Tis the season to unwind, reflect back on the year, and prepare for next year. However, it is also a time many people increase their level of stress. (Holidays can do that to a person.) Nursing school is stressful, but there are influences outside of school that can add to the stress that is already there. Learning to handle stress and alleviate it in a healthy manner is a skill that pays off in the long run and can be applied not only in nursing school. Take the time this season to focus on de-stressing.

Here are 10 tips to help de-stress your holiday season, so you can start the new year off with a positive attitude. Take a 10- to 15-minute break when the stress starts to build up, and experiment with these de-stressing tips:

      1. Listen to your favorite music. Take a break from studying, holiday shopping, or pesky relatives that talk politics to unwind. Lie down on your back, listen to your music, and breath. As a relaxation technique, music is shown to help people escape from stress. Another great musical tip, especially if you can’t focus in silence, is to listen to Hans Zimmer Pandora.  The music has no distracting lyrics and the scores are intended to motivate and relax you.
      2. Stretch and meditate. Focus on how it feels to help eliminate stress. Many of us tend to study in awkward positions, hurting our necks and back.  Rolling your neck and stretching your back will help you feel more comfortable and alleviate some of that stress in your body. The art of meditation is to calm the mind and focus on your body. Focus on breathing by taking deep breaths and escape the world for a few minutes.
      3. Stand up and get moving. If meditating is not for you or you have been sitting longer than 20 minutes, it is recommended to go for a short walk to refocus and get out of the slump. Plus, sitting for long periods of time is not advisable. Simply moving your body helps blood circulation as well as refreshes the mind. For example, when studying gets a bit tedious, taking a walk or getting up to stretch will do wonders. Do 20 jumping jacks, jump rope, or even just dance.
      4. Color away the stress. There are great adult coloring books out there as well as free printable coloring pages and apps designed to help adults relax. Placate the inner child and grab a coloring book. Coloring requires focus, design, and various colors. Set aside the tasks at hand or thoughts that are causing stress and try some color therapy. Coloring is said to develop focus and mindfulness. In a world filled with distractions and stress-inducing situations, learning to refocus is vital.
      5. Laugh it out. A popular technique is to just laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Take a break and spend a few minutes watching or reading something funny. There is a lot of power in laughter. Ever heard of Norman Cousins? He laughed death in the face and defeated a painful disease that doctors said couldn’t be helped. Simply put, Cousins suffered from a connective tissue disorder, resulting in terrible bouts of pain. Doctors did what they could but in the end, Cousins continued to have pain. He checked in to a hotel and watched numerous hilarious videos. Cousins lived years longer than doctors suspected and experienced little pain after. Does it prove laughter has healing properties? No one knows, but what Cousins’ story shows us is the power of laughter.
      6. Act. Squeezing a stress ball or punching a pillow can help get some of that stress out that has been bottled up. People today find exercising a great stress reliever that motivates them to lift more weights than yesterday, run that extra mile, and do five more pull ups than before. Bottled up stress is dangerous to the person and those around them. To avoid snapping under pressure, find an outlet to channel the stress by getting active and using it as motivation to challenge yourself. It can be something as simple as punching a pillow or as intense as putting on a boot camp-style workout video and spending 15 to 30 minutes breaking a sweat.
      7. Write. For some, writing is a way of removing stress. Whether it is escaping into a fictional world or writing goals for the week, writing does amazing things to the mind when it comes to relaxation. Write down some of the things you or grateful for and reasons why your goal (of becoming a nurse!) is so important to you. This will help you focus on what is important in your life and be a visual reminder to you.
      8. Take a shower and wash off some of that stress. Sometimes to decrease the amount of stress is as simple as hopping in a shower. Showers and baths are therapeutic, which is why people recommend showers as a time to unwind. The hot water also helps improve blood circulation, relieves stiff muscles such as in the neck and shoulders (refer to point 2 above). Using some aromatherapy scents in the shower, like lavender, can be extremely helpful.
      9. Pet an animal. Animals are known to help alleviate stress. By petting or playing with an animal, oxytoin is released, which is known as the stress-reducing hormone. For example, therapy animals are widely used in a variety of settings. From treating Alzheimer patients to helping young children learn to care for an animal, animals have an incredible influence on humans. It must be those big eyes and loving heart that captures us all.
      10. Think positive. The power of the mind is incredible, as you all know. The glass-half-empty mentality should be replaced quickly with the glass-half-full idea. Understanding that stressful situations will arise and being able to reframe it to see the positive and the benefits of completing the challenge changes your whole perception. “You do not need to be a victim of worry. Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Next time you find yourself ready to pull your hair out or dealing with an early mid-life crisis, remember to take a break and find activities that will decrease stress. Stress has been shown to decrease the immune system, influence hair loss, initiate weight gain, bring on depression, and other unfortunate outcomes. When all else fails, unplug yourself by taking a vacation, spending time with loved ones and friends, and enjoy the time. For situations that cannot be avoided, reward yourself after with a treat or event that will allow you to let go and slow down.

Meet Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson joined Nightingale College four months ago and oversees the Learner Advising and Life Resources department. Her main goal is to help learners by being their advocate from the
day of orientation through graduation and beyond.

What is yourAshley Thompson favorite part about working here?

Nightingale College has a great Mission and Vision as well as excellent Values. I love seeing learners achieve their goals. Many learners seek help from me with issues that most people would find very difficult to deal with even without the stress of school, but these learners are able to elevate above the road blocks and achieve greatness. I also love having the ability to be creative and finding new ways to help learners achieve their goals. I am proud to be part of the College.

What is your one piece of advice to the learners and grads?

Just keep swimming. Nursing school is very hard, then there is the next step of passing boards, then you have to go and get a job. We do have resources to assist you along the way, but it can still seem insurmountable.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I very much enjoy cooking and creating new dishes. After a hard work week, I look forward to creating something delicious, exciting, and new. It relaxes me. I also enjoy all things science fiction and love reading the works of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, and H. P. Lovecraft.

If you were to participate in a pageant, what would your talent be?

I really enjoy singing, however, I’m not so sure that everyone else enjoys my singing, so I will have to say debating. I’m very good at arguing my point and backing it up with accumulated knowledge and statistics, then persuading others to see and agree with my point of view.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

Dreams, by the Cranberries- It’s about change, love, and overcoming fear. This song really speaks to me and encompasses the values that I hold dear.

What is ONE things that you would like everyone to know about you?

I would like everyone to know that I have my Master’s degree (MBA). I worked very hard in school and very proud of the fact that I graduated and finished my degree.

14+ Tips To Get You Interview Ready

Interview Tips

Job Interview Do’s:

Dress the part of someone who is successful in your chosen field. Make sure your clothing fits well, is neatly pressed, and is appropriate for the work environment.

Greet your interviewer with a firm – but not bone crunching – handshake, and a warm smile.  Sit up straight and lean slightly forward during the interview.

Make regular – but not piercing or staring – eye contact.  Show some energy and enthusiasm through your vocal tone.

Analyze the requirements for your target job and be prepared to share at least five compelling reasons as to why you should be hired.

Prepare anecdotes, stories and examples that show how you have tapped those strengths to be successful in your past jobs, internships, classes and activities.  Describe specific situations or challenges, the actions you took to intervene, and the results which you generated.

Pay particular attention to how you have positively impacted the bottom line in your past jobs – whether that was saving money, increasing sales, retaining staff, recruiting employees, securing funding or improving quality.

Listen carefully to each question before jumping in with your response.  Ask for clarification if you are unsure of what the interviewer is getting at.

Carefully review your resume and be prepared to discuss challenges and successes in each position listed in your document.

Rehearse answers to some typical interview questions, including the dreaded inquiry about your weaknesses.

Be ready to explain in as positive a manner as possible why you left, or why you were asked to leave, any position on your resume.

Make sure you research the employer thoroughly and know why you would like to work there.

Let the interviewer know at the close of your meeting that you are highly interested in the job based on what you learned through the process. Make it clear that you would welcome the opportunity to work with them, or continue on in the process.

Secure the name and email of each interviewer prior to leaving the premises.

As soon as possible after departing, send a follow up email, card or letter which expresses your gratitude, briefly summarizes how the job is a good fit and references your heightened interest in the position.

What to Avoid During a Job Interview

In addition to being sure that you are doing all the right things, it’s important not to do the wrong things during a job interview. Acting inappropriately during a job interview, or saying something that causes concern for the interviewer will hinder your chances of getting hired. Here are some things not to do when you’re interviewing.

Job Interview Don’ts:

  • Criticize any previous employer, co-worker or supervisor.
  • Make any false statements that could be discovered by your employer in the future.
  • Share any weaknesses which are central to your target job.
  • Make vague, unsubstantiated assertions about your qualifications.
  • Show a preference for any single interviewer in a group interview situation.
  • Act like a know it all.
  • Check your cell phone during your interview.
  • Arrive late for your interview.
  • Enter the employer’s facility more than 20 minutes prior to the interview.
  • Dress in too casual a manner.
  • Act like you could take or leave the job.
  • Talk too much.
  • Joke around excessively.

Common Interview Questions About You

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How will your greatest strength help you perform?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about something that’s not on your resume.
  • How do you handle failure?
  • How do you handle success?
  • Do you consider yourself successful? Why?
  • Are you lucky?
  • Are you nice?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Describe a typical work week.
  • Describe your work style.
  • Do you work well with other people?
  • Do you take work home with you?
  • How are you different from the competition?
  • How do you view yourself? Who do you compare yourself to?
  • How does this job fit in with your career plan?
  • How many hours do you normally work?
  • How would you adjust to working for a new company?
  • How would you describe the pace at which you work?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • Is there anything else we should know about you?
  • What motivates you?
  • Are you a self-motivator?
  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  • What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What do people most often criticize about you?
  • What is the biggest criticism you received from your boss?
  • What is the worst thing that you have ever gotten away with?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What is your professional development plan?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
  • What will you miss most about your last job?
  • What won’t you miss about your last job?
  • What would you be looking for in an applicant?
  • When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
  • Would you rather be liked or respected?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • Why did you go back to school?
  • Why should I take a risk on you?
  • If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
  • If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  • Give some examples of teamwork.
  • More teamwork interview questions.
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
  • Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
  • Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

Common Interview Questions About Your Qualifications

  • Are you overqualified for this job?
  • Describe how you managed a problem employee.
  • How did you impact the bottom line?
  • Interview questions about your abilities.
  • What applicable attributes / experience do you have?
  • What can you do better for us than the other candidates for the job?
  • What part of the job will be the least challenging for you?
  • Which parts of this job are the most challenging for you?
  • What philosophy guides your work?
  • What strength will help you the most to succeed?
  • Why are you interested in taking a lower level job?
  • Why are you interested in a non-management job?

Common Interview Questions About Your Work History

  • Name of company, position title and description, dates of employment.
  • Questions about your resume.
  • What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?
  • What were your responsibilities?
  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
  • Which was most / least rewarding?
  • What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
  • Questions about job demotions.
  • Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
  • What was it like working for your supervisor?
  • What do you expect from a supervisor?
  • What problems have you encountered at work?
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
  • Have you worked with someone who didn’t like your work?
  • How did you fit in with the company culture?
  • How have you impacted worker safety?
  • Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
  • Describe your ideal boss.
  • Describe the gap in your employment history.
  • Tell me about something you would have done differently at work.
  • Why are you leaving your job?
  • Why do you want to change jobs?
  • Why were you fired?
  • Why were you laid-off?
  • Why did you quit your job?
  • Why did you resign?
  • What have you been doing since your last job?
  • Why have you been out of work so long?
  • Why weren’t you promoted at your last job?

Common Interview Questions About Money

  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What are your salary requirements – both short-term and long-term?
  • Why would you take a job for less money?

Common Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

  • How is our company better than your current employer?
  • Should employees use social media at work?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What can you do for this company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why shouldn’t we hire you?
  • Why should we hire you instead of the other applicants for the job?
  • Why are you the best person for the job?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • What can we expect from you in the first 60 days on the job?
  • What can you contribute to this company?
  • What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days on the job?
  • What would you do if you found out the company was doing something illegal?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • What are the most significant trends in your field?
  • What is good customer service?
  • What would be your ideal company culture?
  • How long do you expect to remain employed with this company?
  • When could you start work?
  • Please rate me as an interviewer.
  • Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Common Interview Questions About the Future

  • What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
  • How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  • How would you feel about working for a younger manager?
  • More questions about your career goals.
  • What will you do if you don’t get this position?
  • Where else are you interviewing?

Behavioral Interview Questions In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate’s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.

– Author: Alan Drage (People Services, Director)

43 Tips to a Strong Resume

Untitled-2Think your resume is ready to be presented to a potential employer? Make sure your resume is free of errors (grammatically errors, spelling errors, punctuation errors) and is not missing any important information that could jeopardize your chances or catch you off guard.

Check out these 43 tips to resume writing, and put your best foot forward by getting started the right way.

1. Know the purpose of your resume
Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document is to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job.
2. Back up your qualities and strengths
Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver), try to connect each with actual life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, or else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.
3. Make sure to use the right keywords
Most companies (even small ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. The HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what? If your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts. Keep in mind that these keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job description and related job ads for a clue on what the employer might be looking for.
4. Use effective titles
Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 5 seconds. The most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the needed attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible by giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences.
5. Proofread it twice
It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many times as necessary.
6. Use bullet points
No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Therefore, make sure to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives.
7. Include the end goal
Including professional goals can help you give employers an idea of where you are going, and how you want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special section devoted to your professional objectives, but the resume must communicate it. The question of whether or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a controversial matter among HR managers, so go with your feeling. If you decide to list them, make sure the objectives are not generic.
8. Put the most important information first
This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume as well as to the individual sections. Most of the time your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
9. Attention to the typography
First of all, make sure that your fonts are big enough. The smallest you should go is 11 points, but 12 points is probably safer. DO NOT use capital letters all over the place. Remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible with the least amount of distractions. Classic fonts such as Arial and Times are always good choices.
10. Do not include “no kidding” information
Many people include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!”
11. Explain the benefits of your skills
Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit the employer’s company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.
12. Avoid negativity
Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company.
13. Achievements instead of responsibilities
Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, describe your professional achievements.
14. No pictures
Sure, we know that you are good looking, but unless you are applying for a job where the physical traits are very important (e.g., modeling, acting and so on), and unless the employer specifically requested it, you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume.
15. Use numbers
This tip is a complement to number 13 above. If you are going to describe your past professional achievements, it would be a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased the annual revenues of your division, but say that you increased them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on.
16. One resume for each employer
One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Yes, it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (and in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters.
17. Identify the problems of the employer
A good starting point that will help you tailor your resume for a specific employer is to identify what possible problems the employer might have at hand. Try to understand the market of the company you are applying for, and identify what kind of difficulties that field might be going through. Then, illustrate on your resume how you and your skills would help to solve those problems.
18. Avoid age discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate people because of their age, but some employers do nonetheless. Why risk the trouble? Unless specifically requested, do not include your age on your resume.
19. You don’t need to list all your work experiences
If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.
20. Go with what you got
If you never had any real working experience, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you don’t have a degree yet, mention the title and the estimated date for completion. As long as those points are relevant to the job in question, it does not matter if they are official or not.
21. Sell yourself
Remember that you are trying to sell yourself. As long as you don’t go over the edge, all the marketing efforts that you can put in your resume (in its content, design, delivery method, and so on) will give you an advantage over the other candidates.
22. Don’t include irrelevant information
Irrelevant information such as political affiliation, religion and sexual preference will not help you. In fact, it might even hurt your chances of landing an interview. Just skip it.
23. Use Mr. and Ms. (if appropriate)
If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Ryan make sure to include the Mr. or Ms. prefix, so that employers will not get confused about your gender.
24. No lies, please
Seems like a no brainer, but you would be amused to discover the amount of people that lie in their resumes. Even small lies should be avoided. Apart from being wrong, most HR departments do background checks these days, and if you are, well, it might ruin your credibility for good.
25. Keep the salary in mind
The image you will create with your resume must match the salary and responsibility level that you are aiming for.
26. Analyze job ads
You will find plenty of useful information on job ads. Analyze not only the ad that you will be applying for, but also those from companies on the same segment or offering related positions. You should be able to identify what profile they are looking for and how the information should be presented.
27. Get someone else to review your resume
Even if you think you resume is looking superior, it would be a good idea to get a second and third opinion about it. We usually become blind to our own mistakes or way of reasoning, so other people will be in a good position to evaluate the overall quality of your resume and make appropriate suggestions.
28. One or two pages
The ideal length for a resume is a debatable subject. Most employers and recruiting specialists, however, say that it should be one or two pages at maximum. Just keep in mind that, provided all the necessary information is there, the shorter your resume, the better.
29. Use action verbs
A very common advice to job seekers is to use action verbs. But what are they? Action verbs are basically verbs that will get noticed more easily, and that will clearly communicate what your experience or achievement were. Examples include managed, coached, enforced and planned. Action verbs are strong, hardy verbs.
30. Use a good printer
If you are going to use a paper version of your resume, make sure to use a decent printer. Laser printers usually get the job done. Plain white paper is preferred as well.
31. No hobbies
Unless you are 100% sure that some of your hobbies will support you candidacy, avoid mentioning them. I know you are proud of your swimming team, but share it with your friends and not with potential employers.
32. Update your resume regularly
It is a good idea to update your resume on a regular basis. Add all the new information that you think is relevant including courses, training programs and other academic qualifications that you might receive along the way. This is the best way to keep track of everything and to make sure that you will not end up sending an obsolete document to the employer.
33. Mention who you worked with
If you have reported or worked with someone that is well known in your industry, it could be a good idea to mention it on the resume. The same thing applies to presidents and CEOs. If you reported to or worked directly with highly ranked executives, add it to the resume.
34. No scattered information
Your resume must have a clear focus. It would cause a negative impression if you mentioned that one year you were studying drama, and the next you were working as an accountant. Make sure that all the information you include will work towards a unified image and goal. Employers like decided and direct people.
35. Make the design flow with white space
Do not jam your resume with text. Sure, we said that you should make your resume as short and concise as possible, but that refers to the overall amount of information and not to how much text you can pack in a single sheet of paper. White space between the words, lines and paragraphs can improve the legibility of your resume.
36. Lists all your positions
If you have worked a long time for the same company (over 10 years), it could be a good idea to list all the different positions and roles that you had during this time separately. You probably had different responsibilities and developed different skills on each role, so the employer will like to know it.
37. No jargon or slang
It should be common sense, but believe me, it is not. Slang should never be present in a resume. As for technical jargon, do not assume that the employer will know what you are talking about. Even if you are sending your resume to a company in the same segment, the person who will read it for the first time might not have any technical expertise.
38. Careful with sample resume templates
There are many websites that offer free resume templates. While they can help you get an idea of what you are looking for, do not just copy and paste one of the most used ones. You certainly don’t want to look just like any other candidate, do you?
39. Create an email proof formatting
It is very likely that you will end up sending your resume via email to most companies. Apart from having a Word document ready to go as an attachment, you should also have a text version of your resume that does not look disfigured in the body of the email or in online forms. Attachments might get blocked by spam filters, and many people just prefer having the resume in the body of the email itself.
40. Remove your older work experiences
If you have been working for 20 years or more, there is no need to have 2 pages of your resume listing all your work experiences, starting with the job at the local coffee shop at the age of 17! Most experts agree that the last 15 years of your career are enough.
41. No fancy design details
Do not use a colored background, fancy fonts or images on your resume. You might think that the little flowers will cheer up the document, but other people might just throw it away at the sight. You want to appear as professional, so keep this in mind as you are formatting your resume.
42. No pronouns
You resume should not contain the pronouns “I” or “me.” We normally structure sentences this way, but since your resume is a document about you as a person, using these pronouns is actually redundant.
43. Don’t forget the basics
The first thing on your resume should be your name. It should be bold and with a larger font than the rest of the text. Make sure that your contact details are clearly listed below. Secondly, both the name and contact details should be included on all the pages of the resume (if you have more than one).

– Author: Alan Drage (People Services, Director)

Nightingale’s Nursing Program is Now FULLY ACCREDITED by ACEN!

Nightingale College is proud to announce that its Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program received an initial accreditation grant from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2019. In addition, the College’s institutional accreditor, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), renewed the College’s accreditation grant through 2018. Congratulations to all!

Flame! Forward!

Mikhail Shneyder, RN, President and CEO

Nightingale College thanks all the amazing individuals that brought about this final programmatic accreditation status.

WE DID IT!

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How to Manage Your Time in Nursing School

There is always one thing on a nursing student’s mind- how am I going to get everything done with so little time to do it in? Well, this blog hopefully will help you to know how to better manage your time.

How to Overcome Procrastination?

What is procrastination? It is where you decide to fulfill a goal and you postpone doing the things that are needed to fulfill that goal. Most people procrastinate because of fear, and it’s fear of multiple things; fear or failure, fear of rejection, fear of commitment, fear or success, ect. Many find procrastination to be rewarding at first, but eventually the procrastination will reach higher levels then it had before. To overcome procrastination, you need to not only make specific, realistic goals to achieve, but you need to find balance in your life.

There are 3 areas of your life that need to be balanced: school, work and leisure. If you have a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction in these 3 areas, then you are probably balancing them pretty well. If you have any negative feelings, or feeling like you do not have enough time for even one of these subjects, then you will need to re-examine how much time is spent on each subject, and then re-balance each subject. This blog post will give you suggestions and hopefully help you feel calmer in your every day life.

Pie Graph – Balancing Your Time

Linda Wong, a former professor at Lane Community College, suggests that you design a pie graph and identify how much time you spend on each subject. Now, each individuals diagram will look different, but generally if you are balancing your time equally, it should look something like this:

Pie Graph - Balanced areas of life

If your pie graph does not look like this, then you need to re-evaluate where you are spending too much or too little time at, and then adjust your schedule accordingly. This is known as the “Increase-Decrease method” If the pie graph does not work for you, try to write a list of all the activities you are needing to do that day and how much time you should spend on each activity.

Suggestion: Aim for half and hour increments at a time for each project you write down. Listing them out this way will make it seem more achievable. Also, keep a planner or a schedule on your phone or computer, this is a good way to make a list of all your activities for each day.

Goals of Time Management

There are 4 goals of time management that you should

always aim for, they are:

  1. Strive for balance: As stated above, make time for study, work and social time. Balance in these areas will keep the stress levels down a notch and bring you a feeling of gratification.
  2. Create Patterns: Study for a class the same day that you have that class, so you can better focus on one subject rather then on 5 or 6. Also, try to plan your studying time when you have the most energy during the

    day. And, whenever possible, try to manage all of your activities around the same time every day so you know exactly how your day is going to be planned out.

  3. Include time for your personal goals: Make a list of all of your personal goals that you want to achieve while planning out studying and work time. Accomplishing your goals will help you to feel a sense of relief. When it comes to your personal goals, make them realistic. If it’s a big project that you want to get done, break it down into smaller tasks

    until the entire project is completed.

  4. Establish good health habits: Eat healthy, nutritious meals. drink plenty of water, and shoot for between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep deprivation will slow the thinking process and will minimize how much you retain from your studies.

These are just a few suggestions to help you better manage your time. If you’d like more information on time management, visit Study Guides and Strategies.

In our next blog, we will be interviewing a

few students to get their intake on how they balance life between school and personal life. Hopefully, this will help you to find out what works best for your schedule.

Happy Planning!

Reference: Wong, L. (2000). Essential Study Skills (Third Edition). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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How to Overcome Test Anxiety in Nursing School

Nursing student in ogden utah learn how to overcome test anxiety

Testing Anxiety

Wanting to overcome test anxiety is quite common among students in a school setting. Often, students are so worried about how their test scores are going to turn out that they experience anxiety, some levels more severe than others. There are ways to prepare for a test that will decrease the level of anxiety and a student will be able to focus on the test without worrying about their performance. Some general preparation guidelines on how to overcome test anxiety in nursing school include:

  • Develop study habits and strategies that are efficient.
  • Manage your time wisely, don’t procrastinate your studies.
  • Organize your study materials to better review them.
  • Create a step-by-step approach, look at all aspects, to better help you prepare for each test.
  • Look at your last test- what needs to be improved upon? What could you have done better? Review aspects of your last test.

Here are more preparation guidelines to help reduce your stress levels:

  • Looking at the test with a more confident appearance will help immensely. Take the test in stride- view it as an opportunity to show how much you studied and reward yourself after the test is done.
  • Prepare yourself! Thoroughly examine and organize all materials before your test, use a checklist if necessary.
  • Comfort while taking the test will ease your stress- pick a location with good lighting and little to no distractions.
  • Do not cram information in right before the test- this will increase anxiety. Review all information well before the test.
  • Enter the testing area early. Allowing yourself more time to relax before the test will help you to examine your surroundings, and help you pick a place with better lighting and fewer distractions.
  • Separate yourself from other students who may not be as well prepared. Negative thoughts and expressions will make you question your preparation.
  • Exercise. This will bring blood to the brain and will help your thinking function.
  • A good night’s sleep will help you feel rested for the test.
  • Eat healthy foods, feed your brain with fruits and vegetables. Stay away from processed foods, for they can disrupt the brain function.
  • Take a snack or other form of nourishment to take your mind off your anxiety. Again, stay away from processed foods such as candy, that containing high grams of sugar.

During your test, make sure you:

  1. Read the instructions- don’t skim through them, actually read them.
  2. Check how long you have to take your test, then estimate how much time you can spend on each question.
  3. Change your body position to help you relax and focus.
  4. If you are stuck on a question and cannot figure out what the answer is, skip it and go on to the next one. If the test you are taking is an essay test, pick one question and begin writing. The answer may come to mind.
  5. Don’t get flustered if another student finishes before you do. It is not a race; take as much time as is available for your test.

When you have completed the test, review how you did

  • Make a list on what worked, it doesn’t matter how small they may seem, they are helping lead you to success.
  • Make a list on what needs improvement.
  • Review all your strategies.
  • Celebrate that you are one step closer to overcoming this hurdle in your testing career!

If you suffer with test anxiety, make sure to express these concerns to your instructor far in advance. They may be able to go over the material with you to help you feel more comforted in your studies.

For other sources on how to overcome test anxiety, click here

Happy Testing!

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