The Nurses Report: A UB School of Nursing Blog

Welcome to University at Buffalo’s (UB) nursing blog! As an institution of higher education, we are always striving to effectively prepare future nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse leaders, educators and researchers. Our posts include helpful information for nursing students and professionals -- and for the curious!

Nursing is a challenging yet incredibly rewarding career. The first challenge? Getting through nursing school. Current student Janet Chan shares her insights after her first semester as a nursing student.
Trauma patients come to the intensive care unit for many reasons, including automobile accidents, violence and accidental falls, among many others. The work of a trauma nurse can be challenging, both physically and emotionally -- but it can also be incredibly rewarding. This is just a small glimpse into one day in the life of a trauma ICU nurse.
Times change and we with time.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill requiring future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure. 
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
In honor of this year's Nurses Week theme, "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence," University at Buffalo faculty, staff and students shared their thoughts and stories about the amazing nurses they know who have touched their lives and the lives of others.
Ever wonder what it's like to be a medical-surgical nurse? While there may not be a "typical" day for any nurse, here is one example of a day in the life of a med-surg nurse.
In nursing education, faculty recognize the importance of global experiences to enrich the knowledge, understanding and ethical nursing and health care practice of students. Here are five reasons why global experiences in nursing school can help grow better nurses (and health care).
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Cheryl May, UB SON alumna and Children's National Medical Center's former Director of Professional Practice & Magnet Program, discusses the role of baccalaureate and master's degree preparation for registered nurses in hospitals seeking Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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Nursing students have the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom before graduation in a vital part of their education -- clinical rotations. Senior traditional nursing student and UB MNSA President Maja Ellerup shares some quick tips for excelling in clinicals.

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National nurse practitioners (NP) week is celebrated annually in recognition of the exceptional care NPs provide to millions of people each year. This infographic provides just a glimpse of their amazing work and dedication.

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Nurse anesthesia is a demanding field, but those who take on the challenge find great satisfaction in their work. The director of UB's nurse anesthestist program, Kristine Faust, shares why ICU experience is critical for CRNA program applicants.

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Finding one's calling in nursing isn't always a straight path. Ellen Duane, a current UB FNP student, shares how she navigated her own snowy, windblown path back to the emergency department during a November storm in Buffalo.

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There is no question that the path in pursuit of a graduate degree is an intense one; it requires meticulous planning, flexibility and focus. Here are some tips for surviving grad school, courtesy of current nursing DNP student Jessica Hafezi. 

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In honor of National Breastfeeding Month 2017, Deborah Raines, PhD, EdS, RN, ANEF, UB SON associate professor compiled these facts about the benefits of breastfeeding. 

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While still an undergraduate, current DNP student (FNP program) Hollyanne Bly knew she wanted to pursue graduate education -- here's why she chose that path, and what she's learned.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute's former Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly knows how anxiety-inducing interviews can be for nurses, especially those who are new to the field. Here are her tips for success when you land that interview!

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You've finally graduated nursing school, and the NCLEX is on the horizon. Here are some great tips on preparing for the (other) big day, from recent UB SON grad Khloe Barlow.

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Need tips for succeeding in your nursing PhD program? Here’s some advice from a successful graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, Junxin Li, PhD '14, RN, now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.


In honor of Nurses Week 2017, DNP student Jessica Reading shares her story of self-discovery during her journey through nursing school and her career.

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In honor of Nurses Week 2017, Todd Zebulske (BS '16), shares his career (and life) journey that led him from biologist to business and medical sales to nursing.

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In honor of Nurses Week 2017, UB School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Zannoni shares how finding her calling in the pediatric intensive care unit eventually led her to advance her nursing education to affect not only patients and families, but also future generations of nurses.

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In honor of Nurses Week 2017, Joseph Lynch, UB SON Traditional Class of 2017, shares how his passion for learning and caregiving ultimately led him to a nursing career.

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Adjusting to a doctoral program as an international student can present many challenges. Current PhD in nursing student Misol Kwon offers valuable advice to international students who wish to pursue a career in nursing science.

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For the past three years, the University at Buffalo School of Nursing has joined the UB School of Dental Medicine as an interdisciplinary team in Appalachia to volunteer for a medical and dental mission weekend with Remote Area Medical (RAM). Clinical assistant professor Linda Paine Hughes shares how the experience transformed the students.

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The LGBT community has made significant strides in securing equality in various aspects of American society -- despite these victories, many still face systematic obstacles to health care that negatively impact their health status. Assistant Professor Adrian Juarez discusses how a better understanding of the transgender identity can help address the disparities LGBT groups encounter.

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Being the ambitious professional you are, you have decided to take your career to the next level. Whether you have set your sights on research or advanced practice, being both prepared and informed will help you more successfully navigate the graduate nursing admissions process. 

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The heart of PhD education is learning how to do research -- nearly everything you do during your program will share that primary focus. UB SON PhD Program Assistant Dean Mary Ann Meeker shares some great advice about narrowing your research focus. 

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The holiday season is here, and we know nurses can go into overdrive caring for others, both on and off the job. Student nurses are burning the midnight oil studying for finals. Here, Laura Anderson offers some sage self-care advice for nurses. After all, the best care comes from those willing to care for themselves. 

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Julie Zilnicki, a UB SON DNP student studying to become a nurse anesthetist, explains study abroad and shares her own experiences in Greece and Ecuador.

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Apprehensive about taking a college course (or an entire program) online? UB School of Nursing DNP student Nicole Zahn shares her four tips for successful distance learning.

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Time to hit the [e]books! Sharon Murphy, UB's Nursing Subject Specialist at the Health Sciences Library, shares resources that every nursing student should know about.

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We all love summer vacation -- but being on vacation doesn't mean skill sharpening experiences are on hold! UB SON Traditional Class of 2017 student Maor Purnsrian explains how nursing students can make the most of their summer vacation.


Nurse researchers and students are amazing investigators. Jessica Castner shares four examples of award-winning literature reviews spearheaded by ambitious UB SON students.


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Robin Lally, assistant dean for the UB SON PhD program, shares some interesting personal and professional insights on how amazing (and rewarding) it is to be a nurse scientist.


Bedside nursing is just one of many nursing career trajectories -- there are many nurses who choose to work in indirect care positions. Read on to find out more about three of these important nursing roles.


Danielle Lamarre-Smith, UB SON's director of undergraduate student services, offers four reasons for competitiveness in nursing schools. Plus, she provides four great tips for making your application stand out.


Lauren Johnson, counseling manager at UB Career Services, provides 10 tips to maximize your nursing job search.

nurses week thanks

In honor of Nurses Week, we asked some of our current students and faculty to share their most challenging and rewarding nursing experiences, offering a small glimpse into nurses’ tireless efforts to keep us safe and healthy.

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Jennifer VanLaeken, director of graduate student services in the School of Nursing, highlights an array of funding source opportunities for graduate nursing students.

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Traditional BS student Alexander Salinas shares his insights on the importance of research and mentorship for nursing students.


While both DNP and PhD programs share foundational components in teaching, practice and research, it is important to understand the distinct differences in preparation in order to make an informed decision in choosing the degree path that is right for you.

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UB School of Nursing Academic Advisor Elizabeth Killian gives the low down on what you should ask yourself before choosing nursing as your major.

guide to nursing degrees

For your viewing pleasure, here is a fancy infographic describing types of nursing degrees. One of the great aspects of a nursing career is that there are endless opportunities to grow, advance and specialize. Enjoy!