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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 — we also want to educate the public about the field of nursing and provide information to people who may be considering nursing as a career.

A Brief Guide for Nursing Interviews | July 11, 2017

Be confident! Greet your interviewers with a firm handshake.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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