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Nurses love initials. Specifically, they love the initials “RN.” And for good reason: It takes a lot of hard work to earn a nursing license, and it takes even more dedication to keep that credential.
But being a nurse can involve many more initials than just “RN.” How about BSN? Or NP? CCRN, anyone?
When it comes to how to display your nursing credentials, you might be surprised to learn there is a standardized way to do it. You should always check first with your employer to find out if they require the credentials to be displayed in a certain order on the badge. And journal publishers may have their own guidelines. But for other purposes, such as your email signature or a speaking engagement, you can follow these steps to make sure you’ve listed your nursing credentials in the right order.
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a nurse’s list of credentials should always begin with the educational degree. Why? Because it’s considered a “permanent” credential. You could give up or lose your nursing license, certifications, or awards, but you almost can’t lose your educational degree, so list that first: “BSN, RN.”If you have multiple nursing degrees, list the highest educational degree you’ve earned: “MSN, RN.” The ANCC says you don’t need to list multiple nursing degrees in your credentials. In other words, you likely had to earn a bachelor’s degree before you could apply to a master’s program, so there’s no need to list “MSN, BSN, RN.” That could get unwieldy.
What if you’re a second-career nurse who already earned a degree in something else? If a degree in another discipline represents your highest degree, list it first: “MEd, RN” or “PhD, RN.” You don’t have to list non-nursing degrees in your credentials, but it may be useful for purposes outside of nursing. For instance, if you pursue a master’s in business administration and then go into healthcare management, you might want to list your credentials as “MBA, MSN, RN.” If you choose to include a non-nursing degree in your credentials, it should be listed first unless it’s a lower degree level than your highest nursing degree. For instance, you would not list a bachelor’s of business administration ahead of your MSN.
This step is easy. Whether it’s RN or LPN/LVN, your licensure designation should follow your educational degrees when listing your credentials. Note that while some states refer to advanced practice “licenses” for nurses, the ANCC actually calls those “designations,” which happen to come next.
Advanced practice nurses, in particular, may obtain state designations like NP or APRN. These designations should immediately follow your licensure: “MSN, RN, APRN.”
As you settle in to a clinical career path, you might pursue various relevant certifications, such as Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) or Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse. Whatever national certifications you achieve, list them next in your credentials: “BSN, RN, CNOR, CPHON®.” You can list as many certifications as you feel are relevant to your current practice.
You may have seen nurses at conferences displaying the FAAN designation in their credentials. This fellowship is conferred by the American Academy of Nursing to oustanding nursing leaders across the U.S. If you receive a nationally recognized nursing award or an honor like a FAAN fellowship, this credential should be displayed last on your list: “PhD, MSN, RN, NP, FAAN.”
For every nurse who earned a lengthy list of initials after her name, the journey began with the same step: education. If you want to advance your career and earn certifications, start by getting your BSN degree. Our flexible online RN to BSN program makes it easier than you can imagine.
Learn more about the online RN to BSN program at the Madison School of Healthcare: Talk to an admissions advisor today!
You’re creative, detail-oriented, and have an eye for design. You know the best venues and your Pinterest board is colorful and full of inspiration. Above all, you love love, planning parties, and celebrating with family and friends. So, why not turn your talents and passions into a career? By becoming a wedding planner you can say “I do” to the job you’ve been searching for. Here’s how Ashworth can help you tie the knot with your dream career.
You’re looking for a career to have and to hold, one that encompasses all your skills and makes dreams come true. With a love for planning, parties, and romance it may seem like your talents are more suited as a hobby. However, that’s not the case! Your career match is out there. As a wedding planner, you’ll put your creativity and organizational skills to work as you plan the happily ever after couples are searching for.
You’ll be working with couples from the time of their engagement and beyond. Every step of the way, you’re there helping plan their fairytale wedding. As a wedding planner, you’ll act as a liaison between vendors and the bride and groom. In your Ashworth studies, you’ll complete courses to help prepare for your role such as:
Your career will be hard but rewarding work. You’ll witness the impact you’ve had as you watch the bride and groom celebrate their special day with loved ones and guests.
As a wedding planner, you’ll be busy helping couple’s dreams become a reality, all while starting your own business and traveling and coordinating events. Your work will be unpredictable, but exciting! With an 11% expected job growth by 2026, now is the time to become a wedding planner.
When you enroll you’ll also receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). With the membership, you’ll have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities.
Walk down the aisle towards your happily ever after with a career as a wedding planner. Take the first steps towards making nuptial dreams come true by calling an Admissions Advisor at 1-888-230-4013.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “look good, feel good.” It’s true, especially when you’re saddling up for a new career adventure. Looking good means you feel better about yourself and you stand a little taller. You want to feel confident going into an interview and then at work once you land a job!
Then, you start the job and for a few weeks you dress your best, alternating between your nicest tops, polos, and pants. But before you know it, you’re comfortable and your job isn’t so new. You fall back into old habits and start wearing your comfiest yoga pants and hoodies. You may feel relaxed, but your outfit tells your boss and coworkers that you have low drive and opportunities in the workplace may pass you by. Don’t make this mistake! Here’s why you should put some pep in your step with your style choices at work.
You may not realize that what you wear and your job performance go hand in hand, but think about it: When you feel good about yourself you project good out into the world, and ultimately, your work space. If you’re confident about the way you look then you’ll be more confident in yourself and the work you do. According to an article published by NPR, a study found that wearing formal clothing makes employees think more like a leader.
But what if your workplace is more laid back? Maybe you don’t need to wear a suit to the office every day. That’s fine, too. Just make sure what you’re wearing is neat, fits well, and is stain free. Don’t wear anything with holes in it, make sure your hair is done, and you look presentable. Also remember, a positive attitude can go a long way! Looking like a professional – and acting like one – is the first step towards success.
Has anyone ever told you “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Remember this saying as you get ready for work. If you look like you don’t care then your bosses, coworkers, and customers are going to assume you don’t care, too.
You should treat every day like it’s an interview, a Forbes article advises. Since you’re more than likely being evaluated by your peers at any given time, it’s important to dress your best to show you’re serious about your role.
If you work somewhere where you’re required to wear a uniform, it’s probably easier for you, right? Wrong. If you work in retail or the service industry, it’s equally important to put effort into what you look like. While you may have to wear a uniform, you should make sure that it’s stain and wrinkle free without any frays or tears. Make sure you’re well-groomed and any non-uniform parts of your outfit are crisp and professional.
Trust us, your coworkers, bosses, and even customers care what you wear. Whether you like it or not what you wear on the outside has a lot to say about the person or worker you are. Putting some effort into what you wear can go a long way. You may not get a promotion right away for wearing a blazer to work every day, but you will build your self-esteem and be more comfortable with yourself. This is equally as important as career growth.
Even if no one says this to you, your managers are evaluating your appearance each day. Dressing in a way that impresses them, or even better, impresses their superiors, means a lot. Each day is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and put a little extra time into you. When you show yourself some love, it shows. Not sure where to begin putting yourself together? All skills can be learned. Check out our Personal Style Career Program to learn more about how to package yourself like the gift you are.
Believing in yourself and being comfortable with who you are and in what you wear is the key to furthering your career journey. Take the time to make sure your clothing choices reflect that you’re hardworking and ready for opportunities that lie ahead.
Being an online learner means you’re independent, but it doesn’t mean you’re alone. Ashworth has various resources to help you stay on course throughout your educational journey. From phone support and tutoring to career guidance, Ashworth has your back every step of the way.
You’re ready to start your adventure toward earning your degree. You want an affordable education and the ability to study when and where you want. Let Ashworth be your guide! Start by contacting our Admissions team. Representatives are available to answer your questions about Ashworth programs and can help you enroll today by calling .
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You’re working through your course material and you get stuck. What do you do? Thankfully, Ashworth’s Education Department has a dynamic team of Academic Advisors and teachers who are ready to help you find solutions to your problems. Academic Advisors offer support relating to your course and tutoring assistance, which is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM EDT. To receive tutoring assistance call or submit a ticket via the Support tab on your Student Portal.
Additionally, teachers are available to assist with course-related material through email. You can find contact information for your academic support team in your program or course syllabus.
If you’re in need of account servicing or Student Portal help, our Student Services representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM EDT and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT. They’re ready to help you. Call to get assistance.
While your instructors are more than happy to help you, sometimes doing some research on your own can go a long way. That’s why Ashworth created a Learning Resource Center. This center is your online Library, Writing Lab, and Guidance Center.
While it may feel like you’re alone as an online learner, there are thousand of Ashworth students just like you. You can start networking and making friends on the Student Community. On the Community, you can find motivation, share study tips, connect with classmates, and join in discussions, and more. You can also find classmates in your program and help each other stay on track.
Ashworth wants to see you succeed. That’s why it’s easier than ever for you to have the tools you need for your job hunt and to grow your career. Ashworth EDGE is available to you as soon as you enroll. This online career services toolkit helps you translate your lessons into the career skills that can help you in the future. The toolkit includes a resume builder, mock job applications, an ePortfolio, cover letter tutorials, thank you letter help, and help to create a business plan. You’ll have access to Ashworth EDGE even after you graduate.
With countless resources available at your fingertips you can make a positive impact on your education. Asking for help when you need it is one of the most important things you can do as an online learner. Recognize that you’re not alone and there are tools to help you succeed. Wherever you’re at on your academic quest, Ashworth is here to help.