Nursing Degree – An Inside Look

People are living longer, mainly due to changes in lifestyles but also because of incredible advances in health care. One of the results is the need for more healthcare professionals, including nurses. One way the industry is changing is by offering career choices in the form of more educational opportunities and options.

The Associate’s Degree in Nursing has only recently become an option, though it’s quickly gaining favor in the health care industry. While there are naturally some differences in the training for an associate’s degree as opposed to a bachelor’s degree, many health care agencies – including hospitals and doctor’s offices – are recognizing the fact that those graduating with associate’s degrees can perform many of the same duties and handle many of the same responsibilities as those with bachelor’s degree. But is there really a difference?

There has to be some difference simply by the difference in time requirements for the two degrees. An associate’s degree is typically accomplished in two years. This is sometimes called a “fast track” and there are many associate’s degree programs available. Most are available through community colleges or technical training schools, though some four-year universities are now offering fast track degrees as part of their training programs.

By comparison, a bachelor’s degree in nursing usually takes four years. Some who go into college with at least a few hours of college behind them and a solid plan can accomplish it sooner, especially if summer school classes are used to hasten the process. But as a rule, it takes a full four years to complete college with a bachelor’s degree in any field, including nursing.

If you can achieve an associate’s degree in only two years, why would anyone go on for the bachelor’s degree? Most health care facilities seem willing to accept either degree, but most make a pay differentiation. Those who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree can often expect to be paid more than those with an associate’s degree. One of the positive points is that a nurse with an associate’s degree can usually go to work earning a good wage and pick up classes toward the bachelor’s degree to increase their worth.

So what’s the difference in the actual study required? One important point noted by proponents of the associate’s degree is that the four-year university requires a “well rounded” education before conferring a degree. That means that graduates are required to complete requirements in history, communication, physical education and other subjects that some say aren’t relevant to a nursing degree. There are also some math and science courses that are typically above those required for a two-year nursing degree.

By comparison, an associate’s degree program will often use a “block” format. Instead of taking an algebra class and a chemistry class, those in the associate’s degree program may take an afternoon class that combines the two, focusing on the way algebra and chemistry apply to their chosen field.

Some say there’s no substitute for the bachelor’s degree and that nurses should all be required to go through the full program. As long as there’s a demand for nurses and others in the health care field, there’s no doubt that faster training – as long as it’s adequate – will be in demand.

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If I Were Starting A Network Marketing Company, Continued

“If I were starting a Network Marketing company, I would say, what’s a different group of people that want to hear a story about how to succeed with network selling? What words, phrases and images do I use to help them understand what it is I have to offer?” (posed by Seth Godin)

People in the new group I’m proposing – amateurs and hobbyists doing network selling – have a different worldview about other practices too.

For years we’ve been admonished to “Treat it like a business.” That’s how members of the existing group explain the 95% drop out rate: “People don’t treat it like a business, (i.e. take it seriously), and that’s why they don’t make money.”

Maybe too many people don’t like what they have to do so they don’t do it seriously. Not a problem for our amateurs.

And, if you listen to people talk today about why they want a business of their own, and it’s a lot of them, the money’s not what they seek first, anyway.

“Two-thirds of Americans have entrepreneurial aspirations…” according to a recent Yahoo poll. Here are three things they learned about these folks:

1. Money is not the primary motivation for aspiring entrepreneurs — only 3 percent (half of the 6 percent in 2005) said getting rich was the main reason they wanted to start a business.

2. Doing work that they really love was the main reason for launching a business.

3. Second most popular reason: “To be my own boss.”

Sounds like the worldview of our new group of amateurs and hobbyists to me. Think?

The pitches from the existing NM group are about the money and what that can do for you. And that’s ok because money first is their worldview, their thing. And there’s room and people for both groups.

Oh – did you notice the second most popular reason people aspire to be an entrepreneur – “to be my own boss”?

This means that the widespread NM practice of teaching duplication, i.e. imposing someone else’s painting by the numbers methods and systems onto the new member – well that isn’t part of what the new group will do, either. (No loss here, given the results it seems to have gotten.)

A new story for a new group about how to succeed with network selling.

1. Our new imaginary network marketing company will seek out enthusiasts for the things the founders are also most devoted to. Say that’s doing everything they can to maintain and max out their own health, longevity, energy and appearance. (Think Ray Kurzweil.) And within that, mini groups will form, a la the longtail concept. They’ve created a state of the art little supplement.

2. The product sales to aficionados who know and prize the ingredients and love talking about how it helps them will always outweigh any need to subscribe newcomers (i.e. new recruits).

3. No trying to change anyone’s worldview. Mission is to find those with a similar one already.

My imaginary network selling company

A small group starts a network selling company because they’re health and longevity buffs (think Ray Kurzweil’s Fantastic Voyage).

These folks especially love knowing that they’re eating the right stuff, organic of course, and they stand ready to make up for any possible shortcomings in the food they eat, because of deficiencies in the soil, toxins from water runoff from neighboring non-organic farms that spray chemicals, etc.

So being health (mental and body) aficionados, they spend any free time learning about which nutrients do most to maintain health, energy and looks, even as the years go by. They are the envy of most people 20 years their junior in energy and appearance.

The kinds of network sellers in our new group have conversations like these about the product they love madly – they’ve bought the story and love it because it’s who they are:

“I really like being on regular dosage. It is perfect for my body. I’ll take an extra one if I fly on a plane to keep a high dose of antioxidants floating around in my body while I am breathing airplane air. I love the friendly bacteria and all the goodies like lutein and indole-3-carbinol…I market them because I love them.”

“Oh yes, me too. Greens are my favorite because I’m getting so many veggies I wouldn’t normally prepare, but know are good for me. And I couldn’t live without the acidophilus, bifidus and inulin which have eliminated [blah blah blah] which has plagued me all my life…but no more!”

“Yes., and even if I do find myself slowing down I’ve found that it’s a real message from my body to take a break. They make me aware of how my body feels and what it needs.”

These are the things that matter to the members of the new group, so that’s what they talk about. For them, the commitment to their own health is just like talking about the stuff geeks talk about all hours of the day and night – like lutein and indole-3-carbinol.

Who’d know or care about such stuff and get in a good mood talking about it, except devotees of the thing?

That’s the new group so far, and the members that I’d want if I were starting a network marketing company for people with this worldview. What about you?

(“New group” refers back to the original question at the beginning of this and the previous post.)

Confessions Of A Failed Affiliate Marketer

It all seemed so easy. Just join up for a free affiliate marketing program and watch the money roll in. I don’t know about you, but I feel for it. It had to work after all Rosalind Gardner made almost half a million dollars with affiliate marketing. Other people were getting rich. But after a few failed efforts I realize that I must be doing something wrong. I knew that rather than build a business on hype, I needed to start treating my business like a business.

More and More people are lured into affiliate marketing and you might be one of them. Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective means of generating a full-time income through the Internet. Its a fair deal between the seller and his affiliates as both benefit from each sale. Like in other kinds of business, a great deal of the profits in affiliate marketing depends on the affiliates advertising, promoting and selling strategies. Everyday, as the affiliate marketing industry expands, competition heightens. To be succesful, an affiliate marketer must be creative enough to employ unique and effective ways to convince potential buyers to purchase or avail of the products and services offered.

Compared to traditional advertising practices, affiliate programs are more effective, risk-free and cost-efficient. But why do many people still fail in affiliate marketing? There are a lot of reasons. The most critical aspect in the affiliate program is advertising. Many affiliate marketers fail in this area. Although it pays to be lucky, you cannot merely rely on it. Affiliate marketing isnt as simple as directing customers to the business site. If you want to earn big, you have to invest time and great deal of hard work in promoting the products. As I already mentioned, the competition is very tough and customers are very wise. After all, who doesnt want the best deal possible.

A second reason many affiliate marketers fail is, lack of preparation. Part of the preparation is researching. On the part of the merchant, he has to be highly selective in choosing the right affiliate websites for his affiliate program. In order to be sure he has the best choices, he must have exhausted his means of looking for highly interested affiliates whose sites are sure fit to his products and services. The affiliate sites visitors must match his targeted customers. From the affiliate view point, you need to do research on the best merchandisers before you sign up for an affiliate program. You must ensure that the merchants products and services match your interests so you can give your full attention and dedication to the program. You can get valuable information by joining affiliate forums, comparing different affiliate programs and reading articles on affiliate marketing where you can get tips from experienced affiliate marketers on how to choose the best merchants and products with high conversion rate.

The website is another very important tool in the whole affiliate program. As an affiliate marketer, you should plan how your site is going to look. Everything from the domain name to the design, the lay-out, the content, and ads is important. Some users are particular about what they see at first glance and if they find an ugly site, they wont read through the content even if your site has many things to say and offer. On the other hand, there those who want information more than anything else. Affiliate marketers with rich-content web sites are usually the ones who prosper in this business because the content improves traffic to the site. Websites with high quality content and relevant keywords and more importantly, right information about the product and not empty hyped-up advertisement, allow you to earn big in affiliate marketing even when youre asleep. If you wont be able to sustain the interest of your site visitor, you wont be able to lead him to the merchants site. No click-through means no sale and no sales means no income on your part.

Selecting a top level domain name is also crucial to the success of the affiliate program. Lots of affiliate sites dont appear in the search engine results because they are deemed by affiliate managers as personal sites. Before you decide on the domain name, you need to decide what you are going to promote. Many fail because their sites are not appropriately named, so even when they feature the exact products the customer is looking for, the customer might think the site is not relevant and wont enter the site.

Above all, an affiliate marketer must be willing to learn more. I try to learn something new about affiliate marketing every day. There are still a lot of things to learn and you must continue to educate yourself so you can improve your marketing strategies. Many fail because they dont grow in the business and they are merely concerned about earning big quickly. If you want long-term and highly satisfactory results, take time to learn the ins and outs of the business. Continue to improve your knowledge especially with the basics in affiliate marketing ranging from advertising to programming, web page development, and search engine optimization techniques. Likewise, study the needs and wants of your site users and how different merchandisers compete with each other.

Last of all, Keep on trying; dont get disappointed if your first attempts did not pay off. Thousands are attracted by the possibility of generating skyrocketing incomes through affiliate marketing and so they sign up in any affiliate program without carefully understanding every aspect of the business. When they dont get instant results, they quit and sign up for another program and repeat the process of just copying links and referring them to others. When you sign up for an affiliate program, dont expect to get rich in an instant. Work on your advertising strategies and be patient. Youll never know how much you can get if you dont persevere. Look at it this way if it takes you $50 in advertising to make a $55 sale you’ve just made a 10% return on your investment in a really short period of time. Rather than looking at it as a lousy five bucks. Figure out how you can do the same thing 100 times a day and you are now making $500 a day. What you may have viewed as a failure may have been a great success.