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Join Us in Celebrating Nurses for the Upcoming National Nurses Week

by South University, Online Programs
April 29, 2014

Every day, many of the students in our nursing programs touch the hearts and improve the health of those in need. As nurses, they are often the healthcare professionals with whom patients and their families interact most. Yet many patients don’t realize the variety and importance of the roles nurses hold as leaders throughout the healthcare field.

NursesThat’s part of the reason why we at South University and many others across the nation celebrate National Nurses Week (sponsored by the American Nurses Association, or ANA) annually from May 6 to May 12. During National Nurses Week, we set aside time to applaud the hard work ofthese caregivers and honor the full range of their contributions—including their diverse responsibilities as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators and policymakers.

The 2014 theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, in front of classrooms, throughout communities and in the halls of government. “All nurses are leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, or meeting consumers’ needs in new roles such as care coordinators or wellness coaches,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This week, we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving health care and ultimately, the health of the nation.”

What You Can Do

As National Nurses Week fast approaches, we call on you -- our students, alumni and other community members -- to help us pay tribute to the nurses who have inspired you and impacted your lives or the lives of others you know. To participate, recognize or thank a nurse on our Facebook page during National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12, 2014) or email us your story today at, and, with your permission, your words may be featured on our blog.

by South University, Online Programs
April 29, 2014
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Introducing iGrad for All Your Financial Literacy Needs

by South University, Online Programs
April 24, 2014

At South University, we understand that attending college is a significant investment in your future. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce iGrad, your personalized site for important financial literacy information, available anytime you need it!

iGradIn just 30 seconds, you can create a profile and start seeing content customized to fit your needs. Utilize iGrad's full library of resources including short video presentations, webinars, educational games, calculators, a job and internship search tool, and current, relevant articles on a wide array of financial topics.

Using these resources, you can learn valuable tips and lessons for understanding financial aid and managing your finances wisely as you work your way toward completing degree. Some of the topics covered include:

• Financial aid processes and awards
• Paying for college
• Time management
• Credit management
• Preparing for life after college
• Personal finance tips for undergraduate and graduate students

You can access these resources at any time, and be sure to stop by regularly for new information as it becomes available. Check out iGrad today!

South University is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any web site linked to this site. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. South University does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to South University Web site, you do so at your own risk.South University makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature.

by South University, Online Programs
April 24, 2014
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Exploring Career Options With Your Son or Daughter

by South University, Online Programs
April 22, 2014

It’s a question that's been asked of your child since they learned to talk; “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Early on, the answers likely followed a common path toward adventurous pursuits like firefighting or law enforcement. Some kids reach for the stars and exclaim, “I want to be an astronaut!” What happens when being a firefighter or police officer or even an astronaut becomes a distinct and emerging possibility?

Career AspirationsWith Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day around the corner, now is a good time to encourage your teenager to take some preliminary steps in shaping their lives as adults.

Thinking about the future entails examining their likes and dislikes along with their strengths and challenges to fashion a path for their lives after they’ve flown the coop. Some young adults may already be thinking about the future while others may need more prodding. Here are a few ways to encourage your kid to think seriously about the future.

Learn what they find most compelling

Oftentimes, the best way to begin thinking about the future is to examine what pursuits a young adult excels at and enjoys. Then, find ways to translate those interests in terms of education or vocation. For example, if a child truly enjoys helping other students in a class or working as tutor after school, perhaps a career is in education could be a good fit. Or, if he or she loves to travel and be outdoors, search for careers that allow them to maintain those interests.

Match their skills and traits to career paths

A simple way to spark a conversation about the future is to recognize a child’s gifts and accomplishments. Making a statement such as, “You’re really good at math and you seem to like building things; have you ever thought about studying to become an engineer?” Some skills and interests are slightly less obvious in how they transfer to a profession, but recognizing what people do well can work wonders toward fostering a serious and inquisitive thought process about the future.

Provide steadfast encouragement

One way to encourage a young person toward thinking seriously about their future is by establishing an environment of expectation. This method is tricky because it opens the possibility of applying potentially paralyzing pressure upon the child. Avoid heaping on extreme parental pressure by toeing a fine line between expecting specific behavior and merely expecting effort.

The difference between a parent who expects their child to go to a top-tier university and one who expects the child to strive for their potential is a significant distinction. Once the atmosphere is set where parents expect and trust a young adult to make informed and critical decisions, the child is empowered by the confidence to pursue their path on their terms -- a more inviting arena for thinking about the future.


by South University, Online Programs
April 22, 2014
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Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow: What Does the Future Hold?

by South University, Online Programs
April 18, 2014

With the effects of climate change becoming more apparent each day, many believe it is crucial that we strive to reshape the way we live, transforming our urban centers into sustainable cities. By focusing on energy efficiency, green spaces, and reduced pollution, we can create a future where our cities are green not just on Earth Day, but every day.

Emerald CityTransportation

Traditional gas-powered modes of transportation produce a significant amount of pollution and obtaining the fuel to power these vehicles can destroy valuable plant and animal habitats. The green cities of the future will incorporate new, clean transportation technology to ensure people get where they need to go, without damaging the environment. Scientists and environmentalists hope that one day the following will be reality.

• Public transportation will be powered by super-efficient solar panels and use smart technology to better coordinate routes and schedules.

• Electric cars will be powered by clean electricity from smart grids that utilize wind and solar energy sources.

• New, radical forms of transportation, like the Hyperloop and super-speed trains will reduce the need for energy-intensive airplane flights for longer trips.


Most people already recycle and choose energy efficient appliances, but in order to reach the truly sustainable cities of our future, more drastic and innovative approaches will need to be adopted. These may include:

• Buildings will be equipped with smart monitoring technology to track performance and adapt to people’s needs, reducing wasted energy and money.

• Green roofs, or roofs with plants on top, will help regulate a building’s internal temperature, while absorbing rainwater, providing us with fresh oxygen, and in some cases, producing delicious fruits and vegetables.

• Energy independent homes and buildings, equipped with solar panels, small-scale wind turbines, and geothermal heating, will reduce pressure on power grids and allow people to choose clean sources of energy for their homes.


Burning carbon-based fuels, like oil, coal, and natural gas, for energy to power our lives is one of the biggest contributors of pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gases. Green cities of the future are likely to use renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, combined with smart grids and improved solar cells and wind turbines to provide clean energy. Here are a few more predictions about the future of energy.

• As solar panels become smaller, cheaper, and more efficient, they will be utilized throughout sustainable cities on buildings, streetlights, and vehicles.

Innovations in wind turbines could produce more efficient versions that are bladeless, float in the ocean, or even are high up in the atmosphere.

• Smart grids will allow consumers and power providers to communicate energy needs and uses in real time, which will increase energy efficiency, save money, and reduce blackouts.

by South University, Online Programs
April 18, 2014
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4 Popular Specialties to Consider for Your Nursing Career

by SouthMarketing
April 16, 2014

Registered Nurses pursuing a master’s degree will find that there is no shortage of options for specializations, from education to family practice. Here are 4 popular specialties to consider as you plan your future in nursing.

Nurse1) Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners can practice primary care or focus on more specialized areas. For example, Family Nurse Practitioners provide services to individuals across the lifespan, from infant to adult, whereas Adult Health Nurse Practitioners focus on a smaller segment of the population. As a Nurse Practitioner, your daily work may involve performing routine check-ups, examining lab results, assessing existing conditions, promoting overall health, writing prescriptions and establishing treatment plans for patients.

If you’re interested in direct patient care, a career as a Nurse Practitioner is an excellent choice, with a 34% employment growth projected by the BLS for 2012 to 2022. The majority of Nurse Practitioners work with a physician, but others maintain an independent practice. The BLS lists the 2012 median annual salary for Nurse Practitioners as $89,960.

2) Nurse Educator

Nurse Educators can have rich and rewarding careers combining clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. As a Nurse Educator, you can play a pivotal role in mentoring and shaping the future generation of nurses, preparing them to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare industry. In addition to providing training at various education levels, you may develop, evaluate and revise curricula as well as conduct research.

In 2010, according to, 56% of schools had vacancies for nursing faculty. This trend continues today, as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that, last year, 80,000 capable, prospective nursing students were turned away due to a shortage of educators. According to, the average annual salary of a Nurse Educator is $78,242.

3) Nurse Administrator

Nurse Administrators and Managers are critical in designing healthcare delivery systems, recruiting and supervising healthcare staff, making policy and financial decisions, promoting improvements in patient care, and incorporating new technology into the delivery of care. As a Nurse Administrator, you’ll also work to optimize interactions between patients, doctors and nurses as well as to facilitate communication between departments.

As the need for RNs increases—with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting a 19% growth rate from 2012 to 2022, so does the need for people to manage this growing workforce. Thus, the BLS estimates that the employment of medical and health services managers will grow 23% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the 11% average across all occupations, with an annual median salary of $88,580. With an education focused on nurse administration, you may be prepared to work as a patient care unit coordinator, nurse case manager, senior manager or nurse unit manager.

4) Nurse Informaticist

Individuals working in Nurse Informatics combine their nursing knowledge and communications skills with a knack for technology and information structure. As a Nurse Informaticist, you’ll have opportunities to develop, implement, manage and evaluate operational data and information systems as well as collect and analyze patient data with the goal of improving clinical care. As a trusted expert, you may also be required to communicate your findings and train other staff members in the use of these systems.

Nurse Informaticists are typically members of the information systems or technology departments at hospitals, healthcare consulting firms or research organizations. Alternatively, you may be placed in the research or education arm of your institution. According to, the typical salary for Nurse Informatists ranges from $79,000-$83,675. The need for these individuals is expected to increase in direct proportion to innovations in healthcare technology.

Ready to take the next step? Request information about South University and our College of Nursing and Public Health today.

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by SouthMarketing
April 16, 2014
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