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Our Commitment to You

by South University, Online Programs
October 30, 2013

CommittmentAt South University, you are at the heart of what we do. Your success is our most important goal. That’s why our whole community is focused on preparing you for the career and the life you’ve always wanted. We understand that getting your degree takes time, effort and dedication, and we want to provide you with the support you need every step of the way.

That’s where your Graduation Team—your Admissions Representative, Student Finance Counselor and Academic Counselor—comes in. Each of these people will be dedicated to answering your questions, encouraging you and guiding you along your academic journey at South University from admission to graduation. Let’s explore more about how each of these people can help you achieve success.

Admissions Representative

• Works with you to identify a degree program
• Explains each step of the admissions application
• Answers questions about the student experience
• Discusses and identifies your strengths
• Helps you navigate the Campus Common for the first time
• Develops a personalized student success plan
• Assists with online orientation and your first course

Student Finance Counselor

• Serves as your financial advisor through to graduation
• Presents and explains options for paying for your education
• Answers questions about tuition, scholarships, finances and more
• Determines what payment plan may work best for you
• Walk you through necessary financial paperwork

Academic Counselor

• Answers questions about your degree program
• Guides you in creating a course schedule
• Finds ways for you to fit classes into your busy schedule
• Makes study plans to help ensure your academic success
• Supports you after your first course through graduation

Get started on your future today and learn more about South University.

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Three Trends Changing the World of Nursing

by Admin
October 24, 2013

As the field of Nursing continues growing at an above average rate, the healthcare industry is constantly changing to adapt to the current needs of society. As a nurse, being a lifelong learner and staying educated on the latest trends can help you stay relevant and have a bigger impact in this rewarding field. With the right arsenal of skills, knowledge and experience, you can be prepared for any challenges you’ll encounter, whether working at a healthcare facility or privately with patients.

Healthcare Technology

Advancing Healthcare Technology

The field of healthcare is constantly introducing new technology and medical protocols. One increasingly popular technology is telemonitoring, which allows for doctors, patients and nurses to interact without ever having to be physically in the same room.

Many doctors already use this technology to assist them with making house calls or providing basic patient care, and it is now becoming a widely used tool among nurses, allowing them to examine and communicate with patients more conveniently and effectively—often without patients having to leave their homes. Telemonitoring is also used to schedule e-visit appointments with nurses and other available medical staff as necessary.

Focus on Improving Patient Experience

Bringing the focus back to quality of care and patient experience has become a vital goal for many in the healthcare industry. Many nurses are learning new forms of technology that can help. For example, it’s becoming common to index patient information into private clouds available on a network, so that the patient information is always available in a digital format for the medical staff as well as for the patient. Labs can then also be reviewed online along with a variety of patient stats to ensure improved efficiency when caring for patients. More programs are also being developed to focus on senior care.

Diversification of Nurses

The nursing field has diversified greatly within the past 20 years. In a field that was once predominantly female, there is now an ever-increasing percentage of males choosing nursing as a career path. In addition, with more nurses coming from such a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, nurses are better prepared to reach out to and serve the diverse communities in which they live.

Looking Forward

As the healthcare field continues to develop and advance into the future, there will undoubtedly continue to be global demand for knowledgeable and experienced nurses. If you have been considering pursuing your nursing career on a higher level, now is truly the best time to get involved. Start today by exploring our expansive Nursing program offering at South University.

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- Men Join Nursing Field as Stigma Fades
- Future of Nursing: 10 Trends to Watch
- 5 Realities for Nurses in 2013

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The Psychology of Deception

by South University
October 22, 2013

Do lies have a functional purpose in life? Despite what your parents told you, pscyhologists think that, in some situations, telling the whole truth may actually set you back.

Telling a lieNot only that, but research shows that lying is more common than you might expect. A study led by Dr. Bella DePaulo found that people lie an average of twice per day. Over the course of a week, the average person tells a lie to roughly one out of every three people they talk to one-on-one.

Society can reward little white lies.

Like it or not, we've created a world where telling the truth does not always get you ahead. Lies can actually make it easier to get along with the people around you, evidenced by study results showing that people regularly lie for others' benefits.

DePaulo found that it's quite common for people to lie for no other reason than to make others feel comfortable. Women do this far more often than men, who were found to lie more in order to improve their own reputations. In fact, a conversation between two men typically involves eight times as many lies about themselves than about anything else.

Even people who are told little white lies benefit from the lies. A study published in the April 2012 edition of the Journal of Consumer Research demonstrated that people who were lied to were later treated with more kindness and generosity. It's not that we don't know we're lying; we know, and many times we feel badly enough to let it influence our future behavior.

Detection is difficult.

Despite shows like Lie to Me making it seem easy to discern the truth, most people can't pick up on the difference between honesty and deception. Charles Honts, a psychology professor at University of Idaho, Boise, explained that most people do three things when they're trying to come across as honest: (1) look their conversation partner in the eye, (2) stay calm and (3) blink infrequently. However, there are just as many people who naturally do the opposite when they lie, so people trying to guess someone's guilt or innocence in a conversation are generally wrong half of the time.

Lies are here to stay.

The ease with which we can mislead one another and the prevalence of lying make dishonesty an element of our society that is not to be ignored and is not going away anytime soon. Do most people tell lies to succeed, however? Personal gain doesn't seem to be the motivation behind most lies, and repeated lies can certainly come back to haunt you in your professional and personal life. Instead, evidence overwhelmingly suggests that we lie more for others and for the sake of everyone getting along--instead of getting ahead.

Interested in Psychology? Learn about our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online degree program.

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Introducing 3 New Post Graduate Certificates in Nursing

by South University
October 21, 2013

South University is expanding our program offering in our College of Nursing and Public Health!

If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, but you’d like to pursue a different specialization or take your career in a new direction, you can find what you need at South University. Our Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing programs can enable you to gain additional expertise and focused knowledge while continuing on a career path you’re passionate about—without having to complete another master’s degree.

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Read on to learn more about our three new programs:

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator

This 24-credit hour program includes courses in teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development, evaluation and two practicum courses. These practicum courses provide you with an opportunity to gain experience as a nurse educator in clinical and academic settings under the guidance of a more experienced instructor.

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner

The 32-credit hour certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and decision-making skills to provide direct advanced practice nursing health care services to adults (ages 18+). As a student, you’ll take courses in pharmacology, advanced health and physical assessment, gerontology, women’s health and primary care—all approached with a focus on adult health.

Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner

The 38-credit hour certificate program is intended to prepare students to provide direct advanced practice nursing health care services to individuals across the life span. In this program, you can develop specialized skills in family practice through the study of pharmacology, advanced health and physical assessment, gerontology, women’s health, pediatrics and primary care.

Learn more about these programs by calling 1-888-444-3404! Classes start November 14, 2013 and applications are now being accepted.

See our full offering of Nursing programs here.

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4 of Our Favorite Mobile Apps for Students

by South University
October 14, 2013

Looking for mobile apps that can make your busy life a little easier? Mobile apps can help students like you quickly access online resources while you are on the go. Here are four of our favorite apps for online students.

Mobile Apps1. Get Pocket

Get Pocket is a mobile app that allows you to save websites, blog posts, videos and just about anything else you can think of to your device so that you can access it later. What makes this app so special is that it will save the information to your device, which allows you to access everything whether you are connected to the Internet or not. This is a great way to save research materials or supplemental reading assignments while you are out and about.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox lets you easily save and store all your files from your computer--videos, photos, documents, you name it! You can then quickly share these files or access them from your mobile device no matter where you are. Plus, when you sign up, you get 2GB of free space.

3. Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation allows you to create text messages, blog posts, social media posts, notes and more through your own speech. It records whatever you say and converts it into text. It is a great app to use to brainstorm and save your ideas for assignments, no matter where you are.

4. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is basically Google on steroids. It is a search engine that allows you to search for almost anything and will provide you with precise and comprehensive information. For example, if you ask “What is the unemployment rate in Los Angeles?,” it will give you a correct number and links to other related sources. It allows you to use natural language to find information easily and quickly.

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