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Nursing Schools, Degrees, and
Programs for RN's & future Nurses

Welcome to RN Central - the place to learn about nursing online

RN Central is a special place on the web for nurses and students. More than just a list of links, RN Central is a website where nurses can enjoy themselves, and find information important to nursing and becoming a nurse. Come join the RN Central Family!


RN Central provides working and prospective nurses with the information they need to research different nursing roles and disciplines, launch a new career in the field, or advance in a current one. Use our site to guide you through the online learning opportunities available for nurses who need more flexibility in their educational experience. Explore the options you have as a new nursing student or as a career nurse simply looking to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Look through our Nursing Schools section for more information on all of the schools that offer distance nursing programs. In addition, we explain exactly what programs are available from each school so that you can make the best decision about which school will best meet your personal and career goals.

If you're still trying to decide what program best fits your needs, browse the Nursing Degrees section to learn more about the varying types of nursing degrees you could pursue. Not all nursing degrees lead to the same career opportunities, so be sure you pick a degree program that's in line with the type of work you want to do.

However, if there's a specific type of nursing field you're interested in, look through the Nursing Programs section for an explanation of exactly what type of education you'd need to achieve to work as a specialized nurse. From forensics to public health, we can help you get started on the right educational path.

For a more personal look at the nursing field, don't miss the Notes from the Nurse's Station, run by operating room nurse Jennifer Olin. With years of nursing experience and a background in the perioperative arena, Jennifer stories offer current and prospective nurses a lot to learn about. If you have questions or comments, she'd love to hear from you; please join in the discussion today!.

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    August 3rd, 2012
    Electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), electronic charting, databases, and texting, the Blackberry versus the iPhone—what do all these things have in common? These are the ways healthcare professionals (including...

  • RN Study Finds Links Between Nurse Burnout and Patient Infection Rates
    August 2nd, 2012
    In past posts I have written about how infections take hold and the nurse’s responsibility in preventing them. I just recently posted a piece about methods for avoiding nurse burnout, a problem affecting thousands of nurses nationwide. Now it seems, researchers have found a...

  • HHS Announces New Opportunities for APRN Training
    August 1st, 2012
    Opportunities to train as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) multiplied this week as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the recipients of a $200 million grant. "With this important initiative, we are putting more advanced practice...

  • Get Out of the Hospital and Into Home Health Nursing
    July 31st, 2012
    Being a registered nurse (RN) is the best! And apparently it’s going to stay that way according to the folks at to U.S. News & World Report. In their annual rankings of the best career choices in 2012, nursing topped the magazine’s list. Using measures such as projected...

  • Home Health Providers Embrace Tele-Nursing
    July 30th, 2012
    Here at RNCentral.com we are fascinated with all the inroads the electronic age is making in healthcare. I mean, come on, we are all about online education opportunities for nurses, keeping up your continuing education responsibilities with online CEU courses, and we stand behind...