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Alumni Spotlight Brandy K. RN to MSN: “Moving Mountains”


Country song “Prayed for You” by Matt Stell reminds Brandy of her RN to MSN journey every time she hears it on the radio. For Brandy, no mountain is ever too big.  Obtaining a graduate degree means many different things to everyone. Our own backgrounds, perceptions, and experiences influence how we may feel about our … Keep Reading

Nurses Guide to Magnet Hospitals


In 1993, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced it’s Magnet Hospital Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services program. The American Nurses Association and the ANCC recognize Magnet hospitals as those who create and sustain a culture of excellence. In 1997, the program became known as The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program. What is … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Theresa G. Proudly Pursued Her DNP


Please enjoy this personal essay from Dr. Theresa Gress, RN, BSN, MSN, DNP. When Theresa was a child, she said she would “become a nurse before becoming a doctor.” Truer words have never been spoken.  Some of us have many pathways to success. Some of us do not. Regardless of the walk it takes to … Keep Reading

So You Want an MSN in Nursing Administration?


Nurse administrators draw from a blend of nursing, business, and leadership skills. Education levels, titles, and settings for nurse administrators may vary, but generally, they often oversee the nursing staff, patients, and administrative duties.  Many nurses move into management or leadership roles with little to no experience. Some may have the misconception that working in … Keep Reading

What Is Nursing Informatics?


Do you have a love for technology and nursing? Does the thought of analyzing data that affects patient care and outcomes excite you? If you answered “yes” to either question, then nursing informatics might be the specialty for you. What is Nursing Informatics? According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the … Keep Reading

What Can You Do With An MSN In Nursing Education?


Nurses decide to advance their education for many reasons. An increase in income, more job opportunities, and personal achievement are just a few. If you are considering advancing your education, consider pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education. While the nursing shortage continues, qualified and credentialed nurse educators are needed. In addition … Keep Reading

Meet Our Faculty: Patricia McAfee


Aspen invites you to meet our faculty! Our teachers are outstanding educators — committed, compassionate, and knowledgeable. In this new series, get to know some of our faculty members up close and personal.  Dr. McAfee credits her daily Bible readings as a source of inspiration and divine intervention for obtaining her teaching role at Aspen.  … Keep Reading

INSIDE: N560 Forensic Nursing


We took a deep dive into one of Aspen’s most popular courses. Title of course: N560 Forensic Nursing Programs: MSN in Forensic Nursing; RN to MSN in Forensic Nursing Forensic nurses play the bridge between medical and legal components. The Forensic Nursing specialty has evolved in part from society’s need to reduce and prevent interpersonal … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Heather W. From “Little Nurse” to Nurse Leader


Please enjoy this inspiring essay from Heather Watts, who earned her BSN — and just recently her MSN in Forensic Nursing — from Aspen University.   Graduation…the moment we get to walk across the stage, shake hands with some of our mentors and professors, be handed our diplomas and proclaim to the world, our family … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Tammy A. Prioritizes Patient Safety and Quality Care


This past holiday season, a Nashville nurse sand bedside Christmas carols with a patient undergoing chemotherapy. Similarly, a patient in an Atlanta hospital was given a flash-mob style “Backstreet Boys” concert by a team of nurses who knew that the patient had planned to see the actual BSB, but due to her diagnosis was no … Keep Reading