A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - So You Want to Be a Nurse
In this first lesson, you'll discover some of the many benefits of becoming a nurse. We'll discuss the different pathways to getting a nursing diploma or degree, and we'll look at the pros and cons of each. We'll also talk about some things to think about before you seriously consider nursing school, like prerequisite classes and some of the skills that can help set you up for success. Got math? Are you a good multitasker? Do you like talking to other people? Great! If not, it's never too early to start practicing!
Lesson 02 - Medical Basics
Today's lesson is a crash course in medical basics. Without getting too detailed, we'll discuss some common medical acronyms, and you'll learn how to decode intimidating medical terminology. We'll talk about different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter, and then we'll finish up with an introduction to medical math. It sounds a little scary, but this lesson will serve as a foundation to understanding the ones that follow. And the information presented here can be helpful whether you work in the medical field someday or just want to know a little bit more about what's really happening when you or your loved ones go to the doctor.
Lesson 03 - Welcome to Nurse Training!
This lesson is all about nurse training. First, we'll take a look at exactly what happens in nursing school—from the coursework to the clinical rotations to the exams. But school is just the beginning! After graduation, there's the NCLEX licensing exam, where you'll demonstrate that you've learned enough to be a safe and competent nurse. Then, it'll be time for your first nursing position, where you might enroll in a nurse internship or residency, or you might receive additional training in your department. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good idea of the different types of training you might go through on your path to becoming a nurse.
Lesson 04 - The Frontlines of Nursing
Today we're going to look at the three most common job settings for new nurses—hospital acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. You'll learn about the different specialties you can pursue in each area, the colleagues you might work with, and what working as a nurse in these three areas is really like.
Lesson 05 - Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies
Many people consider ER, OR, and ICU nursing the most exciting fields of nursing! We'll discuss what it's really like to work in these settings—and how this compares to what you see on TV. You'll learn how ERs triage patients, what it means to scrub or circulate in the OR, the different types of ICUs, and a whole lot more.
Lesson 06 - Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators
There are certain fields in nursing that require more care and compassion than others. We're going to discuss psychiatric nursing, hospice nursing, case management, and health coaching in this lesson. These positions are less likely to be adrenaline-fueled, but they're rewarding in their own ways. These are careers that focus on the counseling and patient advocacy roles of nursing. We'll discuss psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse centers and the people you'll work with there, as well as some of the most common tasks in working with patients who are dying and those who are looking to maintain good health and healthy practices.
Lesson 07 - Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers
This lesson is about careers that focus on the research, education, management, and change agent roles of nursing. We'll be looking at research nursing, informatics nursing, and legal nurse consulting. Although most nurses working in these fields have at least a year of clinical nursing experience, none of these positions requires additional certification or degrees.
Lesson 08 - Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities
What have you heard about community health nursing? This is a specialty that encompasses a variety of positions, from school nurses to prison nurses to Red Cross disaster relief nurses. Community health nurses engage in all six of the nursing roles, with heavy focus on education, patient advocacy, and being a change agent. We'll explore what it really means to be a community health nurse—where you work and what you might be doing.
Lesson 09 - Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World
Today's lesson is for wanderers! We'll explore everything from working as a travel nurse in a neighboring town to taking to the high seas as a member of the Navy Nurse Corps. We'll also look at medical mission work like Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Ships. If you want to use your nursing skills while seeing the world, get ready to love this lesson.
Lesson 10 - Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing . . . and More!
No nursing survey course would be complete without touching on pediatric and obstetric nursing. We'll take a look at these specialties and then check out a few other nursing positions that involve working on a team instead of in a department. Finally, we'll round out Lesson 10 with a quick peek at what it means to be a charge nurse or nurse manager.
Lesson 11 - Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree
This lesson is for overachievers and forward thinkers. Maybe you want to be a nurse but you know you're going to want to do more than basic clinical nursing. You might be thinking about teaching or hospital administration. Or perhaps you want to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. We'll look at all of those options in this lesson!
Lesson 12 - If You're Still Not Sure
What if you've gone through this course so far and learned about nursing school and licensing exams and the different fields of nursing, but you still don't know if nursing is right for you? That's okay! This final lesson will recap the highs and lows of nursing and give you some ideas about alternatives to becoming a nurse. We'll also look at some strategies for getting more information so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make a decision.