How To Run A Successful Fundraiser

Written by Keith & Rema Smith

You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long asrepparttar bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated.

This isrepparttar 109381 Fundraising Connection newsletter which begins withrepparttar 109382 Free Special Report: How To Run A Successful Fundraiser.

---------------------------------------------------------- How To Run A Successful Fundraiser by: Keith & Rema Smith

A step-by-step fundraising guide ----------------------------------------------------------- (This isrepparttar 109383 first article of a multi-part series on this topic)

Part One of this SPECIAL REPORT is about:

Organizing Your Group

Would you agree that it's easier complete a job when you have a blueprint to follow? Yes?

Also,repparttar 109384 exact opposite maybe true which brings us to repparttar 109385 old axiom:

"Fail to plan, plan to fail"

Usually most groups avoid planning because they view it as difficult or tedious or may be in a rush to get going. Don't let this happen!! What appears to be unpleasant far exceeds repparttar 109386 dismal results you will have without a plan.

Fortunately,repparttar 109387 exact opposite is true when you haverepparttar 109388 necessary tools at your disposal.

That is why this report was written. To give you an idea of how easy it is to plan your fundraiser and to stay focused on your goals.

Shall we begin?

*First of all, I cannot stress this point enough: You need to know why you want to fundraise. You do this by answering fhe following questions:

1)Why do you need to raise money?

Answerrepparttar 109389 above question and you will haverepparttar 109390 source of your group's motivation andrepparttar 109391 community's effort to help you acquirerepparttar 109392 funds you need.

2)What will you do withrepparttar 109393 money you raise?

So You Want To Be a Nurse When You Grow Up?

Written by Pat Wooten, RN, BSN

You're interested in becoming a nurse. How do you get intorepparttar field? First of all, you need to assess your basic interest. Why do you want to get into nursing? Are you getting ready to graduate from high school and always wanted to be a nurse? Do you want to go into nursing, because a relative is inrepparttar 109380 profession or your family has a tradition of graduating nurses, and it seems likerepparttar 109381 right thing to do? Nursing seems like a nice secure profession-the pay attracts you? You've always liked helping others and you care a lot?

Have you worked in another career field and want a change for various reasons? Doesrepparttar 109382 "nursing shortage" make you feel like you need to be a part ofrepparttar 109383 "gold rush," because you have read and heard about all ofrepparttar 109384 wonderful sign on bonuses? Thorough research still needs to be done, beforerepparttar 109385 decision is made to embark upon a nursing career.

There are many resources which provide information on getting into nursing school, studying for and passing boards, getting into new graduate employment programs, summer exploratory programs, etc. But for traditional nursing work (bedside nursing) in a hospital or long term care facility (traditionally known as a nursing home), it really would do some good if you had a reality TV type experience. Reading books and articles exclusively, won't prepare you for whatrepparttar 109386 profession is like.

During my first nursing clinical rotation, I knew instantly that I didn't like hospital nursing. However, I loved research, collecting data, writing papers, and so forth. Since I had a science background and had worked in various laboratory settings (e.g., a dairy plant testing milk to biotechnology company testing, human sera, a county environmental health lab testing water sample on a mass spectrophotometer, a food plant testing spaghetti sauce), going into nursing research seemed like a natural progression. The rude awakening: No one ever told me aboutrepparttar 109387 5-6 years of med-surg hospital experience needed, before an employer would even look at me. It was not anyone else's responsibility to tell me this. Clearly,repparttar 109388 lesson is to do all of your homework.

After graduating from nursing school, I combedrepparttar 109389 Internet, help wanted ads, journals, and even enlisted a network of friends to be onrepparttar 109390 lookout for any nurse research employment opportunities. Positions in nursing research were scarce. My diverse science background, along with my Bachelor of Science degree fromrepparttar 109391 University of Rochester, weren't a powerful enough combination to hurry me intorepparttar 109392 interviewing seat. Hence, I never landed an interviewing spot for any nursing research positions.

There are simple, invaluable, economically efficient ways to thoroughly research nursing as a profession. Of course, nothing can substitute forrepparttar 109393 actual onrepparttar 109394 job experience. But you are not there yet, and you want to investigate to see if you want to get there. Here a few suggestions to include on your career research things to do list: (1) utilizerepparttar 109395 Internet torepparttar 109396 fullest, (2) userepparttar 109397 services of your ISP (Internet Service Provider) such as AOL, MSN, etc., (2) make contact with potential employers in your area, (3) try volunteering, (4) and find student mentors at your local college and university. Start with an open mind before you use any of these resources.

Many prospective students have their specialty title etched in stone. "I want to go into pediatric nursing, because I love children." "I want to work in trauma." Moreover, they don't want to discuss or research anything else. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a vision of which practice area you'd like to specialize in, but it is a good idea to keeprepparttar 109398 door open for other possibilities. The turn over can be high and many nurses change specialty areas for various reasons, from burnout, boredom, needing a change of pace, advancement reasons, to unforeseen circumstances. The good thing about changing specialty areas is your skills are transferable.

Utilizingrepparttar 109399 Internet yields a wealth of information. There are many contacts to be made onrepparttar 109400 Internet. Let's hypothesize, for reference purposes, CRNA (Certified Nurse Anesthetist) will be used as an example specialty area, and hypothetically, you are interested in becoming a CRNA. Keep in mind you have already researched nursing schools, salary ranges, employment outlook, and in addition to becoming a registered nurse you're aware ofrepparttar 109401 advanced degree requirement. This part of your research has already been done.

There are many organizations where you can make email contact, or get other contact information from nurse professionals who are retired CRNAs, or those who currently work inrepparttar 109402 field. Go to to do a search. Try Google's advanced search feature and type in keywords "email" and "CRNA" without quotes, onrepparttar 109403 first line.

Your first 100 search results will include some email addresses for people who are actually CRNAs. You will find some with university addresses, who may be professors or alumni, company addresses of CRNAs who are employees, and personal email addresses. Select a CRNA's email address from these four different areas: (1) university employed, (2) hospital employed, (3) military employed, (4) and other areas, such as a physician practice group. To narrow your search you may type in "email" & "CRNA" or "military" or "physician practice group" or "retired."

Click onrepparttar 109404 web page links to view email addresses listed. Send each nurse professional a simple introductory email, about your interest inrepparttar 109405 profession and ask them three open ended questions: (1)"What are some ofrepparttar 109406 things I should consider before deciding to go to nursing school to become a CRNA?" (2)"What is your outlook onrepparttar 109407 future of CRNAs?" (3) "What arerepparttar 109408 positive and negative aspects of working as a CRNA?" Nurses are a kind body of professionals and most won't mind that you tookrepparttar 109409 time to contact them. It is always a good idea to get feedback from someone who is currently inrepparttar 109410 field (new graduate and seasoned professional), as well as retirees. Your email should be composed of a very brief note. Don't forget to thank them for their responses.

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