Nurse Skills Matter

Why the Nursing Soft Skills Matter, Too. 

But I haven’t started my first IV yet! If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve only started an IV on a manikin and are wondering when you’ll get a chance “in real life”. The ability to start...

/ July 19, 2017

NARCAN: Naloxone Know-How for Nurses

On November 18, 2015, at the urging of the public and many agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. FDA approved the use of naloxone nasal spray for the treatment of life-threatening opioid overdose. The legislation...

/ July 13, 2017

EKG Basics– How to Identify ECG Rhythms

Contrary to popular belief, cardiac rhythm identification isn’t hard. What most of us need is access to a really good tutorial and lots of practice. Clinical rotations provide an excellent opportunity to get in there and look at some rhythm...

/ July 10, 2017
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5 Crucial Tips When You Failed the NCLEX

You failed the NCLEX. That is not a fun situation. You know what they say: if at first, you don’t succeed at passing the NCLEX…eat a cupcake (or two), have a good cry and then let it go! Is everyone...

/ June 19, 2017
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2017: Year of the Healthy Nurse Avoid Burnout in the Age of Mindfulness

What IS health, anyway? Nurses should know…we promote health and hope for a living, right? But do we make sure ALL caregivers are cared for? Even us? In 2017, the ANA focused on nurses keeping nurses healthy for nurse’s week,...

/ June 12, 2017

What Every Nurse Should Know: Estimating TBSA

The burn unit: one place I NEVER wanted to float to in the hospital! It was all ages at the hospital where I was. As you can imagine where all situations were difficult, some of the pediatric cases were incredibly heartbreaking....

/ May 11, 2017
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4 Mnemonics Every Nursing Student Should Know For Hyperkalemia & Hypokalemia

Mnemonics! These little nuggets are some of the greatest ways to memorize information. I know before I started nursing school, I never could have imagined the true scope of just HOW MUCH stuff would be stored up in that brain...

/ May 10, 2017
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Nurses Teach Prevention: How to Play It Cool in the Summer SUN

Everyone is susceptible to skin damage regardless of skin color or age. Nurses play a key role in helping clients and caregivers understand risks, take measures to maintain healthy skin, and seek treatment when needed. According to the American Academy...

/ May 9, 2017
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Drug Names – Stems, Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes

One of the toughest parts of preparing for the NCLEX is pharmacology. Learning a large number of generic drug names and what they all do is a challenge for sure! The NCSBN has removed all brand and trade names from...

/ March 2, 2017

Flu Vaccine Tips for 2016 – 2017

FLU FACTS: As many as 21,000 persons die annually from flu in the U.S. 90% of flu deaths are in those over age 65, those under age 2 are also at high risk The CDC recommends all persons over 6...

/ December 2, 2016