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Back to School Mastery: Part 2 — Highlighters and Notes

Do you try to transcribe everything the teachers says (until your hand cramps)? There is a better way! Let’s go over some strategies for effectively capturing information in the fast-paced world of Nursing School. Handwritten Notes or Typed Notes? Typed...

/ September 6, 2017
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Back to School Mastery: Part 1 — Technology

Don’t let technology own you! Learn how to leverage technology to be the invisible helper that it should be. Laptops, phones, and tablets. Oh my! Once upon a time, I began an educational program that was mostly distance learning, with...

/ August 29, 2017
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Back to School Mastery: Series Overview

Back to school season often evokes one of two strong reactions: Dread or Excitement. Whether you are in the first semester of nursing school or the last, let us help get you started on your best foot. Back to School:...

/ August 28, 2017
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