All posts by Catherine MSN RN

Catherine is a nursing subject matter expert at Higher Learning Technologies, the developers of awesome Mastery products. Catherine worked in oncology, pulmonary, progressive care, intensive care, med-surg, step-down, and hospice. Catherine taught/teaches clinical, classroom, and simulation. Spare time fillers include craft festivals, camping, and raising 5 boys in TN. #BoyMomma #ICanStudyAnywhere #IsItMayYet #NursesRock <<Never be afraid to do something new. Remember amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. - Anonymous<<

Concept Mastery: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis means the liver is scarred beyond repair. This normally rubbery, vascular, filtration organ, the liver, becomes so scarred that it cannot carry out its duties. In addition to not being able to perform correctly, a cirrhotic liver causes many...

/ October 11, 2018

Brain injury basics

The brain contains nerve cells that manage thoughts, behaviors, sensation, and movement. The brain is divided into two hemispheres lobes, each with specific tasks to control. The cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brainstem communicate with the spinal cord and nerves to...

/ October 4, 2018

Critical Thinking, UGH!

Critical thinking – Critical reasoning – Clinical reasoning – Clinical Judgment From day 1, the nursing professors and instructors talk about how students have to use critical thinking. WHAT IS THAT? Critical thinking is a mental process. It requires observation, experience,...

/ September 20, 2018

Nurses Support Everyone

Nursing and NCLEX Mastery is passionate about working with nurses and our nursing community about the phenomenon of nurses “eating their own” and lateral violence issues. When we post to social media about this cause, we hear from our users in...

/ September 13, 2018

Planning your week

Nursing school is easily a 40 hour per week job. For many of us, that is in addition to a paying job and parenting. How to juggle it all? You may find that your traditional 8am-5pm planner with its little...

/ August 16, 2018

Professional Communication — Phone Calls

When a phone call is required, consider what you need to say. Seems obvious, but unless you are calling your mom or bestie, keep rambling to a minimum. Calling Health Care Providers Simple, right? I-SBAR! Not so fast, dear nurse!...

/ August 9, 2018

Concept Mastery: Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the atria in the heart quiver, rather than contract and beat. Instead of a normal and perfusing heart rate of about 80 beats per minute, the person gets a heart rate of roughly 200 beats per...

/ August 2, 2018

No one knows everything.

Sick of hearing about evidence-based practice? The idea has always been there: check your facts before you do a thing, right? Otherwise we’d all still be using old-wives tales to provide care. Old-wives tales include not allowing a pregnant woman...

/ June 28, 2018

Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory illness cause over half of the deaths every year worldwide, according to the WHO. It’s almost a certainty that most of your clients will have not...

/ June 21, 2018

Nursing Pages to Follow

Here is a short collection of enjoyable and useful sites for any stage in your nursing career! Enjoy!!! SITE LINKS EMBEDDED IN EACH IMAGE! Cool Pages on the Interweb No matter your question, AHRQ has you covered with the latest...

/ June 14, 2018