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<<

How hard is nursing school?

Nursing school is hard. When I started my nursing classes (the formal part of classes after pre-requirements were filled) about 120 of us were all gathered into one large lecture room for the welcome/orientation to the Nursing school. After some remarks,...

/ March 22, 2018

Concept Mastery: CBC and Anemia

Aside from knowing essential lab value ranges, a nurse has to have a solid idea how to interpret those values, even though nurses don’t diagnose or prescribe. In this article, we will discuss the complete blood count (CBC) and interpretation...

/ March 8, 2018

Off to Repair a Broken Heart

On the morning of September 13th, I handed my 3.5 month old daughter over to a nurse. The nurse held her in his arms and promised to take care of her. He walked out of the room with her on...

/ March 1, 2018

Professional Communication

Effective, professional communication is the cornerstone to efficient, quality health care. Truly, good communication is essential in any arena, whether personal, educational, or professional! Communicating can also make a nursing student or a new nurse VERY nervous, whether receiving or...

/ February 23, 2018
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Exam Strategies

The strategies you implement during your testing time can have a HUGE impact on your result. Here are four exam strategies to think about now and when it’s time to take the big test!   When you read a question, make a...

/ February 9, 2018

Never Give Up.

Challenges. We all have them. When I was in nursing school, I had some serious challenges come up in my life that made me want to give up at times. When I started my journey towards nursing school, I was a single...

/ February 2, 2018
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Concept Mastery: Acid-Base Balance

Understanding acid-base balance and imbalance can be difficult. Here is a simple overview covering normal ABGs, acid-base alterations, compensatory mechanisms, client complications and symptoms, simple nursing interventions, examples from experience, and tips for novices! While in R.O.M.E. be sure to...

/ January 26, 2018

NCLEX RN Simulation FAQs

NCLEX RN Mastery Simulation FAQ topics What is the NCLEX RN Mastery Simulation? How do I access the simulations? What is the difference between Pretest and Posttest? Can I take the simulations more than once? Can I review the questions...

/ January 23, 2018

Gaining Confidence In Nursing Practice

“If nursing was a book, then nursing school would be the table of contents,” one of my professors said. Confidence is much sought, especially as a nursing student preparing for the end of school and the beginning of a hard-earned...

/ January 19, 2018

Select All That Apply and other NCLEX changes

In late 2017, The NCSBN made three changes to their frequently asked questions (FAQs) site on the “What the exam looks like” section. What information do you have about the Special Research Section? Does the NCLEX bold key words in...

/ January 12, 2018