All posts by Catherine MSN RN

Catherine is a nursing subject matter expert at Higher Learning Technologies, the developers of awesome Nursing Mastery products. Catherine worked in oncology, pulmonary, progressive care, intensive care, med-surg, step-down, and hospice. Catherine teaches clinical, classroom, and simulation and has completed contracted writing with WGU, WK/LWW, ATI, Pearson, Kaplan Test Prep, Elsevier, Excelsior, and HTRSD. #BoyMomma #ICanStudyAnywhere #NursesRock

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
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Nursing Gets Stranger

Nursing Gets Stranger Than We Suppose As I write this, I know it will be seen by nursing students, nurses that are getting ready to take their NCLEX, new grads that have been on the job in their first few...

/ June 7, 2018

Confessions of a (Happy) NCLEX ‘Junkie’

Nursing school is tough, but the upside of that is in many ways, it’s really exciting. It keeps adding to your knowledge, then challenges you to tie all that knowledge together in dynamic ways that make all the difference in...

/ May 31, 2018

GREAT OUTCOMES DEPEND ON GREAT BEGINNINGS

GREAT OUTCOMES DEPEND ON GREAT BEGINNINGS – AND WILL BE MEASURED. I’m about to tell you a story that ended up with me getting hired into the unit I wanted, doing exactly the job I wanted to do. So, this...

/ May 24, 2018

Nurse to Nurse Report

Pssst…  Dear soon to be and new nurses, Stick with me a moment here, and you’ll get a leg up on something that will make a big difference in your outlook on nursing, your new professional peer relationships, and your...

/ May 17, 2018

“Not in Kansas Anymore”

National Nurses week is a time for the nurses to celebrate the profession they’ve chosen.  The ANA (American Nurses Association) has taken as its theme for the 2018 celebration “Nurses inspire, innovate, influence. ” In my real nursing life, working mostly...

/ May 10, 2018