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<<

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

Final exams are coming!

Are you ready? Of course, you are ready! Final exam time? YOU.HAVE.GOT.THIS! Preparing for the exam: You cannot memorize everything. Scan notes and texts for relevant information from exams, class, and clinical practicums. For any topic, focus on nursing care...

/ November 21, 2017

Back to School Mastery: Part 6— Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy! Notice that this blog post is last in the series? Seem inappropriate? It is. Do you put your health last in real life? Earlier this year, we blogged about the ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse. Let’s revisit...

/ October 14, 2017

Back to School Mastery: Part 5 — Social Media and Professional Nursing

The American Nurses Association’s e-publication, “ANA’s Principles for Social Networking and the Nurse,” provides guidance on protecting the privacy, confidentiality and inherent dignity of clients. As NCLEX Mastery posts, tweets, snaps and chats about controversial topics occasionally, this seems an...

/ October 14, 2017

Back to School Mastery: Part 4 — Study Strategies

Study Strategies What to study? Know that you cannot read everything that is assigned. Skim or scan the assigned material before class. This means learning to quickly search pages for what is most relevant or useful. There are three kinds...

/ October 14, 2017

Concept Mastery: Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer isn’t pink or pretty. For women, the most frequent site of a newly diagnosed cancer is the breast, followed by lung and colon. Breast cancer is not as common in men, occurring in roughly 3000 men each year,...

/ October 14, 2017

Back to School Mastery: Part 3 — Staying Engaged

Staying Engaged Staying engaged in your education is necessary, but often is a struggle. For some students, nursing classes come easily. Possibly having slogged through two years of chemistry and literature classes (or maybe those were great, too!), this nursing...

/ October 8, 2017

Back to School Mastery: Part 2 — Highlighters and Notes

Do you try to transcribe everything the teacher 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

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