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. "Spare time" fillers include craft festivals, camping, and raising 5 boys in TN. #BoyMomma #ICanStudyAnywhere #NursesRock

“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

mLearning and YOU

Disclaimers: Though the app is “mobile” we highly advise not attempting to learn while walking or driving. Concussions aren’t good for your health and studies. Using the app while on the toilet is ill advised due to the risk or...

/ May 3, 2018
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Professional Communication—Email

Email communication can be tricky. I worked with a wonderful nurse who started an email to her professor: “Well, dang….”  Don’t do this. It didn’t go well. Think of an email as a formal letter that you might have sent in...

/ April 26, 2018

Clinical Sharps and the Lizard Brain

While wandering the wilds of the internet a day ago, I ran into a question about injections that tickled my fancy. Simply restated, it asked if nurses would be able to give themselves a ‘shot’. Fun question! I remember, long...

/ April 19, 2018

Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few

A few times a week, I spend about an hour happy stamping. I use that term because “stair stepper” sounds boring. Target heart rate gets established and the glistening starts. My earbuds were in, and dialed to the fitness center...

/ March 29, 2018

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