Category: Professional Development

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

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

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

“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
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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

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

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