Category: Study Tips

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

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

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

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
Colosseum in ROME

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

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 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
nurse and patient

Therapeutic Communication

Tips From A Psych Nurse Therapeutic communication is a difficult test area for many student nurses.  Luckily, it’s easier for nurses to “read” a situation in real life than it is to answer these questions on the NCLEX!  In person, you...

/ October 3, 2017

5 Crucial Tips When You Failed the NCLEX

You failed the NCLEX. That is not a fun situation. You know what they say: if at first, you don’t succeed at passing the NCLEX…eat a cupcake (or two), have a good cry and then let it go! Is everyone...

/ June 19, 2017