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

NCLEX RN Simulation FAQs

NCLEX RN Mastery Simulation FAQ topics What is the NCLEX RN Mastery Simulation? How do I access the simulations? What is the difference between Pretest and Posttest? Can I take the simulations more than once? Can I review the questions...

/ January 23, 2018

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
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When A Parent Declines Vaccination: Advice From A School Nurse

There will be many situations in your career as a nurse–even after you have a lot of experience–that feel awkward, despite your best attempts. Advocating for shots to a parent who declines is definitely one. Thinking through responses and scenarios...

/ January 5, 2018
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Prevention Education 101: HIV Helps Nurses Tackle Tough Conversations

So you want to be a community health nurse? HIV disease is a good place to start. Prevention education is the cornerstone of public health, and there are some easy tricks that will ensure success. So let’s take HIV as...

/ December 1, 2017
Flu vaccine box

Nurses and Nursing Students Know Vaccines: Flu Shots

*Since vaccination by nasal mist (LAIV) is not recommended for anyone at this time, the following discussion involves only injectable inactivated flu vaccine (IIV4). Clinics Provide An Opportunity to Learn Many nursing students will have the opportunity to provide flu vaccinations...

/ November 27, 2017

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

Lateral Violence: How Nurse Bullies Affect Client Care

 Have you ever had to work with one of those intimidating nurses who makes you feel about three inches tall? You know the type. This is the kind of nurse who sends messages with body language and tone that you...

/ October 25, 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