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OR Nurse: Patient Advocate Behind the Mask

By Sharon E. Hohler, RN, BSN, CNOR Behind the double doors of an operating room lives another world. The environment is frigid in temperature and the decor utilitarian. Everything in the OR must able to withstand multiple cleanings daily. No...

/ April 11, 2019

Master the NCLEX

If you want to use your education and full scope of practice, a passing NCLEX score is necessary. No surprise there! This test technically determines if you can use your education to care for people. No pressure, right?! The NCLEX...

/ April 6, 2019

Beginning Specialty Growth in Rural Nursing?

By Tori Hamilton RN, IBCLC Rural Healthcare: Anything But Boring Many nursing students or newly graduated nurses do not consider rural nursing–joining a smaller community critical access hospitals during their career. There are CAHs which need nurses in every region...

/ March 21, 2019
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The NCLEX isn’t that hard!

"I went through each question… and I reread the question after I answered to make sure my answer made sense. I did that for every question.. and the computer shut off at 75 questions about an hour into the exam....

/ March 12, 2019

Novice to Expert: Acute Renal Failure

Mastering renal failure takes time, but this stripped down advice from practicing nurses makes it easy. Nurses see clients on every shift that have renal insufficiency, so we need to consider it every time we either give a medication, send...

/ March 8, 2019

Finding Your Helping Hand

In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of inventorying relationships in order to eliminate naysayers, foster positive relationships, and address unmet needs. When it comes to addressing unmet professional needs, I often recommend people seek out a mentor....

/ February 25, 2019

Partner Up!

There’s an old saying that two heads are better than one. This rings a bell for me and I’d wager it does for you as well. We’ll start with a small example. It’s 5:00am and you’re searching frantically for your...

/ February 17, 2019
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NCLEX-style questions

Forget all the tricks. The NCLEX makers are wise to those and no longer write questions that can be answered by just any savvy test-taker. For example, assessment is always the first step in the nursing process, unless there is...

/ February 6, 2019

Addicted ?

On the forefront of nursing care, we are now challenged to relieve pain and suffering while preventing narcotic addiction. This is an overwhelming goal for all healthcare staff. Let’s take a look at the problem. In the 1990s, the pain...

/ December 13, 2018

A Tale of Two Deaths

So many healthcare advances, targeted immunotherapies for cancer, robotic surgeries, and so much more. Yet, here we are, still making life-altering and life-ending errors in the profession of delivering healthcare services. How can this science be so advanced and still...

/ December 6, 2018