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I’m so glad you’re here!

WELCOME! Maybe you’re here because you’re starting nursing school, dreaming of nursing school or just getting ready to buckle down again for another semester. This blog is so much more than a blog, there’s also a ton of FREE educational resources!

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Mega Binder!

Mega Binder is Mega Awesome!

Here’s a quick video I put together to introduce you all to the fabulous, wonderful, brilliant, simple and humongous MEGA BINDER! If you’ve read my book, then you’ve heard all about this beast…here’s what he looks like and how this super simple yet super effective system works to keep your notes organized and accessible throughout nursing school.

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Taking care of patients in renal failure

renal failure

Ah, the kidneys…who doesn’t love ‘em? These two little bean-shaped organs will come into play with just about every single patient you deal with. In some cases it will be a chronic and devastating case of renal failure, (such as those patients requiring dialysis), but in most cases it will be moderate and more subtle. In all cases, renal function will tell you volumes about the patient’s fluid balance, electrolytes, blood pressure, infection and perfusion. Keeping an eye on renal function is a basic skill you’ll use every day as a beside RN…so let’s get to it!

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5 assessments every nursing student should master

Nursing School

Assessment is, hands-down, the MOST important skill a nurse has. Of course, you will do your head-to-toe assessments at scheduled intervals depending on the acuity of your patient…but assessment doesn’t stop there…It is something you do every single time you interact with your patient.

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The Nursing Process

nursing process

One of the very first things you’ll learn in nursing school is The Nursing Process. This is a key, fundamental concept that permeates every single thing you do and learn in nursing school. So, it’s important that you know what it is, how it works and why it matters.

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From student to new grad RN

after graduation

Making the transition from nursing student to new grad RN is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking and amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Even though you’re excited, you’re likely also a little bit terrified. These tips for new grad nurses will help you ease into your new role like a pro.

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5 Time Management Tips to Start Your Shift

time management

Getting your shift off to a good start is crucial if you want to have a good day (or night). I’m a big believer in routines…and your Start-of-Shift routine (SOS) is one of the most important ones you’ll ever develop. Here’s my SOS…maybe it will help you develop your own! Here are the five things I always do right after receiving report.

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Compartment syndrome…oh the pressure!

compartment syndrome

Compartment syndrome, in the clinical setting, is considered an emergent situation that requires immediate treatment. Note we’ll be talking about acute compartment syndrome here, and not the chronic variety which is usually caused by muscular exertion. What we’re talking about here is a limb-threatening condition that, if left untreated, could result in loss of the affected body part, kidney failure and even death.

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