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How to get the most out of this site!

WELCOME! Please read this post if it’s your first time here…there’s so much here and I want to make sure you get ALL of it!

At the top of the page, you see a menu bar with some headers…explore your heart out because this is where you’ll find notes related to nursing school, printable reference sheets, study aids, goodies to buy that will keep you organized and on top of your game, a link to my e-book and loads more.

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Why a paper planner beats a smart phone

Though I totally dig my Erin Condren planner for life after nursing school, I just don’t think there’s anyway it would ever work well for a nursing student. The schedule is just too jam-packed! When I was a student, I used a full-sized (8.5×11) planner and was happily using up every square inch of the available space. While it was a really functional planner, it wasn’t quite perfect for nursing students (and the design left something to be desired). So, what’s a busy nursing student to do? How about use a specific nursing school planner? Sounds pretty good, right?

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NCLEX questions don’t have to ruin your life


Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING gets a nursing student more worked up than NCLEX questions. I have very clear memories of sitting in the testing room making my best “WTF is this” face as I worked my way through the questions. And yes, that’s the exact same face I made the entire time I was taking the actual NCLEX and my CCRN exam…so if you think these style of questions are ever going to go away…you are sadly so very very wrong.

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The Nursing Diagnosis Decoded

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In your first semester of nursing school, the nursing diagnosis can seem like a really, really bizarre concept. I mean, why not just say “patient can’t breathe” instead of “impaired breathing pattern as evidenced by blah blah blah.” It can drive you bonkers if you don’t understand how to decipher them, so let’s get to it!

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Arrhythmias don’t stand a chance!


The phrase you will hear most often in your nursing school career isn’t, “This is on the test” or “Choose the members for your group project” or even “Get comfy for six hours of lecture.” Nope…the most common phrase (and probably the most important one) is “What are you going to do about it?” It’s also the most common thought running through your head once you’re out there doing your thang as an RN! Here’s what I mean by that…

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The supplies you need to rock nursing school


Who doesn’t love a good set of accessories? No, I’m not talking about bracelets and hair ties…I’m talking school supplies! What do you need and what’s the best way to use them?


I don’t know what the official name for these are, but I call them tabbies. They’re the plastic page tabs/flags that you can write on with a Sharpie. They look like this and are easily the item I used the most in nursing school.

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Dosage Calculations Quiz #2

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Mastering dosage calculations is absolutely necessary in nursing school. If you are just starting your program, you will most likely have a dosage calculations exam sometime in the first weeks of class…if your program was like mine, you had three attempts to get 100% on this exam or you were out of the program. And since your ability to accurately give your patient the ordered dose of any medication could mean the difference between life or death, you can see why this is a pretty crucial skill. So, if you need to learn (or re-learn) how to do dosage calculations the 100% foolproof way, check out this post. Then come back here and take this quiz to put your skillz to the test. Ready?

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Surviving Night Shift

Night Shift

If you’re like me, your 4th semester preceptorship is on night shift and you have no idea how you are going to survive. Even if you snagged a fabulous day shift precept spot, chances are you’ll be a night shift nurse as a new-grad anyway….and knowing how to survive could mean the difference between loving your job and absolutely dreading it. With these tips, you’ll be rocking night shift like a pro!

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Dosage Calculations that Trip You Up!

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In the past few days, I’ve received a few desperate pleas from nursing students struggling with dosage calculations. In each case, the problem has been the exact same, so let’s clear things up!

Answer the right question!

Yes, you can use dimensional analysis to solve ANY dosage calculation problem. However, you have to be super careful that you are solving the RIGHT question. Some questions will be written to trick you into automatically solving a completely different question, and thus getting the answer wrong. Take the question below, for instance. At very first glance, a rushed and nervous student might solve the problem as though they are trying to determine the ml/hr rate to program on the pump. NOT SO! Read it through carefully and then determine what the question is actually asking:

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