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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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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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Pro tips for nursing students and new nurses

nursing tips

If you don’t yet follow Straight A Nursing Student on Facebook…here’s a great reason to start! For all of May we’re posting “A Tip A Day” for all you nursing students and new nurses!

In addition, if we get to over 2,000 LIKES by the end of May, we’ll have a drawing for a Littmann Master Classic II stethoscope…but you’ve got to be a Facebook follower to get in the drawing! And, stay tuned for a great giveaway from Uniform Advantage to celebrate Nurse’s Week! So much good stuff…why haven’t you followed yet? Hmmm??? Hope to see you there soon!

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Hyponatremia Nursing Care


A few years ago a local radio station had a contest…Hold Your Wee for a Wii. The contest rules dictated that the contestants would drink copious amounts of water and whoever could hold their pee the longest, won a Wii game console. Despite numerous physicians and nurses calling in to the switchboard to tell them how dangerous this was, their pleas were ignored. They undoubtedly thought…”It’s water…what’s the big deal?” Well, the big deal was that the winning contestant went to bed that afternoon and never woke up. It was an enormous tragedy and absolutely beyond heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what her loved ones went through to have someone close to them die from such an avoidable event. Hyponatremia is deadly serious…and here’s what we’re going to do about it.

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