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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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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!

ECG

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

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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?

Tabbies

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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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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