Category Archives: Study Aids

Mailbag Monday: Skills Checkoffs!

skills checkoff

The one thing that is MOST dreaded in nursing school is the skills checkoff. Sure, the exams can be downright terrifying, but skills checkoffs are where you go one-on-one with your professor as they scrutinize your every move. Make too many mistakes (or even just one “fatal” mistake) and you fail…but the good news is, you get to re-take it! The bad news is, if you fail the checkoff a second time, you very well could  be out of the program. Here’s an email from a reader about this very topic:

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The supplies you need to rock nursing school

school-supplies

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

Last week I posted a tutorial on using dimensional analysis to solve any dosage calculation problem ever. As promised, here is a dosage calculations quiz that will put your knowledge to the test. Good luck and let me know what you think of having presentations on the website. If you like it, I’ll add more tutorials using a slide format. Good times! And be safe out there!

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Dosage calculations the easy way!

dimensional analysis

When it comes to doing nursing math, which is essentially figuring out dosage amounts, the absolute best, easiest and most foolproof way to do it is by using dimensional analysis. You may remember it from your chemistry class and loved it even then ;-). In this post I will show you how to use dimensional analysis to solve any dosage calculation, even the tricky weight-based ones.

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Psychopharmacology the easy way

psychopharmacology

Psychopharmacology is possibly the most interesting subset of pharmacology simply because the conditions these meds treat are absolutely fascinating. But the problem is, there are a ton of them…and keeping them straight can be difficult! Never fear, Nurse Mo is here! I’ve compiled a few tidbits for keeping those psych meds all straightened out in your fabulous brain.

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Nursing School Thrive Guide

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If you’re reading this, then you are looking for tips, tricks, strategies and advice on getting through nursing school. This blog has TONS of information, so explore to your heart’s content. The Nursing School Thrive Guide goes into much more detail with a ton of stuff you won’t find anywhere else…and it can be yours with just one click!

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LATTE tool for ARDS

ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) is a lung condition we see a lot in the ICU.  It is extremely serious with a mortality rate of 30-50%…actually, I’m always a little bit surprised when someone survives ARDS. Usually they are dealing with a host of other problems such as sepsis, and when you put those two together the results are often poor.

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Put your ACLS fears to rest

If you’re a student nearing graduation, or a new grad then you’re likely looking at taking ACLS. First of all…reeeelaaaaax. I guarantee you will not be the only student or new grad in the room, and I guarantee you will not be the most clueless person there. So let that sink in as you take a few deep breaths in and out.

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