Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Surviving nursing school sim lab

Nursing school sim lab

Nothing produces anxiety and dread quite like sim lab. Sure, your exams can be terrifying if your’e not prepared, but sim lab is different…and what makes it different is that it’s happening in real time IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS! The fear of looking stupid, doing the wrong thing, “killing” your simulated patient, looking like a fool in front of your professor are all very valid…but with a little advance preparation and the right attitude, you can turn a dreaded experience into a valuable learning opportunity. Here’s how:

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Nursing school time management tips

nursing school time management

Nursing school time management is one of the biggest hurdles you will have to conquer. Time and time again nursing students lament their out-of-control schedules, late night study sessions, lack of sleep and vanishing social lives. But, with a solid time-management strategy, you can be the boss of your schedule, get to bed on time and still see your family and friends. Here’s how you do it.

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The nose of a nurse: dealing with bad smells in the hospital

bad smells hospital

In the clinical setting, nurses come across all manner of sights, sounds, and yes…smells. But beyond the obvious ones that people complain about (which I never understand…you DID know what you were getting into, right?), certain smells can tell you a thing or two about your patient’s health. In this post we’ve compiled a list of a few disease states that come with a special odor all their own. So, while bad smells in the hospital probably aren’t your favorite part of your job, there are times when they can come in handy. Don’t worry…we’ll get to how to handle them in a minute!

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How to thrive in your nursing school preceptorship

It’s here…you’ve finally made it to your fourth semester and the clinical rotation you’ve been dreaming of (hopefully) since Day One. Your nursing school preceptorship. Making the most of this very valuable time can pave the way to a successful transition from student to new-grad RN. And, chances are, you’ve got a lot of questions. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place.

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Things you might dread about nursing school clinicals

nursing school clinicals

You either love nursing school clinicals or you dread them. With a few tips, you can approach your nursing school clinical rotations as awesome learning opportunities that will inspire you and set you up for maximum learning opportunities. We asked a bunch of nurses what they dreaded most about nursing school clinicals, and here’s what we found:

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Change the way you study with the LATTE method: Podcast Episode 21

In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life. I am not kidding. I found that I was getting SERIOUSLY bogged down when doing case studies…going off on tangents, looking up every single little thing. Basically, making mountains out of mole hills.

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Six annoying things about nursing school (and what to do about them)

annoying things about nursing school

Maybe you’re well-entrenched in nursing school or perhaps you’re getting ready to start. Either way, knowing what some of the (how should we say this?) annoyances are, can help you meet them head-on with some solutions in mind so you can avoid wasting time being frustrated. Here are the top six annoying things about nursing school.

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How to be a rockstar in nursing school clinicals

nursing school clinicals

This podcast covers my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals. If you’re like me, you are VERY nervous about starting clinicals…whether it’s your first semester or your last. Making sure you are prepped to do and BE your absolute best ensures you get the most out of this very valuable time.

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Nursing school supplies you never knew you needed

nursing school supplies

If you’re a nursing student (or about to be), you already know that you need a stethoscope, tons of pens and highlighters and a reliable alarm clock. But here are a few nursing school supplies you may not even know you need (but you’ll absolutely LOVE life more if you have them!)

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The most common types of difficult patients and families…and how to deal

difficult patients

Are you heading into your 4th semester preceptorship, or perhaps you’re a new grad getting ready to start out on your own. By now you’ve seen a glimpse of some of the types of difficult patients/families that the RNs have had to deal with. Sometimes the challenge is subtle and easily handled…like the patient with 10 family members who all call for separate updates (that one’s easy…designate ONE spokespserson), or it could be more overt with hostile, aggressive behavior that makes you question the continuity of your own personal safety.

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