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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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Being a nurse with a chronic illness

chronic illness

Just a few months after starting my first nursing job in the ICU, I was diagnosed with a chronic form of blood cancer. To say I was stressed is putting it mildly. On top of that, in 2013 I began having issues with my joints. They were swollen, painful and made it impossible for me to do my job. I went out on medical leave numerous times, cut my hours and even quit nursing for about a year while I pondered what my future options were.

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Managing intracranial pressure (ICP)

ICP

Taking care of patients with neurological injury means managing their intracranial pressure, or as it’s commonly called, ICP. And when we say neurological injury, keep in mind that we’re not just talking about people getting bonked on the head with a 2 x 4. We’re talking about space-occupying lesions, hydrocephalus, intracranial hemorrhage, subdural/epidural hematoma, even severe hyponatremia…basically anything that’s a key player in (drum roll please….) the Monro-Kellie doctrine.

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TBT: First Round of Exams OVER!

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Greetings, Throwback Thursday fans! As has become the tradition around here, each week I share a blog post from my nursing school days. Enjoy!

Here’s the breakdown for how my first round of exams went…the first tests are always the most stressful since you don’t really know what to expect. So, in that regard I am very happy that they are over and done with!

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TBT: Organic Chemistry

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Each week I re-post a blog entry from my nursing school days. In this post we are revisiting the joy that is Organic Chemistry. Have fun!

So what is 2,4 Dimethylhexane anyway?

With opening lines like that I plan to be ASTOUNDING at cocktail parties. So obviously this semester I am taking Organic Chemistry, but before you start freaking out let me clarify that this is a survey course of O-Chem and Biochem…so it’s not as horrific as straight O-Chem. I’ve heard it’s actually not that bad…AND, we get to make soap! Cool!

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TBT: Call me Super Nerd

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It’s that time again! Each Thursday, I dig up an old nursing school blog post for you guys…like an archeologist of doom. Haha. Enjoy!

I will be the first to admit that I am having The Most Un-Summer Summer Ever. I am taking the second component to Anatomy & Physiology and it is surprising how things like this just take over your life. One minute I’m chatty and interesting at parties and the next I’m only able to discuss lymph nodes and afterload. Riveting.

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