The Pharmacology Guide You’ve Been Waiting For!

This guide has three sections to help you be successful on NCLEX pharmacology.  Each section can assist you by itself, but together they can be an even more powerful tool to improve your grasp of common pharmacological concepts and drugs.  With them, you can synthesize knowledge in a way that can increase recognition and knowledge about families or classes of drugs instead of trying to learn every commonly prescribed drug.

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Brain Foods That Can Help You Study for the NCLEX

Preparing for a long and difficult exam is often considered to be very similar to training for a marathon– endurance, stamina and preparation are critical to a successful outcome. Like the body, the brain needs to be provided with the right vitamins and nutrients to maximize the results of “training.”

The NCLEX is a test that requires training just like that. The gateway into becoming a licensed nurse, this exam is seen as one of the most important milestones in a medical student’s career. With so much riding on this test, it almost seems impossible to ever be fully prepared.

However, with the right sustenance, you can improve your memory, concentration, and alertness, all while providing you with sustained energy for grueling study sessions. With poor food and beverage choices, you may find yourself losing concentration or burning out after a short bout of studying.

While studies of the effect of food on the brain are still a new body of research, we do know that certain foods are better for the brain. Four major nutrients have been found to affect the brain in a positive way:

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When Does One Become a Nurse?

Is it when you pass the NCLEX? When you graduate from nursing school? When you get that first license? Or when you start your first job?  When do you become a nurse?

So technically it is when you graduate.  When you pass NCLEX and get licensed – that is when you can officially PRACTICE as a nurse.  But I daresay that all of us “become a nurse” somewhere along the line when we are actually in nursing school.  You will know that moment when you suddenly think of how to protect, promote, and optimize the health of another and then find that you cannot stop doing it anywhere you go!

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Happy Labor Day to all Nurses and Nurses-to-be!

Remember in this journey you are on this quote by Art Williams:

“I’m not telling you its going to be easy.  I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”

Happy Labor Day!  Did you realize that the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.  It was created to celebrate the American social and economic achievements of workers.

There is a lot to celebrate when it comes to Nursing contributing to the economy of the US.  Today, there are over 2.8 million nurses and over 700,000 LPNs in the US.  Recent growth in the nursing workforce has outpaced the US population growth.  Nurses are growing more diverse over time in ethnicity, race, age, and genders involved in the profession (HRSA, 2013).

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Our 2013 Report on Top 10 Nurse Salaries

Who says you need to have a dual income? If you’re a Registered Nurse in certain states, you may be able to do with one salary. We at plowed through all the data to find you the best places.

The study was conducted on the salaries of two types of nurses: Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Data was collected on two levels: the state as a whole, and individual metro areas.

The salary information was then compared to the cost of living for a family of 3 in the respective state or city to find the top ten states as well as top ten cities.

The best cities for RN’s were all in California, whereas for LPN’s, the top 10 were divided among California, Nevada, and several others. As far as states go, almost all top states were in the Western United States. See the full results in the infographic below.

Any of you have comments as to why this is so? Please let us know in the comments section!


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