Prioritize in the New Year!

I spent a little time enjoying the holidays, visiting family, and resting.  I hope you got a bit of a study break as well as they say, “all work and no play…makes us dull”.  Caregiver role strain is going to be an issue no matter what type of nursing job you take on and I […]

7 Must-Know Tips for Dosage Calculation

We all cringe when we see medication calculations on the NCLEX or even in real life.  Not only are nurses asked to do complex dose calculations – we often are doing them in real life under extreme time pressure or professional stress.  These are not optimum conditions for complex math.  Here are some hints to […]

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 […]

Songs That Will Help You Study For The NCLEX

Hours upon hours of studying can often become mind-numbingly monotonous, especially when the words start to run together. In addition, staying focused while studying can be extremely difficult when you’re distracted by the whispered conversations of your library neighbors. While studying for an important test, like the NCLEX, every little extra boost counts. For some, […]

Even Simulated Patients Can Tug on Our Hearts

A popular part of nursing education today is becoming the hours that one spends in a simulation lab filled with human-like manikins built to replicate scenarios.  This can allow nurses to get hands-on experience with complex situations before treating patients encountering those situations. As an educator, I have spent countless hours in simulation lab.  I […]