Student Experiences

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…

The NCLEX and Moving Between States – An Easy Guide

Congratulations!  You are nearing or are done with nursing school and many people take that opportunity to seek out a new home in a different state than they went to school in for a variety of reasons.   But this can bring up some obvious questions such as … If I took the NCLEX here and…

When a Simulated Patient 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…

Songs That Can 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,…

How to Write Your Nursing Resume and Get Hired

Not only are you trying to probably balance finally getting some sleep after grueling months of school – but many of you might be also working, looking for a new nursing job, and interviewing for one.  I know this can be a stressful time trying to keep family, life, jobs, studying, and the job search…