Follow all the rules, All of them!

This seems too obvious to include. But time and time again, students will assume that not all the rules apply to them. They will try to talk, yell, argue and even lie to show that the rules do not apply to them.

I recently had a student lie about attending an advising appointment. One of our requirements for admission is you must have attended an advising appointment. This student had not done that and was up against the deadline date and no advising appointment was available. Her solution: to create a piece of paper that had some classes handwritten on it and show it to the secretary and tell her that an advisor( specific name given) had given it to her at an advising appointment. Continue reading

Exercise to Boost brain power & test results/ even a little exercise!

It is well known that exercise contributes to physical health and this has been clearly established. Studies have shown the relationship between physical activity and cognitive health in older adults but, not much has been done with young people.

Charles Hillman,PhD. from University of Illinois has done research in this area. His research involves the studies of children age 9 to 10. High-fit kids showed greater hippocampal brain volume, which positively affects how well they perform on certain memory tests, and greater basal ganglia volume, which is related to cognitive control functions underlying action. Translation: bigger brain that thinks better.In one of his studies people were found to perform better on difficult memory tests 30 minutes after doing cardio. They are not sure why. It may be due to increased blood flow to the brain and it improves your ability to learn new things. Preliminary data of his research has shown after exercise, more attentional resources are allocated to tasks, cognitive processing speed is increased, and cognitive performance improves. So long term exercise shows brain changes that help cognitively and even one time cardio sessions help brain performance. Continue reading

Secret of : BEST study methods to score HIGH on exams

You will need to do well on pre-requisite class exams, admittance exams, nursing exams and the final NCLEX exam to receive your RN license. In order to do well on these exams it is prudent to follow what research says is the best way to study for exams.

What does the research say?

What is the most effective way to study?

A research study of 80 undergraduates studying scientific material was utilized. Continue reading

How to Become a Registered Nurse

 The Secret Back Door to get in:

Let’s talk about the secret back door to becoming a registered nurse. People overlook this option, because they don’t even know it exists.

In nursing you always hear about the registered nurse (RN) and when you read the want ads it is always the registered nurse(RN) that is mentioned  and offered the big salary.

What many of you don’t know: there is another level of nursing called LPN or PN/VN or LVN  licensed practical nurse, practical nurse, vocational nurse, or licensed vocational nurse (different  terms used by different states).  This nurse requires licensure by the state after an exam is taken just like the RN( NCLEX-PN). The time & courses  to complete this program is less than an RN and usually no degree is given by the college (except for North Dakota). The back door has to do with many schools offering this program and not an upfront RN program. Continue reading

What are the Type of Nursing Certifications

Some of them have certifications you can obtain by completing some additional requirements. National professional organizations representing these specialties confer the certification. After completing the requirements and paying the fee you will be awarded the right to wear additional initials after your name and RN initials on your badge. Some nurses start to look a bit over the top when they acquire multiple certifications and insist on putting all of them behind their name on their work name tag. It may require an add on name badge to fit them on. Pick your favorite and the one that represents where you are currently working…..so co-workers will still invite you for lunch and not make fun of you. Continue reading

What are Employers Expectations for a New Grad Nurse

They are looking for a new grad nurse to be competent, proficiency will come! This will happen with time.

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Expectations for competency would include:

  • Be able to use the nursing process: talked about earlier: Assess Diagnosis, Plan, and Evaluate. Can develop a care plan and follow an existing plan.
  • Recognize your own limitations and know your abilities: As a new nurse you will not know all the answers or what to do in all situations, but you are expected to know when to ask for help and to know when you are in over your head and to seek assistance. Best not to fake it here, it is expected for you to ask for help! It may involve your patient’s safety if you don’t.
  • Have enough knowledge to provide safe care and for decision-making. You must know when an emergency or complication is occurring and where to go for help. Continue reading

What are the jobs for nurses

Regardless of setting or specialty, nurses are usually involved with the care, treatment and education of patients.  Some of the above mentioned jobs involve the community as your patient and education would occur to the community. You will provide emotional support to the patent as well as the patient’s family.

I could write a book about each of the above specialty areas of work describing what you would be doing in each area. You will be able to examine a lot of these areas as you are in school and attend clinicals, observing first hand. Ask questions and observe what the nurse is doing and ask yourself if you would enjoy that type of work. Ask them what special training they needed or was on the job training available….do they hire new graduates to the area? And above all impress the heck out of them so when graduation time comes they will want you! Continue reading

How to Become a Nurse

I don’t like people, can I be a nurse?

You will be dealing with the public and a good trait for the occupation of nursing would be to “like people” but not a total deal breaker.

I had a student once who came to me for advice after her first quarter of nursing school and told me she was going to quit nursing school….her reason: “she had decided that she really didn’t like people or being around people.” On the surface this sounds like a pretty good reason to leave nursing. Continue reading

How To Find a Nursing Job

The job of RN is in demand with a projected 800,000 shortage by 2020. Several reasons are responsible for the shortage and demand for RN’s. The demand for RN’s is expected to increase in all areas, with a increase in demand by 40% between 2000 and 2020. There are multiple reasons for the demand.

  • Aging workforce: the majority of RN’s in practice are age 48-57 and heading for retirement. There are not enough student nurses in the pipeline to replace the number projected to retire Continue reading

The Secret of the BEST study methods to score HIGH on Nursing Exams

You will need to do well on pre-requisite class exams, admittance exams, nursing exams and the final NCLEX exam to receive your RN license.  In order to do well on these exams it is prudent to follow what research says is the best way to study for exams.

What does the research say?

What is the most effective way to study?

A research study of 80 undergraduates studying scientific material was utilized. Continue reading