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

Getting 85% of your loans paid for by someone else

We have talked about the importance of not working too much in nursing school and how that can influence your success. So the question is how can I live and afford to go to nursing school? If federal grant money, scholarships, employer money that was talked about earlier is not available then you are in need of loans.

There are a multitude of loans available to you. Nursing as an educational pick qualifies you for many loans. You can afford nursing school with the use of these. Some will have deferred interest and all should have deferred payments until graduation from nursing school. Use these resources vs. credit cards or loan sharks. The interest rate and pay back terms will be manageable. 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

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

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

What is Good Nursing

Nursing defined:

Is it a profession/ occupation or technical discipline? Is it a science or is it art? Nurses themselves cannot agree on a single definition. It involves knowing and doing.

Many colleges consider it a technical program. Because of this designation many people feel that the respect it deserves is not present. There is a move to elevate the designation of nursing to a profession. The majority of the public would view it as a profession and a very honorable one at that. Continue reading

Nursing School Requirements

Before you get recruited in any undergraduate and graduate nursing school programs you have to meet all the Nursing school requirements. This will ensure that your application goes smoothly with no hitches at all. You need to know all the entrance exams that have to be undertaken and all the components you need during application. Getting tips that will ensure your application is successful is also very important. Continue reading

What Are The Requirements to Becoming an EMT?

Do you want to work as an EMT?

Let’s assume that you answered yes since you’re still reading. What do you need to do to get work in the field? What are the next steps in order for you to get started?

Let’s look at EMT requirements and what you need. After conduction some research I wanted to highlight the general preparation that you need to work as an emergency medical technician:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Be over 18.
  • Hold a driver’s license in good standing.
  • Be in good physical health.
  • Complete some sort of EMT program.
  • Be willing to work in a team in a high-pressure environment. Continue reading