Should I work while I’m in nursing school?

We all know nursing school is stressful and almost unbearable.  We end up with no social life, possible gastric ulcers, sleep deprivation… a case of the crazies.   Adding a job can be pushing it, but I’m here to tell you that it is worth it.  So why get a job in the hospital during school?  Why worry about this when you’re rockin’ your clinicals and your GPA is stellar?  To put it simply, it’s not all about what you know, it’s who you know and if you’re already “in,” it’s possible that you’ll end up with multiple job offers Continue Reading

What Your Nursing Textbook Didn’t Teach

Congratulations! You got your first job as a nurse! Now you’re ready to put your countless hours of clinical, simulation, labs and classes to work! While nursing school is your foundation and your backbone, there are just some things that nursing school cannot possibly prepare you for adequately. In school, you learn expected outcomes — how things are supposed to happen. For most, you get an 8hr, not 12hr day for clinical (not that I’d really want a 12 hour clinical day), a 1-2 patient assignment, get the occasional med pass, but you’re still in a practice or ‘safe’ mode. Continue Reading