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

Acceptance Letter.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.  – Paulo Coelho. I’ve been accepted to CRNA school. After hours of studying for the GRE’s, obtaining CCRN and CSC certifications and making sure my ACLS/BLS were up to date, I finally applied. Did I think  I was going to get in? No way. Am I happy that I’m in? Absolutely. It’s been a long while since I posted, I’ve been busy preparing for school, taking grad classes and doing a bit of TRAVEL NURSING! However, I felt compelled to start up my blog again. 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

Communicating with Providers as a New Nurse

The orders that are written for our patients is essentially our toolbox. In the CVICU, we have autonomy to be able to titrate meds like insulin, heparin and pressors, but there will come a time when you run out of tools or you’re not sure which tool to use.  Effective communication with the provider allows you to get what you need, or further understand why you’re using a Phillips screwdriver instead of a flathead. As a student nurse, I rarely interacted with providers.  If a question was asked and I knew the answer, I’d respond, but as for advocating for Continue Reading

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

All my life I’ve been a pessimist.  Why not think that you’re going to fail to be pleasantly surprised when you succeed?  I worked extremely hard throughout nursing school, still believing that I wasn’t good enough and that I’d never be good enough. Some people use this strategy on a daily basis like I have and in reality, thinking negatively doesn’t cause a cosmic shift and make things positive. Then again, thinking positive may not miraculously cause things to go in your favor, but what I learned is that thinking negatively causes so much more tension and stress. There’s no reason Continue Reading

NCLEX Chronicles

The NCLEX was probably one of the hardest exams that I have ever taken in my life.  The questions were difficult, and it was easy to let anxiety get the best of you.  I walked out of the exam room feeling as if I failed, tears beginning to form in my eyes…but a day later I found out that I passed.  So here’s my advice: KAPLAN I took the Kaplan Online Anywhere course and I absolutely loved it!  I logged on for class from 8pm – 11pm, and was met by hundreds of other students in a chat room.  I Continue Reading