The road to becoming a nurse is long and laborious. If you're not sure about the path you're going to take, the process can be twice as difficult. You can even end up spending more money and time than you’re supposed to. If you’re not sure where to start, the guide below can teach you exactly how to become a nurse. How to Become a Nurse Learn everything about being a nurse Being a nurse isn’t always a good thing. You’ll be exposed to all types of body fluids, bacteria, and viruses. You’ll … [Read more...] about How to Become a Nurse
New grad nursing jobs are coveted and require an edge to ensure they secure both an interview and the position. Nursing expert, Beth Hawkes, has curated hear years of experience helping and mentoring nurses into an incredible resource that is a must-have for any new nurse graduate. We caught up with her. The Ultimate Guide to Landing New Grad Nursing Jobs What made you decide to write a book on the ultimate guide to landing new grad nursing jobs? As a nurse leader with extensive hiring … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Landing New Grad Nursing Jobs
You’re so excited when starting nursing school and student loans are so easy to get that it seems like no big deal to get a few. You take out the loans and sign on the dotted line because you’ve dreamed of this career and you know it’s what you want to do with your life. Fast forward a few years and congrats, you indeed are a Registered Nurse, but now you are scratching your head at the end of each month trying to ﬁgure out where all your hard earned money went. Reﬁnancing Your Student … [Read more...] about 3 Things to Consider Before Refinancing Your Student Loans
You know that feeling. Something’s not right. You've done a thorough patient assessment, and checked and rechecked the vitals and the labs. Maybe you even have a “hunch.” But you need orders. You have to go through the steps of preparing yourself and ultimately paging a doctor. Sooner or later, your nursing judgment will tell you that your patient has a need beyond your scope of practice. That’s when you need to be a patient advocate and call the doctor - even if it’s the middle of the night! … [Read more...] about The New Nurse’s Guide to Paging a Doctor at Night
One of the most difficult courses in nursing school is Pharmacology. There are hundreds of medications that must be learned, along with their indications, contraindications, side effects, dosing, and much more. Learning all the medications you need to know to pass the NCLEX is difficult. While I would never call learning pharmacology in nursing school easy, there are definitely ways to make it easier. 3 NCLEX Pharmacology Tips When considering the tips and strategies needed to learn … [Read more...] about 3 Pharmacology Tips to Help You Pass the NCLEX
One of the best ways you can prepare for an interview is to practice your answers to some of the most common nursing interview questions. Although no two interviews are exactly the same, most nurse managers ask many of the same types of questions. Getting your thoughts together and ideas of how to answers these questions ahead of time will help you appear confident and prepared during the interview process. Nursing Interview Questions Some of the questions you will most likely encounter at any … [Read more...] about Nursing Interview Questions and Tips
Finding the best nursing specialty as a new grad is a challenge. Most nursing students are told to stop dreaming about becoming a perioperative nurse right out of school. Instead, they should work at least 2 years in med-surg before daring to dream of working on a specialty unit. However many nurses, myself included, think that this is outdated information that may not be relevant to you. You read that correctly. It is a myth that new nurses have to work in med-surg before pursuing a … [Read more...] about Best Nursing Specialty For a New Grad
Despite the job market taking a dip on a global scale, the nursing industry continues to develop alongside the rising need for qualified nurses. However, according to the American Society of Registered Nurses, 43 percent of registered nurses haven’t been able to find employment after 18 months between 1st January 2009 and 31st March 2010. Why aren’t these graduates landing jobs when the vacancy rate has increased in recent years? According to the Texas Woman’s University associate dean Dr. … [Read more...] about Can Accelerated Nursing Programs Increase Your Likelihood of Getting a Job?
Being a new nurse can be really scary. You’ve learned only a slice of the nursing pie and you are expected to jump in and take care of patients. If you are lucky then you have a lengthy amount of time that you get to spend with your preceptor. This will help you practice your skills and increase your confidence. However, it will all end quickly and you’ll be on your own. I know that I personally didn’t feel like a nurse until a year after I became one. Everything seemed foreign and time … [Read more...] about Tips For New Nurse Grads
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care. There is a disconnect among new graduate nurses and seasoned nurses in understanding the … [Read more...] about Evidence Based Practice: Nurses Barriers to Implementation?
One question is at the forefront of the mind of nearly every nursing student "How to pass the NCLEX?" Some even lust about the possibility of finishing the exam at the 75 question mark so they can be done with the agony of the dreaded "nursing boards" as quickly as possible. No one wants to pay the $300 (and up) fee to take the test again. So passing the NCLEX on the first attempt is a huge priority Nursing school is a challenging experience. Nursing student constantly question "why is … [Read more...] about How to Pass the NCLEX with 75 Questions in One Attempt
You've done it! You've graduated nursing school, passed your NCLEX and you're ready and eager to start your first job as a real nurse. You want to be an excellent nurse, and you keep hearing about how nurses are so in demand. There is a massive nursing shortage, right? So why is that you still can't seem to land your first gig as a nurse? If nurses are so in demand, then why is this so difficult? Many reasons compile, but mostly liability and cost. New nurses naturally carry more risks than … [Read more...] about How to Land Your First Nursing Job
The phenomena that is often laughed off in the nursing profession when nurses refer to it as how “Nurses Eat Their Young” is known by many other terms. These include: Bullying, Horizontal Violence, Lateral Violence, Hostile Work Environment, Harassment, Nurse to Nurse Violence, Horizontal Hostility, and likely many more that I have not directly stated. When you are victim experiencing lateral violence it is very easy to attempt to write the treatment you are receiving off a … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young : Resources for Lateral Violence
Everyday presents me with new challenges and the opportunity to overcome them. My growth and development in my profession are limited only by my desire and will. I have the opportunity to be intimately involved in peoples lives and promote health and positive change. I am allowed ample opportunity to be creative and make things work. Every patient interaction is an opportunity for learning for both the patient and I. I get to talk about health, the patients, and often myself, if I like. … [Read more...] about Why I am thankful I am a Nurse
I know that this has been a soapbox of mine here, but honestly, it is the reason why I started this blog in the first place. I was bullied.I was being called a liar, incompetent, and made to look a fool. At the most difficult point in my young life, pregnant, postpartum, the death of my mother, and as a new grad nurse, I had this lovely stressful nugget to add to my plate. Everyday I had to make the best of the situation where the other nurses refused to help my patients and I … [Read more...] about Respect and Dignity: A Nurses Guide to Bullying in Nursing