One main difference between adult and pediatric nursing is that children come in all different shapes and sizes. We get infants all the way up to 26 year olds! Because of this, the majority of pediatric nursing is based off of the patient’s weight in kilograms. Knowing how to do these calculations is imperative because … Read More
I wish this was not a common theme amongst most hospitals…but unfortunately it remains ever-present. Some places less than others, some more than most. Nurse bullying is real and it happens more often than not. How does one handle such situations? I’ll share with you the best ways I have gotten through sticky situations the … Read More
I remember when I got accepted into the University of San Francisco. I searched the internet tirelessly for some sort of guidance on what supplies to purchase…especially clinical. And I wound up with nothing. So I have developed my own list of supplies that were crucial for my nursing clinical success. They were functional but … Read More
A friend who is currently in nursing school reached out to me asking about how to make her resume stand out from the crowd. Everyone takes the same nursing courses in nursing school and everyone completes the same rotations, so how do you set yourself apart without pushing yourself too hard? The physical body can only … Read More
Relationships are hard, especially new ones. Working with a new preceptor as a nursing student can be a difficult experience. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Having gone through many preceptor experiences…some bad and some great, I have compiled a list of advice to be the best preceptor you can be for a … Read More
The most important things in life are the intangibles. However, having money in the bank helps relieve so much stress and anxiety. Granted money is not the most valuable thing on this earth, it is still very important. It may seem impossible as a student to be able to set aside cash. If anything, your … Read More
Nursing student and preceptor relationships are a two-way street. You both reflect upon each other. These relationships mold the type of nurse you will become in the future. Good or bad preceptor, it comes down to you and your mindset. Here’s how to be the best nurse you can be regardless of the circumstances:
Kiddos are nothing like adults. Everything, every piece of data, is more sensitive in an acute child than an adult. I found that all the nursing brains I was using didn’t allow enough room. For adults, you can put three patients on one sheet of paper. However, in peds, I needed one piece of paper … Read More
Being a student is a full-time job. You’ll find nothing’s as rewarding as seeing all your hard work pay off.
I have meal prepped since nursing school. I find myself continuing to do so for many reasons. First off, it saves me so much money! Each meal averages about $1.05. This is incredible, especially being on a student’s budget. Think about how much going out to eat costs…Meals average $10-$15 a person! You are saving … Read More
Nursing school keeps you plenty busy, but setting time aside to work helps in so many ways. It helps bring in money and even helps you take your study-time more seriously.
This seems like a no-brainer. However, life happens: accidents occur, construction takes over the city, and traffic jams back up the freeways. If I am not fifteen minutes early somewhere, I consider myself late. My first semester of nursing school, I utilized San Francisco’s incredible public transportation system. This worked swimmingly until construction began on … Read More
The other day, I received a photo from a family I nannied for. It was a picture of their daughter, dressed up as me for Halloween. When asked what she wanted to dress up as, she quickly answered: “I want to be just like Chandler when I grow up. She’s so smart and she helps … Read More
This may seem straightforward, but there are plenty of variables that change the success of your studying. Let’s figure out what your best study schedule should be!
It’s true, organization IS power in nursing school! Not only are you juggling nursing courses but also clinical, skills hours, simulations, GE classes, minors, organization involvement, and outside jobs. During my program I was involved in the Nursing Student Association as my class representative for three years. I also was a member of the Oncology … Read More
Call me crazy but I devote a large portion of my nursing school success to my beautiful apartment. Nursing school requires inconceivable amounts of studying and it needs to be done somewhere that makes you feel happy and comfortable. For some that is a coffee shop or the school library, but for me this was … Read More
This topic is a doozy. When I began my program, the dean told us: “It is time to let go of those causing you emotional stress and turmoil in your life. You won’t make it through this program without love and support. And those who make it through with you, will be in your life … Read More
The TEAS exam is the entrance exam into nursing school. Most universities require you take it prior to applying. Some require an entrance HESI, and some schools don’t require an exam at all! The TEAS exam is a Test of Essential Academic Skills. This being said, it isn’t anything nursing related. Rather, well rounded general … Read More