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    • 24 Feb 2017

    You got it...the right stuff

    TTP Part 2: Transition to Practice for Preceptors (Yes, that's the name of a New Kids on the Block song… ) You’ve been asked to be a preceptor for a newly licensed nurse. Congratulations! Obviously, your employer recognizes that...
    • 12 Jan 2017

    New Nurses. Are you ready to be awesome?

    Transition to Practice Part 1 “I love being awesome because being awesome is awesome.” NurseTheory.com You passed the NCLEX and have landed your first job. Yeah! And then, during orientation for your first job, reality hits. You...
    • 5 Jul 2016

    Be NCLEX Brilliant

    "Our talents are living things; we give birth to them, nourish them until they grow and become immortal." Michael Bassey Johnson brilliant: gifted, expert, keen, sharp, accomplished, observant, far-sighted, deep, shrewd discerning, well...
    • 31 May 2016

    The real world versus the NCLEX

    This isn't Friday Night Fights A student recently wanted to know how to “switch” her thoughts from the “mindset of the real world versus [the] NCLEX”. When I read this, all I could think about was the improbable matchups...
    • 2 May 2016

    Celebrate National Nurses Week 2016

    On May 6, 2016, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Nurses Week. This year's theme is: "Culture of Safety - It starts with YOU." The ANA wants to...
    • 28 Mar 2016

    Didn't pass the NCLEX?

    It's time to recover! You just received confirmation that you failed the NCLEX. It feels like you’ve been sucker-punched as you stare at the results in disbelief. After the initial shock, stress hormones start flooding your body, bringing...
    • 14 Mar 2016

    Lab Values and the NCLEX - looking underneath

    To some questions, there is only one right answer. But some questions can have many correct answers. ~ National Science Foundation Students write to me all the time about labs. They not only want to know which labs they should study for the NCLEX,...
    • 1 Feb 2016

    Just do it...

    How to know when you’re ready to take your NCLEX “Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.” — Richard Kline You’ve studied hard, finished your clinical experience, and graduated from college...
    • 6 Jan 2016

    Killers among us

    From the title you might think I want to talk about terrorism. Well, in a way, I do. Although I tend to shy away from controversial topics, I will make an exception to talk about vaccinating our children against (preventable) viral diseases. In 1957...
    • 7 Dec 2015

    Be a pragmatist!

    Three pragmatic steps for taking control of your NCLEX success The optimist says, “The glass is half-full.” The pessimist says, “The glass is half-empty.” And while they are arguing, the pragmatist takes the glass and drinks...
    • 16 Nov 2015

    Paxil or Taxol?

    Five ways to prevent (and process) medication errors Have you ever made a mis-steak? It’s a silly question because everyone makes mistakes – even nurses. In school, if you make a typo, the teacher will deduct a few points, and your grade...
    • 27 Oct 2015

    Announcing the 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan

    Have you reviewed the test plan lately? Admit it. Change can be a scary and stressful thing. And goodness knows, anyone preparing for the NCLEX does not need more stress. I'm happy to report that the new 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan has been released...
    • 23 Sep 2015

    New nurses: It's YOUR license to practice!

    Online quizzes are everywhere - and you can find a quiz on just about anything, from personality type to what movie star you resemble. On scrubsmag.com ( The Nurse’s Guide To Good Living ) there are a lot of really fun quizzes for nurses . In...
    • 24 Aug 2015

    Strategies for answering NCLEX-style questions

    How will you answer NCLEX questions? I get a lot of emails from students who write that they are terrible test takers. I’ve written several blogs with information about how to overcome test-taking anxiety, including these blogs: Preparing...
    • 6 Jul 2015

    Thinking like a nurse

    When in doubt, look it up! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but passing the NCLEX is a really big deal because it is the key to your future as a nurse. You may have moments where you wonder if the NCLEX is designed to be an instrument...
    • 5 Jun 2015

    The Power of Napping

    "Mem'ries, Light the corners of my mind..." - from "The Way We Were" by Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn Berman, Alan Bergman Pinning and graduation ceremonies have come and gone. And now you're busy preparing for the NCLEX and...
    • 4 May 2015

    Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015

    All across the United States, registered nurses are being saluted. On May 6, 2015, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week. This year's theme is "...
    • 30 Mar 2015

    I get by with a little help from my friends

    Pearls of wisdom from the NCLEX discussion boards “Friendship…is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learning anything.” ~ Muhammad Ali Lately...
    • 9 Mar 2015

    Got nerves? Eat a banana!

    A few years back, I wrote about preparing your mind for the NCLEX . Since everyone feels some level of anxiety before a test, I talked about preparation as the key to success. There is nothing that can replace good, old-fashioned study and preparation...
    • 10 Feb 2015

    Disinviting frustration

    "All frustrations are self-induced. The outside world can invite us to become upset, but we ultimately accept the invitation." ~Unknown Life is full of frustrations that keep us from doing or achieving something in the timeframe we desire...
    • 21 Jan 2015

    What's your word?

    "You fuss too much over making the ‘right’ choice… All we need do is make a good choice…” ~Graham McNeill It’s 2015 and lots of people have made resolutions for the New Year. But making resolutions seems so...
    • 5 Jan 2015

    Studying for the NCLEX is your job

    Vision without action is a daydream. If you take a look at the Learning Extension discussion threads, you’ll find lots of desperate posts by people who want to know how to pass the NCLEX. Unfortunately, what works for one person may not work...
    • 2 Dec 2014

    How old is too old?

    Is life after 75 worth living? Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~ Jim Feibig I like the way Jim Feibig thinks. I bet everyone reading this quote can relate to what he wrote. I’m...
    • 10 Nov 2014

    Ebola, Quarantined Nurses and Vaccinations

    Now Freak! I said Freak! Now Freak! ~ Le Freak performed by Chic Yep, it has come to this. Politicians are freaking out about Ebola. And is it any wonder with all the news coverage? As Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune recently asked, “does...
    • 27 Oct 2014

    Apology... accepted

    “An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair just about anything.” ~Lynn Johnston Why is it so hard to say “I’m sorry”… and sound like you really mean it? I’m not talking about the apology that begins...