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    Use Your Brain When Going Back to School

    Use Your Brain When Going Back to School
    You are one of the most powerful sources of information. You have gone to school for at lease a dozen years, you may have worked at various jobs after school during the summers, you may have gone to places and met people who taught you many lessons in living. You may have married, returned to school after a personal experience with ...
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    What to Remember While Selecting a Nursing School

    What to Remember While Selecting a Nursing School
    You will need to consider several factors when you choose a nursing school. What might be important to some other nursing student might not really be a concern to you. Therefore, you need to choose a nursing school that fits in with your career plan, budget, and other considerations. Arm yourself with a book and a pen and use this article ...
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    5 Tips to Deal With Nursing School Stress

    5 Tips to Deal With Nursing School Stress
    The stress level of nursing students is higher than those in most other academic programs, and some studies have even suggested that their stress levels are higher than their counterparts in medical school, social work and pharmacology programs. The workload of nursing students is profound—not only maintaining academic studies and a clinical practice, but also a work/life balance that is important ...
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    What They DON'T Tell You in Nursing School

    What They DON'T Tell You in Nursing School
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one of these people who grew up being a nurse. It would be nice to say that I put bandages on my dolls, and had dreams of nursing since I was a child. But I just can’t say it. It’s not true. I came to the realization that wanted to be a ...
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    10 Things That College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students

    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students
    Everyone knows the difficulty in getting into nursing educational programs. The problems with overcrowding in nursing programs have given rise to the use of lotteries and waiting lists. What prospective student has not experienced the problems inherent in waiting and waiting to enter an institution? And we all know the reason. The lack of nursing faculty has diminished the numbers of ...
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    5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Clinical Rotations

    5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Clinical Rotations
    School is starting again. It’s back to the books, the studying, the commuting, and, maybe this year you are adding more clinical work to your schedule. It will take a lot of time out of your life and you may be anxious about it, but here are five big pluses to completing those clinical rotations and some pointers on getting the ...
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    How to Survive (And Even Thrive) in a Skills Lab

    How to Survive (And Even Thrive) in a Skills Lab
    We all know that “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Nursing students who are taught nursing skills one year will lose some of those newly found skills over the summer vacation. Some experts say it only takes two weeks to begin losing dexterity for a new skill. So, many nursing programs run “skills labs” periodically to keep newly educated ...
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    6 Job Market Tips for Nursing Students

    6 Job Market Tips for Nursing Students
    With the shortage the way it is right now, we’re getting all sorts of commentary from our instructors on what potential employers may be asking for when we apply for jobs. The competition is getting fierce, and we’ve been told the days of showing up for a job interview in shorts and flip-flops and getting instantly hired are over (please, don’t ...
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    Nursing Student Checklist

    Nursing Student Checklist
    As you begin your course of clinicals, you will need to be prepared with basic nursing equipment. Plan for this expense along with tuition, books and other fees. Check with your institutions for any specific requirements as to color and design before purchasing. NOTE: Some schools require that you wear a specific uniform and may require that you purchase your basic ...
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    Why You're NOT Getting Into Nursing School

    [photo:180621]So you've decided to become a nurse, and it's the best decision you've ever made. Your life now has purpose, and you can't wait to have a job where you help people, handle new and challenging situations every day, and make a respectable living to boot. However, there's a problem. You can't get into nursing school. That's the biggest stumbling block ...
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    Calm Student-Nurse Jitters

    Calm Student-Nurse Jitters
    When it's time to trade mannequins and simulations for real patients, even the most confident student nurse can get a case of the jitters. Many RNs-to-be worry not only about acing their clinical skills but also about getting along with patients and hospital personnel. "I tell students who are [starting their clinical education] that they really know more than they think ...
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    4 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse

    4 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse
    There is what they teach you in nursing school, and then there is what you learn in the ‘real world’ of nursing. Sorry my fellow student nurses, there IS a difference. I used to chuckle when the ‘seasoned’ nurse would make a comment like that when we were at clinicals during nursing school. Now I chuckle because they were so right. ...
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    Get in to Nursing School With a Degree in Something Else

    It's been said that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. That's kind of what it's like for people who decide to become nurses after they've already gone to college. Perhaps you loved books so much you became a Literature major, happily earned a bachelor's degree but something didn't feel right. Sure, you could get a job ...
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    The Great Med-Surg Debate

    The Great Med-Surg Debate
    Another clinical rotation has finally finished! ICU was a great experience, actually, it really surprised me. All those pre-conceived notions I had in the beginning were just nerves. Now that it’s over, I’m finally realizing that I only have 9 months left of this program…and then I will finally get to sign, “Ani Burr, RN, BSN!” It seems so surreal, and ...
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    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?

    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?
    I’m having flash backs. I’ve been here before. This rut of feeling like, “oh my gosh, how am I ever going to get all of this done!?!” The panic is setting in and despite having a ton of work sitting in front of me, I can’t quite figure out where to start. Everything I need to work on is top priority ...
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    The Adult Student

    The Adult Student
    The hardest job I have ever encountered in my life is my job as a mother. Next to being a mother, the most difficult task I have right now is being a mother and a student. My life has never been so demanding as it is at this very moment. I long to be the 18 and 19 year old in ...
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    Summer Fun for Nursing Students

    Summer Fun for Nursing Students
    Now that school is out for the summer, it’s time for some much needed R&R. My guess is that although you’re loving your time off, you may be trying to fill the void in your life that was once consumed by mounds of books and endless study sessions. Here are a few ways to make this summer the best one yet! ...
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    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades

    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades
    Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. With all the classes and care plans and tests, it’s easy to get into a study rut, studying the way that makes you feel most comfortable. But if you keep studying that way, and you’re grades aren’t improving ... change it ...
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    Two Qualities for Every Nurse

    Two Qualities for Every Nurse
    Today I volunteered to help out at the senior class pinning ceremony. It’s hard to believe that the upperclassmen that lead our orientation two years ago are now heading out into the real world to become actual, shot-giving, trach-suctioning, care-giving, working nurses! And even harder to believe is that it will be my class going through the same traditional ceremony in ...
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