Author Archive | Crystal

How To Succeed as a Nurse

I’ll never forget my very first clinical day as a student nurse. I went home and cried. I was pretty sure I didn’t have what it takes to be a nurse and had made a terrible mistake by going to nursing school. Fortunately, I can look back on that day and laugh. I’m happy to […]

Where to Find NCLEX-RN Practice Questions

Malcolm Gladwell, a researcher and author, came up with the theory that it takes 10,000 hours (give or take) to achieve mastery in a field. I came up with the theory that it takes about 10,000 practice questions to ace the NCLEX-RN exam. Maybe 10,000 is a bit of a stretch, but you do need to […]

How To Choose a Nursing Specialty

One thing’s for sure—being a nurse never gets boring. There are so many exciting areas of nursing to choose from. From pediatrics to geriatrics, hospitals to nursing homes, genetics and forensics, on the ground or in the air—the choices are endless. But how do you pick the nursing specialty that’s right for you? Keep reading and I’ll share […]

3 Things You Don’t Learn in Nursing School

Nursing school is no joke. Pathophysiology, pharmacology, statistics, labs, research, clinicals—and that’s just the first semester! Is there anything you don’t learn? Well, yes. Read on and I’ll tell you about 3 things you don’t learn in nursing school. 1. You don’t learn what it really means to be a critical thinker I’ll never forget […]

How to Find Your First Nursing Job

Now that you’ve graduated from nursing school AND passed the NCLEX-RN exam AND got your nursing license (congrats on all of those), it’s time to start nursing! Hunting for that first job may seem daunting, but it can actually be a lot of fun. Keep reading and I’ll give you a few tips on how […]

Highlights from the 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan

Every 3 years, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (those folks who invented the NCLEX) publishes their NCLEX-RN Test Plan. This document (and webinar) is chock full of useful information about the exam including its structure, content, question types, scoring, and much more. But at 61 pages, it’s not exactly a beach read. […]

5 Tips to Help You Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

Having palpitations just thinking about the NCLEX-RN exam? I know I did. With careful planning, a lot of studying, and a few hundred cups of coffee, I’m happy to report that I passed on the first try. And you can too. Keep reading and I’ll tell you about five things that really helped me succeed. […]