Nurse Life

Should I Volunteer as a Student Nurse?

Everyone should get involved and volunteer in some capacity, as it is a rewarding and very beneficial activity for both the volunteer and the recipients. As a nursing student, there are many benefits to giving a little of your time to a worthy cause. Benefits of Volunteering As a volunteer nurse, you will have the […]

What I Love About Being a Nurse

  So often, when we talk about becoming a nurse or having to take the NCLEX, it is very easy to get caught up in the stress and feel like we are in survival mode. I know that when I start to feel stressed and seem to be focusing on nothing but the difficulties I’m facing, […]

Do I Need a BSN to be a Nurse?

There are many ways to become a registered nurse. Getting your BSN is just one of those options.  While you don’t need your BSN to be a nurse, here are a couple of reasons why you might want to consider it if you are just beginning your education or even if you’ve been a nurse for a while and are […]

What if my First Nursing Job is Not a Good Match for me?

So you have passed your NCLEX-RN and landed your first nursing job. You are excited and eager to succeed in your new position. You show up early with a positive attitude and are ready to become an essential team member. Perhaps this is your dream job or maybe a job you decided to take as […]

I Have to Return for a Panel Interview – What is That?

So you successfully completed your initial interview, and now you have been asked back for a panel interview. What does this entail? There are many steps as you transition from student nurse to an independent nurse, and this is just one more step in the process. What is a Panel Interview? A panel interview is […]

Developing Confidence as a Nurse

  Developing confidence as a nurse might not be easy for some. But if you follow these five steps, you’ll be well on your way! Master Nursing Concepts Mastering nursing concepts starts in nursing school. You need to focus, learn and really understand the basic nursing concepts. Every time you evaluate a patient’s condition and […]

Why Is it Hard to Get a Registered Nurse Job?

Wondering why it is hard to get a job as a registered nurse? There are a variety of reasons. Read on to find out what they are. Recent Changes in Healthcare   As insurance reimbursement has been directly linked with length of stay, hospitals are determined to move patients through the system as quickly and […]

What’s Next After a Nursing Degree?

I’m a big believer in planning ahead so if you find yourself wondering what’s next after a nursing degree, I can certainly tell you that you aren’t alone. Many people will find themselves thinking about the same things. The very next thing that comes after getting a nursing degree is to take the NCLEX-RN and […]

What is Nursing Informatics?

The official definition for nursing informatics is the “science and practice (that) integrates nursing, its information, and its knowledge with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide” (IMIA Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics 2009). In general terms, the nurse will use his or her nursing […]

My First Year as a Nurse: Stephanie

Isn’t it funny that looking back on experiences gives you a whole new perspective? Oh, if I had only known then what I know now! Fortunately, we can harness the power of lessons learned by sharing them with others.  Here’s the story of my first year as a nurse and a few lessons learned that […]