Nurse Life

How to find a Nursing Mentor

A mentor is one who can share advice and guide you in advancing in your profession through their knowledge and prior experiences. As a new nurse, finding a mentor will help you as you progress from a novice nurse to eventually an expert. While some hospitals have formal programs that pair a new hire with […]

My NCLEX-RN Story: Stephanie

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Oh wait, sorry.  That’s the wrong story.  In all truthfulness, though it has been a while since I took the NCLEX-RN, it hasn’t been that long since I have thought about how it made me feel.  As a nursing instructor, I work with students every […]

My First Year as a Nurse: Michelle

In the first post of our latest series entitled “My First Year as a Nurse,” Magoosh NCLEX-RN blogger Michelle gives some insight into a first year as a nurse in pediatrics. Enjoy! Desired Job From my first day in nursing school, I always knew that I wanted to work in pediatrics since I always enjoyed […]

New Nursing Grad Job Hunting Tips

Many of you NCLEX-RN peeps are also looking for new grad job hunting tips. So I thought I’d oblige and give you some of the tips I’ve used or I’ve seen used that work. And, since the torture of nursing school is over, let’s talk about the myriad of possibilities awaiting you. Job hunting can […]

Study Habits for Passing the NCLEX-RN

Look at you, you overachiever you! You’re not even done with nursing school and you’re building study habits for passing the NCLEX-RN. Let me begin by by saying you’re way further ahead than many of your classmates. Preparing for and passing the NCLEX-RN is more about developing a foundation to draw upon than it is cramming […]

What is it like to be a nurse on night shift?

So you were offered your first nursing position, but you are concerned as a new nurse because you will be working the night shift. I’m here to tell you to relax! Starting on nights might actually be a positive experience for you. It will take a little time to adjust, but for many nurses, the […]

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 […]

Should I Join a Nursing Association?

Once you enter the nursing community, either as a student or as a newly graduated nurse, you will probably receive an offer to join a nursing association. Different associations have different goals, fees, and member benefits. I like being a member of nursing organizations (I’m a member of two) and I think it is incredibly beneficial […]

First Nursing Job: It’s Normal to be Nervous

Whenever you start a new job, there is a learning curve. This is especially true for your first nursing job! It is going to take you time to learn your new role and responsibilities. Take a minute to breathe and remember that you are not alone and this is normal. Those anxious feelings of butterflies […]

Is it Normal to be Scared as a New Nurse?

Congratulations you completed nursing school, passed your NCLEX-RN exam, obtained your license and secured your first nursing position. While you are excited and eager to start this next chapter of your life, you may also experience some degree of fear and ambivalence. Planning ahead and taking care or yourself will help you succeed. Remember You […]