Nurse Life

Day Shift or Night Shift?

Getting your first job as a registered nurse is both exciting and scary.  You have already worked so hard to get to this point by completing nursing school and passing the NCLEX-RN and now it’s time to get that first job.  When considering your options for jobs, there are many things to keep in mind.  You might want […]

Evidence-Based Practice for the Novice Nurse

As a nursing student or recent graduate, you are more than likely familiar with the term evidence-based practice (EBP). I don’t know how you feel about it, but when I was a novice nurse, research and EBP were things I knew about but I can’t say they were a priority for me.  It often felt like something […]

From Student to Nurse: What You Need to Know

Congratulations! You have finished nursing school, prepared for and passed the NCLEX, gotten your license, and landed that first nursing job! I hope you are ready for some of the most exciting days of your life.  It is always fun (and a little bit scary) to start something new. With all this happiness and excitement, […]

Nursing school is over but I have so many questions – Who can help me?

  Congratulations – You finished nursing school, passed your boards, obtained your license and started your new job as a registered nurse. Now the reality sets in, the patient in front of you is your responsibility. Your nursing instructor is no longer watching your every move and questioning every decision you make. You being 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 […]

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 […]

Does nursing school prepare you for nursing?

It’s the age old question. Does nursing school prepare you for nursing? Before we answer the question let me paint you a picture…. Ha-haaaaaa! Finally graduated nursing school. I’m the best new-grad that’s ever walked the face of the planet. I’m the king of the world! I’m the greatest! I’m the …. The sad truth […]

3 Things Nursing School Prepares You For

As with many things in life, it can be easiest to look at the negative.  Throughout my time as a nursing student, nurse, and nursing instructor, I have heard many people talk about how they don’t feel that nursing school prepared them to be a nurse.  But, I’ve come to believe that while it can’t […]

Should I Get my BSN?

BSN or Not So, you have decided to become a nurse. Your first decision was whether to become an RN or an LPN. Your next choice is whether to earn an Associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). There are many considerations to think about when you are making this […]

Self-Care for Nursing Students

Really early mornings for clinicals, late nights buried in books, can’t remember when you last did something just for yourself…any of this sound familiar?  If you are a nursing student, I bet this sounds a lot like your life right now.  Nursing is a profession of caring and because of this, some of the most […]