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Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Rock Your Monday

Monday, self help, motivation, inspiration, organization

Make Monday Your Bitch

I went back and forth on this title... "How to rock your Monday"...... "Monday morning motivation" 
But let's be real. Monday IS a bitch. I'm a classy broad, but I do have a wicked sense of humor and I'm slightly rough around the edges. You've probably noticed that by now. If this title offends you, sorry... but feel free to click on an ad ;)

The weekend was glorious. We took our bras off Friday night. Kicked back in some fuzzy socks and caught up on a well earned Netflix binge. Saturday was spent in the sun in the park by the fountain. On Sunday we had mimosas at brunch and enjoyed a little cat nap in the afternoon... Then Monday shows up.


The alarm goes off. You realize you're restarting your week all over again. The bed is too comfy. The floor is too cold. Screw you, Monday. I don't want to get out of bed and take a shower. I want to roll over on my stomach and sleep two more hours.... but you have to show up.... always....

 If Mondays were shoes they'd be Uggs. Why doesn't Monday jump off a cliff into a pit of acid?

Monday is the red-headed step child.

My weeks are Monday, Monday 2, Monday 3, Monday 4, OH MY GOD IT'S NOT MONDAY, SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS, Oh, no! It's almost Monday, Monday, Monday 2, Monday 3.....

If you're like me and have realized that you can't give up Monday for lent (or people) then this post is for you. Here are my super easy, fool proof, no caffeine needed (but strongly encouraged) tips to make Monday your bitch.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9 Tips for the Clinical Nurse Leader Exam

Clinical nurse leader, boards, nurse, nursing school, grad school, study tips, test strategies, multiple choice questions

9 Kick-Ass for the CNL Exam

So I've let myself get talked into taking the CNL exam in a few weeks. As I've been studying I've been keeping track of tips to help me pass this exam. There are a few ways that this test differs from NCLEX, so you'll need to keep that in mind. A CNL and an RN are different roles, therefore the test questions are going to be a bit different. You'll need to think in a different way than you've thought before. 

In an NCLEX world, you're never leaving the patient. You have that nursing process down pat. In a CNL world, you're going to guide the RN to deliver the best patient care that he/she can. It's weird because you have to take a different approach to these questions. 

{Also I feel like I may mess myself up when I sit for NCLEX. Why of why did I agree to this? Haha. Do I hate myself this much that I'm missing out on a beautiful day outside to sit inside and read. Perhaps I'll go chill on the rooftop.}

Anyways, without further ado, here are my kick-ass tips!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Renal Failure: Are You Kidneying me?!

Renal Failure, Kidney Failure, acute, chronic, electrolytes, obesity, nurse, nursing school, NCLEX, clinical, liver failure

Renal Failure: Are You Kidneying Me?!

Renal/Kidney failure is a pretty common condition in our patients at the hospital. They can have an acute episode, or it can be a chronic condition. 25% of patient admitted to the ICU develop Acute Renal Failure. 

I'm currently on a liver transplant ICU-- so nearly everyone has also developed renal failure.

This post I'll discuss acute and chronic renal failure's patho, labs to watch, causes, signs and symptoms, and how to treat these disorders.

P.S. I make terrible puns. Earlier today had a visitor on the unit that broke her humerous bone. I asked if it was funny... No body laughed... #thisiswhyimsingle.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Congestive Heart Failure 101

CHF, Congestive Heart Failure, overview, guide, nursing school, nurse, nursing, RN, NCLEX, Cardiac, Med-Surg

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) 101

CHF occurs when the heart cannot adequately pump blood to the rest of the body. There are two different types: Left and Right. They both produce a wide variety of clinical symptoms. It causes imbalances among fluid and electrolytes. This post will give you the 101 on Congestive Heart Failure.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8 Drugs Every ICU Nurse Needs to Know

ICU, Nurse, Nursing student, Nursing school, Emergency, Urgency, Critical Care, IV push, Arrhythmias, Distress

8 Drugs Every ICU Nurse Needs to Know

These drugs are used frequently in the ICU setting. It is imperative that you understand what these drugs are and when they are to be used.

When I started on my current unit I had no idea what these drugs were. I had a vague idea, but really, I was pretty clueless. I had spent the last few months just trying to pass class. Unfortunately, I didn't have a critical care class. (Which I really wished we would have!)

Here's a quick guide to 8 drugs that we use frequently in emergency situations. ALCS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).

Sunday, March 8, 2015

10 Prominent Women in Nursing

Nursing, history, international woman's day, historical, red cross, nightingale, barton, florence, clara, nursing students, RN, medical

10 Prominent Women in Nursing

In honor of today being International Woman's Day, let's take a look back at 10 important female figures that have shaped the field of nursing into what it is today.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

How to Deal With a Nurse Bully

Nurse, self help, bully, negative, toxic, job, work environment, new nurse, nursing student, inter-professional, hospitals, new graduate

When Nurses Eat Their Young: How to Deal With a Bully

Here's a sad truth about being a nurse; there are bullies. 

82% of nurses say that they have been a victim of a bully.

We encounter them often. In the classroom when you ask a question and a peer snickers. In simulation when you mess up and the instructor berates you. On your first day of clinicals when a more experienced nurse belittles you.

I started my path to become a nurse 6 years ago and promptly changed my degree because of the bullying I witnessed. Eventually I was drawn back into nursing. This time a little older, a little wiser, and ever so slightly tougher.

Here's how to recognize, understand, and change your toxic environment when you are in the company of a bully.

Friday, March 6, 2015

6 Tips to Become More Positive

Positive, attitude, belief, nursing school, nursing student, tips, psychology, toxic thinking, negative thoughts, doubt, self improvement

How to Become More Positive

Life in general sometimes makes it hard to stay positive. Certainly going to nursing school can take a toll on you. You bomb a test, you make a mistake at clinical, you forgot to turn something in, etc. It's HARD to not feel defeated during nursing school and it's easy to let yourself slip into negative thinking.

But I'm here to help!! Here are my 6 favorite tips to stay positive.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Big Announcement: Easy Guide to Interpret Acid-Base Imbalances Ebook Released

Ebook, Acid-base imbalance, Respiratory, Metabolic, Acidosis, Alkalosis, Bicarbonate, Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Diarrhea, Vomit, Hyperventilate, Hypoventilate

Big Announcement: Ebook on Acid-Base Imbalances Released

Hey guys! I know I haven't been posting as much as I normally do. That's because 1) I had a couple huge tests this week and 2) I was writing this ebook guide to interpreting acid-base imbalances.

If you're struggling with interpreting these imbalances then I suggest checking this out. I have it for sale for only $3.99 on Amazon. You can check it out HERE! It also contains some practice problems to work through. I go through the problems step by step because I know how confusing it can be. It took me over four different professors before I FINALLY had one explain this to us correctly.

I think this is a great tool for any student to have! You don't even need a kindle to read it! 

Sorry, I had to do a shameless plug. Ha. I'll post some new stuff this week. Life will be less hectic for me in 24 hours.

You guys are great.

Happy Hump Day!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nursing School Graduation Checklist

Nursing school, Graduation, Nursing student, New nurse, Checklist, Nursing graduation, NCLEX, Resume, Boards

Nursing School Graduation Checklist

Congratulations on being in your last semester of nursing school!!!! Whoooo hoooo!!! You're almost there!! There are just a few more things that you need to do before you graduate. I'm including a list of popular things that nursing schools will require before graduation in a handy dandy list that you can use to stay organized!