How Nurses Can Limit Distractions

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    Do you get distracted when studying for your exams? How many times have you told yourself you need to focus and get it done? But you keep getting distracted by things around you. In this article, I share tips that will help you limit distractions and focus on your studies and pass your NCLEX exam. Turn off your cell phone Your cell phone is a major source of distraction. With all the buzzing, updating, tweeting, calling and messaging that goes on, you are probably hooked to your phone. Opt to switch your phone off or have it on […]

How Nursing Grads Can Handle Student Debt

Guest Post By Drew Cloud Working as a nurse is a career that allows you to help others and give back to the community. It can also open you up to many lucrative opportunities. Unfortunately, there is a drawback to becoming a nurse, and that’s the large student loan balance you have after you have acquired your education. The good news is that there are several strategies that nursing grads with student debt can use if they put their heads down and visualize their goals. Student Loan Forgiveness If you work as a full-time nurse and you have Perkins loans, you […]

Tips for Newly Employed Nurses

As exciting as it is to start a new job, everything always seems so overwhelming. It does not matter whether you are a new graduate or experienced nurse. You may get an orientation to where the lab is and all the floors, but when you’re done with your preceptor, you realize you can’t remember what floor the lab was, particularly if it a large institution. There are some things you don’t want to assume will come naturally to you. I would encourage you to have a small notebook in your pocket with little reminders. Write important telephone numbers you think […]

The Importance of Visualizing your Goals

Have you met people who go through life with no goals in mind? I’m sure you have. Do you admire their lives? I know you don’t. People who have no goals in life seem to be going around in circles.   Goals give you the motivation to grow and provide you the landmarks to measure that growth. Let’s say you plan on learning to speak a new language like Chinese for instance. As you learn to speak the language, you can converse with others in their native tongue with ease and flexibility. You are able to grow and learn and […]

Do You Need an Online Mentor?

  After completing nursing school, you’ll be excited about your first job. When you begin work, you’ll attend an orientation program and try to do everything your preceptor tells you. This however, is not the only person who will model how things are done; for you to succeed, you want to study and learn from others as well. Your mentor may not necessarily be the person assigned to precept you, but may be someone you admire and want to emulate.   Mentors are not only found in your job or workplace. There are many online nurse mentors you can benefit […]

How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Your License

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 By Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD   When we go to get our driver’s license, we are tested on the rules of the road. When we go to nursing school, we are taught how to be a nurse and tested on how to be a nurse, not the rules we have to follow as a nurse.  Here are some rules that will help you protect your most valuable asset, your license.   1. KEEP THE BOARD APPRISED OF YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS It is your responsibility to keep the Board apprised of your current address.  I suggest you keep a list […]