Motivation: THE HARD TRUTH

Mo·ti·va·tion noun The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Seems simple enough…… except that motivation is anything but simple. Let’s unpack that: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Hmmmm…… This translates into “your why” – What is the end game? What is your goal? If …

Go Find your Fay

Upon writing the registration exam and starting your career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse, go find your Fay.   During my early years as a nurse, I found myself scared, isolated and unsure.  Fay was a nurse colleague with years of experience, wisdom and perspective.  She never hesitated to help, encourage and be kind …

Leave your Judgement at the Door

Little girls don’t aspire to be pregnant addicts. Little boys don’t contemplate a future of homelessness. Children don’t anticipate the unfolding of their lives or dream about these destinies. If as adults they find their way to you, leave your judgement at the door. Every action you take and word that you offer impacts a vulnerable person’s life. Bring your …

NCLEX-RN®, NCLEX-PN® and CPNRE® registration exam prep

You’re not just a Nursing Student

It is common to enter the clinical setting overcome with feelings of fear and anxiety. You look around with awe and wonder; wishing you had the confidence and know how of those you admire and watch with respect. Do not forget that they too went through this journey of uncertainty, of feeling unprepared, nervous and apprehensive. Remind yourself that those …

Top Three Roadblocks to NCLEX/CPNRE Success

#1: Nursing graduates don’t know where to start: With graduation comes the nursing registration exam. Nurse graduates have 2-4 years of vast nursing knowledge attained through textbooks, binders, PowerPoint presentations, study notes, and cue cards. They pile it up on their bed and stare at it; ½ impressed they survived nursing school and ½ terrified that they cannot recall ¼ …

FAIL = F(first) A(attempt) I(in) L(learning)

Did you know? Isaac Newton: World renowned mathematician, astronomer and physicist: Had a C average in school and was sent away when he couldn’t manage his family farm. Elvis Presley: Cultural icon of the 20th Century, the King of Rock and Roll: Was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and told he had no future in music. J.K. Rowling: Novelist …

Five Fatal NCLEX/CPNRE Mistakes

Mistake #1: Test Bank Questions = Studying: Practice questions are not a means of studying; but of testing one’s content knowledge. If you do not study your content, practice questions are a waste of valuable time. These questions will not appear on your registration exam! Completing practice questions prior to reviewing content can cause nurse graduates to feel inadequate. They …

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The Ripple Effect: Being Contagious

We are all just pebbles on the shoreline of the ocean, each one in community with the others. Together we are creating a peaceful beach, alone we are unnoticeable. As nurses, we bring our optimism, our energy, our hope and our caring to others. Through practice at the bedside we hone these skills and develop the empathy that heals vulnerable …