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  • Aug 6 '12

    Attached are 12 Word documents which I made when I took pharmacology. All the information was based on the ATI study guide since that constituted the final exam in our class.

    They are formatted as 3x5 cards and were printed on individual 3x5 cards.

    Have at 'em if you think they'll help... they certainly worked for me.

    Again, they are entirely my own creation based on the information out of the ATI book. I make no promises as to their accuracy (though I rocked pharm so they couldn't be too bad).

    Feedback is welcome.

  • Jun 1 '12

    Wondering why you're not getting interviews or being hired?

    Look at your RESUME!!!

    I've been reviewing resumes this May 2012 for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes I've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family life. Please don't send a resume if you have NONE of the job qualifications, unless your cover letter has explanation e.g. enrolled in education program etc.

    Also, agree with our members that calling facility and finding out who is department manager, then forwarding your resume to them along with HR is great idea.

    Facility Telephone Operators on second shift are great at helping me spell the name of Manager of 2nd floor Med Surg ...Telemetry or ICU unit "so I can respond to their voice mail with a thank you card."

    I work in a smaller organization than a hospital, but it has taken me over two months to get open positions advertised and three weeks to get resumes sent to me...those that are sent to me directly have interview scheduled the same week. When 300+ persons responded to ONE position online, I can't possibly screen that many candidate. HR is always overwhelmed with applicants to our online Kenexa job application program so quicker for me to review those applying for my occasional 1-2 open positions.

    Some online application programs have the ability to screen for key job words based on application summary or position description built into it.

    Visit: Job-Seeker's Glossary of Key Job-Hunting, Career, Job-Search, and Employment Terms

    This glossary of job, career, and employment terms is designed to give job-seekers a quick definition -- and then provide links where you can find more details, samples, and much more information.
    Create your resume in a Word document using standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, with Century Old Style used most for business positions). PROOF READ two times before cut n' pasting material. Previous jobs should have language in past tense while current jobs have present tense used to describe work activities.

    If attaching a resume and cover letter, it is best to have file saved using your name and date so I can find it again if I download to my computer. Make sure your cover letter is for CORRECT FACILITY, not employer in the next state. (Yes, I received application for NJ hospital while I'm with a PA home care agency--quickest way to hit the recycle bin. Because I had an extra minute that day, I called RN and informed him of this error--before it hit deskside recycle bin.)

    Acceptable examples:

    Skywalker_Luke 5-20-12
    Skywalker, L 05-20-2012
    Skywalker, L Resume

    Not recommended:

    my resume; updated resume L; ?X old style; lukes bio;
    peters bio (yet first name listed as Luke ????)

    With focus on facilities going to electronic medical records (EMR), don't forget to list "Computer skills" as heading after work experiences. Under computer skills, list those you have experience with, especially if at intermediate or advanced proficiency. You might want to include any computer course work taken. List any experience moderating websites, etc. All these skills are what facilities need and looking for today.


    Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer-proficient; Access- intermediate); McKesson Horizon Homecare database administration. Privacy officer for 6 insurance websites including Navinet x 6 yrs utilized for healthcare eligibility and authorizations. 10 yrs experience as Administrator and moderator at worlds largest nursing website.

    As hiring manager, I look at length of time at positions and job progression along with experiences applicants state that would transfer to a healthcare environment. I'm always skeptical of someone changing jobs every 3-6 months without explanation in cover letter due to cost of hiring and training --need someone to be with me at least a year to recoup my investment in new employee. If job changes are due to working for temp agency, better to list temp agency as employer, then companies and skills obtained/utilized underneath that heading.

    Consider joining the most often used social media site for the business community: As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

    Members post professional bios and resumes online, can connect with persons in similar positions, or reconnect with lost colleagues creating networks -- recruiters often search this site. You can look to see if anyone in your network is connected to someone who works at the company you're applying to. Depending on who the connections are, you could possibly: ask for background information on the job, ask for a proactive referral or introduction, or ask directly for an interview.

    This advice also applies to job postings within your health system. A college acquaintance I kept in touch with over the years as they ascended the Nursing ranks, called me out of the blue one day to discuss the posting for our Education Director as they had no home care experience.

    I knew they had taught in a BSN program, served as editor for a nursing publication, worked as Nursing Supervisor and with 20+ years nursing experience, were vastly qualified. As we chatted, told them about online home care CEU articles one could read and what this new position entailed. Next day, as I passed VP Patient Services in the hallway, mentioned phone call and recommended person's resume be looked at IF they applied. Three years later, they have totally transformed our home care education, developing a department with 5 educators!

    Network freely as a student and later in your career with your instructors, unit Nurse Managers, Preceptor's, colleagues, nursing assistants, house keepers and security guards--anyone you might know that works within a facility; You may someday need to contact them for the scoop on unposted jobs, reference letters or advice on facility "politics" as one tries to climb the nursing ladder.

    May the force be with you in creating an individualized resume and cover letter highlighting your skills to land the position YOU desire.

    For advice on interview skills, visit Nursing Interview Help

    Nursing Resume | How to Create a Stunning Resume for Nurses, Doctors & Healthcare Workers

    Get Started

    AACN Brochure: What Nursing Grads Should Consider When Seeking Employment

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    Cover Letters For The Resume

    The Basics of the Cover Letter: Vault Sample Cover Letters - a step-by-step guide of what goes on a cover letter done in the format of how the letter should appear.

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  • May 10 '12

    I wish I had that much forethought before I started NS.

  • May 9 '12

    National Nurses Week starts May 6th...

    How was your week last year? Did you feel appreciated?

    How does your workplace celebrate Nurses Week?

    Here's something that I hope will make you smile.

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  • May 5 '12

    Nursing Students! The struggle is hard but the rewards are magnificent. Keep at it - come back to if you see yourself struggling. Read our Nursing Articles if you need inspiration. Do not give up!

    Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

    Leave a comment below and be HEARD. Never give up!!

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  • Apr 30 '12

    1. The admission they want to send you is always the opposite sex of your only available bed - resulting in bed moves.
    2. A certain MD aways takes at least 20 mintues to respond to your page - except for the time when you page him and then run to the bathroom - that time he calls back in 3 minutes.
    3. The loud snorer is never roommates with the pt who is deaf. No, he is roommates with the light sleeper.
    4. Families always want to talk to the discharge planner, social worker, specialist or manager on a Sunday afternoon when none of these people are working. and the get mad at YOU because they are not available.
    5. Pts are either constipated requiring laxs, enemas etc, or have exploding diarrhea.

    What are your?

  • Apr 29 '12

    Nothing wrong with dreaming ... we all do it.

    Do you have any ideas to share? What has management done for you to create a less stressful environment?

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  • Apr 26 '12

    Arrgggghhhhhh! Let it all out! Breath...

    We all know that nursing school can be stressful but it seems that some are coping more than others. What are your secrets?

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  • Apr 25 '12

    Simple question: Has nursing hardened you?

    I'm currently a student, and I have noticed that some of the older clinical instructors are very cold, harsh and indecent towards some of the nursing students, myself included. I know some PCAs. One certain PCA, a 31 year old nursing student w/military experience, referred to some of the nurses on her unit as " cold *******" and said she was afraid after many years of working in the field (after graduating and passing the NCLEX, of course), she will end up just like them. Many of the other nursing students have voiced similar experiences, saying that many of the nurses on their unit were just rude or plain cold.

    This is NOT to attack nurses, but after I had a dentist appointment, I noticed a stark contrast between the happier, less stressed out RDHs from the overly stressed and very cold nurses that I have come across. This is NOT to say that all nurses are like this, I have met some really nice ones (and a couple of really lovely clinical instructors), but in general, the longer one has been in the field of nursing ,the colder and less compassionate one becomes...from my observation. Statistically, 1 out of every 7 nurses will end up with a drug/substance problem (according to my lecture notes)...could it be d/t the stress of nursing?

    So, I was wondering, to all the nurses out there who have been in the field for a long time, how has nursing changed you as an individual? Have you found yourself becoming colder and more detached or more warm and compassionate? Has nursing made you depressed? And finally (and most importantly) do you regret nursing?

    I have found that I have lost apart of my confidence and self-esteem, and nursing seems to have an ugly side to it that really is disappointing. Quoting someone I love, "Upon visiting your nursing school, I have never met a more hostile, unwelcoming, cold environment and I can only imagine what you go through when I'm not around." And this person is fifty.

    Again, this is NOT an attack, but just an observation and things I've experienced first hand and have been told, and I'm wondering about this!

  • Apr 21 '12

    For those who are working full time and going to school full time...
    How are you managing it? Are you getting help? Is it a struggle? How are your grades?

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  • Apr 16 '12

    There are those who struggle and there are those who works at it and still struggles.

    Are you one of the lucky ones who have found a JOB?

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    For those still seeking a job take a look at How I got my dream job! Many have found it a great resource.

  • Apr 16 '12

    I was a tutor in school and even I had to take the exam a second time. It wasn't because I did not have the knowledge, I genuinely struggle with test-taking anxiety and had to use strategy to apply my knowledge. I finished the exam with 75 questions. In fact, I'm the only person I know who ended on dose calc.

    I recommend the following three books:

    1. 2012-2013 Kaplan, NCLEX RN Strategies, Practice and Review (read twice)
    2. Lippincott 10th Ed Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN by Diane M Billings
    3. Saunders Comprehensive Review NCLEX RN Exam 4th/5th Ed by Linda Ann Silvestri

    Review the Kaplan book first. Take heed to the strategies and make a copy of how to apply different strategies depending on the type of question.

    Use the Silvestri to understand the different contents, like Med-Surg, MN stuff like that
    Then do as many questions as you can and practice the strategies everyday if you can. The exam is not about how good you are as a nurse but how well you can apply knowledge.

    Between the Lippincott and the Saunders you'll have 4000 questions; the Saunders CD has a bunch that you can make your own test out of.

    Practice, Practice Practice......Up to 150-200 questions per day, do a different construct per week

    Ex: Fundamentals, Leadership Week 1
    • Pharm 2
    • Med-Surg Week 3 & 4
    • MN, Child Care Week 5
    • Mental Health/ Mental Health meds Week 6

    On Sat and Sun review the previous weeks topics, I literally went chapter for chapter with the Saunders to keep me on track.

    1. I used Saunders everyday.....mostly the CD's for questions, their med section is pretty good too. I usually averaged a 70 to 80 % when I did 60 to 100 questions. Anything over 60% means you have command of the content.

    Remember the way the NCLEX works is you want to chain as many right answers as possible. Most people who take the exam only get 60% of the questions right. What gave me confidence is after doing 60-100 questions I would see how many in a row I got right. Whenever I got more than 3 in a row I called it a block, the more blocks I got the more confident I became. At one point I was getting 9 questions in a row right while doing a comprehensive exam.

    This made me feel that as long as I focused on strategy I would be good.

    2. I did not study the day before the exam instead I look over test taking strategies from Kaplan and re read every lab value and med therapeutic value. You can't study everything just focus on your weaknesses (topics you get wrong over and over).

    3. When it came to meds, I focused exclusively on the classifications and the suffixes, with the exception of what I call habitual meds. (Lithium, Dig, Haldol, Theo-Dur, meds that come up time and time again).

    4. When I was unfamiliar with a topic I would focus mostly on the Saunders book. MN for example was a very week area of mine but I became really good at ti after reading the Saunders section twice. I realized that many questions had the same pattern. What would you do to Prevent complications? What would you teach to promote growth? When I kept that in mind I did well on my ATI assessment (80%.)

    5. Remember you have to keep doing questions to develop a habit. The habit has to encompass the ability to identify the topic, eliminate two choices and picking the right outcome based on what the topic is asking you. By doing questions and reviewing rationale you're doing that. Don't stress, a positive outlook is the best mindset for the exam.

    6. Take a break once in a while ;-)

    For those who struggle with's some advice as well.

    A community health nurse is providing a teaching session about terrorism to members of the community and is discussing information regarding anthrax. The nurse tells those attending that anthrax can be transmitted by which route (s)?

    The first thing I did was reword the questions. How is Anthrax transmitted?
    When you reword like that you focus on what you know, versus on what you don't know.

    Here are the options:
    1. Bites from ticks
    2. Inhalation bacteria spores
    3. Through a cut or abrasion in the skin
    4. Direct contact with an infected individual
    5. Sexual contact with an infect individual
    6. Ingestion of contaminated under cook meat

    At this point, this is what I do, I ask myself Is Anthrax transmitted by ticks? I know the answer is no, so I eliminate it and don't look back. Then I ask myself Is Anthrax transmitted by spores, I know the answer is yes. I do this with each option. Even if I was unsure with option 5, I would only focus on what I know. Then I would ask myself does this make sense, if it does not I would explain to myself why.

    This whole process becomes habitual and I'm doing it out loud silently.

    By not comparing it and using my knowledge and this strategy it helps navigate through the questions.

    The answer is 2, 3, 6

    Here's one more example...

    A home care nurse is monitoring a pregnant client with Gestational hypertension who is at risk for preeclampsia. At each home care visit, the nurse assess the client which classic signs of preeclampsia?

    Again I re word.....Is this a sign of preeclampsia?

    1. Proteinuria
    2. Hypertension
    3. Low-grade fever
    4. Generalized edema
    5. Increased pulse rate
    6. Increased respiratory rate

    So I was horrible at MN, but I learned that with MN, there are patterns that show up time and time again. Once you understand the difference between Gestational Hypertension, Mild Preeclampsia and Eclampsia it's easy to identify the answer. So I GO WITH WHAT I KNOW!

    Is protienuria a sign of preeclampsia? Yes
    Is Hypertension a sign of preeclampsia? Yes
    Is Low-grade fever a sign of preeclampsia? No, well why? Because the vital sign primarily affected is Blood Pressure. By focusing on that I can pick the right choices.

    The answer is 1, 2, and 4.

    You'll be okay.......................YOU MADE IT THROUGH NURSING SCHOOL!!

    I hope this helps

  • Apr 1 '12

    I discovered the board a few years ago and finally signed up as a member. I've found it to be very helpful as a resource to ask questions as I enter nursing program. I'm sure that it will continue to be a resource as I enter the profession and beyond. I'm glad it's available!!

  • Mar 16 '12

    How bad did you want to get accepted into nursing school?

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  • Mar 1 '12

    With all the studying how do you find the time to do anything?

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