How New Nurses Can Handle Job Shortages During COVID-19

By Amanda Ghosh

A lack of available nursing jobs seems unlikely during a pandemic. But healthcare institutions are in a lurch as they limit the number of patients seen per day and cancel elective procedures. With less cash available to hire new nurses, and less need for additional staff, hospitals are furloughing nurses by the dozen and hiring…

How to Have a Successful Nursing School Experience During COVID-19

By Amanda Ghosh

Due to COVID-19, students about to start nursing school will experience an adaptation of the nursing school they thought they were entering when they applied. With more programs moving to online learning platforms, new students will probably learn more through online simulations than in-person patient care. Limited opportunities for real-life learning experiences is understandably worrisome…

5 Tips for NCLEX Testing During COVID-19

By Amanda Ghosh

5 Tips for NCLEX Testing During COVID-19 The end of nursing school is a time to rejoice and prepare. This year, newly minted RN’s face uncertainty about testing requirements, work environments, and, surprisingly, job availability. So, it is understandably troubling to feel confusion and anxiety about graduating. Control what you can to make the transition…

Nursing School, Nursing Students & COVID-19

By Amanda Ghosh

Nursing students, and those about to enter nursing school, face an unprecedented healthcare crisis. On top of demanding schedules, we will be asking students to master unfamiliar fears and manage uncertainties. To assist them, I interviewed nursing career coach Keith Carlson and got his advice. An Interview with Nurse Keith: Addressing Student Concerns During COVID-19 Anyone entering…

Supporting New Nurses’ Growth

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Supporting New Nurses’ GrowthNursingCE.comKeith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC April 2, 2020 ——– When a new nurse graduates and enters the workforce as a novice, they need mentoring, precepting, and a kind guiding hand to launch them on the right path.  A graduate nurse doesn’t evolve from novice to expert on their own; it takes a…

6 Tips to Help You Succeed in Online Nursing Courses

By Amanda Ghosh

Many nursing students will take at least one course or certification online. Some will pursue their entire degree online. It’s more prudent than ever to develop study skills specific to self-directed learning. We share six tips to help you become a better online nursing student. Time Management 1. Organize your schedule for the entire semester…

Straighten the Cap; Don’t Destroy the Nurse

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Nurses eating their young is a phenomenon that has been plaguing the profession for centuries. The idea that seasoned nurses consume new nurses because they are inept, a nuisance, a liability, or a burden may very rarely be justified. However, more often than not, it is something that brings shame to the entire profession and…

Are Care Plans Really Necessary?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Student nurses spend their entire course curriculum learning how to prepare elaborate care plans for their patients. Then they get to their first job all prepared to present their very best care plans and soon figure out they don’t do care plans in the real world of nursing…or do they?   The whole purpose of devising…