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Preceptor Resistance in Nursing School

Preceptor Resistance in Nursing School

Preceptor Resistance in Nursing School

I remember walking into clinical one morning excited to take my own patients, perform assessments, administer meds, start IVs, and everything else that comes with being a nursing student. It had taken me the entire night before to calm my nerves and convince myself (for the one-thousandth time since getting into nursing school) that I was cut out to be a nurse and rock this semester's clinical. Stethoscope in hand, I turned the corner to head to the nurse's station for my assignment, and as soon as my nurse saw me, I heard her say, "Ugh, I do not want a student today," as she walked off and rolled her eyes, all without as much as a hello. We had already been working together for two days and had gotten along pretty well, so I was surprised at her response as I arrived at the unit. But then again, it wasn't the first time something like this had happened to me. We barely had three days on the labor and delivery unit during our maternity rotation because the nurses told our college they did not want to work with students. It was frustrating, to say the least, especially if you're experiencing this kind of push-back in an area you one day hope to specialize in. The sad part is, this isn't an uncommon experience. Many nursing students experience this kind of resistance during clinical throughout their program.

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Into The Night: Preparing for A Night Shift

Into The Night: Preparing for A Night Shift

Into The Night: Preparing for A Night Shift

After graduating from nursing school, I began looking for jobs… applying for all of my dream positions. I got the position I worked hard for and was so happy to be able to be given the opportunity! They were looking for more night shift help, so I took on the opportunity! But wait… I had ONLY been on day shifts for nursing school clinicals and classes. I get asked how hard the transition was or how to better prepare for going from days and nights. So, after much time preparing a list, I wanted to share just a few straightforward tools to help you get designed for taking on the night shift or at least what has helped me!

  • Prep your sleep schedule:

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Lessons I Learned in Nursing School

Lessons I Learned in Nursing School

Lessons I Learned in Nursing School

Being a mom who was nearing my thirties, I thought I had life figured out by the time I got to nursing school. Spoiler Alert: no one has it all figured out. Through motherhood and being an adult learner, I have grown and learned more about myself in the last 3 ½ years than any other span of that timeframe throughout my life. And with each passing day, I am learning more and more about myself, what is important, and what never mattered.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned: stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t compare yourself to other people your age, other mothers, students, or anyone. The only person you should compete with is who you were the day before. Everyone’s strengths are unique to them, as are their struggles and circumstances. Comparison is the thief of joy, and the quicker you realize that the grass is greener where you water it, the happier you will become. If you allow outside distractors to influence your peace, it can stunt your progress, and the only person you should focus on throughout your journey is you.

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Nurse Self-Care Series: Nutrition

Nurse Self-Care Series: Nutrition

Nurse Self-Care Series: Nutrition 

Hey friends! My name is Kat; you may recognize me from my IG @thepedsnursekat. I am super excited to be writing this Nurse Self-Care blog series for RekMed. March is National Nutrition Month, which will be my focus for the blog this month. Whether we work 8-hour, 12-hour, or double shifts, nutrition is a BIG part of taking care of yourself. Taking breaks and finding the time to eat can be extremely hard when you are a nurse… breaks get pushed… admissions come early or late… codes are called… charting… vitals… meds… anyways, you get the picture. 

#1 Take pauses to drink your water. I am so guilty of not doing this, and sometimes I go a whole shift with maybe just drinking a sip or two of water. This is obviously not enough! Did you know we should be drinking 2.5-3 liters of water a day? Keeping yourself adequately hydrated improves your brain function and overall energy on shift! Making tabs for yourself with a water drinking goal to hit by certain times can be helpful.

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5 Healthcare Related Jobs for Nursing Students:

5 Healthcare Related Jobs for Nursing Students:

5 Healthcare Related Jobs for Nursing Students:

One of the most beneficial things you can do as a nursing student to build your resume is to work in the healthcare field. This allows you to build your skills and experience and increases your confidence in communicating with both patients and co-workers. You can improve your time management skills and professional identity and gain connections for post-graduation. Another positive to working is to help you save money or help pay off school! Many of these jobs are seasonal to give you time to work on homework/studying since that is the reason you are in university/college. I have collected a list of multiple types of jobs you can work as a nursing student to help improve all of these skills.

 

  1. Healthcare Aide:

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Whichever route you take, you’ll still be successful!

Whichever route you take, you’ll still be successful!

Whichever route you take, you’ll still be successful! 

When I decided that the medical field was what I wanted to seek a career in, I was presented with many options. A registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, respiratory therapy, radiology, scrub technician, and many other routes. I wanted flexibility. I wanted to see different things in the hospital. That’s when I decided nursing was for me. I decided to get my vocational/practical nursing license. In 12 short months, I could be an entry-level nurse, getting my foot in the door and gaining experience while possibly pursuing higher education. That’s when I started receiving backlash for the route that I chose. Comments such as: “LVN/LPN’s are getting phased out.” “You will only work in LTC.” “You’re not a real nurse.” It hindered my decision until I did more research. So here’s what I found out about the career and everything it has to offer.

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When they say, you can’t… Remember you can

When they say, you can’t… Remember you can

When they say, you can’t… Remember you can

Whether you’ve just applied to your dream program, are in the middle of finals, or just finished the most tiring semester you’ve had yet, you might still be questioning your ability to make it in nursing. We’ve all done it; we wondered if we have what it takes or whether we’ll be able to support ourselves financially through school. Some have families and kids to take care of, while others lack confidence and let that imposter syndrome creep in. Nursing school involves hours upon hours of schoolwork every week, long clinical hours, and high-stakes exams like HESI and ATI. We wonder if we’ll have the time to do it all and still pass. This made it more difficult when you add it to having a job. I can’t tell you how many times our faculty have lectured us on why we may want to reconsider working while in nursing school (if only it were that easy). If any of this applies to you, chances are you need a little motivation and inspiration to keep on pushing through. And since it is the season of giving, I’m here to share some.

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Asking For Help: Is A Strength, NOT A Weakness

Asking For Help: Is A Strength, NOT A Weakness

Asking For Help: Is A Strength, NOT A Weakness

So many times in nursing, we hear all of the individual tasks we must do on any given day as nurses. YOU hand out these meds; YOU take this patient here or there, YOU bathe the patient, YOU have an admission. I often hear so many new or even experienced nurses talk about the "weight" they feel having for 12 hours straight, 3-5 days a week. We feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, and most of all, alone. I am slowly learning as a new grad; we do not have to feel this way! There are SO many tools, resources, and most of all, our peers to assist us daily in the numerous tasks and skills we must perform.

Now, this is something I struggled with, especially as a student! I felt like I was burdening the nurse, asking too much of them, distracting them from what they needed to do. But one thing I was told by a very knowledgeable nurse, "If you do not ask, you will never learn if you do not know how to ask!

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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint. How to Handle Failure in Nursing School

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint. How to Handle Failure in Nursing School

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint. How to Handle Failure in Nursing School

Nursing school is a long process. Whether you are in a two-year or a four-year program…there are bound to be failures or areas where you fall short of your expectations. Coming into nursing school, I was used to failure. It was all I knew because I failed out of college two times before beginning again in 2018. I had to meet with advisors, appeal my academic suspension, provide letters of recommendation, and re-take the classes I failed. Being back from that and getting accepted to nursing school, and maintaining a 3.90 GPA has been one of my most significant accomplishments. Not only am I in a position that I never thought would happen, but I am doing it, and I am doing it well. So, how do you handle failures while in nursing school and come back stronger?
While I have been doing well in nursing school, I have failed. Quizzes, medication calculation exams, skills check-offs, it happens. More important is how you handle it and what you do to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

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The Weekly Preparation: Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

The Weekly Preparation: Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

The Weekly Preparation: Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

I think we can all agree that there is so much prep every week in nursing school. Papers to be written, chapters to be read, notes to review… it can become very overwhelming! The anxiety of thinking about everything on that extensive to-do list we have written in a notebook keeps piling up. But managing this list and working through that list in a productive, positive way is beyond important! Here are some helpful tips to consider:

  • Get A Planner: Yes. This one may be obvious, but having a monthly and weekly layout can sometimes be the simplest of solutions to the overwhelming feeling!

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Things I Wish I Knew Before Nursing School!

Things I Wish I Knew Before Nursing School!

Things I Wish I Knew Before Nursing School

I decided at 29 years old, when my son was 4 months, to quit my job that I had been at for 5 years and go to nursing school. Talk about terrifying. What if I don’t have enough time? What if I don’t do well? What if I don’t like it? All of these questions kept swirling around in my head as I contemplated this huge life change. These doubts and insecurities were some of the main reasons that I didn’t go to nursing school sooner. I didn’t know how to begin, where to start, what to expect, or if I would even be capable of doing it.  So, in order to ease your mind if you’re having similar feelings, I wanted to share some of the things that I wish I knew before starting nursing school.

First, your age doesn't matter. I will be 33 years old when I graduate next August. I have had classmates who had just graduated from high school, and others who were in their 50’s (and KILLING IT), with ages spanning everywhere in between. It is never too late to follow your passions and continue your education.

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