Fluid and Electrolytes, Failed a test, Cardio drugs

Our apologies – we skipped the 15th issue. We have several different businesses and we were in crunch mode with one finishing up a new product. Our apologies for that and we’ll try not to let it happen again.

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If you’re in nursing school, you should be getting into the swing of things. You probably had at least a few tests. You either doing well or you might have found that you’ve dug yourself into a hole. If you’re trying to crawl out we’ve included a few tips today that may help you do just that.

Today we’re also going to talk some about Fluids and Electrolytes.

Finally we’ll be talking some about getting a job. I hope you’re having a wonderful fall!


crawlingoutofaholeCrawling out of the hole – bringing your grade up in nursing school

You took your first test (or couple of tests) and things aren’t going like you wanted them to. Instead of making an A, you made a C or an F. So how can you change that.

  1. Figure out exactly why you made a bad grade on the test. Did you know the content? If you didn’t, then you can skip to number 2. If when you got your test back and you knew all the questions you missed then think about how you missed them. Were you in a hurry?If you knew the content, but just not how your instructor asked the questions, now is the time to study those types of questions. The internet is full of question banks, different types of questions.
  2. If you didn’t study – you’re going to have to change that. Nursing school isn’t easy, but you can do it. We have some tips on our blog about how to study, review those.
  3. Sometimes you studied the wrong things. Every instructor is different. Normally instructors will have the same type of questions for all of their tests. We talked about this in one of our latest blog posts – here it is if you missed it – http://www.nclexreviewonline.com/category/test-taking-and-study-tips/

Fluid and electrolytes

We’ll start with an overview – next time we’ll give you some memorization tips / and highlight some things that you’ll need to know.

This website – http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/electrolyte-balance/electrolytes

Gives the best overview we could find. Make sure that you take your time, read all of the page (there are links on the right side of the page).

On this pinterest page – there are some nice graphics – https://www.pinterest.com/MsWhitey21/nursing-school/

Nursing job tips

You might think it’s too early to be thinking about getting a job when you graduate, but it isn’t. My aunt worked (she’s retired now) as head of human resources for a large hospital chain. I asked her for some tips about getting a job and we’ll be talking about these tips she sent me over the next issues. I asked her about what prospects she was looking for / told her nurse managers to look for when they hired someone. I figured that getting good grades in nursing school was important, she said that it was, but other things were important too.

Experience – she mentioned that this was one of the things they looked at. It would be hard to have experience as a nurse before you take your tests, but this isn’t what she was talking about. It was general job experience. They look at how you performed in that job. Did you come to work, did you work? They contacted at least the most recent employer and if they hadn’t worked for them for over a year, they would contact the previous one.

Training a nurse is very expensive. They want to get a candidate that will stay with them for a least a year (or two), speaking with the previous employers helped them get a feel for that. Normally people that hold a job for a long time, won’t go to the next shiny object they are presented with.

If you don’t have a job, get one. Even a part time job (or work study) helps. It doesn’t have to be in the medical field.

Drug Review

A video that talks about drugs – how are you studying for this part of the test?



When was the stethoscope invented?


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard the conversation about stethoscopes. I have a lot of nurses on my facebook page and for a few weeks there at least a few a day had some memes that would ‘almost’ make me fall in the floor laughing about it.

So when was the stethoscope invented… answer is in the last paragraph.

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The stethoscope was invented in 1816, although it didn’t look like a modern one.


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