Welcome to Your Nursing Tutor!
Saving your sanity and helping you think like a nurse.
I have always loved teaching. Even as far back as middle school, I remember tutoring a much younger child with his elementary school math. When I went to college for the first time (a BA in Psychology, with minors in Computer Science and Cognitive Science), followed by Graduate school (an MA in Clinical Psychology), I found two part-time jobs for myself: one teaching for a big SAT prep company, the other as a teaching assistant (TA) for some of my professors.
So it wasn’t a huge surprise when I started nursing school and simultaneously started tutoring nursing students. What did surprise me, however, was that I while I was only in my second semester of school, I was being sent students who were further along in their nursing program.
And I was able to help them.
After I graduated with my BSN, I continued tutoring a small group of “regulars” until they all graduated, pass their HESI exit exam, and went on to successfully complete NCLEX. I thought that my nurse tutoring days were done at that point, but I turned out to be wrong!
Over the course of the next two years, I continued to get phone calls from nursing students asking if I could help. Some of these students I vaguely remembered because they had come to 1 or 2 of my tutoring sessions back when I was still an “official” school tutor. Other students had heard about me from classmates or even one of their professors. They were all desperate for help.
I helped when I could, but I quickly realized that nursing students across the country (and around the world!) had a tremendous need for nursing school help that wasn’t being met. My one-on-one contributions were only a drop in the bucket. It finally occurred to me that with my combined background in psychology, nursing, technology, and teaching, I was in a unique position to see this problem, and it’s solution, in a unique way.
And so Your Nursing Tutor was launched in 2010. I consider it my contribution towards helping nursing students save their sanity during nursing school, grow to think like a nurse, and ultimately achieve their dream of becoming one!
Here you’ll find free articles, study guides, and videos on topics ranging from basic A&P (which I consider the most important factor for success in nursing school!!) to test-taking strategy. If you’re serious about this nursing school thing and want to learn everything I would do if I had to restart nursing school, then see if the PASS Program would be a good fit for you. Or maybe you’re just curious about which review books or supplemental resources I recommend.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll find something to help make your journey to nursing a little bit easier. And while you’re here, feel free to drop me a line and say hi!
More About Nicole (and her family!)
I left Baltimore, MD, where I was born and raised, to attend University of Delaware. After earning my BA in Psychology, with minors in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, I trekked out to the University of Arizona for graduate school. Although I had intended to earn my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, life took an unexpected turn: I made a spontaneous decision to try out online dating. The result was that I met my wonderful husband, Daniel. Daniel is also the behind-the-scenes technology consultant and co-founder of Your Nursing Tutor.
Daniel was in the Navy, and getting married to a Navy man got in the way of my Ph.D. After much prayer and many tears, I decided that God was calling me to go in a different direction…and I’m so glad I listened. I completed my MA in Clinical Psychology and started looking for my next big thing.
After we moved to Virginia Beach, VA, I enrolled in a Accelerated 2nd degree BSN program at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. During the summer of 2008, I graduated, successfully passed NCLEX, and received my RN license within few months.
Since that time, Daniel and I have been blessed with four amazing children (with possibly more to come…I’ll keep you updated!). Daniel is a now a pastor at Reality Church. I get to be home full-time to take care of and homeschool our kids. In my “free time,” I enjoy working on my two side businesses, www.YourNursingTutor.com and www.CozyCupboard.com.