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What’s the Ideal Age to Start Nursing School? (Debunking the Myth!)

I’m going to tell you a secret…over the years, I’ve had students as young as 23 and as old as 71 ask me the same exact question: “Am I too old to be starting Nursing School? I feel like I’m behind.” I’ve been a professional nursing tutor for over 15 years. So as someone who …

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Conquering Dosage Calculations: A Stress-Free Roadmap for Nursing Students

Struggling with dosage calculations? You’re not alone. It’s a common hurdle in nursing school, and guess what? It’s okay to find it challenging. Many programs throw a dosage calculations exam at you early on, with high passing scores required (up to 100% sometimes!!). And don’t expect your school to actually teach you how to solve …

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Is Critical Thinking Important for Nursing Students?

As nursing (and pre-nursing!) students, you know that studying is about more than memorizing facts now…it’s about understanding what you learn so that you can use those facts to save lives. You’ve probably heard people saying that you need to improve your critical thinking skills to be successful in nursing school (heck, you might have …

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‘Boring’ Fluids & Electrolytes (Part 2): Oncotic Pressure and Hydrostatic Pressure in Nursing School

In Part 1 of this series, I reviewed Osmosis & Diffusion (including examples of how understanding them can improve your exam grades!). In Part 2, I’m reviewing the 2 less common forces at play in Fluids & Electrolytes: Oncotic Pressure and Hydrostatic Pressure. But just because they are “less common”, don’t be fooled…you still need …

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4 “Boring” (But Important!) Secrets of Fluid and Electrolytes (Part 1)

Today, we’re talking about some seemingly boring, “unsexy” topics in nursing school – but they’re foundational if you hope to understand the more difficult topics you’ll need to know later in nursing school! Just like building a house, you HAVE TO build a strong foundation of knowledge related to “normal” concepts so that you can …

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The Secret of Homeostasis: The Key to Every Disease Process in Nursing School

This topic is not just important, but should be considered a foundational principle in nursing school. I’m talking about a “secret” concept that sits at the heart every single disease process you’ll ever study in nursing school. It’s so obvious, that its importance gets overlooked by nursing students and nursing instructors alike. But when you …

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Fluids and Electrolytes: 4 Secrets to Nursing School Mastery

The secret to understanding fluids and electrolytes for nursing school is NOT memorizing all the lab values and normal ranges. Instead, it’s understanding each contributing player, so that you can begin to understand and imagine how they all work together. That’s the part of fluids and electrolytes you need to master before you will ever …

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You’ve Been Set-up to Fail in Nursing School…

As a nursing student, you’ve been set up for failure in nursing school. You’ve been trained to expect, desire, and downright need somebody to teach you the facts, the”what’s”, and the “how-to’s” of being a nurse. It’s not fair, really. Just consider this non-nursing article about the two different types of schooling by Seth Godin. He’s …

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