5 Tips to Pass Clinical Skills Check-Offs

Most nursing schools blend a combination of theory lecture and clinical experience to provide students with the necessary skills to cope and thrive in a clinical setting. One of the ways that they may verify their students are ready to enter a clinical setting is through the utilization of skill check offs. Check offs are done on fundamental nursing skills that every registered nurse should be able to perform as part of their daily duties. While the list of skills being checked off may vary per school, some of the most common ones you will see are: vital signs, head…

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First Day of Nursing School (and 5 tips for success!)

Well you guys, today was the big day! I had my first day of nursing school. I've actually had a really long day today. My day ran from 6:00AM to 8:40PM, and that was after getting out of my night class early. It's scheduled to end at 8:45PM normally. I'm fairly exhausted because I didn't get to eat much between class and finishing some last minute school errands like figuring out my parking tag, but I really wanted to do this write up tonight. I also know that if I don't do it now, I'll just end up forgetting and…

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BRCC Nursing Orientation 2018 (FALL)

It's August, and it's officially back to school season in my area! The universities and colleges start their first day of school this coming Monday, including my school! I originally intended to write this post last night after school and work, but I was entirely way to tired so here it in the morning. Yesterday, I had to attend my nursing program's mandatory orientation. It is mandatory in the sense that if you do not attend the orientation you cannot enroll in the nursing classes. So it's a big deal and not something you can just casually skip. They had…

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The HESI A2 Study Guide

Preface: This is a study guide going over the topics that I saw and studied for the BRCC Spring 2018 HESI A2, and these subject categories and topics may change for future exams. I cannot guarantee the long-term efficacy of this study guide.This guide will outline basic concepts and ideas that must be known, I will not be explaining or providing examples or explanations of concepts unless requested. Lastly, the Elsevier HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Book (ISBN: 978-0323353786) has wonderful chapters explaining and covering some of the information covered below. I have included topics in my study guide that were not touched in this workbook…

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My BRCC Nursing 2018 Cycle Experience

So, I know I wrote a post detailing about the physical steps and process for applying to the Baton Rouge Community College's (BRCC) nursing program. Today, I wanted to do something a little more personal and in line with my HESI experience. I'll be talking about what my nursing school application looked like, and my personal experiences during the application process while waiting to hear back from the school. Along with some of the difficulties I initially ran into even before applying. So the two biggest things to remember are that for BRCC, their nursing application opens the first Monday…

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