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    10 Songs to Pump You up for Your Nursing Shift

    Music can really change your mood, and sometimes your mood going into your shift isn’t the greatest. Well, if you have an iPod or music on your iPhone, you can set up a list of songs that can get your blood pumping. I am rather old school, so I’m not up on the most current songs to get you going. However, I do know some from the 80s, 90s, and early millennium that are just as pulse pounding. Don’t forget the slow, inspirational songs, too. You need to mix your kick ass feelings with the belief that you can get through your shift. 1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor…

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    7 False Assumptions about Nurses

    Most people don’t know exactly what nurses do, and they make a lot of assumptions based on media and interactions with nurses in the hospital. Here are 7 false assumptions about nurses that really need to change in order to further our profession. 1. Nurses are a doctor’s secretary This has been a long-standing assumption about nurses. The doctors make the orders, and the secretarial nurses write them down, saying “Yes, doctor.” The assumption probably arises from older television shows where the nurses actually were subservient to doctors. Unfortunately, at the time that was the norm in the facilities too. 2. Nurses have no authority over their patients In modern…

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    9 Things a Nursing Student Should Do Immediately after Graduation

    Your first instinct after graduating from nursing school is probably to party like you’ve won a very long race. Of course, you have, and you should really consider partying as part of your welcome back to the real world. However, you should also attend to some things that are going to get you ready for your career. There is no time like the present to get ready for the next stage in the journey. 1. Register for NCLEX You should take your NCLEX as soon as possible after graduating from school. This way, the information will be fresh in your mind, you will get it out of the way, and…

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    15 Signs a Nurse is Having a Crazy Good Shift

    Here are some signs you’re probably having a pretty good day at work! 1. You Walk In And Everyone’s Sitting At Computers Finishing their Documentation. They actually have time to greet you instead of hurriedly rushing past you! The previous shift also gets to leave on time. You’re off to a promising start. 2. You got the same set of patients you had yesterday. It might not be the greatest set of patients – but at least you’re not in for a surprise, and you already know what everyone’s going to complain about/ask for. 3. You Walk Into the Supply Room – It’s Full of Supplies! This is always nice.…

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    6 Things Only Nurses Will Understand

    Nurses have a special understanding of how the world and the profession works. In some ways, there are things that happen on the nursing floor that only we would understand. Instead of having a jargon like most professions, nursing has a wealth of axioms that we know are applicable to certain situations. Here is a list of six things that only nurses would understand because of the way our professional lives play out. 1. Even Nurses Make Mistakes It hurts every time, but nurses do make mistakes, and not many outside of the profession realize this. Yes, we are human, but lives are on the line. Some nurses take great…

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