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Finding Your Dreams and Visions
January 13, 2017 10:12 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
Every year since 2009, I have been making myself motivational vision and dream boards , and it has gotten to a point where I would make them for my family as well. What started as a way for me to motivate and inspire myself turned out to help and inspire Read More...
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What Nursing Means to Me
April 28, 2016 12:30 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
May has nurse's week...so I decided to speak to some nurses about what nursing means to them. I spoke to nurses who are close to retirement and too young, hopeful bright eyed and bushy tailed nurses, fresh out of University. And boy there was a huge difference Read More...
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New Page in My Book
November 25, 2015 8:57 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
So, after weeks of feeling uncertain, crying, screaming in fear and anger, feeling lost and in a very dark place, I had no other choice than to stop my studies. I never realized I was so lost and in danger of total collapse until it finally happened to Read More...
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Giving Advice
September 17, 2015 7:15 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
It seems now I am a student nurse, people presume I am the font of all knowledge for any medical condition, ailment or general problem, regardless of whether I'm on duty or not. One time, I was lucky enough to have an afternoon to myself, without tests Read More...
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Newfound Respect
May 20, 2015 1:13 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Okay let me start by saying; "I have new found respect for Registered Sisters." I have started my first official block period at college, and okay I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park to do this Bridging Course, but I did not think it would Read More...
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What Makes a Student Nurse?
April 21, 2015 3:36 PM by Leatitia Coetzee
Well to start off let me say this, nursing is not at all as it is portrayed in Grey's Anatomy . If you think you will look as fresh as a daisy at the end of a 12-hour shift and meet Mr. McDreamy, I have really bad news. That rarely, if ever happens at Read More...
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The Language of Nursing
April 7, 2014 8:08 AM by Mia Ross
As a nurse, I’ve grown accustomed to asking the difficult questions. It wasn’t always easy. When I first began my career, I thought my well-honed social skills would be enough for me to connect with patients. I thought my charming smile and eloquent style Read More...
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It's Not Personal
February 26, 2014 7:53 AM by Mia Ross
I just listened to a fascinating talk at Edge.org regarding social intuitions. The ultimate conclusion: our social reactions, especially in difficult situations, are not well constructed. As I always do, I tried to connect this idea with nursing and was Read More...
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Good Things Are Worth the Wait
February 17, 2014 12:20 PM by Frank Visco
I’ve spent the last month in what I can only describe as a dreamlike state. My daughter was born January 19, and in between the euphoria and fatherly duties, I’ve basically been a nonstop study machine. Baby, notes, baby, review questions, baby, more Read More...
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Critical Thinking with NCLEX
January 13, 2014 3:47 PM by Frank Visco
As I continue my march toward NCLEX, I've begun to delve into the preparatory work provided in the Kaplan course I'm taking. It's mostly the type of stuff you'd expect - key content focused on the areas the NCLEX covers and tons of practice questions Read More...
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Resolutions for a New Nurse
December 30, 2013 2:14 PM by Mia Ross
I must be honest: I’m not too fond of New Year’s resolutions. They’re too heavy to carry for 365 days. There is too much pressure to resolve the many things that we all could do better. Instead, I like to think of the New Year as a time to go inward, Read More...
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Final Push
December 17, 2013 2:22 PM by Frank Visco
I’m done. Done clinicals. Done classes. Done finals. And right now, I’m happy, super-de-duper happy, but mostly I feel like I do right after Thanksgiving dinner – way to full and ready for a nap. As such, I’ve been floating in a sea of relaxation since Read More...
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Multi-Tasking: Friend or Foe?
December 14, 2013 12:20 PM by Mia Ross
I can remember one of the first pieces of advice I was ever given as a nurse: A good nurse must be a fantastic multi-tasker. At the time, it made sense. Once I was thrown into clinical rotation, I felt constant, head-spinning pressures and demands. At Read More...
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Just Keep Swimming
November 22, 2013 2:22 PM by Mia Ross
Here comes the cold! And rain. And snow. As the days shorten, don't let the darkness get you down. As nurses, we have an obligation to keep our spirits high. After all, cheerfulness is good for healing! Your patients will thank you. Here are some tips Read More...
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It's Getting Real Now
November 20, 2013 4:53 PM by Frank Visco
Last Saturday, I had my last day of clinical. Yesterday, I handed in my capstone project. In three weeks, I’ll take my last final. And then I’m done. It’s amazing how quickly time goes. It’s been two years and three months since I started the nursing Read More...
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