Do you struggle with your head to toe assessments? There is so much to remember and you want to feel competent around your patients. Here is a great overview of the body systems and what you should be paying attention to in your assessment.

When I started my first nursing job in the hospital, I thought 12-hour shifts were really daunting. That is a long period of time to be working!! The best perk about it, though, is that you get four days off. It definitely made the long shifts worthwhile. Here are a few tips from Jessica at Vive Health about how to survive the seemingly never ending shifts.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

I volunteered on a Navy hospital ship in 2011 for five months. What was it like living on a Navy ship? What were the nurse's responsibilities?  Learn about volunteering and how it will help you in the nursing field.

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I learned about this app called Full Code Pro at work. It is such an awesome app to use when you are recording a code.  It seems like you're always scrambling for something to write on.  I would sometimes end up with a paper towel and permanent marker for recording! 

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Giving insulin IV is a lifesaving measure for patients experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperkalemia.  Monitoring these patients closely is essential to safe treatment.  Learn the basics about IV insulin from an ICU RN.

Recent studies show that two-thirds of nurses have considered quitting their job because it’s so stressful. There’s no question that nursing is a stressful profession, and it’s clearly taking a toll on the women and men who dedicate their days (or nights) to serving others. That’s why self-care for nurses is so necessary.

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As a nurse, you may encounter an array of mobility issues across a span of different kinds of patients. In fact, the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control says that almost 40 million adults in the U.S. experience some degree of difficulty with physical functioning, with over 17 million reporting being unable to walk a quarter mile.

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