Category Archives: How-To

How to Identify Assumptions, Beliefs, and Values in Nursing Theory

Assumptions, beliefs, and values are terminology used when describing the foundation of nursing theories. Theories are used to describe, explain, and predict nursing phenomena, that is, the nursing metaparadigm concepts. Nursing theory is the theorist’s worldview or personal perspective of how the nursing world works.   Understanding the theorist’s assumptions, beliefs, and

Productivity Hack: Tips for Taking Better Notes

All month I’ve been giving you tips on productivity and time management techniques. This post is all about taking notes. Whether you are in school or at work, there is probably many a time where you may need to take notes to capture the salient points of a lecture, a

Productivity Hack: Schedule Work and Focus

A great habit to get into to make your juggling of school, work, and life go more smoothly, is to Schedule Everything! In quality improvement, the saying is, “What gets measured gets done.” In nursing, we say, “if it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done.” Well, the same idea is behind scheduling work —

Multitasking Does NOT Increase Productivity!

Last week, I talked about daily, mainly electronic, distractions keeping you from focusing on your work. That post may have resonated with some of you – I know I struggle with turning off distractions and multitasking, too. I want to continue on the theme of obstacles to productivity and talk about

Expert Advice: Eliminate Distractions to Stay Focused

Email. Twitter. Blogs. Instagram. Facebook. Podcasts. TV. Video games. Text messages. Telephone calls. Google. YouTube. Smartphone apps. SnapChat. CandyCrush. “Surfing the Web.” What does each of these things have in common? They are distractions keeping you from doing the work you need to get done. Yes, distractions – while you

Seven Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Nursing School Admission Interview

All month we’ve been talking about getting over the first major hurdle of advancing your nursing career – the logistics of applying for nursing school. Once you’ve applied, if you make the top rung of consideration, you may be asked to schedule a personal interview. In this post, I’ll share

Five Tips for Writing Your Nursing School Application Essay

This month my post theme has focused on issues surrounding advancing your nursing career. Getting an advanced nursing degree has its challenges and writing the nursing school application essay is probably one of those areas with which people struggle. As someone who has read many application essays, in this post, I’ll give

Getting an Advanced Degree in Nursing: What Type of Nursing Program is Right for You?

Last week we started talking about advancing your nursing career by deciding to go back to school for an advanced nursing degree – be it BSN, MSN, or PhD/DNP. That post covered the types of questions to ask to see if you are ready to go back to school. This post will outline

Career Advice: Making the Decision to Get an Advanced Degree in Nursing

Wow, it’s August already! Of course, that means we’re nearing the end of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and getting ready to go back to school. Nursing students may have taken the summer off, but many take classes through the shortened summer semester or summer quarter sessions.  For many nurses,

Sleep: Life’s Rejuvenator

Guest Author: Debra A. Wolff I’m very excited to welcome my colleague Debra A. Wolff, DNS, PCNP, RN as a guest author for the last post of the month.   Dr. Wolff is the president/chief executive officer of NURSES-Ready for the Next Step, a business to help prepare nurses for

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