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This site is for student nurses or nurses starting out. Letters to a Young Nurse are blog posts written like letters to help you find your way and make your journey as a nurse less difficult. 


Letters to a Young Nurse

Welcome to My Nursing Blog!

Hello nursing students or nurses in their first years of practice. I am an RN with over 30 years of experience in many diverse nursing fields. Of all the areas of nursing my love is teaching. Last year I went back to school to learn how to teach and earned my MSN in Nursing Education. I have taught LVN and RN students but had to leave the field and every day I miss it. So here is my chance to help you to be successful.

Nursing school has so much packed into it that some important things are not talked about. I am going to use these blog posts to discuss the soft skills that you need to master along with basic nursing skills. It is my hope that you do not make the same mistakes I made and become an extraordinary nurse in the beginning of what will be one of the hardest and most challenging career choices.

I can also help you learn how to study as I just finished a master's program, while working full-time during a pandemic with a 3.96 GPA. I loved school and want you to love it too. My first piece of advice is don't complicate it. The human body is both simple and complex. Master the simple first, then the complex will make more sense. Listen, watch and learn with an open mind and a strong heart.

As my favorite poet and author, Rilke says,

You can do this and I am here to help you succeed and be great! Don't let frustration deter you from your goal of being an amazing helper, healer, teacher, guide and nurse in a complicated medical system.

Please contact me for personalized help if you need it. Tell me what subjects you would like me to cover in this blog. Please do not leave nasty or unkind comments. Let's be friends on this journey of life. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Charting!!! No one friggin' talks about this enough in school!! There's a technique and a fluidity to it that a baby nurse will not understand right away.

For example, a new nurse charting a new admission is different as compared to a triage nurse in the ED.

What do you say?

How do you say it?

What are you describing?

What's pertinent information?

How do I explain the location of this wound without sounding like a doofus?

How do I chart this in the most effective way without appropriate verbiage?

I feel like this was one of the most challenging parts for me because documentation is huge and is such a good skill to learn quickly when you start your…

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You are absolutely correct. I will write a blog about it because there is an art and science to it. Thank you for pointing this out and thank you for joining!

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