• Four Nursing Lessons and One Big Giveaway

    By Diana on Friday, August 29, 2014

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    ​With just a few weeks left for getaway vacations and spontaneous road trips, students nationwide have started to focus on an annual fall transition: the busy back-to-school season. Exams, long nights of studying and countless cups of coffee will become familiar once again, striking a balance with club meetings, sporting events and dining hall meals.

    As students filter back into dorm rooms and college apartments, Kaplan Nursing, a leading educational resource for nursing students, has decided to add a little fun to the back-to-school transition. How, you may ask?

    By launching a “Start Off On The Right Foot” giveaway for nurses! Each week from now until November 10, 2014, Kaplan will select two lucky winners to receive an “Essential Back-to-School Kit.” The prize pack includes a handful of nursing must-haves, from a book of medical terms, to a 12-ounce bag of coffee, to (you guessed it!) a free pair of Dansko shoes.

    In the spirit of back-to-school season, and in honor of Kaplan’s giveaway, we connected with two of our nurse blogger friends to share the most valuable lessons their professors ever taught them. Check out their responses below—and be sure to enter Kaplan’s giveaway by visiting Kaplan.com! All entries must be submitted by October 31.

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      Name: Caroline Porter Thomas
      Location: Miami, Florida
      Nursing Specialty: Telemetry
      Career Goal: I want to write my 4th book this year!
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional clog in simple, plain colors

       
      The two most influential lessons your professors ever taught you:
       
      Be cautious and ask lots of questions. I think about this lesson every day; many times we are so busy it can be hard to think clearly. But this lesson reminds me that it’s critical to take a step back and assess each situation individually. In my position, I can never be too careful!
       
      Don’t forget about kindness. As a nurse, I am so, so busy, and as crazy as it sounds, I occasionally forget to treat my patients like “human beings.” To ensure that I do, I try to meet my patients eye-to-eye when I speak with them. This helps me slow down and treat each patient with kindness!
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      Name: Joni Watson
      Location: Waco, Texas
      Nursing Specialty: Oncology/Administration
      Career Goal: I want to become a Chief Nursing Officer while running a few creative side businesses that focus on encouraging others
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional clog in Antique Brown Oiled
      Blog: Nursetopia.net

      The two most influential lessons your professors ever taught you: 

      New beginnings always bring anxiety. Give them time. During my first semester of nursing school, a clinical instructor required us to maintain a "critical thinking journal" to track our experiences and analyze them over time. This was the very first lesson I learned in nursing school, and I think about the process every time feelings of fear or intimidation arise.
       
      Never say never. Near the end of my college career, one of my professors continually encouraged me to try new clinical experiences and "jump right in" to the bone marrow transplant ICU (even though I was 110% sure I was going to work in labor and delivery). Nearly eight months after graduating, I realized that oncology was my true passion, and I began working on a dedicated oncology unit. Now, even when I simply think I'll never do something, I try to embrace the experience!

      As the back-to-school transition draws closer, make sure to enter the Kaplan giveaway. Who knows – you may be wearing a comfortable, supportive pair of Dansko shoes the next time you head to class or clinicals!
       

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