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If English is your second language and you would like another pair of eyes to review your final research paper prior to submission, please contact me. I'm available online, via email, and for those graduate students located in Central Florida, in person. I've assisted many nursing professionals, whose second language is English, to achieve an A on a final research project. My experience includes reviewing papers written for online graduate courses, papers written in group collaboration, rough drafts (minimum 5 pages with draft in-text citations and draft bibliography, plus copies of supporting research articles), and final research papers. I can consult with you at any stage during your research and writing process. I've even helped students breakthrough challenges such as writer's block and brainstormed ideas for research projects!   Sometimes writers feel overwhelmed and I can help by reviewing the professor's rubric, writing assignment criteria, and any email... read more

Nursing school is much tougher than you think when you first start in a program. Often it can be an overwhelming experience - the exams are very different than you've previously taken. These exam questions are at a higher level - application of knowledge. Very little of the exams are direct recall/knowledge type questions. My tutoring sessions are intended to help nursing students understand concepts and apply this knowledge to nursing based questions. Please contact me if you are struggling and need extra help with application or NCLEX style exam questions. I am excited to help students through their nursing school journey!

Looking for a second pair of eyes to review your final research papers for this semester? Please review my profile and contact me. I have extensive experience working with ESL writers and I specialize in nursing school (through graduate level) research paper review. My schedule is flexible and I can coach any writer online as well as via email and in person.   With South University and UCF's nursing programs in Orlando, I have worked with many nurses in Central Florida who are struggling to attain a master's degree while working full-time in the nursing profession. Hats off to all health care professionals, but especially these dedicated men and women, who want to achieve higher education.  I also provide academic support online and via email for all writers for any writing project, creative and technical topics. Please review my profile for more details.    Contact me today to see how I can provide academic support during your graduate nursing career...

Hi!   If you are interested in a healthcare career, I definitely encourage you to pursue it! Don't let the fact that you may still be in high school or that you already may have a career in another field, stop you from exploring the possibilities in healthcare. If you want to succeed in the competitive environment surrounding most healthcare careers, academic preparation is very important. If you have any questions related to healthcare, please let me know, and I will answer them or refer you to other resources. I love helping students in science and healthcare related studies!

When you are in nursing school, it often feels that you will never be able to learn enough, study enough, review enough, sleep enough! Be encouraged! You are learning valuable skills and activities that will provide you with a fulfilling career - don't give up.   Here are some suggestions for those times when you feel like it will never get better.   Speak to an trusted instructor or a nurse that you hold on high esteem. They can help you gain perspective on your current situation - remember, we were all in nursing school at one time in our lives.   Assess your current schedule, methodologies, priorities. Sometimes, we are time wasting and do not know it. Audit your ongoing activities - is there anything you can eliminate or consolidate? Example: Reading upcoming chapter assignments while on the treadmill; recording lectures and playing them on your commute to and from school. Often, if we can give ourselves more time, we feel less harried and... read more   I just wanted to share this article from regarding the schedule change of Hydrocodone and related medications from schedule III to schedule II. I feel that this is important information to share in order to protect the safety of our patients! Happy reading! :)   Ashley

Hey there! I am going to start upload my collection of worksheets, subject outlines, study tips, study images, and various other study materials. I have uploaded a "test example" of the nursing process. This was just something quick I put together. I am just getting the word out that more materials will be available shortly! If there are any topics in the realm of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, or anatomy and physiology that you would like addressed, please let me know and I will do my best to assist you!    Here is the link to the example/test document:   I am also now available for Skype sessions! Therefore, distance and location are not limiting factors! Thank you! Happy studying :)   Please visit my profile page here:

In my years of tutoring, one recurring theme among my students is "these textbooks are too much for me. Am I really supposed to read and memorize all this information?" My first student refused to even open the textbook, preferring to use lecture notes, review books, and YouTube videos. She's now a gainfully employed registered nurse. To each her own. While I generally don't condone completely ignoring the textbook, I sympathize with students who are overwhelmed. Here are some tips I give them: 1. Start with a review book. Every nursing student should have at least one. It'll give you a great framework for what's to come in the textbook, as well as telling you what you should focus on. Textbooks should fill in the gaps. 2. When you do crack open the textbook, focus on what you as the nurse needs to know. Ask yourself: how will I use this information? Do I need to know the ins and outs of the pathophysiology of this disease? Probably not, but you will need to explain... read more

I was one of the altruistic nursing students. I wanted to HELP people. I wanted to SAVE LIVES and STAMP OUT DISEASE! It came as a huge surprise to me that I was going to have to digest and metabolize a plethora of information and then regurgitate it, processed through my common sense filter on nursing school tests. Any student who has taken a test in a nursing program will commiserate with this: nursing tests are not normal. THEY ARE TESTS ON STEROIDS! To make matters worse my school graded on a bias. This meant anything less than an 82% is failing. I was under prepared and overwhelmed. In walks Ms Noreen. In all honesty she kind of looked like a deranged Teletubby. I was mired in my personal discouragement and the last thing I wanted to hear was the New Jersey transplant talk about my fated career. She droned on for a while as I tried to hold back my tears of frustration and inadequacy. Then she said exactly what I needed to hear. She said, "The... read more

Many nursing students believe that their studies are going great until they come to pharmacology. It is difficult trying to learn and understand all of those drugs and their side effects. However, dosage calculations really put fear into many students.  So the next few blogs will be looking at this topic. Few of us are mathematical wizards, but using dimensional analysis to solve your dosage problems make the process easy.  If you want to calculate a dosage, or the rate of a drip, this method is very useful. Let us first examine the steps of dimensional analysis by working on a simple problem   The MD prescribed 50 mgs of a medication. It is stocked in a concentration of 100mg/ml. What dose should you give in milliliters     1. GIVEN -identify the given quantity -50 mg   2. WANTED -Identify the wanted or unknown quantity - x ml   3. CONVERSION- Write down the equivalents that are needed to convert between... read more

The beginning of a new school year is always exciting, however there is an end to that year as well with final exams, possibly graduation and NCLEX exams as you prepare to become a professional nurse. Now is the time to put a good study plan in place.  Your plan should be built on a solid foundation of a positive attitude, the belief that yes, you can and will achieve your goals, and measures for control.  You should also make a list of realistic short and long term goals with manageable time frames and outcomes.  The nursing process can be used to help guide you in preparing a plan for success:    Assessment - Make a thorough assessment of you - where are you in your program- how are your grades - what                     are the problems or difficulties that you are facing - what are the things that you need to change-                     improve... read more

One of the challenges that women in particular face is the challenge of balancing family life and school work.  I've totally been there and done that.  When my son was just three months old, I returned to school for my nursing pre-requisites.  It wasn't easy, but I did it.  After a few short months, I was enrolled in an accelerated BS to MSN program with a deployed spouse and no family nearby.  Although it was terribly difficult, it was a learning experience, and I survived.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.  Please allow me to share a few tips with you if you are like I was, trying to be a supermom and super student. 1.  Your daily planner is your life.  Seriously, if you do not have a daily planner, then you need to get on the bandwagon and buy one.  I recommend and use a Vera Bradley student agenda.  It has both the monthly views as well as a two page layout for weekly views.  You write everything in that planner.... read more

As the summer draws to a close, it is time to take out those nursing books, dust them off and begin preparation for heading back to the classroom. If you are a returning student, by now you should have developed a study plan to help you organize, comprehend and digest the large amounts of information that is required in your nursing subjects.  Here are some suggestions to help you: Make a list of your short and long term goals Make up a studying schedule - it should be realistic based on your other activities  Form a study group with others who are willing to study Keep a journal on your progress Remember to positively pamper yourself - healthy eating habits, exercise, relaxation Early outreach to a tutor for any problems you may encounter Happy Fall Semester Dr. H. B.

Proofreading and editing one's own paper for a high school or college English course can be challenging. Sometimes one just needs a second pair of eyes. A tutor will often see the weaknesses in a writing assignment and point them out to a student. Like any teacher, making red marks on a student's paper doesn't necessarily help a student improve his or her writing skills. Working side by side, one-on-one with an English tutor will encourage you to take what you already know and apply it to your assignments. Writing is a skill that is necessary in all disciplines, not just the humanities. Science majors must write well to explain laboratory experiments and correctly compose reports. Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry courses in college will require one to write either lab reports or essays, and possibly both. Pre-med students need writing skills just as much as pre-law students. Whatever the discipline, being able to properly convey your ideas, thoughts, data,... read more

NCLEX Cystic Fibrosis Cystic fibrosis is caused by recessive mutations in the CF gene. CF transports chloride, when transortion of chloride is blocked, like in cystic fibrosis, mucous becomes abnormally thick. The thick mucous gets trapped in the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, and reproductive tract. Signs of cystic fibrosis: CF PANCREAS Chronic respiratory disease (inflammation, infections, mucous plugging) Failure to thrive Polyps Alkalosis, metabolic Neonatal intestinal obstruction Clubbing of fingers Rectal prolapse Electrolyte increase in chloride over 60 (sweat) Aspermia (in males) Sputum-bacterial infections S. aureus Cystic fibrosis is usually diagnosed in infancy or early childhood. Airway obstruction is the key feature in the presentation of CF. Treatment for cystic fibrosis includes: Anti-obstructive therapy (chest percussion, bronchodilators, mucolytics) Anti-inflammatory medications Antibiotics Pancreatic... read more

Heparin vs. Coumadin Heparin is an anticoagulant that interferes with the activation of fibrin and keeps it from forming a clot. Heparin is rapid acting and used to treat these common conditions: prevent clots in deep vein thrombosis pulmonary embolism atrial fibrillation There are two types of heparin 1) unfractionated 2) low molecular weight (LMH) The most important labs to monitor when a client is on Heparin are the PTT and aPTT these should be 1.5-2 times the normal range. Because unfractionated heparin and LMWH increases the risk of bleeding, the client is monitored for signs of external and internal bleeding such as: red colored urine/stool abdominal pain nose bleeds bleeding gums bruising The antidote for Heparin is Protamine sulfate NCLEX tips: Heparin will not break up a clot Heparin is for short term use Heparin is given during pregnancy instead of Coumadin Heparin can be given IV or subcutaneously Coumadin... read more

The philosophy of teaching I have embraced in thirty years of teaching medical students and college students, is based on the belief that learning is student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. There must be present, a student mentor relationship of trust. There should, however, always be an authoritative presence in the mentor. This leadership should be omnipresent, whether in the classroom, tutorship, or online. The mentoring teacher’s role involves using his expertise to place necessary resources in the hands of the student and to train him to be not just knowledgeable in his chosen fields of study, but to become an expert at resourcefulness and seek the role of “teacher" himself. It is here where leadership is taught through example. Now that a great deal of teaching is performed in an online forum, students now know that the teacher’s role in the online classroom is to be a facilitator, in addition to being a provider of information... read more

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning is so much fun when you understand why you need to know.

Hello, Nursing school can be tough! If you are having difficulty or would like assistance with your studies, please contact me. I have been a registered nurse for 17 years and will graduate this semester with my BSN. I have experience in education as well and have a heart for teaching. I would love to work with you to help you succeed in this program. I wish everyone the very best for the new year and happy learning! Dawn R.

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

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