Lewis Dot Diagram

Lewis Dot Diagram for water

If you are visiting this site, chances are you are already a nurse and your days of struggling through chemistry classes are behind you.  But, if you know someone who is currently a chem student — or even a chem instructor, please consider referring him or her to our new sister site:  Learning Laboratory.

We’re trying to understand more about college-level science instruction — what’s available in the way of online tools and where there might be some product opportunities for us.

As we research specific topics and try to identify the best tools available, we intend to publish curated lists of online resources.  For example, we’ve just posted an article on tools available to help teach and learn about Lewis Dot Structures.






Brad Pitt - Money Ball

I experienced a tidy patch of synchronicity recently.

First, I worked my way through the Crisis Management chapter in the Quantum Leadership book I’m reading. Second, I went to see Moneyball, the new Brad Pitt movie about baseball.

Quantum’s take on crisis management is, essentially, “Get used to it. Get better at it. Stop thinking of it as something you only do from time to time.” The authors point out that health care organizations have long done effective planning for all sorts of crises: natural disasters, epidemics, and the like. But they haven’t been so proactive about slower moving crises generated by changes in their business ecosystem. Such game-changers can be technical, regulatory, or financial; they share the characteristics of being unplanned and unpredictable but are hardly unexpected.
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Brain with Gears

[Links checked and post revised 12/31/2013 to remove an outdated link. We now have our own brains for download here.]

One of the topics that always comes up when I talk to nurses about our phone apps is that of the nurse’s brain.

These indispensable tools, also commonly known as “nursing brain sheets”, “nursing worksheets”, “patient worksheets”, and “report sheets”, can be as simple as a folded sheet of blank paper or as complicated as a heavily-formatted Excel spreadsheet. Most sheets used for inpatient care have some basic fields in common: room number, patient’s name, doctor’s name, and a set of one- or two-hour time slots for length of the shift. Depending on the nurse and the nursing specialty, they can stop at that or go on to be enormously elaborate.

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AndroidI’ve talked to several people who own an Android phone but have never downloaded any apps for it. I think that’s a shame.

Whether you are a student getting ready to take the NCLEX or an experienced nurse in an advanced specialty, you should put your phone to work for you as more than just a communications tool.

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www.flickr.com/photos/spence_sir/2292757408/in/photostream/If you own a smartphone, you should have a flashlight app for it.  And know where to find it on your phone and how to use it.  Period.

Even if you don’t usually bother with downloading apps for your phone, make an exception in this case.  You may work in a hospital with big backup generators and lots of emergency lighting but when the main power goes out, you’ll want a handheld light of your own.  Even when the power is on, you will occasionally need to read a label on the back of a device or plug a cord into a small socket in a dark corner.  You may be organized enough to keep a flashlight in your car glove compartment AND keep the batteries fresh.  (I never have been, or even known anyone who was, but I admit the possibility that such people exist.)  That still won’t help you on a dark rainy night, standing outside your car, when you can’t see the lock well enough to get your key into it. Read more…