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Head To Toe Assessment – Free Printable

Hello new nursing students! This one’s for you! I got you! One of the things that completely freaked me out was doing my first head to toe assessment on a real patient. Now, most of my classmates already work in the health field as LPNs or NAs so this was no biggie for them; but for me, the closest I have ever been in that situation is 1) me being the actual patient and 2) when I worked the front desk at an OB/GYN office for a little while. So for me, this was a really big scary task. Although I felt prepared (I’m almost finished with my What To Bring On You First Clinical Shift – so I will link it here when it’s posted), there was one area in which I felt I could have been better prepared: I didn’t have the right assessment tool sheet that worked for me. I found all different types and examples on the web, from super simple to extremely detailed, but this specific one (which I rewrote and …

my first year of nursing school | tips, feelings, and other thoughts

Nursing school is a lot different than anything I have ever done. Having a BS in psychology, I have a solid college education. But nursing school is challenging because it integrates critical thinking + real world problems and situations. It is more than just exams, though those can make or break you. Critical thinking may come off as easy to some, but it takes practice to exercise that area of your brain. Most college students use “recall” on exams (where you are triggered to remember and can lead to a correct answer), but in nursing school, this is not the case. So what is nursing school really like? This is my personal experience. There is a standard for nursing education, but each one in itself is different. It’s a combination of lecture class, clinicals, SIM experience (real situations on a mannequin), and a lot of various skills testing. The window for error is small, and there is a curve to ween out people who can’t keep up. Anything below a 75% is failing. Nursing school …