Fidelity in Nursing Explained (Including Examples)

It is common to encounter ethical dilemmas in nursing practice. Fidelity is a moral principle integrally tied to nursing professional practice due to the importance of maintaining trust and integrity in the nursing profession. Nurses must be familiar with the ethical principles that guide the nursing profession. When ethical dilemmas arise, ethical principles established by … Read more

Nursing Notes: How to write them (with Examples)

Although nursing documentation may at times seem overwhelming, it is a key part of nursing practice. Colloquially known as “charting,” nursing documentation provides a record of nursing care provided to a patient, family, or community. Charting and, more specifically, nursing notes, allow nurses to demonstrate that the care they provided was ethical, safe, and informed … Read more

Calculate IV Drip Rates: Drop Factor Formula

While many acute care settings use electronic pumps to calculate IV flow rates, there are many scenarios in which nurses need to know how to calculate drip rates manually! For example, when working in rural or low-resource environments, electronic intravenous pumps may not be available. Even when electronic pumps are available, nurses should know how … Read more

Pulse Points And How To Find Them

Places on the body where it is possible to feel the arterial pulse are also commonly called pulse points. You can feel the pulse of the artery at some places on the body where the artery is close enough to the surface of the skin that you can feel the pulse of blood as the … Read more

Fundamentals of Nursing: NCLEX Practice Questions

We prepared a quiz of practice test questions on the fundamentals of nursing, similar to the ones you’ll find in the NCLEX exam. This test bank of 25 multiple choice questions will challenge your knowledge of nursing fundamentals in several categories, including Physiological Adaptation, Pharmacology, Basic Care & Comfort and Safety & Infections. 1. Question … Read more

Subjective vs. Objective Nursing Data: Definitions & Examples

Why is it important to know the difference between subjective and objective data in nursing? Both types of data are essential pieces of the clinical story, each with different strengths. However, it is important to differentiate the types of data not only for charting purposes, but also to communicate with others on the care team. … Read more

Nursing Interventions: Examples & Definitions Explained

What first comes to mind when you think of a “nursing intervention?” For many, especially newer nurses, administering medication or evaluating vital signs may come to mind. However, nursing interventions encompass the holistic nature of the nursing profession. Defining what a nursing intervention is important to empower nurses to work at their full professional scope. … Read more

How Nursing Students Can Prepare For the NCLEX-RN

Toward the end of nursing school, nursing students begin the process of preparing to take the RN licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN. After all, a nursing degree without a license to practice is almost useless. The exam is notoriously difficult and covers multiple years’ worth of information from school, as well as measures one’s ability to … Read more

12 Tips to Improve Your Nursing Documentation

One of the first things you probably learned in nursing school and as a new nurse is the importance of documentation. Accurate and appropriate documentation is key to ensuring accountability for nursing care and proof that protocols and procedures were followed correctly. In order to protect yourself liability-wise, you need to take documentation seriously and … Read more

SOAPIE Charting: Nursing Notes Explained & Examples

One of the most important parts of a nurse’s job is accurate, descriptive documentation. While a lot of charting that nurses do is “charting by exception” in an electronic medical record (EMR), there are plenty of scenarios in which a nurse will need to “free-write” nursing notes. It can be difficult to write a nursing … Read more