Author name: Mark Aquino

RN MHA. Home Health. California. Mark Aquino is a registered nurse in California with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Health Administration from West Coast University. He has at least 3 years of experience in the front lines as a visiting nurse in home health, and counting, as he still continues to visit patients at the time of this writing. He is author of OASIS NINJA, a home health nurse's guide to visits, oasis documentation, and positive outcomes for patients. This guide provides nurses with the information they need to provide quality care to their patients in the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at OasisNinja.com.

Mastering Patient Health Evaluation: Essential Skills for Nurses in Observations, Vital Signs, and Interviews

Introduction: Assessing a patient’s overall health status is a fundamental aspect of nursing that requires a meticulous and systematic approach. This detailed guide explores the critical components of a comprehensive health evaluation, focusing on observation, vital sign measurement, and effective patient interviews. Nurses begin their assessment the moment they meet the patient, noting physical appearance, […]

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How to Pass the NCLEX: Navigating the Nurse’s Gauntlet

The NCLEX-RN, the gateway to your Registered Nurse career, looms large, a mythical beast guarding the hallowed halls of practice. But fear not, intrepid knight! This post equips you with the tools and tactics to tame the beast and emerge victorious. Know the Terrain: Charting Your Course Before drawing your sword, understand the landscape. Dive

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What Causes OCD to Flare Up – Unmasking the Mysteries of OCD: Triggers, Compulsions, and the Hopeful Symphony of Recovery

What Causes OCD to Flare Up? Unraveling the Intricate Dance Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a mental health condition that can be as enigmatic as it is challenging to those who experience it. Imagine it as a relentless tempest within one’s mind, where obsessive thoughts and intrusive thoughts relentlessly clash, causing a whirlwind

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What are the Signs of Adderall Psychosis – Recognizing the Signs: What Causes Adderall Misuse and Its Side Effects of Psychosis, Paranoia, and Addiction

Recognizing the Dire Consequences: Signs of Adderall Psychosis Delving into the facets of Adderall-induced psychosis compels us to merge a myriad of viewpoints, including, but not limited to, medical, psychiatric, and socio-cultural dimensions. This matter is particularly pressing within the United States, where the prescription of medications for ailments like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Self Help Transformation – 4. Career Development and Advancement: Assessing Personal Strengths and Values

Navigating Your Career Path: A Journey of Self-Discovery “Charting the Unseen Oceans of Self-Discovery” Ahoy, Career Adventurers! Picture this: we’re about to embark on a thrilling expedition, but not the kind you might expect. There are no tumultuous seas or uncharted physical territories on this map. Instead, we’re diving deep into an ocean far more

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Self Help Transformation: 3. Cultivating Healthy Relationships

Fundamentals of Relationship Psychology: Understanding the Dynamics of Healthy Relationships In the intricate web of human existence, relationships stand as the cornerstone of our emotional well-being. Whether it’s our connection with family, friends, or romantic partners, understanding the fundamentals of relationship psychology is essential for cultivating healthy and fulfilling connections. In this blog post, we

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Self Help Transformation – 2. Physical Fitness Revolution

“The Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Well-being: Uniting Physical Fitness and Mental Health” In the intricate ballet of well-being, the partnership between physical fitness and mental health is both profound and essential. This union, often overlooked in the hustle of daily life, is the cornerstone of a holistic approach to health that transcends the physical form

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Self Help Transformation – 1. Mental Health Transformation

Nurturing the Mind: A Journey Through Mental Wellness and Personal Growth In this comprehensive exploration, we delve deep into the layers of mental health, unraveling its undeniable impact on our everyday lives and discovering its profound influence on how we think, feel, and interact with the world around us. Understanding the Landscape of Mental Health

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What’s Next: Different Work Settings for Nurses After Obtaining an RN License and Choices of Advanced Degrees

After completing the requirements and passing the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse (RN), the career possibilities are vast. Depending on your interests, skills, and desired lifestyle, there are numerous settings where you can put your nursing skills to use: Hospitals Long-Term Care Facilities Outpatient Clinics Home Health Care Schools and Educational Institutions Community Health

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Chapter 10: Preparing for the NCLEX Examination

Preparing for the NCLEX Examination Alright, let’s get real for a second. Preparing for the NCLEX is no walk in the park. Whether you’re feeling like you’re on cloud nine or you’re drowning in a sea of medical terms, your emotions are valid. I get it, you’re excited, you’re nervous, and you’re probably wondering, “How

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Chapter 9: Navigating Challenging Clinical Experiences

Clinical experiences are like the real-world labs of nursing school, a place where textbook theories evolve into hands-on skills. But let’s be candid—it’s not all smooth sailing. Sometimes you’ll find yourself dealing with scenarios so challenging that you’ll wonder if you’ve accidentally auditioned for a medical drama series. Yep, it can get that intense! So

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Chapter 8: Topics They Do Not Always Teach You in Nursing School

Managing Emotional Stress and Burnout For Nurses Resilience is key in combating emotional stress and burnout among nurses. Being resilient enables you to overcome difficult circumstances, adapt to challenging environments, and prevents chronic burnout. Building resilience involves cultivating a supportive community and learning effective coping techniques. Activities like expressive writing, setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness meditation

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Chapter 7: Clinical Skills: From Novice to Expert

Chapter 4: Clinical Skills: From Novice to Expert The heart of nursing education lies in the transition from theory to practice. You will embark on a journey that transforms you from a nursing novice into a confident and proficient clinician. This chapter explores the art of clinical practice, building unwavering confidence in clinical settings, and

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Chapter 6: Documentation: Charting Your Care

The Importance of Documentation and Charting for Nurses Documenting and charting may seem time consuming and tedious, but they are integral components of nursing. Documentation ensures continuity of care while simultaneously creating communication channels between healthcare professionals – especially across disciplines and facilities. Poor or incomplete documentation can expose nurses and healthcare facilities to liability

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Chapter 5: Mastering the 4 Major Population Groups

Mastering the 4 Major Population Groups—Psychiatric Mental Health, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics We’re diving into one of the most exhilarating parts of nursing: understanding the four major population groups you’ll encounter. These aren’t just categories on a chart; they’re distinct universes with their own languages, rules, and nuances. So, let’s put on

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Chapter 4: Mastering the 3 P’s – Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, and Pharmacology

Mastering the 3 P’s – Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, and Pharmacology Alright, we’re diving into the deep end of the nursing pool: The 3 P’s—Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, and Pharmacology. These are the cornerstone subjects that essentially act as the building blocks for your entire nursing career. So let’s not waste any more time and get straight

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Chapter 3: Mastering Study Techniques and Test-Taking

Success in nursing school hinges on your ability to absorb and apply complex medical knowledge effectively. This chapter explores proven study techniques tailored for nursing school, strategies to excel in nursing exams, and tips for conquering test anxiety. Effective Study Methods for Nursing School Nursing school coursework demands more than rote memorization; it necessitates deep

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Chapter 2: Navigating the Nursing School Curriculum

Entering nursing school is akin to stepping into a world of knowledge, practical skills, and transformative experiences. This chapter will serve as your compass, guiding you through the intricacies of the nursing school curriculum, helping you understand the structure, core courses, and clinical rotations, and offering essential time management strategies for success. Understanding the Nursing

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