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Cathy Speaks on Resiliency at CNSA's 2020 Virtual Convention

Cathy Speaks on Resiliency at CNSA's 2020 Virtual Convention

by Cathy Parkes September 24, 2020

Cathy Parkes, RN, will be speaking at the California Nursing Student Association's 2020 Virtual Convention on Saturday, October 3, 2020 on Resiliency.
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Med-Surg Pro Tips

Pro Tips for Studying and Passing Med-Surg

by Cathy Parkes August 19, 2020 3 Comments

Cathy’s pro tips for studying for (and mastering the material you need to pass!) Medical-Surgical Nursing.
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Level Up RN Pharmacology Pro Tips

Pharmacology Cards: The Pro Tips

by Cathy Parkes August 19, 2020

Cathy’s pro tips for studying for (and mastering the material you need to pass!) pharmacology.
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Code Blue: What to expect and how to contribute

Code Blue: What to expect and how to contribute as a new RN

by Cathy Parkes August 17, 2020

Cathy shares her experience with her first few Code Blue situations as a new nurse and even during nursing school.
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Level Up RN's Learning System Explained

Level Up RN's Learning System Explained

by Cathy Parkes July 22, 2020 2 Comments

In this video, Cathy explains how to combine the Learning System with your flashcards to supercharge your studies!
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Nursing School Study Planner

Nursing School Study Planner

by Cathy Parkes July 22, 2020 3 Comments

Grab this FREE nursing exam study planner from Cathy Parkes. Create a plan for success, whether you are just starting or you are in the middle of the grind.
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Nurse's Brain - Giving Report to the oncoming nurse (Video 4)

Nurse's Brain, Part 4: Giving report to the oncoming nurse

by Cathy Parkes July 11, 2020 1 Comment

Cathy explains how to improve your nursing communication by giving an effective handoff report to the oncoming nurse.
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Nurse's Brain, Part 3: Giving report to the doctor

Nurse's Brain, Part 3: Giving report to the doctor

by Cathy Parkes July 06, 2020

In this video, Cathy explains how to improve your nursing communication by giving an effective handoff report to a doctor.
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Nurse's Brain, Part 2: How to give report to your CNA

Nurse's Brain, Part 2: How to give report to your CNA

by Cathy Parkes June 29, 2020 1 Comment

Cathy’s tips on how to use your Nurse's Brain to give an effective report to your CNA.
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Nurse's Brain, Part 1: What is a Nurse's Brain? (Free Download)

Nurse's Brain, Part 1: What is a Nurse's Brain? (Free Download)

by Cathy Parkes June 22, 2020 3 Comments

Cathy gives tips on how to fill out each section of a Nurse's Brain sheet. Includes a FREE editable Nurse's Brain template for MedSurg, Telemetry, or Stepdown units.
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Do Grades Matter in Nursing School?

by Cathy Parkes February 28, 2020

Some believe that grades are of the UTMOST importance. Others believe that as long as you are passing, grades are virtually meaningless. Here at Level Up RN, we tend to lean toward the latter.
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#1 Tip - How to Deal with Stress in Nursing School

#1 Tip to Dealing with Stress in Nursing School

by Cathy Parkes February 24, 2020

If nursing school (or your nursing career) has you feeling stressed, you are definitely not alone! Cathy explains her favorite tip to keep stress and cortisol in check.
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How to Study with Nursing Flashcards

How to Study with Nursing Flashcards

by Cathy Parkes September 12, 2019 1 Comment

Watch the video to learn how flashcards were Cathy's "secret weapon" for NCLEX preparation, with practical suggestions that will help you pass your nursing exams.
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Ask Me Anything: New grad RN Programs: How to land a position? What makes a good program?

New Grad RN Programs

by Cathy Parkes August 10, 2019

New Grad RN Programs? How do you land a position? Cathy gives practical steps you can take to give yourself the best chance to get a position as a new grad RN.
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Live Stream: Chamberlain University Nursing School, Columbus, Ohio

Chamberlain School of Nursing Q&A with Cathy Parkes

by Angelina Guzman July 29, 2019

Cathy sat down with a group of awesome student nurses from Chamberlain University in Columbus, OH. Listen as she addresses some of their burning nursing questions.
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Ask Me Anything: Becoming a nurse, my personal journey

Cathy's Journey to Becoming a Nurse

by Cathy Parkes June 25, 2019 1 Comment

Cathy Parkes shares a heartfelt and personal journey into her nursing career, including how becoming a registered nurse is Cathy's second career.
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Nursing Relationships How to get along with coworkers, preceptors, and patients

Improve Nursing Relationships With Co-Workers, Preceptor and Patients

by Cathy Parkes May 22, 2019

Cathy shares her tips and lessons learned as a new nurse and how to improve nursing relationships with co-workers and patients.
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Anatomy of a Flashcard: Matte back (perfect for pen or pencil notes), Glossy front, organized and color-coded by section or body system, call-outs of the key information & concepts, icons to identify associated body system, numbered for quick reference, c

Anatomy of a Flashcard

by Cathy Parkes May 22, 2019

The anatomy of a flashcard + Cathy's tips on how to get the most out of flashcards and study effectively.
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Nurse Charting How to chart accurately and where not to cut corners

Nurse Charting - How to Chart Accurately

by Cathy Parkes May 21, 2019

Wound care nurse Cathy Parkes explains the rules of nurse charting, the mistakes she's made and what she's learned during the process.
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New Grad Experience What to Expect as a New RN

My New RN Grad Program Experience & What to Expect

by Cathy Parkes May 21, 2019

Cathy shares her experience in a new grad program. Your experience may not be exactly the same, but this information could be helpful to set expectations.
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