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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine, part 2: The Road to Approval - How a Vaccine is Tested & Approved

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine, part 2: The Road to Approval - How a Vaccine is Tested & Approved

by Cathy Parkes January 04, 2021 1 Comment

Learn how a vaccine is tested and granted approval for use in the United States as part of our in-depth series on the COVID-19 vaccine for nurses.
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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine, part 1: Immunology & Vaccine Basics

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine, part 1: Immunology & Vaccine Basics

by Cathy Parkes December 28, 2020 1 Comment

Do you have questions about the recently released COVID-19 vaccines? Over a series of posts we’ll be covering this new development in depth! Let’s begin by reviewing the basics of immunology and vaccination.
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Cathy Gets the Covid-19 Vaccine

Cathy Gets the COVID-19 Vaccine

by Cathy Parkes December 21, 2020

Behind the scenes of Cathy getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
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How To Stay Healthy In Nursing School

How To Stay Healthy In Nursing School

by Cathy Parkes December 14, 2020 2 Comments

Cathy shares some strategies on how you can eat healthy and exercise while you're working around the clock in nursing school.
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Cara DeGuzman on Travel Nursing, Working While In School, and Nurse Bullies

Cara DeGuzman on Travel Nursing, Working While In School, and Nurse Bullies

by Cathy Parkes December 06, 2020

In this Instagram Live, Cathy interviews her colleague Cara DeGuzman. Over her 19-year career, Cara has worked in Tele, ICU, PCU, and been a travel nurse as well as a mentor nurse! Cathy chats with Cara about travel nursing, the best places for new grads to start, and what to do about nurse bullies!
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Quick Tips: How to Prepare for the Comprehensive Predictor Exam

Quick Tips: How to Prepare for the Comprehensive Predictor Exam

by Cathy Parkes December 02, 2020 1 Comment

In this Instagram live, Cathy shares her quick tips on how to prepare for your ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam
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A Day in the Life of a NICU Nurse

A Day in the Life of a NICU Nurse

by Cathy Parkes November 23, 2020

Cathy interviews Kenya about what it's like to work in the NICU, including the best and worst days, what it's like to start an IV on a tiny baby, and dosage calculation. Kenya also shares her best tips on keeping your head up during your job search.

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How long to study for the NCLEX

How long to study for the NCLEX

by Cathy Parkes November 09, 2020 1 Comment

In this Instagram live, Cathy answers the question "how long should I study for the NCLEX?"
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Two weeks left | Your vote is your voice

Cathy says VOTE!

by Cathy Parkes October 21, 2020

Cathy reminds you to VOTE, with some important things to remember.
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Join Cathy - October 24 2020 - Celebrating - Year of the Nurse

Cathy Celebrates the Year of the Nurse with KANS

by Cathy Parkes October 08, 2020

Want to ask Cathy your burning questions? Tune in to the her FREE talk on Preparing for the NCLEX and your nursing career at the KANS Convention at 1 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020!
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Resources for Nursing Students - 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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Resources for Nursing Students - Level Up RN's Learning System Explained

Level Up RN's Learning System Explained

by Cathy Parkes July 22, 2020 3 Comments

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

Nursing School Study Planner

by Cathy Parkes July 22, 2020 6 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 2 Comments

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?

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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Resources for Nursing Students - How to Study with Nursing Flashcards

How to Study with Nursing Flashcards

by Cathy Parkes September 12, 2019 3 Comments

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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