Archive for January, 2011

Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism


Tear Card (Thanks Fevvvvvv)

Here’s a treat for you guys.

Click HERE to download something AWESOME from a book some of you guys are using.

Happy studying!

Need Some Energy?

Grab some peppermint

Aromatherapists have long relied on peppermint oil as a natural stimulant. Now scientists are on board: Researchers at West Virginia’s Wheeling Jesuit University found that sniffing peppermint immediately improves both athletes’ running speed and office workers’ typing speed. Its scent acts as a mood enhancer that boosts your motivation and concentration. So grab an infusion, whether it’s breath mints, lip gloss, or hand lotion.

– Women’s Health Magazine


“Try to achieve 65% on Question Trainer 4 and 5. Aim for 60% correct on Question Trainer 6 and 7 and all Qbank questions.”

p. 28 of the Kaplan book.

Pop Quiz

What’s the drug of choice for frequent PVCs?

Picture Hints!

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– Steff


Kaplan strategy books

here is the book that I’m using that’s really helping me a lot!

– Theresa

Hi guys!  I thought I had posted this earlier, but oopsie.


Click on the link below to open the Excel file.


Thank you Margaret for making this.

Interview Questions

Not NCLEX-related, but as promised, here is the list of interview questions I encountered on two separate interviews.  At my first interview, it was just me and the nursing administrator.  At the second hospital, I first interviewed with the HR nurse recruiter and then there was a panel interview, including the director and 5 other managers.

Interview 1:

– Tell me about yourself.

– How did you hear about this hospital?

– What are your strengths and weaknesses?

– What do you think is the biggest challenge for new grads today?

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

– Why should I hire you?

– Do you prefer day or night shift?  [say EITHER!!]

– Do you have any questions for me?

Interview 2:

– Tell me about your clinical experience?

– Why did you choose to be an RN?

– You told us about your worst experience [how I started answering the first question], now tell us a time when you had a good experience.  What did you learn?

– What is an example of a time you went out of your way for a patient?

– If I called Dr. Levy, who wrote your letter of recommendation, what do you think she would say about you?

– If I called your supervisor at Cedars-Sinai [my employer 9 years ago], what would they say?  What would your supervisor at Children’s Hospital [current employer] say about you?

– You work at CHLA, so why don’t you want to be an RN there?

– What was your favorite rotation?

– What are you looking for in a hospital?

– Describe your communication style.

– Do you describe yourself as a team player? Why?

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

– What area would you like to work in? [say ANY!]  What shift do you prefer? [again, say NO PREFERENCE!!]

– Why should we hire you out of all the 500 new grads who applied?

– Have you applied anywhere else?

I never feel nervous before interviews… EXCEPT BEFORE THESE TWO!  I think these interviews felt so different, because we’ve all worked so hard during nursing school and this was the only moment I had to prove this to them.

I got offers from both hospitals, and I chose the second interview.  I like the way their new grad program was structured, and I liked the way they described their management style.

Call me if you’d like me to tell you how I answered these!

Good luck everyone!  Get out there and apply now, even if you haven’t taken the NCLEX.  Someone told me that 80% of the new grads they hire have NOT taken the NCLEX yet!  I was supposed to start with my Interim Permit at Monrovia, so YES the jobs are opening up to us.

– Steff

• Acetaminophen: acetylcysteine or mucomyst

• Anticholinesterase: atropine or pralidoxime
• Anticholinergics: physostigmine
• Antifreeze: fomepizole, ethanol
• Benzodiazepines: Romazicon (flumazenil)
• Beta-Blocking Agents: Glucagon, epinephrine
• Ca++ Channel Blockers: Ca+ chloride, glucagon
• Carbon Monoxide (CO): hyperbaric, oxygen
• Coumadin: phytonadione or vitamin K
• Cyanide: amyl nitrite, sodium nitrite, or sodium thiosulfate
• Cyclophosphamide: mesna
• Digoxin: Digibind or Digoxin Immune Fab
• Dopamine: Rigitine
• EPS (Extra Pyramidal Symptoms): Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

• Ethylene Glycol: fomepizole
• Fluorouracil: leucovorin calcium
• Heroin: Narcan (naloxone) or nalmefene
• Heparin: protamine sulfate
• Insulin Reaction: IV glucose (D50)
• Iron (Fe): deferoxamine
• Lead: edetate calcium disodium, dimercaprol, or succimer
• Malignant Hyperthermia (MH): dantrolene
• Methanol: ethanol
• Methotrexate: leucovorin calcium
• Narcotics: Narcan (naloxone) or nalmefene
• Opioid Analgesics: Narcan (naloxone) or nalmefene
• Organophosphate (OPP): atropine, pralidoxime
• Potassium (K): Insulin and glucose, NaHCO3, albuterol inhaler, or Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate)

• Rohypnol: Romazicon (flumazenyl)
• TCA (tricyclic antidepressants): physostigmine or NaHCO3
• Tranquilizers-EPS symptoms: Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
• Tylenol: acetylcysteine
• Warfarin: phytonadione or vitamin K

– Steff