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Absolutely not! First of all, you’re a nurse-in-training. Soon enough, you’ll be out of school and this is info you need to know! We may not focus on things like nursing care plans or test prep, but this is real-world knowledge from those of us out in the field. Our content is still highly relevant since the basics of a disease process and interventions do not change whether you’re in school or at the hospital.

Although we don’t teach “to the test”, our information is still written in a way that’s simple, highly visual, and easy to understand. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by school and textbooks, our guide is a great consolidated resource and organizational tool all-in-one! Think of our guide as having a preceptor in your pocket!

Since the majority of nursing school is focused on adult care, this is the perfect guide to start! Our goal is to have a nursing student specific guide ready for you by next year with all of your nursing specialties (OB, pediatrics, psych, etc). Then we will have a Year 1 Guide: Adult Care and Year 2 Guide: Nursing Specialties, which follows the typical flow of nursing school.

Definitely not! Firstly, all of us have experienced the “if you don’t use it, you lose it” phenomenon. Perhaps you recently switched units and haven’t had to interpret an ABG in a long time. Many of us don’t realize after years out of nursing school that we may need to brush up on seemingly simple disease processes and topics. But don’t worry, our guide is not too basic like explaining what vital signs are! We focus on useful topics like caring for dialysis patients, basic surgical tools/suture sizes, chest tube maintenance, ACS, blood transfusion, and so much more.

Nurses needing highly specific information, such as ICU, labor and delivery, or pediatrics, should keep an eye out in the future for specialty guides! We’re working on finding the best consultants around to give you the latest and greatest info, plus expert tips and tricks.

While we do reference interventions within the scope of practice of the RN, it doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the knowledge! You are a nurse. You will still encounter the same disease processes and issues- the pathology doesn’t change regardless of which role you’re in. Just be mindful of which interventions your state law and facility allows in order to protect your license!

The planner is only offered in an undated version at this time. This means we provide a weekly spread and you write in your own dates so you can start using the planner at any time (no need to wait till January 1st!). We recommend writing in the dates with a pencil, pen, or lightmarker. We’ve provided stickers in the very back of the guide to label your monthly tabs.

Each tab starts with a month view. Then there are five weekly spreads per month (since every month has a different number of days!). Each day has space to write in your daily schedule and tasks such as homework, class times, appointments, work shifts, etc. On the sides, there is a to-do list, habit tracker, weekly goal-setting and reflection section. We believe writing down and therefore visualizing our goals helps to keep us on track. Then at the end of the week, you can reflect on whether you achieved your goal and why or why not. The habit tracker can be a way to stay on track for your weekly goal or to keep accountability for other things (such as water intake, gym sessions, study time, etc). Check out our blog “Goal of the Week” for ideas and inspiration!

Behind the Content Tab is the bread and butter- your nursing resource guide. We grouped information by body system (neuro, cardiac, respiratory, etc) for ease-of-use. Each body system starts with a quick recall page to review anatomy and physiology, then jumps into the common disease processes and concepts within that body system. For example, the cardiac section includes EKG interpretation, ACS, heart failure, cardiac procedures, etc. There is a glossary in the back of the guide in order to find a topic quickly.

All disease processes are formatted in a four-point approach.
1. What is it? A simplified review of the problem.
2. Findings: the s/s a patient reports to you or that you find on assessment.
3. Work-up: the labs, imaging, or other tests we need specific to the problem.
4. Interventions: the medical management, surgeries, and nursing interventions needed to
fix the problem.

We also created special icons to highlight certain pieces of information. For example, our “Heads Up” icon means this info is about a concept that gets easily confused, a recent change in practice, or just something to be really mindful of to avoid medical errors. You’ll also find the “Industry Expert” icon for special tips and tricks from nurse experts, such as ICU or wound care nurses.

Great question! First of all, it’s info for nurses by nurses. It’s written by those of us in the field who, by trial and error, have figured out what’s important to know. Of course, we can’t include every disease process in existence, but we focus on foundational concepts and common illnesses. Foundational concepts include things like fluid balance in the body and ABG interpretation. Then, even when a disease is unfamiliar, you will still have a strong knowledge base to think through your interventions.

Our goal is to be simplistic and easy to understand. We don’t want to overwhelm you with paragraphs and paragraphs of information. We use visual aids where we can, bullet-point type information, and lots of shorthand. We've also included lab, pharmacology, and medical dictionary tabs so you can have all your need-to-know info in one place.

Last but not least, each tab has an inspirational or funny quote to keep you motivated or (hopefully) make you chuckle.

Unfortunately, no. But it is our goal to create guides for these nursing specialities. As they are very specialized fields, we are currently working on finding the most knowledgeable consultants to assist in creating these guides.

This guide is geared towards nurses working in general adult care, such as med/surg, med/tele, PCU, stepdown, and so forth.

Yes! Please be advised shipping costs may be high to due to the increased cost of everything nowadays, but we will do our best to give you the best price. Thank you for your support!