January 10, 2017


Hi, Everyone!

Today I wanted to cover one of my favorite things to do to prep for spring semester, decorate my binders! I often get asked how I go about this and hope that this post will help!
  • Google 'binder covers' and look under images. I love Lilly Pulitzer, so I google 'Lilly Pulitzer binder covers'
  • Copy the image of your choice and post in onto a Microsoft Word document
  • Drag the corners of the picture to fit the page until you get something along the lines of this:

  • Next you want to draw a text box where the white space is
  • Then type the name of your course:

  • After that, you can print it out and put it in the front of your binder to get something like this!

January 4, 2017


Length of rotation: 6 weeks
Location: Inner city psychiatric hospital
Typical day:
  • Arrive at 6:20 am 
  • Go to pre-conference with clinical group + instructor
  • Arrive on the floor for report at 6:50 am
  • Receive report on patients from staff 
  • 7:30 am: Go on to the floor
  • Between 7:30am-4:00pm interact with patients
    • Attend groups
    • Perform Mental Status Assessments (MSA)
    • Teach patients about their medications + compliance
  • 4:00 pm: Post-conference w/ group + instructor
  • 5:00 pm: Head home!
Mental Health is definitely not like Med/Surg by any means. It is a whole different type of nursing! It is much less direct patient contact and more talking to patients and trying to understand what they are going through personally. I saw many psychiatric disorders first hand that made it much easier to learn about from a textbook later in class. Overall, this rotation made me appreciate the importance of mental health and the nursing care that is involved with it.

HESI Studying Materials Used:

  • Evolve Adaptive Quizzing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Success


Hi, Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday break. As I begin to prep for the upcoming semester, the first thing I always do is create a schedule!

I typically use Microsoft Word and create a table with times ranging from 0800am-0600pm. I then color code my classes with their prospective time frames.This template is so great to have because I can make a new one every semester! Here are some pictures of what mine looks like for this

I have attached a download so that you can just print it out and create your own! Enjoy!

Link to the download: download here