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Nursing Podcast by (NRSNG) (NCLEX® Prep for Nurses and Nursing Students)

256 EpisodesProduced by Jon Haws RN: Nursing Podcast Host, Critical Care Nurse, Nursing School Mentor, & NCLEX EducatorWebsite

Nursing podcast for nursing students and nurses or new nurse. NCLEX® prep, pharmacology, ICU, critical care, and CCRN.

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AMA: Nursing Student Q&A Panel

June 13th, 2022


A nursing student AMA we did at our live event in 2019.

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The Mindset of a Nursing Student

June 6th, 2022


How to develop a growth mindset as a nursing student.

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10 Reasons You Are Failing Nursing School Exams

May 30th, 2022


Follow these 10 steps to start passing nursing school exams.  Find our test taking course at:

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4 No Fail Tips to Find Your First Nursing Job

May 23rd, 2022


Follow these 4 simple steps to find you first nursing job.  More info at

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WORST Nurses Week Gifts EVER [plus HUGE promo]

May 10th, 2022


What is the worst nurses week gift you’ve gotten?


All promos end 5-12-22

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Welcome to the Nursing Family

May 9th, 2022


We love having you as part of the nursing family.  Here is a throwback to an old conference.

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Absolute Words |Tuesday Test Tip

April 26th, 2022


How to answer Absolute Words NCLEX style questions . . . things like:

  • always
  • never
  • none
  • all every

Happy Nursing!

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70+ Cheatsheets… in your scrubs pocket? (Scrubcheats App is Live)

February 14th, 2022


We have discontinued the Scrubcheats app 😢  . . . BUT . . . The good new is we’ve opened up EVEN MORE nursing cheatsheets. When you join you get access to over 300+ nursing cheatsheets (included on the …

Complete Guide to Passing the NCLEX® in Canada . . . Eh! (no more CRNE for the Canadian nursing student)

January 13th, 2022


Oh Canada . . . Oh Canada! What’s up all my Canadian nurse brothers and sisters? I have to be honest . . . I know very little about Canada, but we got a question from one of our readers asking that we discuss passing …

How to be Grateful in Nursing School and as a Nurse

November 15th, 2021


I remember working as a nurse during the holiday season.  It was something that I actually really enjoyed – talking to the patients and spending time …

Making Money With

October 16th, 2021


Nursing school is hard!   On your journey, you may run across (or have already run across) situations that intentionally or unintentionally make it …

Be That Nurse

October 12th, 2021


Hi, Everyone, this is Sandi with The Nursing Podcast from  And the title of today’s podcast is Be That Nurse!   So what do I mean by that…  You are about to enter or maybe already have entered the ranks of …

Ready For Nursing School – Imposter Syndrome

October 5th, 2021


Welcome to the Nursing Podcast with  Today I am going to bring up a topic that we have spoken about quite a bit in the past.  Because I think this is something that we need continual reminders about.   I …

Using my grades skyrocketed – Murse Clyde Interview Part 3

September 28th, 2021


Here is part 3 of an interview with Murse Clyde.  This was such a fun interview,  Clyde is such a likable guy.  Here is how the episode begins, tune in to hear the rest! “So I want to talk really quick about how we came …

Put your Oxygen on First – Murse Clyde Interview Part 2

September 21st, 2021


Here is part 2 of an interview with Murse Clyde.  This was such a fun interview,  Clyde is such a likable guy.  Let me just share a few great quotes from the interview. “I sing, I’m always singing anyway.” “I’m always …

Grieving with the Family – Murse Clyde Interview Part 1

September 14th, 2021


We really enjoyed getting a chance to interview Murse Clyde.  In this first part of the interview, we discuss caring for family members and connecting with them.  We discuss the realities of caring for patient’s …

Ready For Nursing School – Next Generation NCLEX®

September 7th, 2021


Hi, Everyone, this is The Nursing Podcast from  Today we are talking about Getting Ready for Nursing School – specifically Next …

Ready For Nursing School – Is the NCLEX Hard?

August 31st, 2021


Hi everyone. This is the nursing podcast from And today we are talking about getting ready for nursing school, but more specifically is …

Ready For Nursing School – Learning Styles

August 25th, 2021


Hi everyone. This is the nursing podcast from And today we are talking about getting ready for nursing school and specifically knowing …

Ready for Nursing School Essentials – Clothing, Accessories, and Tools for Clinicals

August 25th, 2021


Hi everyone. This is the nursing podcast from And today we are talking about getting ready for nursing school, essential oils and …

Ready For Nursing School – Mindset

August 24th, 2021


Hi everyone. This is the nursing podcast from And today we are talking about getting ready for nursing school and specifically about …

Nursing Stories About Mom’s (Mother’s Day 2021)

May 9th, 2021


What’s going on everybody. This is Jon Haws, RN, founder of And I’m here to just talk to you guys about, well, it’s mother’s day, to be honest. And I’m here to just tell you a story, of one mom that really …

How Many Times Can I Take/Fail the NCLEX®?

November 8th, 2020


How Many Times Can You Take the NCLEX®? According to the NCSBN website (which is the company that writes the actual NCLEX). You can take the NCLEX up to 8 times per year with a 45 day waiting period between each …

3 Stories from My Early Nursing Career

September 11th, 2020


I want to share with you guys three stories of kind of my first few weeks, first few months, working as a nurse.

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Pain is a Sign to Keep Going (Nursing School During COVID)

September 9th, 2020


There is a quote that I really, really love. I’m a guy who loves a lot of quotes, have him up around my office. I read them down often and I love to share them one quote that I found recently by a guy named Ray Dalio.

Catching COVID, Childcare, Poor Communication in Nursing School

September 7th, 2020


Today, I’m going to talk and respond to another email that we got from nursing students who are concerned about going through school right now with …

I’m Scared to Graduate Nursing School

September 2nd, 2020


today, we’re going to be talking about COVID and nursing school. I know you guys are probably tired of talking about COVID, but I want to talk a …

Stop Over Studying in Nursing School and for the NCLEX

August 31st, 2020


Today I want to discuss how many practice questions are enough questions for the NCLEX, and does the Pearson trick work?

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I Can Not Imagine Nursing School During COVID

August 24th, 2020


Over the last four or five months. I think what the world has seen…almost more than anything…is the resilience of nurses and healthcare professionals. And I want to talk to you nursing students who have demonstrated …

The 10 Step Note Taking Method for Nursing School

August 17th, 2020


Today we’ll talk about the 10 step note-taking method for nursing students.

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How to Prep with NCLEX Questions (the right way)

August 10th, 2020


Let’s talk about how to take questions during nursing school and how to prepare for the NCLEX.

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4 Tips For Studying Nursing at Home During COVID

August 3rd, 2020


I want to give you guys a couple of tips on selecting the appropriate study environment for you right now.

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How To Pass The CCRN Exam (What is the best ccrn review?)

June 30th, 2020


I passed the CCRN exam way back in 2014.  I used three tools.  Today, I discuss those tools and how they can help.  To learn more about them, go to:

Transitioning from New Grad to “Nurse” (with @thenursejennifer)

April 27th, 2020


Making the change from a new grad to a “real nurse” is extremely hard.  Jennifer helps guide us through the process. Jon: Welcome to another episode of the podcast. My name is Jon Haws, RN. And I’m your host …

Nursing Is All About The Journey (with NurseBass)

April 20th, 2020


It is never too dark to keep moving forward. Jon: Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today, I have a very special guest. A lot of times, it’s just me on here talking about today. I was lucky enough …

Finding Your Way In Nursing (with Mercedes, RN)

April 13th, 2020


Did you choose nursing or did nursing choose you?  How to stay motivated and fill your cup in nursing.

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April 8th, 2020


Wanted to give you a quick into to a new side website to help keep your motivation up right now.  It’s This winter spring of 2020 has been one of the most challenging that humanity around the world has …

Nursing School as an ESL (English as a Second Language) Student

April 6th, 2020


Surviving nursing school is hard . . . doing so as an ESL student is that much harder.  In this episode we discuss tips from other ESL students for …

BREAKING: Massive Updates to NCLEX due to COVID-19 (must listen)

March 26th, 2020


NCSBN & PeasonVue just announced some significant changes to the NCLEX as a result of COVID-19. Here is what we are doing about it . . . MUST …

The “NEW” Next Generation NCLEX (What is the new NCLEX format?) 😩

March 23rd, 2020


What is Next Generation NCLEX (NGN)? Quick NGN Facts WHAT: 5 new question NCLEX question formats WHEN is the NCLEX Changing?: April 2023 WHY: better measure new grad nurse clinical judgement Essentially, the NCSBN or …

Answers to Your Fears About COVID-19 (and 3 ways we can help you today)

March 16th, 2020


(click above to listen to the podcast episode) You’re probably feeling a bit scared right now . . . Maybe you’re nursing school just canceled …

We just launched an NCLEX book . . .

March 2nd, 2020


Huge . . . we just released a comprehensive NCLEX review book.  Save 20% when you order today (3/2/2020).  Just go to

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5 Tips for Dealing with a Disorganized Nursing Program

February 24th, 2020


I was recently asked: How to address the disorganization of a program. Conflicting due dates and disorganized instructors seem to make everything …

Finding Balance in Nursing School

February 17th, 2020


Did you know that nearly 30% of nursing students never graduate?  Trying to balance family, school, job . . . it’s almost unbearable. Honestly how to …

How to Improve Your Grades in Nursing School

February 11th, 2020


All nursing students struggle with their grades at some point . . . you’re not alone . . . but after talking with thousands of nursing students, I’ve found that can help you pass. Welcome to another episode …

How To Survive OB Clinical In Nursing School

February 10th, 2020


Today we talk with an experienced OB nurse and educator about what nursing students can do to survive and thrive the OB clinical in nursing school. …

NRSNG is becoming in 2020

December 4th, 2019


On January 14, 2020, NRSNG is becoming Let me try to answer some of the questions you might have and then I’ll explain a bit more. I made a quick video to explain it all here: CLICK HERE What is happening to …

A couple nursing stories

November 21st, 2019


I really just wanted to share a couple stories from my nursing journey.  As we approach a few breaks from school, I hope these stories help you …

My secret tips for passing nursing school tests (11 test taking strategies for nursing school)

September 23rd, 2019


Did you know that 87,000+ nursing students FAILED the NCLEX last year alone?!?!? We’ve got to change that . . . one way to decrease that number is to develop some strategies for nursing tests. Download Our Test Taking …

3 Things Every Nursing Student Needs to Know About Head To Toe Assessments

September 18th, 2019


There’s so much information to collect during a head to toe assessment how do you make sure to get it all while also not taking 45 minutes to an hour …

Do you feel like this in nursing school? (4 tips for overcoming your doubts as a nursing student)

September 16th, 2019


My first day of nursing school, I walked into a room full of my soon-to-be nursing cohort and was scared stiff. Our professors stood up and told us …

Walk Out of the NCLEX® Exam Feeling Like You Just Took a 1st Grade Spelling Test

July 24th, 2019


5 Things You Need To Know About the NCLEX® You’ve just spent thousands and potentially 10’s of thousands of dollars on your nursing school, …

Learn the Nursing Process and ADPIE

July 18th, 2019


So much of being a great nurse is focused on knowing the nursing process and always following it. What is the nursing process? The nursing process is …

Achieve Anything In Nursing School In Just 90 Days

July 11th, 2019


Seriously, you CAN DO IT. Do you ever wonder why it’s so hard to actually follow through on your New Year’s Resolutions? Typically it’s because we …

Understanding the Difference Between Hypotonic and Hypertonic

June 27th, 2019


Today we have Nicole Weaver our Director of Curriculum breaking down IV Solutions and more specifically the difference between Hypotonic Solutions …

Cranial Nerves and Coffee (Cranial Nerves Mnemonic)

June 20th, 2019


I’m going to break down all twelve cranial nerves in relation to something we all understand, ordering coffee at Starbucks! But first . . . here is a …

You Can Do This!

June 17th, 2019


Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you become the person who can. What’s up guys? Jon Haws, RN, founder of interest and g, and that is one of my favorite new quotes. There’s a mountain climber by the name …

Is Concept Based Nursing Flawed? (Podcast)

June 13th, 2019


Some hate it, some love it and others have no clue what it is. I interview our director of curriculum here at, Nicole who is a huge fan …

Linchpins for the WIN (Nursing School Secret Weapon)

June 6th, 2019


Nursing school is tough and I tirelessly poured over all of my textbooks and notes thinking that if I could just memorize EVERYTHING I would do …

What Exactly IS the NCLEX and How Do You Pass?

May 30th, 2019


Everyone in nursing school understands the gravity of the NCLEX. Nursing school is hard enough and then at the end of it you have to pass the NCLEX. …

5 Things You Need to Know When Picking a Nursing School

May 23rd, 2019


With so many  nursing schools available these days it’s no wonder that picking the RIGHT one can feel nearly impossible. Don’t get overwhelmed …

What Wildfires Taught Me About Becoming a Nurse

May 16th, 2019


Back in 2018 I was invited to speak at an event in Ventura California. Little did I know but I was flying into a literal disaster zone and shortly after leaving the airport began to understand the destruction that …

Just 5 Minutes for an Accurate Head to Toe Nursing Assessment

May 9th, 2019


Nursing assessments are a vital part of learning how to be a great nurse. It’s a skill that can be very difficult to learn because as you learn all …

Why I Give A Shit (or what is your mission statement)

May 9th, 2019


I got a text from my sister, who was in the hospital for induction, at 1:30am that rocked my world. She text me and told me that her nurse – the …

How to Avoid Nursing Burnout

May 2nd, 2019


In my career as an ICU nurse it didn’t take long for me to experience nursing burnout. It can be called many things other than nursing burnout but despite what it’s called it is a real thing that many new nurses will …

How to deal with being stressed, anxious and scared in nursing school

April 25th, 2019


It’s no secret that nursing school is tough! We have talked about it more than a few times here on but we’re always here for you. Jon …

What the Heck is a Flipped Classroom?

April 18th, 2019


Duke University defines a flipped classroom as “…rather than lecturing to students in class and then testing them, the instructor gives them the same information by way of online lecture or readings or some combination, …

A+ Student to Barely Passing . . . Help!

April 12th, 2019


Today’s question comes from a nursing student who says she went from being an A+ Student to barely passing. . . here are my tips for getting her grades back up.  Check out our nursing practice questions! Hey guys, Jon …

What is NRSNG’s Core Content Mastery Method™?

April 12th, 2019


The Core Content Mastery Method™ is our evidence based pedagogy at the heart of our mission to end the nursing shortage. The nursing profession is facing an alarming future due to a significant labor shortage. …

Nursing School Note Taking Strategy to Make Things Stick FOREVER

April 12th, 2019


Let’s face it nursing school is difficult and time consuming on it’s own already but this note taking strategy can really help that information stick …

Hierarchy of O2 Delivery (ventilation, nasal cannula, cpap, bipap and more)

February 11th, 2019


PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: Hey everybody. This is Jon with Today I just want to talk about a couple of the different methods of oxygen delivery systems that we have available for our patients. There will be a …

6 Nursing School Hacks (Demolish Nursing School in 6 Easy to Implement Steps)

January 28th, 2019


Do you ever get the feeling that you are drowning in nursing school? Like there is too much to do, not enough time? So did I . . . Prior to attending …

4 Little Known Tools for Mastering Pharmacology for Nurses

January 21st, 2019


Pharmacology Doesn’t Have to be Your Enemy I’ve asked 40,000 nursing students: What is your biggest struggle is in nursing school? Can you guess the …

The NRSNG Radio App Is Live . . . And It’s Free

January 14th, 2019


I’m pumped to share the brand new Podcast app with y’all.  I call it the Radio app . . . we’ve taken all of our podcasts and put them into an easy to use app so you can listen anytime, anywhere . …

How Does It Feel To Be One Month Away From Graduation (with Jennifer Larson)

November 19th, 2018


Over the last month or so I’ve been traveling around the country speaking at various conferences, schools, and nursing gatherings.  On November 15th, …

How to Make and Keep a Study Schedule in Nursing School

October 16th, 2018


Learning how to study for nursing school is one of the most critical skills you can learn as a student. Making and keeping study schedules will be …

5 Simple Tips for Confidence in Nursing Clinical

October 8th, 2018


Here’s a little secret .  .  . every nurse feels a bit nervous, scared, and terrified from time to time.   That’s okay. But what I want to share with you today is how to gain confidence on the clinical floor.

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How One Nursing Student Overcame Trials to Become an Oncology ICU Nurse

October 1st, 2018


I recently had the opportunity to visit the Kentucky Student Nurse Association annual conference.  I always enjoy meeting student nurses and hearing their stories and sharing mine . . . that pumps me up! Mercedes, RN is … Academy FAQs

July 30th, 2018

Speaker 1: Welcome to the NRSNG podcast. Providing those who care for the world with the tools and confidence they need. Here’s your host, Jon Haws. …

Nursing School Doesn’t Have to be a School of Hard Knocks

July 16th, 2018

Nichole Weaver: Welcome to the NRSNG podcast, providing those who care for the world with the tools and confidence they need. And here’s your host, …

Patients We Will Never Forget

July 9th, 2018

Audio: Welcome to the NRSNG podcast, providing those who care for the world with the tools and confidence they need. And here’s your host, Jon Haws. …

Ep269: NRSNG Academy is LIVE

July 2nd, 2018

What’s going on? John Haws here, RN, founder of NRSNG. And today I’m incredibly excited because today, if you go to or, either one, your choice. Depends on how you wanna do it. Or if …

Ep268: It’s Coming Next Week

June 25th, 2018

Next week on July first 2018 the new NRSNG Academy is going live. What does this mean? If you’re a current NRSNG Academy member you’re going to be …

I Don’t Want to Sound Cliche

June 18th, 2018

I want to tell you guys a short story today, and I don’t want to sound too cliché, and I don’t want to sound like I’m [minimalizing 00:00:10] anything, but I do want to share with you guys a little story. And I hope it …


May 28th, 2018

On July 1, 2018, we are launching the NRSNG Academy 2.0. Now, I call it 2.0 because it’s really the second time we’re launching it, but really, this …

A Bit of Colored Ribbon

May 21st, 2018

Ever since I can remember, I always wanted a Jeep Wrangler. For some reason, that was always the car that I wanted to drive. I felt like maybe it embodied some of what I feel about life, this free spirit and this …

The Wonder of Nursing

May 14th, 2018


About two weeks ago I took my son Taz to chess class. He was attending chess class every couple nights. I took him to chess class, and as we were sitting there waiting for the class to start, this was in a big community …

You ARE Going to be a GREAT Nurse (Introducing Nichole Weaver MSN, RN, CCRN)

May 7th, 2018


I am so excited to introduce the new Director of Content at NRSNG: Nichole Weaver MSN, RN, CCRN. I wanted to bring Nichole on to introduce herself …

What You Focus on Becomes Your Reality

April 13th, 2018


Hey guys . . . Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been on here.  I just wanted to record a short episode to share a personal experience I had this week.

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Your Journey Through Nursing with Nurse Mo

February 12th, 2018

We all have unique journeys into nursing.  Today I am excited to introduce you to Nurse Mo of as she shares her journey and experiences in the field of nursing.

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Learning to “Get Back Up Again” as a Nursing Student

February 5th, 2018


Perfection is an impossible goal as a nurse.  You will make mistakes, you will fall down, you will fail . . . The important thing is learning to get back up after the failure hits.  Today, I am talking with a …

Lions Don’t Give a ****

December 18th, 2017


One of my favorite quotes is: Lions don’t concern themselves with the opinion of sheep. We want you to be a LION.  Be humble, work your hardest, do everything that you can . . . and then . . . rest easy at night and …

How to Handle Med Errors

December 13th, 2017

It is always important to respond appropriately in the face of a mistake.  If you handle it appropriately you can minimize problems and learn from your mistake.  Learn from an experienced nurse how to handle a med error.

Giving Meds Safely in Urgent Situations

December 5th, 2017

When a situation becomes urgent you won’t have a lot of time to try to think through and process things.  We will help you know how to get through those urgent situations and give medications safely even when rushed.  

Tips to Avoid Med Errors

November 28th, 2017


Medication math requires great attention to detail, and the math can be challenging.  Pharmacology is already very difficult to master with …

Gratitude: Support

November 24th, 2017


All this week I thought it would be fun to share one thing I am thankful for in my nursing career.  Sometimes, I can struggle with getting tunnel …

Gratitude: My Nursing School

November 23rd, 2017


All this week I thought it would be fun to share one thing I am thankful for in my nursing career.  Sometimes, I can struggle with getting tunnel …

Gratitude: ICU Job

November 22nd, 2017


All this week I thought it would be fun to share one thing I am thankful for in my nursing career.  Sometimes, I can struggle with getting tunnel …

Gratitude: My Nursing Preceptor

November 21st, 2017


All this week I thought it would be fun to share one thing I am thankful for in my nursing career.  Sometimes, I can struggle with getting tunnel …

Gratitude: The NRSNG Family

November 20th, 2017


All this week I thought it would be fun to share one thing I am thankful for in my nursing career.  Sometimes, I can struggle with getting tunnel …

The S.O.C.K. Method for Mastering Nursing Pharmacology (our 4 step method)

November 16th, 2017


Mastering Pharmacology is one of the most complicated, overlooked, yet ESSENTIAL components of being a well-rounded, safe nurse. One of our primary …

Are You Focusing Too Much on the Trees?

October 16th, 2017


Are you focusing too much on the “trees” that you are unable to see the “forest”?  Problems will undoubtedly arise on your journey to RN.  While it can be hard, you need to find a way to step back and focus on the big …

Truth Hurts (4 nursing school truths everyone is afraid to tell you)

October 2nd, 2017


I want to share 4 truths about nursing school that no one else is going to tell you, because they suck.  But I want you to succeed.  I want you to …

Dopamine vs Dobutamine

September 18th, 2017


Let’s face it: Dopamine and Dobutamine can be a bit confusing!  This podcast covers these two medications and helps to dispel the confusion around these two meds.  One is an inotrope while the other is an alpha agonist. …

What Was it Like to be a Nurse During Hurricane Harvey? Nurse Erika Share Her Story

September 4th, 2017


When a natural disaster strikes, patients don’t magically stop being sick.  I am honored to share the story of Erika RN BSN, who stayed in the hospital 108 hours during Hurricane Harvey providing care for her patients. …

7 Ways Nurses Can Help With Hurricane Harvey

August 29th, 2017


It’s in our nature as nurses to want to help during time of disaster.  When asked, “Why do you want to be a nurse?”, most of us would respond with, …

5 Steps to Writing a (kick ass) Nursing Care Plan (plus 5 examples)

August 22nd, 2017


How can I put this lightly?  The sooner you come to love nursing care plans, the easier your career as a nurse will be. The relationship that most nurses have with care plans goes something like this: What the hell is a …

5 Nursing Students Share How to Succeed in Nursing School (Kick this Semesters Ass)

August 7th, 2017


I talked to 5 current and previous nursing students and asked them what advice would they give to new nursing students . . . Here’s what they said. …

10 Jobs for Nurses Outside the Hospital (can I have #6 please?!)

July 31st, 2017


Are you a bedside nurse looking for a nursing job outside of the hospital, or maybe a new nurse that wants to look into all your options in the nursing field? Maybe you want to stay within the hospital and earn some …

Got the NCLEX in a Week?

July 24th, 2017


See how to study for the NCLEX and what to do every day before test day The big day is almost here.  One. More. Week. So, how should you go about …

SATA Questions the Bane of Your Existence? (Learn How to Dominate Select all that apply Nclex Questions)

July 10th, 2017

The SATA question is a struggle for a lot of nursing students.  You may have had very little or no exposure to them prior to nursing school.  It …

Dealing With Anxiety During Nursing School Exams

July 3rd, 2017

Want to know how to deal with test anxiety in nursing school?  We can help you get past the stress and help you feel confident in your test taking …

Killer Communication (Communication and Time Management for Nurses)

June 19th, 2017

With all the demands and knowledge required for nursing it can be overwhelming to master all those skills!  Great time management will be required for you to become the best nurse you can be.  Our communication and time …

When and How to Delegate as a Nurse

June 12th, 2017

Delegation is critical to being excellent with time management.  In this podcast we discuss how to know when and how to delegate.  We have created a little mini series in the NRSNG podcast covering time management for …

Get Your S*** Together (time management for nursing students)

June 5th, 2017

Nursing school requires an intense amount of work.  To maintain the level of organization needed to stay on top of things you will need some …

I’m a Little Bit Scared to Share This #vulnerable

May 26th, 2017


Can I be honest? I had an amazing experience last month.   It was one of those moments when you are filled with thousands of emotions ranging from happiness to sadness all at the same time.  Have you ever felt that …

Ep050: Review Necessary Modifications with Patient to Reduce Stress on Specific Muscle or Skeletal Groups

May 22nd, 2017


Change positions Pillow support Active and passive range of motion Routine stretching of the shoulders, neck, arms, hands, fingers

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How to Answer Any SATA Question

May 8th, 2017


The SATA Success Pyramid Learning how to answer SATA (select all that apply) questions is one of the most crucial skills to nursing school success. …

Why I Slept on a Dumpster Mattress in Nursing School (the evolution of NRSNG)

April 24th, 2017

29:51 started innocent enough in 2014 . . . with a desire to share a message that nursing education has to change. I wanted to share a message of intellectual humility and the need to create an environment of …

Nursing Education Has To Change (stop getting your feelings hurt)

March 29th, 2017


Nursing Education Needs to Change! There is a major flaw with humans . . . we are wholly susceptible to cognitive biases. What are cognitive biases? …

FF009 – Common Anti-hypertensive Medications (Friday Freebies)

March 17th, 2017


Let’s talk about antihypertensives . . . these are meds that you are going to be giving a LOT of, so it’s important to be familiar with them. Resources Mentioned: Friday Freebies MedMaster Course

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FF008: Neurological NCLEX Points (Increased Intracranial Pressure)

March 10th, 2017


In this episode, I share a little bit about Increased ICP (intracranial pressure).  The Friday Freebie for today is a 17 page PDF outline of the most …

Feel Like You Don’t Belong in Nursing School? (neither did I . . . how I overcome impostor syndrome)

February 27th, 2017


I want to share with you four significant moments in my nursing career.  These are moments that were “pivotal” to my career, yet I felt unworthy of the success and accomplishment. My goal with this isn’t to provide …

How to Answer NCLEX® Priority Questions (it’s easier than you think)

February 6th, 2017


Nothing sends pure fear down the spine of a nursing student quit like NCLEX priority questions . . . you know what I’m talking about: Which patient …

You’re Not the Only One Struggling (2 tips for overcoming doubts in nursing school)

January 30th, 2017


psssst . . . I’ve got a little secret . . . You’re not the only one struggling through nursing school. We get hundreds of emails everyday from …

Ep226: Game

January 23rd, 2017


Let’s play a game.

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That Time I Dropped Out of Nursing School

January 16th, 2017


Caveat: some people (nurses) might not agree AT ALL with what I say here . . . oh well!  I want to share how it really is to give confidence to those struggling. We literally get hundreds of emails a day from nursing …

How Much Do Nurses Make?

January 9th, 2017


How I Made Over $70,000 My First Year as a Nurse [button link=”” color=”btn-primary” …

Let’s Change This Thing Called Nursing with Ben and Greg from Real Talk Nursing

January 2nd, 2017


Wow . . . what a fun show today.  I was honored to sit down with Ben and Greg from the Real Talk Nursing Podcast. We found through this discussion that we had a lot in common regarding our views of nursing and nursing …

How to Stay Organized in Nursing School

December 7th, 2016


I will admit it. I started every semester with the best intentions: super organized, everything labeled, and calendar ready to be filled out with all …

How to Look Awesome in Nursing Clinicals (4 simple tricks to look like you know what you’re doing)

December 6th, 2016


While there is a lot of information to know for nursing clinicals, there are a few basic tasks to master to look like a rock star… let’s discuss… 1. How to apply a 5-lead ECG Many hospitalized patients will be on a …

How to Survive Nursing School: 15 Must Have Tools for Nursing Clinicals

October 31st, 2016


It is no question that nursing school can be a little nerve racking. But what can be most unnerving part about it is going into the clinical …

Critical Thinking in the ED (real life examples from the emergency room)

October 24th, 2016


Positive troponins (NRSNG=0.035… check your institutions ranges) What is a troponin? Troponins are proteins that initiate contraction of muscle fibers. Troponin I is specific to heart muscle. Get an EKG Do we need a …

Critical Thinking on the Nursing Floor (real life examples)

October 10th, 2016


We are back with another in our series of episodes about critical thinking in nursing and how it applies to nursing care plans. In today’s episode Kati tells of two real life examples of using critical thinking on the …

What the HELL is Critical Thinking . . . and Why Should I Care?

October 3rd, 2016


Why all the fuss about critical thinking?  How does critical thinking actually work on the floor? This episodes uses real life examples to show you how critical thinking works on the floor and how it kicks in with …

Critical Thinking and Nursing Care Plans Go Together Like Chicken and Waffles

September 19th, 2016


Ahhhh.. chicken and waffles. They don’t sound like they should go together, but they do. They so do. Apart they are delicious, but together.. they …

NRSNG Isn’t Mine . . . It’s OURS!

August 22nd, 2016


So . . . I guess this episode is just about 8 minutes of a few thoughts on my mind.  Mostly though, I just want you all to know how much you really mean to us! isn’t mine . . . it’s OURS.  And you are a part …

Why Does ED Report Suck So Bad? or Why Do Floor Nurses Ask So Many Damn Questions?

August 15th, 2016


So all my floor and ICU nurses . . . Ever get a report from ED that sounded something like this: “Older female, came in with acute ischemic stroke, started tPA at 20:30, NIH 18, L side weakness, vented, VSS”? As an ICU …

You’re Not Lucky . . . You Belong Here (confidence in nursing school and as a new nurse)

August 8th, 2016


In this episode Kati, Susan, and I talk about the role of confidence and self doubt in nursing.  This is a career field FULL of talented individuals …

How Hard is Nursing School . . . Really?

August 1st, 2016


So You Want to Be a Nurse? Are you cut out to be a nurse?  Wondering how hard nursing school is? What are the nursing school prerequisites, and do …

What Medications Do I Need To Know As a Nurse?

July 25th, 2016


We hear from students all the time that their nursing program is cutting the pharmacology course . . . This drives me CRAZY! Pharmacology is one of …

The Ultimate Nursing Report Sheet Database

July 11th, 2016


33 Nursing Report and Brain Sheet Templates I get it . . . I was there once too. Notes on my hands, on alcohol swabs, on scraps of paper, a few …

The Joy of Nursing with Juliana Adams RN, MSN, MA

June 13th, 2016


When Robert Frost penned the words “the road not taken”, he must have had Juliana Adams BSN MSN MA in mind. To say that Juliana has done a lot with …

Ep200: Nursing Practice Questions by NRSNG (NPQ) is Live

May 31st, 2016


The day has arrived.  Nursing Practice Questions is live and ready to go!  What is NPQ? It’s our bank of NCLEX® style questions along with advanced statistics to help you focus your studies and feel confident as you …

OMG! Please Don’t Make Me Take Report from Him . . . (plus Nursing Report Sheet Download)

May 30th, 2016


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Conquering Anxiety as a Nurse, Building the Nursing Community, and New Nursing Podcasts

May 12th, 2016


Hey there y’all . . . This is kinda an in-between-a-sode . . . I’ve had a few things on my mind that I wanted to share with you. I talk briefly about …

Patient’s Lives and Dollar Signs . . .

May 9th, 2016


My concern is . . . as with everything else . . . we have allowed antiquated systems and process and fear keep us from pushing for the change that is required in nursing. Today, Kati and I talk, off the cuff about what …

Jump Into Nursing School and How to Create Change in Nursing

May 2nd, 2016


After serving six years as a Senator, Angie O’Donnell decided it was time to explore her passion of nursing. This meant giving up her career in …

Be That Nurse . . . (your patients may forget your name)

April 26th, 2016


[vid url=””] I Love You . . . My first shift in the Neuro ICU all by myself as a new nurse I was assigned a patient who …

Why You Should Feel Scared for Your First Nursing Job (and how to deal with it)

April 25th, 2016


I can still remember my first shift. . . I arrived to the Neuro ICU about 5 minutes late, sweating, out of breath, and flustered . . . not to mention nervous, scared out of my mind, and excited! What a way to start my …

You Have a Nation of Nurses Behind You (fixing nurse to patient ratio)

April 21st, 2016


What are the Bills? HR 1602 – view the bill HERE S. 864 – view the bill HERE How Can You Get “Involved”? Listen to this podcast episode here with …

You Are Stronger Than Your Struggles (having a baby in nursing school, passing the NCLEX® in Canada, accelerated BSN, and brand new program)

April 17th, 2016


As nurses and nursing students, we only fail when we stop trying. My guest today reached out via email about a month ago and shared her journey to RN.  Her name is JoAnn . . . well, JoAnn RN In short, she was faced with …

The WORST Shift of My Life (it’s time to fix patient ratios)

April 16th, 2016


What: Rally for National Nurse-to-Patient Ratios When: May 12, 2016 8am-4pm (rally 11am-2pm) Where: Washington D.C. (Corner of First St NE and Constitution Ave Permit area 9 information HERE) More Information The …

Coping with the Death of a Patient and Post Mortem Care

April 11th, 2016


Any tips on coping with your first time doing postmortem care? mine was in the NICU. Death is a difficult reality of nursing care.  This episode …

Creating a Culture of Humility in Nursing Education

March 30th, 2016


Nursing education can be challenging to navigate for any student.  One of the most common emails we get from students concerns the frustrations and …

Vulnerability and Confidence as a New Nurse with Kati Kleber

March 29th, 2016


Kati Kleber with  is one of my favorite nurses. In fact . . . this is the second time I have had her on the show.  You can listen to …


March 3rd, 2016


I am so excited to introduce someone incredibly important. Take a minute and listen to this episode . . . we share a lot of personal stories. After you listen take a minute and say hi: Facebook: nrsng Snapchat: nrsngcom …

9 Common Cardiac Medication Classes

February 23rd, 2016


Today I want to talk about nine common classes of cardiac meds, that you’re going to need to understand, and you’re going to need to know at a very high level. We’re going to talk about these meds at a very upper level, …

Ep179: Why Are Experienced Nurses so Mean and Humor in Nursing with Ann from @RN_MFKRS_

February 15th, 2016


So . . . a couple things here . . . One of the most common concerns that we get from nursing students is . . . Why are experienced nurses so mean to students? AND Have you heard of @RN_MFKRS_ on Instagram In this …

2 Tips to Stay Organized in Clinical

February 11th, 2016


One of the biggest struggles I see new nurses and nursing students . . . and even experienced nurses at times have is . . . Time Management on the clinical floor. I wanted to share with you two major tips for feeling …

Ep177: The Best Nursing Clipboard . . .

February 9th, 2016


Excuse the slight detour from our normal episodes . . . but I wanted to let you know that we just released a clipboard designed specifically for nurses and nursing students. You can view the clipboard at: …

Becoming a Healthy Nurse with Masen Mills (@nurse_muscles)

February 1st, 2016


Masen Mills (@nurse_muscles) journey into nursing was very nontraditional.  In fact it reminded me a lot of my own (job he hated, new baby, contemplated nursing for years). Masen is the mastermind behind  @nurse_muscles …


January 29th, 2016


An overview of non invasive respiratory support for nursing students Let’s be honest . . . Ventilation can be a tough subject.  I have said before, …

Nursing School Shouldn’t be so DAMN Hard!

January 27th, 2016


Listen to the episode before leaving a comment or sending hate mail 😉 Get the Friday Freebies by going to Okay . . . we reach literally hundreds of thousands of nursing students a month here at …

Never Trust SpO2 and Oxygen Delivery DO2 Video (cardiac SaO2, SpO2, PaO2))

January 26th, 2016


[vid url=””] In this video episode we discuss why you shouldn’t place all your trust in SpO2 and how the …

12 Tips to Answering Any Pharmacology Question

January 20th, 2016


Pharmacology is one of the subjects that more students struggle with than anything else.  To conquer pharmacology it is important to have a plan. …

Ep168: How to Accomplish the ONE Goal That Will Change Your Life in 100 Days with John Lee Dumas

January 18th, 2016


Take one minute and think about it . . . . There is ONE big freaking goal in your life that you have put off.  ONE goal that if you accomplished . . …

Hemodynamic Parameters (CVP, PAWP, CO, and more awesome acronyms) (cardiac)

January 12th, 2016


Hemodynamics can be tough. . . simply because there are so many interdependent factors that a nurse needs to know. In this episode I share some of …

Ep164: Hugh Culver on Healthy Habit Formation and Will Power (how to become more productive in 2016)

January 11th, 2016


Hugh Cluver (@hughculver) is a master of productivity and healthy habit formation.  Hugh co-founded the only private airline to offer expeditions in …

Ep160: You Are The Average of The 5 People You Spend The Most Time With

January 5th, 2016


[vid url=””] One of my favorite quotes of all time is: “You Are The Average of The 5 People You Spend The Most Time With” Who are you spending your time with? In the end . . . …

Ep157: 10 Books That Changed My Life in 2015 (how many have you read?)

December 15th, 2015


During the course of 2015 I recently discovered that I have read over 20 books! Well . . . to be honest, I listened to the audio version of some of them, and I probably didn’t finish all of them. That aside, I have read …

Dear Other Guys, Stop Scamming Nursing Students . . . It’s Not Cool

December 4th, 2015


Today on Facebook I saw an ad for a company claiming to provide NCLEX® prep for nursing students . . . I thought, “Awesome, someone we can reach out to.” I go to the site and something quickly seems off to me . . . as …

Ep154: The Mentally Strong Nurse (13 Things Mentally Strong People DON’T Do) w/ Amy Morin LCSW

December 3rd, 2015


Amy Morin LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist that knows a thing or two about developing mental strength. In a matter of just a couple years she lost her mother, husband, and father-in-law.  Felling …

Ep153: Are You Holding Yourself Back

December 1st, 2015


Each of us went into nursing hoping to succeed.  Little did we expect for past demons and skeletons to creep into our minds and lives that would …

What I Learned Failing the NCLEX® 3 Times (RN . . . More Than an Abbreviation)

November 12th, 2015


When I opened the email from Ashely, I could tell that she was completely deflated. She had just failed NCLEX 3 times. At that time she was sobbing …

Ep150: Sickle Cell (video episode)

November 4th, 2015


Learning to care for a patient with Sickle Cell can be very complex.  For free NCLEX® courses visit:

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Ep147: 3 Ways Being a Nurse has Impacted my “Real” Life

October 29th, 2015


I love being a nurse. I CHOSE to be a nurse after several other careers.  Once I was in to nursing school I worked my butt off to become a good …

Ep146: Thrombocytopenia (video episode)

October 29th, 2015


Thrombocytopenia is a very complicated condition.  Learn the nursing care for a patient.  For free NCLEX® courses visit:

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Ep141: Leukemia (video episode)

October 22nd, 2015


Learning to care for a patient with leukemia is important.  This video episode covers basic nursing care for the patient with leukemia.

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Ep139: Lymphoma (video episode)

October 20th, 2015


Nurse care for a patient with lymphoma.  For free NCLEX® courses visit:

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Ep136: Addison’s Disease (video episode)

October 15th, 2015


Addison’s Disease is a complex issue that many patients face and you will likely encounter during your career as a nurse. This episode covers everything you need to know to care for the patient.  Learn more and study …

Ep134: Anemia (video episode)

October 13th, 2015


In this video episode we discuss anemia and how to care for a patient experiencing anemia.

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Ep120: CRUSH the NCLEX® and Find Your First Nursing Job w/ Ashley Adkins RN BSN

September 21st, 2015


Passing the NCLEX and finding your first nursing job can be just as challenging as passing nursing school. In this collaboration with Ashley Adkins …

Ep116: NurseBass on Developing a Nurses Mind

September 10th, 2015


NurseBass is a raising YouTube star having had many videos published with MightyNurse.  Be sure to check him out at We connected a couple months back after I saw a few of his videos.  It is easy …

Ep112: Declare WAR on Nursing School with NurseMurse

September 2nd, 2015


NurseMurse is a rising star on YouTube . . . his channel over at is jam packed full of helpful tips for nursing students from …

Ondansetron (Zofran) Nursing Considerations and Implications

June 10th, 2015


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Ep53: Renal Failure Pt Care

April 21st, 2015


Today I answer a question from another NRSNG reader! I’m a new nurse and am unsure about things I should be doing for renal failure pts.  How much …

How to Dissect an NCLEX® Question 🕵️

April 6th, 2015


A question I get from students pretty often is: I am struggling with knowing how to break down the questions. I feel like I study and study, but I can’t get good grades on my exams and quizzes. I just started nursing …

Ep39: Kati Kleber: On Becoming Nursey and Michael Scott as a Nurse Manager

March 24th, 2015


Kati Kleber is a nurse blogger over at and provides a very realistic view of what real life nursing is! She recently published a …

Ep38: Nursing Instructor Gives Me Anxiety . . . HELP!

March 21st, 2015


Resources in this Episode: What is up? This is Jon with the NRSNG podcast. There, we’re going to do another question from one of the listeners. This question, I’m really excited about …

Ep37: How to Prepare for Nursing School: 4 Quick Tips

March 20th, 2015


Resources discussed in this episode: Critical Thinking for Dummies VARK Questionnaire Trello I have been accepted into the BSN program and begin …

Ep35: Keeping My Head Above the Water

March 18th, 2015


Today’s question comes from a student asking how to keep her head above water.  Be sure to visit to try the new app. Hey guys, Jon here with,, and Thank you so …

The Ultimate List of “Must-Have” Nursing School Supplies

March 13th, 2015


35 Things Every Nursing Student Needs before Starting School UPDATED FOR 2021 Getting ready to start nursing school? Chances are you are feeling a …

Chest Tube Nursing Care | Video

March 13th, 2015


Sorry it’s been so long since my last podcast!  We have been working away here at on some great new products for you! Anyway, this video cover nursing care for the patient with a chest tube.  These can be …

Creatinine (Video)

March 6th, 2015

In a followup video from the recent BUN video, we cover what creatinine is, how it relates to BUN and why we like to monitor GFR and CrCl in our …

BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) What is it? What does it mean?

March 4th, 2015


What exactly is BUN?  Why should you be calling it B.U.N and not bun (like a hot dog bun)?  This video covers the basics of BUN, how it is formed, …

Prioritization #5: Patient Education

February 18th, 2015


It can be easy to look past patient education because we think we are “too busy” however, I have found that taking the 2-3 minutes to talk with your patient can save you hours later trying to explain why you are doing …

Butterfly Needles [video]

February 17th, 2015

Butterfly needles can be super handy when drawing labs. . . This video show how to use the needles and tips and tricks.

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How to Start an IV: Common Mistakes When Starting IVs [video mp4]

February 17th, 2015

This is a short video podcast that covers some of the most common mistakes I see new nurses and students make when starting IV’s. [button url=”

Prioritization #3: Pain

February 13th, 2015


Hey guys . . . in this episode of the prioritization series I discuss PAIN . . . that’s right.  And why it is sometimes better to NOT give any pain medication. I am a very firm believer in assessing pain and …

My Journey into Nursing – – – Abbreviated

November 25th, 2014


Play the new podcast above or download to listen.  Also check it out on iTunes and Stitcher. . . Just search for “” or Jon Haws.  Plus I love great reviews!  Thanks to those who have already left one up there …

Cirrhosis | Pathophysiology, treatments, causes

November 18th, 2014


This podcast covers cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease.  I discuss the causes, labs associated with, and pathophysiology of cirrhosis.  This is a …

5 Nursing School Study Tips to Ace Your Way Through

November 12th, 2014


Nursing school is a beast all its own. Learning how to study so that you can ace your classes can be a challenge.  In this episode I offer 5 study …

NCLEX® Review Materials You Can’t Live Without

November 10th, 2014


The items listed below are items that I personally used in my preparation for the NCLEX®. No guarantee of passing is made and nothing will replace good study habits and understanding the material needed to master the …

Murmurs | Stenosis, Regurgitation, Systolic, Diastolic

November 5th, 2014

Video podcast today!  This one ended up being a lot longer than I had planned.  In this episode I discuss a simple method for learning murmurs and how to identify where the murmur is occurring and exactly what is …

Angina | Treatment, nursing consideration, physiology

November 4th, 2014


What exactly is angina? What causes the pain that patients are feeling? What are the various nursing considerations when caring for a patient experiencing angina? These questions are answered in this podcast.  This is …

Ep10: Dopamine vs Dobutamine

November 2nd, 2014

Let’s face it: Dopamine and Dobutamine can be a bit confusing! This podcast covers these two medications and helps to dispel the confusion around these two meds. One is an inotrope while the other is an alpha agonist. …

Shock | Hypovolemic, Septic, Cardiogenic | What are the signs and symptoms of shock?

November 1st, 2014


What is shock?  If someone ever tells you it is “low blood pressure” . . . you need to correct them.  This podcast provides a brief overview of three types of shock, their cause, and clinical signs.  You can check out …

Beta Blockers

October 30th, 2014


I APOLOGIZE!!! For the audio quality and slow speaking in this episode.  The audio comes from a youtube video, but the content was important to get out there.  This podcast covers the basics of Beta Blockers.  What are …

Vent Settings AC vs SIMV | FiO2, Vt (Tidal Volume) | Differences, Advantages, Disadvantages

October 28th, 2014


Confused about ventilator settings in the ICU?  No more!  This podcast covers the basics behind AC (assist control) and SIMV (synchronized …

Rapid EKG Interpretation | Identify Arrhythmias in 10 Seconds

October 28th, 2014


Finally, identify any EKG rhythm in 10 seconds of less.  This podcast covers a SIMPLE 5 step method for rapid EKG interpretation and outlines the steps to help you quickly spot arrhythmias with confidence.  There are …

Preload vs Afterload |Hemodynamics | Blood Pressure

October 27th, 2014


What is Preload? The best way to think of preload is as a volume. Essentially, preload is the VOLUME of blood in the ventricles at the end of …

Stroke 101 (Ischemic vs Hemorrhagic Stroke)

October 24th, 2014


This podcast covers Ischemic vs Hemorrhagic Stroke and discusses some of the current treatments and difference between these two types of stroke. PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: Welcome to the Podcast number two, Stroke …

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