Although I’m considered the “anti-bullying guru” and spend the majority of my time helping individuals and organizations eliminate workplace bullying, I’m also well known for teaching clinical topics. Heck, my talks on ABGs, fluid & electrolytes, and insulin management are almost famous! I like making the complex simple.
For years I’ve been teaching nurses how to successfully pass the medical surgical certification exam and when I started RTConnections 5 years ago, I continued teaching these courses.
But then I started feeling like a fraud.
How could I teach nurses about cardiac disease and diabetes when I wasn’t actively caring for patients? I never wanted to be an educator who taught but who didn’t practice.
My husband and I talked about this at length. My choices were to stop teaching clinical courses or go back to the bedside.
So, 2 ½ years ago, I took a leap of faith and went back to the bedside. Although it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (harder than getting a doctoral degree), it was the best decision! I LOVE patient care and working along side other nurses. It brings me such great joy to stand in front of an audience of 100 nurses during a certification review course and share my stories of patient care that happened – 2 weeks ago. And, I promote continuous learning and have personally benefitted from the knowledge I’ve gained being back at the bedside.
I’m a HUGE advocate for nurses getting certified and about 6 months ago, I launched a new clinical service line to teach nurses how to successful pass their certification exams.
You can check out my courses that can be brought onsite to your hospital and if you’re reading this blog post, I’d be so grateful if you could recommend me.
However, I’m excited to announce that in March of 2016, I’m partnering with my very dear friend and educator extraordinaire, Joanne Turka, to host our very first combo certification review course for nurses who want to take the medsurg or critical care certification exam.
On March 9thand 10th, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia) we are co-hosting a 2-day course. Track A is for nurses who want to take the AMSN or ANCC medical surgical exam and Track B is for nurses who want to take the CCRN exam.
Did you know that nurses who are certified are, (1) happier, (2) have more opportunities, and (3) make more money???!!!
I’d love to see as many nurses at this event as we can fit! Both Joanne and I KNOW that to successfully pass an exam requires part knowledge (you have that) AND part strategy (this is where we can help). We both know the key ingredients to help any nurse pass the exam.
Remember, certified nurses are happier, have more opportunities and make more money! What are YOU waiting for?
Hope to see you there. Take care and stay connected!
About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations address and eliminate bullying behavior. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.