About

Are you a nursing student or pre-nursing student looking for information about nursing school or help with studying? Maybe you’re an RN who enjoys the constant and continuous learning that comes with the job. If that sounds like you, then Straight A Nursing is the place to be! Here you’ll find lessons on a variety of topics, study guides and tutorials to help you succeed in nursing school (and on the job!).

It’s Nice to Meet You!

Hi, I’m Nurse Mo and I love mentoring nursing students and new nurses! I remember what it was like to be exactly where you are. I also remember what it was like to pour absolutely everything I had into nursing school. To say I was stressed is a massive understatement. Looking back, I wish I’d had a mentor to guide me along the way; a trusted friend I could turn to for helpful advice and words of wisdom. That’s exactly why I created this website. I want to be that person for you!

I am an experienced ICU and PACU registered nurse with a MSN in nursing education. I started this website in 2014 and it has been a labor of love and constant source of inspiration. Since then I’ve added a book, two podcasts, and online courses to help nursing students thrive. I am currently in the development stage of an app and am always brainstorming ideas that can help nursing students learn more with a lot less stress and uncertainty.

When I’m not at the hospital or working at my desk, I am usually hanging out with my adorable husband, spoiling the cat I stole from my neighbors, enjoying the beautiful area we live in, falling into Pinterest rabbit holes, or spending time with treasured friends. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I’m enjoying creating it. Best of luck to you!

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30 Comments

  1. uriahsmom1 on April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you so much for your site. I agree the best way to learn is to teach the material to another person. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and I wish you the best on the CCRN.

    • Pamela Crawford on April 18, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Thank you for all your help God bless you

  2. Kimberly Jones on May 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!! This is so awesome! I start Med/Surg I tomorrow morning! One semester of nursing school down, plenty more to go! This is going to be such an awesome study help!

    • Nurse Mo on May 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Good luck! You’ll love it πŸ™‚

  3. Colleen on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    stumbled across your site… I am about to enter nursing school in less than a month and I have to tell you how amazing & informative you have been. Stylish writing & details regarding student nursing has been a pleasure to read. Thank you x a million!

    • Nurse Mo on July 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Good luck with school!!!

  4. Dyna L on July 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I stumbled across this blog and I am enjoying reading the material posted. I am contemplating entering the nursing profession and I am sure the material presented will be helpful to me. Thanks so much. Your hard work is appreciated.

    • Nurse Mo on July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      So glad you’re finding it helpful!

  5. Carley on February 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I love reading fellow nursing blogs and this one is great! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and hope the CCRN program is going well!

    I have recently started my own blog and I would love for you to check it out!
    https://perfectlyimperfectnurse.wordpress.com

    • Nurse Mo on February 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Will do! Thanks for visiting!!

  6. Lena on April 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I will be starting nursing school this Fall and I am so glad to find your website. I will read your nursing notes while I’m not yet busy. Thanks so much for sharing. You are a blessing!

    • Nurse Mo on April 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Yay! Congrats! You’ll have so much fun πŸ™‚

  7. Christine on January 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I found your website months back and I have to say, I am SO grateful for people (Nurses) like you. I just completed my first semester and going into second semester in about 3 weeks. I am so nervous but ready to get on that emotional roller coaster once again. Your positive vibe and outlook on nursing school is so reassuring and I thank you for that. Your notes are helpful and I like the fact that I can refer to them in a quick manner rather than having to sift through so much to get what I need. Thank you!!!!! =D

    • Nurse Mo on January 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      That’s great, Christine….glad it’s helping you! Have fun in 2nd semester…it was my favorite!

  8. tkc on April 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your knowledge through this site and resources. You would make a great Nurse Educator!

    • Nurse Mo on April 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks! I’d love to do that but decided I didn’t really feel like getting my MSN at this time…I started to, but it took me away from YOU GUYS!

  9. Zauhra Nazery on June 2, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for creating a wonderful blog!!! I am almost done with my 1st semester of nursing school, and wished I stumbled across this sooner! Im still trying to figure out how to study and what works best for me, so its great to see other people’s persoectives on it. Will be sharing this. πŸ™‚

    • Nurse Mo on June 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Glad you found us, too! Best of luck in school…you got this!

  10. Lauren Brody on July 26, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Nurse Mo, thank you for being my sister/bestie/sensai through this! I have always thought I chose the wrong career and I was just hoping to guide my own kiddos into healthcare. Until I saw other moms around me making the change, and now – now – it’s MY time. I have no history in healthcare, I have 4 kids, I’ve recently moved away from all family/friend support systems, and yet my husband and I both knew that it was now or never, and HERE I AM so ready and eager and excited to start!!!!! I have the a&p prereqs to knock out this fall and begin the ASN in January. I would love to have done the accelerated BSN but I need my family and myself to thrive through this transition.
    That said, I had NO IDEA where to start once I was accepted in the school, but my husband loves podcasts so much that I figured there had to be one out there in the nursing world. You were the first one my finger landed on, I pressed play, and I’ve never looked back. You’re it. All of my eggs are in your basket, initially bc I don’t have anyone else, and more importantly bc you have everything I was hoping for and more! You answered every single question I had and didn’t know I had! My whole family listens with me bc Ive taken out the airpods and decided we’re all in this together. So if you’re in my car, its Mo. You want to snuggle in bed? It’s Mo. You want to help me fold laundry for cash? It’s Mo. I discussed DVTs with my 12yo today.
    I’ve ordered the book and I plan to do your bootcamp this fall between my prereqs and the Jan cohort.
    I can’t thank you enough for your help and guidance!!! Keep it coming!

    • Nurse Mo on July 28, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Lauren….this made my day! Ok…who am I kidding…it made my week πŸ™‚

      I can’t wait for you to join me in Bootcamp! I am putting the finishing touches on it in the next two weeks…so there will be an email announcing its launch soon! To make sure you get notified, sign up for the email list πŸ™‚

      P.S. I also had NO history in healthcare…you got this!

  11. Fernando on March 12, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Hey Nurse Mo

    Love the podcast. You’re a lifesaver. It seems overnight that all of your podcast episodes have been taken off Spotify and Apple podcasts. As someone who listens to your podcast, can this be fixed ASAP? Your podcasts are so good and are a great resource. I’ve recommended them to all my nursing school friends. Please please please fix this

    • Nurse Mo on March 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

      We’re having some glitches but hoping to get it fixed soon!

  12. Angela L. on April 22, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I just listened to the podcast episode on compassion fatigue. This topic is lightly covered in nursing school and I am grateful you chose to delve in a little deeper and be so open about your experience with this . I have committed to practicing self care and have noticed a huge difference in my ability to study and retain information. I have also had to make a change in my work environment due to compassion fatigue and wish I had known the importance of self care and had been able to recognize the signs earlier. Thank you for another amazing episode! I’m so happy to have you in my village of support as I start my journey into my nursing practice.

    • Nurse Mo on April 22, 2021 at 9:55 am

      So happy it spoke to you, Angela!

  13. Kelsey on July 1, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Nurse Mo! Thank you for being the best mentor around – I couldn’t image stumbling upon a better nursing resource! I am an adamant listener of your podcast and feel like I have even learned more practical information from it than from my nursing prerequisite courses!

    I am planning to complete your crucial concepts bootcamp prior to starting my nursing program, however the current struggle is getting into a nursing program…. I have already completed a bachelors degree in an outside field and am pursuing accelerated second degree nursing programs. I believe my application weakness is lack of healthcare experience. I have tried contacting numerous hospitals and nursing home facilities for volunteer exposure, however have been sent away due to covid concerns. I am trying to avoid pursuing CNA/other certifications in order to save $$ for school.

    Do you have recommendations for gaining healthcare exposure for pre-nursing students? Do you offer any shadowing or volunteer programs? Your wisdom has continued to encourage me to pursue this amazing career, but unfortunately at the same time I have continued to be discouraged by the competitiveness of California nursing schools. Again, thank you for all you (and your team) does!!

    • Nurse Mo on July 2, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Hi Kelsey,
      I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling to get into school. Yes, California is very impacted and the struggle is REAL! We don’t have any shadowing or volunteer programs…sorry. Probably one the fastest ways to get in (and through) nursing school in California is through a private school such as Samuel Merritt (be warned, it’s VERY expensive!).

      Most schools utilize a points system for their applicants. If you can’t bump up your points with healthcare experience, is there anything else you can do? Improve your TEAS or HESI score or re-take a class to improve your GPA?

      Are you flexible on where you live? There may be some programs in less populated areas that aren’t quite as impacted…but I realize that’s not always a viable option.

      Another pathway that students don’t often explore is the LPN route, which involves getting your LPN and then getting into a bridge LPN-to-RN program. The great thing about this pathway is that you still reach your end goal, but many students do it with a lot less debt AND work while in the bridge program.

      I wish I had more help to offer you and wish you the very best of luck!

  14. Sara Shippy on July 28, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Sara Shippy and I am the Project Coordinator for the California Nursing Students’ Association. I am reaching out to see if you would be interested in a Sponsorship for the 2021 CNSA Annual Convention this October. We currently have over 5,000 members and anticipate a great turnout this year. I am happy to provide more information or feel free to visit our website at https://cnsa1.memberclicks.net/convention.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warm Regards,

    Sara Shippy

  15. Selena Villegas on August 18, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Nurse Mo!

    I am getting ready for 2nd semester/Med Surge and i’m slowly dying inside with anxiety. I listened to your Med Surge success episode and have been trying to put some of your advice into action. I was looking online for an NCLEX book that separates the questions by body system and I couldn’t find one that I was confident in. Do you have any advice on which books are best? I was having a hard time because the online store don’t usually show preview. It’s hard to know if there will be rationales for right and wrong answers and for it to be divided by body systems.

    Any advice would be wonderful whenever you have a chance.
    Thank you for being the little cheerleader in my ear!

    Happy Wednesday,
    Selena Villegas

    • Nurse Mo on August 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      The Saunders books are categorized this way πŸ™‚

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