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Here's the Latest Episode from Nursing Podcast by NRSNG (NCLEX® Prep for Nurses and Nursing Students) – Jon Haws RN: Nursing Podcast Host, Critical Care Nurse, Nursing School Mentor, & NCLEX Educator:
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, prior to class time. Often they take an online quiz, also prior to class. Then, in the classroom, the students do activities designed to help them put into practice the concepts they learned before they arrived.”
The most cited nursing research study on flipped classroom states
- “Though there has been a shift towards the flipped classroom, comparatively little is known about how it is used in nursing curricula.”
- “However, no studies . . . identified the evaluation of the process of implementing the flipped classroom. Studies examining the process and ongoing evaluation and refinement of the flipped classroom in higher education nursing programs are warranted.”
The IDEA makes sense . . . engage learners and allow for increased discussion and deeper learning of difficult concepts
With little guidance on implementation my concern is that we are failing the student with abrupt and unguided implementation
Educators struggle to remember what they KNOW and exactly what the student DOESN’T know
If you’re in a flipped classroom program NRSNG will become your best friend.
Review the lectures prior to class – take the quizzes – review supplemental material. This will undoubtedly make your experience much better and ensure you’re gaining the knowledge you need to be successful in nursing school.
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The demand for nurses is expected to grow by 1,009,000 by 2024.
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Only 34% of nursing students go on to pass nursing school and become a practicing nurse while experiencing one of the greatest nursing shortages our country has ever seen.
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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 for a life time.
I still remember things from nursing school that I took notes on because of this method.
It’s no magic fix and does still require a lot of work however I can guarantee it will help information stick with you forever. This should cut down on the amount of time you need to go back and review prior to taking a test as well.
We also have a course on note taking in nursing school inside NRSNG so go to www.nrsng.com and create your free account today!
Also check out this post about setting yourself up for success by setting up a Study Schedule.
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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 here with NRSNG.com and Med of the Day Podcast. Today we’re going to do another question from one of the readers. I just have so many of these emails that people have written me so I’m trying to get on top of it and send out some responses to those because I do read them.
I definitely understand the frustrations because I have been there, I’ve been through it, and it can be very hard, so I want to try to answer as many of these questions as I can.
Today our question is this. Here it goes: The thing I struggle with most is knowing how to study for the types of questions we have on our tests. I read and outline the chapters and try to take advantage of every possible resource available, yet I have gone from straight A to just barely getting by since starting nursing classes. It is very frustrating.
Okay, so this is common with a lot of nursing students because as we start nursing school we’re taking classes that are less focused on the type of question and things like that.
As we get into our med-surg, our mental health, our OB/Peds, those nursing core classes, the tests are becoming more focused on NCLEX®-style questions so it can become more and more difficult to be able to answer the types of questions that are thrown at us. Unless we can understand the way that questions are being asked, it can become very hard to keep up.
First of all I want to commend you for doing so well in nursing school, for getting straight As. That’s not something that every nursing student can say, so you’re doing a good job first of all.
1. Talk Directly with Professors
Second of all, the first thing that I would say is that you need to go directly to the teacher of these classes that you’re struggling in. What you need to do with these teachers is you need to bring the notes that you’re making, you need to bring the outlines that you’re making, and you need to bring the tests.
What you’re doing is you’re going to them not from an attacking standpoint but you’re going to them from an I really want to figure out what’s going on standpoint.
Let me tell you, that makes a big difference to nursing instructors because they are very used to nursing students who want to argue and argue and argue. A lot of nursing students, that’s just how we are. We’re type A personalities. We’re perfectionist.
It’s very hard to get into nursing school so once we get into nursing school and then we realize that we have to work a little harder maybe in nursing school than we did to get in, it can be very hard for us. Getting one point wrong on one single test can really irritate us. Nursing instructors are used to that type of student.
What I want you to do is I want you to take all the notes you’ve made, all the outlines that you made, all the practice tests that you’ve been taking, and bring them to the instructor with your most recent test that maybe isn’t as well as you would like it to be.
I want you to sit down with the instructor and say, “Look, I feel like I’m studying very, very hard for this. I feel like I’m getting the material. I feel like I’m understanding very well. Can you help me figure out maybe what I’m missing?” Then you’re giving it to the instructor in a way that they can open up with you and tell you how they think you can prepare better for the test. That makes a tremendous difference.
I know this seems like a very simple solution but this would be my number one suggestion for you if you’re in this boat, if you’re like this student who reached out to me.
You need to go to them and show them how hard you’re working and ask them for suggestion. I did this my first semester of nursing school. This was an instructor that everyone just hated. She knew that and she was okay with that.
I went to her and I showed her how I had been studying, what I had been doing. What she did is she proceeded to give me exactly locations where she was pulling questions from and things so I could better prepare. She respected that I came to her and showed her how hard I was working.
If you do that, there’s very few instructors that are going to then go ahead and fail you if they see that you’re actually working hard. They understand that and they’re going to go out of their way to help you.
2. Take End of Chapter Exams
Let’s assume you’ve done that. The next thing I’m going to tell you to do is I want you to take every single chapter exam provided in the book that your teacher gives you. At the end of every chapter there should be five, 10, 20 questions.
I want you to take every single one of those and then I want you to … the questions that you don’t get right, go back and read that section again. Then most med-surg books, pharmacology books, larger books are going to come with a study guide with it as well. I want you to work through that study guide. Do every question in that study guide.
Then on top of that, those books, if if you buy them new they’re going to come with a CD as well. I want you to go to the section about the chapter that your next test is on and take every single question from that CD.
It’s sounds like a lot but I’m telling you the way to pass nursing school is repeat questions over and over and over, because what you’re doing as you repeat those questions is you’re finding out what is being tested, and then you can take what’s being tested, what you’re not doing well on that, then you can go back and study those sections specifically.
Take chapter exams, do the study guides, and do the CD that comes with the book. I know prior to nursing school I’d get those CDs and those study guides and I’d toss them, but I found that those were very, very helpful in nursing school but it was access to more questions.
3. Test Success – ebook for Nurses
The next thing I’m going to tell you to do I really, really, really strongly suggest that you do this. Very strongly suggest that you do this. I want you to go to Amazon and buy the book Test Success. Let me reach over here and grab my copy real quick.
The book Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students. This book is written by Patricia Nugent and Barbara Vitale. The old version, I have the third edition. You can buy the third edition on Amazon for a penny plus shipping costs. This book changed nursing for me forever.
What this book does is it goes through and it actually breaks down exactly how to take nursing tests. I found this book in my school’s library. It’s 300 addition something pages but it’s very quick read.
I brought it home. I started glancing at it and I read the entire book in one night. I was a little tired the next day but I read the entire book in one night because what it did is it shows you how nursing exams are different from regular school exams and it helps you learn how to take nursing exams and how to read questions properly.
I would say that this is 100 times better than any of the Kaplan stuff because it’s focused. It’s written by nurses and it’s very, very effective in helping you that.
The book is Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students. If you have an extra penny lying around somewhere, this is the book that you need to buy. Buy the third edition.
There is a newer edition. I think it’s like 30 bucks or something. You can go ahead and spring for that but this third edition is awesome. It’s a little green cover with some flowers on front. Awesome, awesome, awesome book. It changed nursing for me forever.
4. Nursing Practice Questions to prep for the NCLEX®
The next thing I’m going to tell you is we have our large database of nursing practice questions. Finding your weak areas is easy with NursingPracticeQuestions.com. With advanced statistics by category you know exactly where you need to focus.
RELATED ARTICLE: Ep225: That Time I Dropped Out of Nursing School (7 tips to stay mentally sane during nursing school)
5. Use Other Books
Last tip I’m going to give you: Find other med-surg books. Go to your school’s library and pull every single med-surg book you can find. Take them home with you and take the end of chapter exams from there.
A couple reasons for that. There’s only so many things that are going to be tested about a specific subject. For example, when you’re talking about respiratory there’s going to be a question about vent alarms.
We have a video on YouTube about that right now. They’re going to ask only so many questions about vent alarms. If you know what that question is then you’re going to pass it when it comes around next time.
It might be worded a little bit differently but it’s going to be the same question and the same answer. Take as many questions as you can about each topic that you’re reading about and you’ll find very quickly that the different books are testing on the same thing. You just need to learn to recognize what they’re asking.
If it’s a question about insulin it’s going to be about onset times and things like that, so you just need to know what those questions are going to be on any given subject and any given area of nursing.
Then you just need to take those tests and understand what those are, and then pass those exams. You can do this. Those are my five tips for you. Go to the teacher, take the end of chapter exam, study guide, and CD exams, read the book Test Success, create your free account on NRSNG today.
Those are my tips for you. You can do this. There are so many students that have the exact same struggle you’re having. Stick with it. You’ll be fine. We will talk to you soon. Okay guys, happy nursing and have a great day.
Do you have other tips? Share them in the comments below!
Hey everybody. This is Jon with Nrsng.com. 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 chart available for this at Nrsng.com/1. So basically when a patient comes in and is in need of oxygen delivery, we have a choice about how invasive we want to be with that delivery and how much oxygen a patient is going to need.
Delivery needs and everything is going to depend on the patient condition, how acidotic they may be, if they’re COPD and various other things that could determine the amount of oxygen that that patient might need. But today we’re just going to talk about the different kinds of oxygen delivery systems and just kind of the basics behind that.
So patient comes in, is in need of oxygen. The least invasive method of oxygen delivery is going to be the basic nasal cannula. Now, the nasal cannula is going to deliver just a very minimal amount more of FiO2 than basic atmospheric air. So we know that FiO2 in the basic atmospheric air, if you go outside today, the FiO2 is going to be about 23 percent.
Now if you give a patient a nasal cannula at one liter per minute, they’re going to get about 24 percent oxygen. Give them the two liters and they’re going to get about 28 percent.
Now with the nasal cannula, you can go all the way up to about six liters per minute and you wouldn’t want to go much above that just for damage to the nasal airways and everything. At six liters per minute, they’re going to get about 44 percent FiO2.
So really at one liter per minute, they’re starting at 24 percent and it goes up kind of four percent per liter and the most you want to give a patient on nasal cannula is six liters per minute.
After nasal cannula, the next option for a patient would be a simple face mask and all the simple face mask does, it really kind of just covers the nose and the mouth and you can start – if you have a patient who needs five liters per minute, that would be a good time to start the simple face mask.
You can go up to eight liters per minute with the simple face mask. With that, at eight liters per minute, they’re going to get about 60 percent FiO2. So the patient really just isn’t cutting it on a simple face mask.
There are kind of two options here. You’ve got a non-rebreather mask or a venturi mask. With a non-rebreather mask, it’s a face mask that is the one that has the bag at the end as well. What the non-rebreather does differently from the simple face mask is it prevents the patient from breathing in some of that expired CO2. So this would help the patient who’s really just not setting [0:03:15] [Phonetic] well despite being on a simple face mask.
So if they’re really just not setting [Phonetic] well even though they’re on a simple face mask, you would – you could throw them a non-rebreather, prevent them from taking any of that expired CO2 and you would start that at about six liters per minute. That would be 60percent FiO2. You can go all the way up to 10 liters per minute and at 10 liters per minute they’re going to be getting close to 100 percent.
So from there, you can do a venturi mask and the venturi mask is a simple face mask but it also has – on the oxygen delivery port, you also have a dial that allows you to provide a set rate of FiO2. So you can definitely get very precise FiO2 using the venturi mask.
So it’s kind of just a simple face mask and coming off on oxygen delivery portion. You can dial in a very precise set rate of FiO2.
Now there are a couple of non-invasive – from there, so the patient still just isn’t doing well. You’re most likely going to need some positive pressure ventilation.
The patient is awake and doing decently well. You have a couple of options for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation. So what positive pressure does is if they’re just really not able to get that air into the lungs and to oxygenate themselves, you can add pressure to the ventilation.
What this is going to do is it’s going to kind of force those alveoli open and in some ways keep the alveoli open on expiration as well. So if you are not wanting to intubate or trache the patient, then you have a couple of options for non-invasive pressure, positive pressure ventilation.
There are two options with that. There’s CPAP and BIPAP. So what CPAP does is it provides positive pressure during spontaneous press. So as the patient takes spontaneous press on their own, it’s going to provide just a small amount of positive pressure to make sure that they’re getting the alveoli open.
So with BIPAP, it’s biphasic, positive pressure. So on inspiration and expiration, it’s going to provide them with a positive pressure. So it’s going to provide that little bit of peep to make sure that they keep those alveoli open.
Now if neither of these are working, there are non-invasive methods. You can go to invasive methods for mechanical – to ventilate the patient. You have a couple of different options with that. There are many options. The two that we’re going to discus are basically SIMV and assist-control.
So if your patient just really – despite all these other efforts or the patient – so really the number one criteria for if your patient needs to be mechanically ventilated is if the physician and if you as the nurse assess that the patient needs to be mechanically ventilated.
If they’re not protecting their airway, if they’re somnolent, if they have a drastic acid-base imbalance, then these are all reasons to mechanically ventilate the patient.
So you have a couple of different settings. So mechanical ventilation just means that you are providing airway assistance inside the airway and there are many different modes for that. We’re going to discuss SIMV and assist-control.
So with SIMV ventilation, you have a preset title volume and rate. But between the ventilator and the patient, there’s a circuit that either allows the patient to take their own breaths and expire – or prevents them from kind of taking their own breaths.
With SIMV, the circuit remains open between mandatory breaths, so the patient can take additional breaths on their own. When the patient takes spontaneous breaths, it triggers the ventilator to not deliver one of its required – one of its [0:07:32] [Indiscernible]. So the patient’s tidal volume varies with those. So, basically anytime the patient takes a spontaneous breath, the ventilator is not going to deliver a breath and the patient can – and due to that, the ventilator is not going to deliver its tidal volume.
So this is usually recommended for patients who – as a weaning method for patients who are maybe trying to get off the ventilator or for patients who are doing a little bit better respiratory-wise, because it allows patients to kind of take their own breath.
So a lot of times what we do on our floor for example is we will start patients on a rate of about 12 on SIMV and as we see that they’re breathing over the vent or that they’re taking more breaths than the required breaths, then we will start to decrease the rate and it kind of allows the patient to take breaths on their own and manage their own tidal volumes, which is the amount of volume that they’re bringing in, the amount of volume that they’re bringing out.
If the patient is doing well with that, then we assume that we can start thinking about weaning from the ventilator. So above that, kind of is the assist control method.
So there’s – with the assist control, you have a preset tidal volume and rate and inspiratory effort is required to assist with spontaneous breaths. So if the patient does take a spontaneous breath, it’s going to deliver a set tidal volume no matter what.
So rather than allowing them to kind of determine their own tidal volumes, we’re pushing a specific amount of air in every time. It’s going to be at that set rate. So it’s not going to say, “OK, well, you’re breathing on your own. I’m not going to deliver a breath.” It’s going to set that rate no matter what.
So whether they’re taking breaths on their own or not, we’re going to push our set amount of tidal volume. We don’t want to keep our patients on a ventilator for too long. This kind of depends by the physician. Some physicians don’t want to keep the patient on for more than a couple of days. Others will go to two weeks, sometimes more.
From mechanical ventilation, from being intubated, what can happen next is that a patient can get trached.
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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 nursing school I had a degree in Business and a total of 120 college credits. I had already attended 3 universities and sampled a wide range of majors and subjects.
Despite all of this nursing school was still a challenge for me . . . at first (in fact I even withdrew at one point). . .
I HAD TO CHANGE SOMETHING.
That’s when I found these 6 hacks.
I was able to graduate an Accelerated BSN program with a 3.8 GPA and aced the NCLEX 2 weeks after graduation in just 75 questions. I am now a charge nurse in a Level I Trauma ICU.
I’m not bragging . . TRUST ME! I’m the first to admit I had to work my butt off to graduate. . . BUT!
With the 6 hacks that I am going to share with you, you too will be able to surprise yourself with the level of success you are able to achieve. Our goal at NRSNG is to give you the peace of mind you deserve as a nursing student.
That’s exactly why we created the NRSNG Academy (so you could stop stressing).
You can do it too!
Tip #1: Meet Your Hardest Professor Face to Face on their TURF
Every nursing program has one . . . the professor who seems to think their entire goal in life is to fail every student. They seem tired of students, they want to prove how smart they are, they think you have no idea what it means to think critically.
Use this to your advantage . . . Most students will hate this professor so much that they will avoid them like the plague.
That means that their office hours will be wide open for you to meet with them.
These teachers are usually the toughest graders and teach the most important courses (Adult Med Surg, Pharm). So you really need to ACE their course in order to set yourself up for grad school, to understand the most important material needed to be a nurse, and to graduate with a decent GPA.
After the first exam is returned to you from this teacher and you realize that the answer you selected isn’t the MOST correct answer on nearly every option ; ) . . . I promise you that every other student will throw their hand in the air and try to argue with this professor for 1 extra point.
This might get you an extra point on this exam but it doesn’t make a difference in the big scope of things. And this really isn’t a good way to learn and improve yourself.
While this is going on just sit back and let every other student grade grub . . . once class is over walk right up to the teacher and ask her if you can make an appointment to meet in her office and talk about your performance in the course . . . notice how I didn’t say “how you did on the test”. Your goal is to show the teacher that you are interested in grasping the MATERIAL . . . not that you want one extra point on the specific test.
When you meet with her bring your exam with you . . .
Here’s what you say:
“I feel like I studied really hard for this test, I read all the assigned reading (because you did), I took the practice tests, I felt like I understood the material in class . . . but my grade on this test has me a bit discouraged . . . I’ve always been a good student . . . what can I do to better prepare for your exams.”
That’s it . . .
You proved to her that you have some balls and courage to approach her personally, you showed that you get the material or at least attempted to understand it, then you put the ball in their court by saying . . . what should I be doing . . . FROM HER PERSPECTIVE to better prepare.
This method works wonders . . .
- It shows them that you actually care about learning the material!
- You aren’t arguing with them like every other nursing student in the history of the world!
- It allows you to step inside their mind and understand how they write their tests!
- The professor WILL give you tips for passing their tests!
Remember . . . you will need references from your teachers . . . being friends with the tough ones is a HUGE advantage.
Relationships . . .
Nursing is all about relationships and mutual respect.
I followed this method with my toughest professors and to this day . . . years after graduation . . . I am still in contact with those same professors that many other students couldn’t stand.
I actually have their personal email addresses and have kept them updated on my career and used them as references multiple times.
You CAN do this! Nursing is HARD . . . nursing school is IMPOSSIBLE if you don’t learn how to develop a system that works for you! Basic communication and conflict resolution are skills that you must acquire to work effectively as a nurse.
There are going to be patients that no one on your floor wants to take care of because they are too difficult to work with.
Start now, while you are in school to learn how to talk with people that are more difficult to communicate with. Having differences of opinion does not mean you have to hate the other person. Confrontation does not have to be a negative word. In nursing, so much of what we do is confrontational and invasive to our patients. Learn communication methods that allow people to respect you despite these difficult conversations and interactions. Talking face to face with difficult professors is a good place to start.
You can do amazingly well . . . and amaze yourself with what you are capable of . . . trust me . . . I did it!
Tip #2: Write Yourself Questions
This tip is going to be a bit more focused on something you can actually do in your studies to learn and retain the information you are learning.
I even answer the question of when is it okay to play Trivia Crack (yes, I do enjoy the game)!
Tip #2: Write Yourself Questions
Reading though the chapters and textbooks required in your classes can become overwhelming . . . to say the least. There were nights in nursing school when I had over 200 pages of reading from nursing text books to complete. Retaining that amount of information is all but impossible.
One tip that I picked up from a buddy who was in Medical School at the same time that I was in Nursing School was to write yourself questions . . . and to create your own study guides.
That’s right . . .
I know it sounds simple but this is how it works.
As you read through the chapter search for the most important information.
This is an example of the Pareto Principle . . . more commonly known as the 80/20 rule which states that 80% of results come from 20% of causes.
In our case it means that 80% of what you need to know on any given topic or disease will come from just 20% of the information in the text. This is generally true with all nursing classes and professors. There are certain things that we just really do not need to know. Learning how to extract the most important information and focusing on learning that will save your headaches.
So, as you are reading try to find that 20%, and as you do write yourself questions on those topics only.
Basically, you are creating yourself your own study guide as you read.
Examples of Questions:
We aren’t looking for professionally crafted questions or NCLEX style questions here. All you really need to do is to create questions that help you review the material and recall information in a way that helps you understand the material.
- Outline the conduction system of the heart.
- What are the causes for premature ventricular contraction?
- What post-op care will be given to a pt following CABG?
You see . . . the point of this sheet is to condense the content of the chapter into a digestible study guide that you can then base your studies on. This study guide contains about 120 questions from two chapters over the cardiovascular system. This was the only information that I chose to focus on in my studies for this section of Med Surg.
Got The Questions . . . Now What?
Okay, so now that you have the questions written out from reading through the chapter one time the next step is to start working on your study guide.
To do this I would print myself a few copies of my study guide.
This way you can fill it out multiple times.
- On the first pass you will want to have your book open and skim through the chapter as you fill out the study guide.
- On the second pass you will have your book available as a reference but attempt to fill the guide out primarily without using the book.
- On the third pass you will fill the guide out entirely WITHOUT the book. Once you complete the guide you can use the book to complete those questions you were unable to fill in and to confirm answers to questions you are unsure about.
Now . . . Forget the Book!
Now that you have worked through your study guide three times you should have a clear picture of what information you are strongest on and what areas you need to review more.
You should spend an afternoon really studying those questions that are the hardest for you to complete.
Once you have done that you should spend the remainder of your time between your completed study guide and a blank one that requires you to recall the information from memory.
I know this method sounds simple, but once I discovered this technique I saw an immediate improvement in not only my grades but also in my retention levels.
This is the technique I used to:
- ACE nursing school
- Pass the NCLEX
- Pass the CCRN
And I continue to use it in many areas of my life when I need to learn something new.
Making your own study guides takes some effort but your ability to learn, extract the important information, and retain is greatly increased over simply reading or using someone else’s guide.
Remember to Take Breaks
During the first semester I usually see two types of nursing students . . . those who are scared to death and spend ALL their time studying and those who are not scared at all and spend NO time studying.
Both study habits can lead to burn out and failing!
Let me share with you a better way . . .
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique that aims to improve mental agility.
Here’s how it works:
- Decide on the task to be done, chapter to study, practice test to take
- Set a timer for 25 minutes
- Work on the task until the timer rings
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
- After four pomodori cycles, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
By dividing up your study sessions up this way you are able to maintain extreme focus while you are studying.
You know you have a break coming soon so you can avoid the temptation to play one more game of Trivia Crack or check Facebook during a study session. Once the buzzer sounds you can do whatever you want until the break is over.
The breaks allow you to relax for a minute and make study sessions pass by more quickly.
TIP #3: Tools That Make Nursing School a Breeze
I want to share with you a few tools that I used during nursing school that helped me keep organized and stay on top of the assignments as well as communicate with my classmates.
If you use these tools right you will suddenly have so much more time to focus on what really matters: learning and patient care.
Tool #1: Facebook Groups
No doubt you have used Facebook groups in the past, but I want to show you how Facebook groups can help with nursing school.
You can use a private Facebook Group for the following things:
- Create the group with the students from your cohort to communicate on assignment due dates.
- Only invite those individuals from your cohort.
- Make the group private so other students and instructors are not able to access your private messages.
- Private chat with members regarding your frustrations.
- Share tips and study guides with other members.
The private FB group I had with the students in my cohort saved me HOURS and HOURS of headaches regarding assignments.
It also allowed me to vent some of my frustrations about tests, teachers, assignments, clinical, etc. . . you get the picture.
How do I create a private FB Group?
On the left panel of your FB home page there is a tab for all the groups you are in. Click on the “MORE” button.
On the next screen click on the “+Create Group” button.
Fill in the information about your group.
Keep the group private. Either Closed or Secret is best for this.
You will need to be friends with the people in your cohort that you want to add to the group.
From there it is like a normal FB Page where you can add posts, pics, etc . . . to keep members up to date.
Tool #2: Dropbox
Dropbox is a lifesaver for me.
What Dropbox does is allow you to save documents to the “Cloud” meaning that you can access them from anywhere in the world.
You can also install Dropbox on your computer, laptop, or phone. By doing this, anytime you edit a document on any computer anywhere in the world . . . not only does it update online, but it also automatically updates the file on those devices that have Dropbox installed.
I first started using Dropbox after a fiasco of losing a clinical write up during nursing school.
After getting over the devastation of losing my hard work I was introduced to Dropbox and my life has changed forever.
Oh . . . and the best part?
Dropbox is free to use at first.
Tool #3: Google Drive
Yep, I think it is important to use both Google Drive and Dropbox during nursing school.
Google Drive works in a similar way to Dropbox in that it allows you to have access to your files on the cloud.
This basically means you have access from anywhere you have an internet connection.
The reason I suggest Google Drive is that it allows for live editing of documents in real time.
This is incredibly useful when you have to work on a group paper.
Rather than having everyone in the group meet in person you can each meet in remote locations and work on the document together or when you have the time to work on it.
Drive also has a chat function and a notes function so you can make notes on changes.
How I Used Drive in Nursing School
- Group study guides. Each member had a different text color to answer questions on the study guide.
- Group papers. Each team member could add to the paper as needed.
- I kept a live calendar of each weeks task.
Here is a nice video that explains what Google Drive is and how to use it.
Tip #4: Take Every Practice Question You Can Find
In a 2012 study printed in the Journal of Experimental Education it was found that “a large percentage of students who took the practice tests indicated that they were a beneficial review strategy”.
Practice tests and practice questions are even more beneficial for nursing students because nursing exams differ greatly from traditional exams we are used to taking prior to entering nursing school.
Another article published by Cornell University indicated that “retrieval practice (as occurs during testing) often produces greater learning and long term retention than studying.”
Retrieval practice refers to testing your ability to recall information ie practice questions. This has a huge benefit in your ability to recall and learn new information over simply reading chapters for a couple of reasons.
- It illustrates to you what information you are unfamiliar with.
- It forces you to recall the information you have studied.
Basically, you need to take EVERY practice question you can find to maximize the amount of time you spend in retrieval practice prior to taking an exam.
Here are the Top 8 Places to Take Practice Questions that I have found:
- Don’t just search online for practice questions. This can lead you to false information that might deter from your learning. Some might be good but you don’t want to waste time sifting through the crap!
- The NPQ by NRSNG and SIMLCEX
This is our collection of 500 practice questions divided into the 8 categories tested on the actual NCLEX.
I wrote this book as an easy to use guide available on mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers so that you can study at any time no matter where you are.
- End of chapter quizzes. These practice questions are here for a reason . . . use them. To be honest I noticed more than a couple times that my professors would pull some of their quiz questions directly from here. So few students use them that many never even noticed.
I went as far as grabbing other Med Surg books from my schools library to take the end of chapter quizzes from them as well.
- NCLEX 3500: This is a great tool put together by Salt Lake Community College. It is a database of 3500 questions and rationales. This is a FREE resource provide by the SLCC nursing program and is completely available online without any sort of registration.
- Lippincotts Q&A . . . listen, this book worked wonders for me. It is loaded with questions covering every topic needed to know to pass the NCLEX. This is strictly a question book with no real content review at all. If you are looking for a ton of questions, this is a great book.
- Saunders Q&A: I used this book almost exclusively during my first semester of nursing school. Not only is it full of questions but also has a good amount of content review at a fairly basic and condensed level.
- Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment: I actually didn’t discover this book until my last semester, but it was one of my favorite NCLEX prep books. We all know that the NCLEX puts a large amount of emphasis on the new grads ability to prioritize, delegate and assign . . . this book takes it to a whole new level by focusing entirely on these items.
- Test Success: this little gem is one of the best kept secrets in the nursing world. Its not really a study guide as much as it’s a strategy book that helps you learn HOW to take nursing school exams.
Look, if you want to ACE nursing exams you really need to be taking every practice question you can find.
I know this sounds like a simple tactic but there is no better way of knowing how well you grasp the content than to actually test yourself.
Not only will it take the question out of whether or not you understand the content but it will also take the anxiety away on test day.
You can do this! The NCLEX and nursing school are tough . . . they need to be to insure that we are prepared to provide the best patient care possible. But you can pass and have a brilliant future as a nurse!
Tip #5: Drawing Pictures Improves Learning and Memory
When I was in college the first time I randomly enrolled in an Anatomy and Physiology course.
At the time I was a Health Science major. My goal was to teach and coach or maybe work with the Red Cross.
This was back in 2003 . . . and I can honestly say that the thought of becoming a nurse had never crossed my mind . . . not even once!
I had never considered myself great at science. I signed up for the Anatomy course simply because I loved learning about the body and this seemed “fun”.
Obviously, I didn’t realize at the time that A&P is one of the most difficult courses you will take in college.
I quickly learned that this was going to be a HARD class.
But something happened . . . . I LOVED the content and despite it being hard I actually enjoyed studying.
What I learned was that prior to this course no other subject had truly sparked my interest. With this motivation came a search for ways to learn the material.
Memorization was not going to work for me . . . I had tried that before.
And . . .
Memorization only works until . . . you forget!
I needed to find tricks that allowed me to learn the material for good and to burn it into my brain.
Here’s what I learned.
Drawing pictures allowed me to understand complex information and recall concepts much longer than any other method.
This concept is called picture superiority effect and states that:
“concepts are much more likely to be remembered if they are presented as pictures rather than words”
So much of learning science and health care is reading, reading, reading . . . there is so much to learn in order to provide the best care for our patients.
As a student one of the best things you can do to learn those concepts is to translate the text you are reading into pictures . . .
Here are some pictures from my personal notes that I took when I recently studied for the CCRN and a few of these images are from when I took the NCLEX.
Not only do the pictures help you to remember, but the actual process of creating the pictures FORCES you to learn the material well enough to create the picture in the first place.
There is an incredible study conducted by the American Federation of Teachers that states:
“people who had high scores on spatial tests (visual learning/drawing pictures) . . . where much more likely to major in [science] disciplines . . . .”
Not only that, but they found that developing your ability to think spatially will improve your performance in science.
One last quote . . .
“Spatial training has been found to improve educational outcome . . . ”
Tips to Help you Draw Pictures to Learn
So it’s obvious that drawing can aid in learning, especially in a science based curriculum like nursing but how should you draw?
- Practice: ultimately you need to find what types of images work for you. Do you remember diagrams best, mind maps, illustrations of process, what works for you? Start today with multiple types of drawings and see what you remember best.
- Color: keep a pack of colored pencils, markers, or dry erase markers in your back pack. Use the color to give depth to your drawings and highlight key information.
- Mind maps: yes, there is a reason your teachers are trying to force you to make mind maps . . . they CAN work. I say “can” because they may not work for everyone, but they might work for you. Here are some places you can create mind maps.
- Pen and paper: simply draw your mind maps out on paper this is a fast way to create mind maps without constraints.
- Lucid Chart: I really like Lucid Chart for clean mind maps but it does take longer to create. You can start making charts for free but if you want to have multiple charts you will need an account for a couple bucks a month.
- PowerPoint: this is an easy way to make free charts and illustrations and you can save your presentation as a PDF or JPG.
- Think through the process: nursing is the perfect field of study to use charts. So much of what we do is process based and the body works via feedback loops and the body is so visual. Simply requiring yourself to think through these process as you draw will allow your imagination to flow.
- Don’t be a perfectionist: the point here is to help you learn. Don’t over think or overdo your drawings. Just draw exactly what works for you to help you learn the content. (as you can see my drawings are VERY crude, but they worked).
Just Get Started
So in the end I received at 98% in that Anatomy class of over 100 students and for the first time in my life I gained confidence that maybe I was smart.
That ONE class changed the trajectory of my entire life. I learned how to study, I learned to love studying the body, and I began investigating health care as a career . . . and I truly owe a majority of that confidence to the fact that I drew pictures.
Whether or not you are a visual leaner, drawing pictures will help with learning and retaining what you are studying and learning.
If mind maps don’t work for you no worries . . . actually sit down and draw the liver and label it with anatomical features and functions.
Tip #6: Find a Study Buddy Smarter Than You
I’m a prideful person by nature . . . ask my wife!
Admitting that I don’t know something or that I am wrong has always been a challenge for me.
Because of this I have never been good about other people being right . . . and me being wrong.
This can limit my ability to work well in groups obviously.
But I learned something very essential to success while in nursing school:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
This is a quote from popular speaker Jim Rohn.
The more I think about this quote the more I have come to understand its truth.
It is all but impossible for you to achieve success in life or in nursing school if you spend all of you time with unsuccessful people.
This is essentially referring to the law of averages which basically says that the outcomes of any series event will eventually “even out” and applies to human behavior as well. When this is applied to humans it assumes that human behavior will even out among those who spend time together.
“Law of averages typically assumes that unnatural short-term “balance” must occur” –Wikipedia
If you wish to reach your goals and do well in school . . . find like minded students with the same goals. In your studies find those who grasp concepts better than you do and you will soon raise to their level.
How Does This Apply to Nursing School?
If your goal is to achieve success in nursing school you need to start spending time, studying, and emulating the habits of successful students.
In my nursing school there was one student that stood out above all others.
He already held a Pharmacy degree from India prior to coming to the United States, he was easily acing every test, and he clearly grasped the content.
Here is what I did . . . I simply found out when and where he studied and began studying at the same times and in the same places.
I swallowed my pride and asked him questions on things that I did not understand and I offered my skills and knowledge on areas I was stronger in.
Soon we had become great friends and studied together nearly every day.
We now work at the same hospital and he will soon be attending CRNA school at one of the top programs in the country.
This student ended up graduating the top of our class and my GPA and success in nursing school was greatly impacted for the better due to the relationship that we had built together.
Our friendship worked as a means to motivate each other and push each other to work a little bit harder to reach our goals.
As you begin to notice students that seem to excel or to understand material better than you it is important that you develop sincere relationships with these people.
You do not need to suffer through not understanding.
As you begin your career as a nurse you should also navigate to those nurses who emulate the behaviors of amazing nurses in your mind.
Relationships . . .
Nursing is all about relationships and mutual respect.
I followed this method with my toughest professors and to this day . . . years after graduation . . . I am still in contact with those same professors that many other students couldn’t stand.
Anyone that tells you nursing school is easy either didn’t go to nursing school or didn’t do well in nursing school. Nursing school is hard for so many reasons, but it is essential that you learn the material well so that you have the capacity to take care of individuals during their most difficult and challenging circumstances.
Nursing truly is so much more than a job . . . we impact individuals and change lives. No one ever remembers their doctor, people remember the nurse who stood at their bedside all through the night.
These 6 hacks will help you to focus, stay organized, and work in such a way that you will be able to achieve your goals, pass nursing school, and become an amazing nurse.
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I’ve asked 40,000 nursing students what their biggest struggle is in nursing school.
Can you guess the most common answer?
Look . . . I was no exception to this while in nursing school.
In fact, Nursing Pharm was possibly the most complicated subject for me during school.
No matter how much I studied . . . it always felt like I was learning a foreign language. Not only that, but lives were going to depend on me knowing the language!
But, (with a lot of work) I figured out how to excel at pharm and master the course by developing methods and strategies that I would like to share with you.
After years of working in a Level I Trauma ICU, mentoring students, and working with literally tens of thousands of nursing students around the world I have developed some tips and tricks that will help you demolish pharmacology for good.
With so many students (and practicing nursing) struggling so deeply with pharmacology we had to do something. I am going to share with you 5 resources that will help you demolish nursing pharm right now!
But First . . . . a Caveat
I have found that with regards to pharmacology nursing students fall into one of two camps:
- Those that say “I will only be tested on a couple meds on the NCLEX®, what’s the point in learning pharm.”
- And . . . the smart ones. Seriously, those that realize that pharmacology is more than a grade. The meds we give our patients are such a MASSIVE part of what we do. The risks involved with not understanding meds are so huge . . . I won’t go into that here.
If you are like the first student . . . you might as well stop reading now. But I can’t imagine ANYONE that is part of the NRSNG Family would EVER think like that . . . so read on.
1. Med of the Day Podcast (free)
I LOVE podcasts. I probably listen to 2 per day and subscribe to over a dozen. Podcasts are such an incredible way to learn while on the go. I generally listen to a podcast every morning while I walk, I listen on the way to work, and just driving around town, waiting in line . . . whatever.
I created the Med of the Day Podcast to provide short, concise, detailed information on a different medication a day. Each episode is generally about 5 minutes and covers one of about 140 medications that are the most important for you to understand.
You don’t need an iPhone to listen. In fact you can listen right on our website.
2. MedMaster – Online Nursing Pharmacology Course
Listen . . . pharmacology is hard. Learning it doesn’t have to be. No one wants to sit down and open another book trying to memorize and cram hundreds of meds.
MedMaster Course is our solution to the epidemic that is insufficient information and teachers to educate students on nursing pharmacology. You aren’t the only person who struggles with pharm.
I get so many emails every day from students in your shoes. The MedMaster course is packed with my tips for not only learning pharmacology, but understanding it as well.
In total there are over 30 hours of video and audio lectures, cheat sheets, and tons of freebies (including 90 NCLEX® style pharmacology practice questions). For a small fraction of what ATI or Kaplan would charge you for limited access to their pharm programs you can get MedMaster access (including downloads of all lectures).
MedMaster is included with NRSNG Academy so not only will you get help with pharmacology, but you get access to all the other courses and tools included with the Academy.
MedMaster Course Details
The course is broken up into 5 sections:
- Section 1: NCLEX® Must Knows
- Section 2: Math for Meds
- Section 3: Must Know Medication Classes
- Section 4: 130 Commonly Tested Medications
- Section 5: Disease Specific Pharmacology
- Section 6: Handouts and Freebies
- Section 7: 90 NCLEX® Pharm Questions
This really is the course that I WISH existed while I was in school! Every lecture is viewable on any device (including your phone).
RELATED ARTICLE: NURSING PHARMACOLOGY STUDY GUIDE
Here’s what others are saying:
3. 140 Must Know Meds ($9.99)
Here’s the deal . . . it’s impossible to learn EVERY medication. This book includes the top 140 medications that you need to know in your practice as a nurse, for your pharmacology course, and for the NCLEX®.
While I was in nursing school, I would take TONS of practice tests. During each test I would record every medication that was tested. I then went to NIH and other sites to discover what where the most prescribed medications. With this database in hand I was then able to (with the help of my team) develop out this book.
We cut the fluff, gave you only the meds, and the information that you actually need to know. If you are looking for a cheap option to learn the meds you need to know . . . this is a great option.
The book has an average rating on Amazon of 4.5 stars and has helped hundreds of students. The book is included in the MedMaster Course for free. But if funds are tight . . . this is a good second option. You can pick this book up on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.
RELATED ARTICLE: Med Math (dosage calculations, drips, and formulas)
4. The SOCK Method for Mastering Nursing Pharmacology (free)
For many students, I’ve found that the only thing really standing between them and success in pharm is a method for learning medications and drugs.
When I finally realized that, I went to work developing the S.O.C.K. Method (yes, that’s really the name).
The SOCK Method is a four step process to help you learn meds. When utilized in nursing school, it will greatly accelerate the speed at which you can master nursing meds.
5. NRSNG Nursing Pharmacology Study Guide (free)
I hope you can tell by now how much we LOVE pharmacology at NRSNG.
I really want to be honest though . . . I didn’t start out loving it. It took time. And as my understanding grew . . . so did my love for medications and how they work within the body and the incredible use cases for different drugs with different patient populations.
Here’s what we’ve done for you.
We’ve compiled a HUGE resource to help you focus on the most important meds.
What tips and tricks have worked for you in learning pharmacology? Share below in the comments.
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I’m pumped to share the brand new NRSNG Podcast app with y’all. I call it the NRSNG Radio app . . . we’ve taken all of our podcasts and put them into an easy to use app so you can listen anytime, anywhere . . . best part? It’s free. You can download for iOS or Android at: https://www.nrsng.com/podcastapp
Over the last month or so I’ve been traveling around the country speaking at various conferences, schools, and nursing gatherings. On November 15th, we stopped in Chicago to meetup with aspiring nurses.
While here, I met up with Jennifer Larson (@studentnursejennifer) who is just ONE MONTH away from graduating nursing school. We sat down and talked about her journey in nursing, her new job, and some unique study tips.
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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 important Neurological NCLEX points you need to know. Resources Mentioned: Friday Freebies NRSNG … Continued
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Did you know Nursing is considered one of the most difficult undergraduate degrees (up there with Engineering and Physics)? Add to this the stress of communicating with faculty and professors, it can seem unbearable. In today’s episode, I share with … Continued
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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 myself … Continued
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Today we cover EKG Interpretation for nurses. We’ve got a 4 page chart that helps going out in the Friday Freebies today. If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single … Continued
You don’t HAVE to work in a hospital as a nurse . . . did you know that?!? There comes a time in many (most) nurses careers that they start to think, “maybe I don’t want to work at the … Continued
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Today we cover 50 of my favorite nursing quotes. If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To take advantage of this series it will help if you are … Continued
I’ve spoken in the past about compassion fatigue and burnout as nurses. These are two topics that are very important to me because I feel that all of us, regardless of where we are in our careers are susceptible to … Continued
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Today we cover the endocrine system with a fancy chart. If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To take advantage of this series it will help if you … Continued
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 would you see first? What is the nurses first priority? What is the … Continued
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Today we talk Musculoskeletal System . . . yea! If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To take advantage of this series it will help if you are … Continued
psssst . . . I’ve got a little secret: You’re not the only one struggling through nursing school. We get hundreds of emails everyday from nursing students around the world who are struggling with one thing or another in … Continued
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Today we talk about the Newborn Assessment. We do have an OB/Peds course as part of the NRSNG Academy Membership If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To … Continued
Today we talk about our Pharmacology Database. If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To take advantage of this series it will help if you are getting (and … Continued
Click here to save this to Pinterest to refer back to later: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/395050198546317928/ Caveat: some people (nurses) might not agree AT ALL with what I say here . . . oh well! I want to share how it really … Continued
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Today we talk about our Lab Value Database. If you aren’t aware, we email out a brand new cheatsheet, reference sheet, clinical tool, what-ever-you-wanna-call-it, every single Friday. To take advantage of this series it will help if you are getting … Continued
One question I remember Googling all the time while I was in nursing school was: “what nurses make the most money?” . . . or “how much do nurses make?” I never went into nursing FOR the money, but, … Continued
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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 … Continued
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One of my favorite nurses in the world is Ashley Adkins RN. We’ve worked a lot together over the last two years via podcast episodes and more. Ashley is a truly positive force in nursing and is doing so much … Continued
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It’s hard to be a nurse if you aren’t involved. As a practicing nurse you will have opportunities to participate in nursing councils, unit boards, and so much more. I also often say that nursing is a small world. It’s … Continued
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 my appointments. Week one would involve mass amounts of anxiety due to getting explanation of … Continued
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 … Continued
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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 environment. Nursing clinicals are scary at first, but it gets easier and easier … Continued
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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 third? Use your judgement. Is there … Continued
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Here’s the deal . . . you’re patients deserve a nurse who knows how to critcally think. Here’s the OTHER deal . . . nursing schools aren’t teaching “Critical Thinking” like the should. SOOOOO, once again it is on the … Continued
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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 nursing … Continued
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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 nursing care … Continued
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What is up guys? Just a quick show this morning to let you know about our new podcast show: The Unofficial NCLEX® Prep Podcast. I am so excited about this podcast. This is something I have been wanting to create … Continued
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 just make sense. It’s the same with critical thinking and care plans. … Continued
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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”? … Continued
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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 and that can make us question ourselves. In this episode we talk about … Continued
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Are you cut out to be a nurse? Wondering how hard is nursing school? What are the nursing school prerequisites and do they matter? If you are asking yourself these questions, we can help! NRSNG is a team of nurses … Continued
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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 biggest components of our job as nurses and it is vital that … Continued
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What IV fluid is best for your patient? Not sure. . .? In this episode we discuss the difference between a crystalloid and and colloid. I also go into a few of the most common crystalloid IV solutions that you … Continued
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Our Nursing Brain Sheet Database is here! I get it . . . I was there once too. Notes on my hands, on alcohol swabs, on scraps of paper, a few scribbled on the gloves I was wearing. Staying organized … Continued
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I get it . . . you are stressed to the max trying to figure out how you are going to get everything done for nursing school this week . . . 5 chapters to read 6 care plans Clinicals … Continued
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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 her nursing career would be a serious understatement. In her 50 … Continued
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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 prepare to … Continued
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Wait!!! Don’t take or give another handoff report until you use this nursing report sheet template. Handoff report is one of those areas that I tend to spend a LOT of time with new grads. My preceptor did the same … Continued
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There exists within health care a culture of fear and silence. Nurses, students, doctors . . . everyone is afraid to speak up and voice concerns. In this episode I share a personal story and discuss the importance of raising … Continued
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You know that feeling when you have an immediate connection with someone? That was the feeling I had when I first connected with James Reynolds CEO of BeneFIT Medical. Late last year, we connected over Instagram and it was an … Continued
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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 dealing with anxiety in nursing school, our … Continued
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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 politics and going back to college as a second degree Nursing student at the … Continued
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I Love You . . . My first shift in the Neuro ICU all by myself as a new nurse I was assigned a patient who was scheduled to withdraw life support during my shift. The family gathered. The ventilator … Continued
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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 … Continued
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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 Senator O’Donnell It’s really as simple as: Google “who is … Continued
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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 … Continued
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 Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act will hold hospitals accountable … Continued
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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 discusses post mortem care and coping strategies for nurses when a patient passes away.
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Nursing education can be challenging to navigate for any student. One of the most common emails we get from students concerns the frustrations and doubts that surround nursing school. Today I interview Susan DuPont RN BSN who will be joining … Continued
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Kati Kleber with NurseEyeRoll.com is one of my favorite nurses. In fact . . . this is the second time I have had her on the show. You can listen to the first interview here. In this episode Kati and … Continued
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You can never take enough practice NCLEX questions. The problem most students find is that you quickly run out of good questions. . . . after taking all the review questions in the book it can be hard to find … Continued
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Understanding blood pressure regulation and control is a complex topic. This episode dives into two of the ways our body regulates blood pressure.
Making it as a new nurse is hard. Regina, with ReMarReview.com knows that all too well. She was fired from her first nursing job just 3 months after starting because her manager told her she wasn’t cut out to be … Continued
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So . . . unless you’ve never heard of this cool thing called YouTube . . . you’ve probably heard of Caroline Porter Thomas with EmpoweRN. She is the bright, happy, brilliant, beautiful, and inspiring nurse behind the wildly successful … Continued
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 … Continued
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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: NurseClipboards.com Here is … Continued
Just the phrase “nursing research” can send chills down even the most dedicated nursing students back and make their skin crawl. My guest today is a master of research and has used her research to build a company that focuses … Continued
Sorry to interrupt your regular programming ; ) But I just wanted to make you aware of our other Nursing School/Nursing Podcast Shows: NRSNG Show: Interviews, motivation, A&P MedMaster Show: Nursing Pharmacology NCLEX® Question of the Day: Show NCLEX Question … Continued
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 on Instagram and NurseMuscles.com where he provides … Continued
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Let’s be honest . . . Ventilation can be a tough subject. I have said before, but the RT (respiratory therapist) should be your best friend on the clinical floor. Understanding the various modes of ventilation and which is best … Continued
Listen to the episode before leaving a comment or sending hate mail 😉 Get the Friday Freebies by going to NRSNG.com/freebies Okay . . . we reach literally hundreds of thousands of nursing students a month here at NRSNG . … Continued
In this video episode we discuss why you shouldn’t place all your trust in SpO2 and how the oxygen deliver system works within the body. It is easy to put all of your trust in monitors . . . I … Continued
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Did you know that over 80,000 nursing students FAIL the NCLEX every year!?!?!?! 80,000+ Let that sink in for a minute . . . That’s enough nurses to fully staff 200+ hospitals around the clock. These are nursing students who … Continued
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Pharmacology is one of the subjects that more students struggle with than anything else. To conquer pharmacology it is important to have a plan. This episode provides 12 easy to implement tips to answering any pharmacology question. These strategies come … Continued
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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 . . . everything else in your life would … Continued
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Critical thinking . . . schmritical thinking The term gets tossed around so much in nursing education now that it has really lost all value. In fact, I think that rather than teaching students HOW to critically think . . … Continued
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Visit NRSNG.com/eh for all the resources mentioned in this episode. 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, … Continued
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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 the KEY parameters the nurse should know as well as provide a free … Continued
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Hugh Cluver (@hughculver) is a master of productivity and healthy habit formation. Hugh co-founded the only private airline to offer expeditions in Antarctica. He is a marathoner, triathlete, teacher, businessman, motivational speaker . . . and so much more. Today … Continued
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Deciding whether or not to attend a private nursing school can be a hard decision for many nurses. In fact, with some public nursing schools having wait lists YEARS long it can seem impossible to ever achieve your dream UNLESS … Continued
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Preload and Afterload are two VERY simple subjects that are over complicated far too often. In this short episode I break them down to their simplest components. Understanding them will help you grasp many key disease processes and medications. If … Continued
Organization is KEY to success in nursing school . . . In this episode I share 5 tools that can help you stay organized and on top of all the assignments while in nursing school and hopefully beyond! What tools … Continued
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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 . . . you are generally no … Continued
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If you are anything like me . . . you are a bit type A personality, maybe just a tad obsessive . . . As nurses we tend to be competitive, HIGHLY focused, and driven. This is a good thing … Continued
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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. … Continued
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A nurse is caring for a patient who has tuberculosis. The patient is just completing a 9-month regimen of medication as part of treatment for the condition in which he responded well. Which describes the most appropriate follow-up that the … Continued
Yes . . . I’m a Nurse Lic #: 844860 . . . check it out . . . Jon Haws RN! Today on Facebook I saw an ad for a company claiming to provide NCLEX® prep for nursing students … Continued
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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 like her life was … Continued
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Have you ever wished you could carry all the MOST important nursing information around with you during clinical? Do you know that we get literally HUNDREDS of emails a week from nursing students struggling with remembering lab values, medications, dosages, … Continued
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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 and unsure if she should even continue on her path in nursing. … Continued
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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 nurse. Recently, I interviewed NurseNacole on my podcast and … Continued
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It’s been a LONG time since I have talked with a nurse that has as much passion for nursing as Nurse Nacole. We had originally planned to chat for 30 minutes . . . we ended up talking for over … Continued
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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 for the … Continued
Passing the NCLEX and finding your first nursing job can be just as challenging as passing nursing school. In this collaboration with Ashley Adkins RN we discuss highly actionable tips to help you pass and find that J.O.B. Ashley … Continued
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NurseBass is a raising YouTube star having had many videos published with MightyNurse. Be sure to check him out at YouTube.com/NurseBass1 We connected a couple months back after I saw a few of his videos. It is easy to tell … Continued
NurseMurse is a rising star on YouTube . . . his channel over at YouTube.com/NurseMurse is jam packed full of helpful tips for nursing students from how to prepare for nursing school to dealing with Poop in the Face. In this … Continued
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So, the RAA system can be confusing . . . no doubt about that. However, once you understand the RAA system well you will have no problem making sense of ACE Inhibitors, ARBs, and even blood pressure regulation. In this … Continued
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So this video is from a popular YouTube video we just posted. The NCSBN publishes information for educators on exactly what they should be teaching students. Here you go guys! These are the EXACT labs you need to know for … Continued
Kati Kleber is a nurse blogger over at NurseEyeRoll.com and provides a very realistic view of what real life nursing is! She recently published a book: “Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and … Continued
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Resources in this Episode: NursingStudentBooks.com RNcrush.com 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 because I have some personal experiences … Continued
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Resources discussed in this episode: Critical Thinking for Dummies VARK Questionnaire Trello I have been accepted into the BSN program and begin nursing school April 27. I am struggling with how to prepare for school. I don’t know what … Continued
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Today’s question comes from a student asking how to keep her head above water. Be sure to visit RNcrush.com to try the new app. Hey guys, Jon here with NRSNG.com, RNcrush.com, and nursingstudentbooks.com. Thank you so much for checking out … Continued
Getting ready to start nursing school? Chances are you are feeling a dash of excitement, a pinch of overwhelm, and a whole lot of scared to death. That’s normal. Nursing school is a big step. Unfortunately, if you walk … Continued
Very special guest on this episode (maybe I’m a little biased). Sandra Haws RD LD CNSC joins me to talk about patient nutrition. Sandi is my wife, but she is also a Registered Dietitian with nearly a decade of experience. … Continued
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This video covers the microanatomy of the neurological system. It provides a basic overview of nerve cells, neurotransmitters, and the basics of what you need to know to have a strong base to dive in deeper to the MACRO anatomy. … Continued
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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, why it is measured, and why we even care.
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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.
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A quick video to outline some of the common mistakes I see students and nurses make when starting IV’s. Check out NursingStudentBooks.com to see all of our study resources.
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One of the hardest parts about being a nurse is that we are constantly introduced to new situations. It is always challenging to know what we should be focusing on and how to prioritize our care. It is important for … Continued
Over the last several weeks many of you have reached out to me regarding how to best prioritize your work as a nurse and have expressed frustrations with prioritization. No worries . . . this is a common issue for many … Continued
Let’s face it . . . nursing is HARD! I have worked in many fields. . . from the service industry to corporate America. In no other job do people face the depth of stress that we do in nursing. … Continued
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This podcast covers cirrhosis or end stage liver disease. I discuss the causes, labs associated with, and pathophysiology of cirrhosis. This is a fun review of treatments and patient care for patients suffering from this terminal condition. Great review for … Continued
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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 tips that I used to graduate with a 3.8 and … Continued
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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 NCLEX® . With … Continued
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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 happening … Continued
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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 an important cardiac disorder to understand. … Continued
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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 download … Continued
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This is out first video podcast. Hemodynamics is hard to describe without images so I thought it would be best to cover this with a video. This podcast provides a basic introduction to hemodynamics for nurses and nursing students to … Continued
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Confused about ventilator settings in the ICU? No more! This podcast covers the basics behind AC (assist control) and SIMV (synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation) two of the most common vent modes you will see in your ICU/critical care unit. Click … Continued
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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 many more factors involved … Continued
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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 diastole. This is termed End Diastolic Volume (EDV), thus at the very … Continued
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This podcast covers the basics behind brain death testing. Apnea testing as well as tests for the various cranial nerves. We also touch on the difference between coma, vegatative state, and actual brain death. NIH Brain Death Website CNN Article … Continued
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 NRSNG Podcast number two, Stroke 101. As always, this podcast is meant for educational … Continued