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6/20/09 10:01 A

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I like the idea of posting your tables right into the notes. Great tip. Thank you!



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5/22/09 8:48 P

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My instructors post the lecture outline or a powerpoint on our school webct. I download and save them and then fluff them up. Our textbook's website features the entire book online. I copy and paste illustrations and tables right into my notes. I also fill in any blanks that they may have left open for class discussion. Usually they pertain to nursing interventions for the topics that they go over.

Happy studying!

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5/14/09 7:00 A

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You are welcome!

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Thank you for the youtube idea! I'll have to look for those instructors.


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I agree. One of my teachers actually started showing a lot of youtube videos during class last quarter and the last half of this quarter (this quarter is split into two halves, with 1 type of class and clinical the first half - pediatrics for me - and 1 type of class and clinical the other half - maternal-newborn nursing for me now, just started this last week. I cannot WAIT to be done but these next 4 weeks will be tough. TONS to cram into them.
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5/9/09 8:45 P

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Another study tool is Youtube. I have discovered excellent instructors on there like "sterilefield" and "Hawknurse".

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3/29/09 1:52 A

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Don't allow yourself to get behind ;-) and share study notes with your classmates.

Edited by: BLEVERETT1 at: 3/29/2009 (01:52)
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2/28/09 10:33 A

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You can get online resources like www.epocrates.com/
This is a great drug guide and it is free.

You can get the Davis Drug guide CD at
www.fadavis.com
Order: 978-0-8036-1914-2 DEGLIN/VALLERAND CD TO ACCOMPANY DAVIS'S DRUG GUIDE FOR NURSES 11TH the price is $12.95

If you have a MP3 or Ipod go to: Vangonotes under nursing and see Pharmacology, if you like Audio learning www.audible.com/

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We have a challenge to study a drug a day. I have fallen behind but I will post some more today. That may help.

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Good Ideas! I really need to start going through my NCLEX review book. I don't have a problem with Med-Surg so much it's Pharm that is the problem! I just don't know how to study for that one.


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I spoke with the med-surg professor and she recommended a survival tool and the book is "Med-Surg Success" by Cadenhead and Callicoatt.
I plan to look at it over Spring break. It covers test taking, complete review of Med-Surg concepts and has 2000 NCLEX style questions.

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A new skill for me is organize or study whenever you can, like "midnight" when it is quiet with few interruptions. It made me feel better and more in control and I will need to on some days.

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What has worked best for me is studying from the NCLEX review books. For example, if we're learning the endocrine system, I read the text, use the companion CD-ROM, review my class notes, and then open up my NCLEX review book to the endocrine chapter and do the questions. It allows me to quickly realize what is important, what to focus on, and what will likely be included on the test. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN has been quite helpful.


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Thanks for the tip!


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The thing that worked best for me I just discovered last class. Record the lecture! duh. Wish I had thought of it sooner. When I get home, I upload it to my computer, then I can listen to it and type up my notes at the same time. It really helped me to remember things.

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1/6/09 8:58 A

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Here is student nurses website that might be helpful:

www.nursezone.com/Student-Nurses/default.a
spx?WT.mc_id=9000219


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Usually I do my best in a quiet place.

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Sound information, thank you for contributing your survival skills.
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I personally make sure that I read the chapter before it is covered in class so the instructor is just reinforcing what I read. At my school my instructors love tables in the text, so I make sure to always know the tables that are mentioned in class, they tend to be great summaries of the material covered. Also, our instructors give us the key concepts of each chapter, I make sure I can answer all them. At the end of each chapter and online our book has several questions and I make sure I can answer those. I also love note cards for things that I need to memorize. I've learned in nursing school that just because it isn't talked about in class doesn't mean you wont have 6 questions on the test that you wouldn't have been able to answer if you didn't really READ the chapter, so READ. A lot of girls in my class haven't even opened the book and their grades reflect that. I also use a NCCLEX review book on the topic covered in class and that has helped me as well.I study every chance I get even if its just for 10 min.


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I read the summary first, then note key points. I will tape anything that requires memorization and listen to it while exercising or while traveling in the car. I like to also view power points on the subject or make flash cards. I use mnemonics.



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Well I am still trying to perfect study habits, because I always manage to fall behind on the reading and especially towards the end of the quarter I have a really hard time focusing. When I have a lot to do, I also have a hard time focusing because I feel like I should be doing everything at once! I have a hard time sticking to one thing until it's done (especially considering that I usually CAN'T stick to one thing until it is done because inevitably something else will come up that is more urgent!). I feel like I need to speed up my reading but I have a hard time doing that. I have to have NO distractions when reading, and I can't be hungry or cold or really tired, or I just can't get any reading done. This makes it difficult when I have tons of reading! It's a wonder I'm able to do as well as I do because I never do all the readings and I often feel like I don't understand as much as I should to the extent that I should. But then I often find myself understanding things that others don't, so I remind myself that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
As far as what has helped me survive - I look for opportunities to study at every chance I get. Even if it is just 20 minutes (although sometimes I don't use that time cause I really just need that time for a break), or like if we are going somewhere on a weekend and my husband is driving, I will read(although I rarely get that opportunity anymore, because whereever I go, I usually go alone - even if he CAN go - and I have to drive).
Also, I like to study just a few days before a test, to make sure it is still fresh in my mind. Don't get me wrong, I try not to wait until "last minute." Some people like to study 1-2 weeks before a test, but I have tried that before and find that between then I have to study for other things and that class kind of needs refresher before I take the test. I do as much of the reading as I can before the class, so that is kind of studying for the test. Then I read the notes pertaining to the test I'm going to take, making sure to look up anything that I'm unclear on. As I read, I internalize it and try to put it in my own words to make sure I understand it well. I try to "store" it in my memory by making connections to things I already know.
I also have tried making goals to get certain readings done by the end of the day, to keep myself focused and on target. It might work for some but I found myself constantly frustrated. I think they were reasonable goals but I just had a hard time staying focused. By the end of the quarter I was barely doing any of the readings! (because I had so many other assignments to do and I was just having a hard time doing anymore reading).
I could go on and on. I'm a blabbermouth; sorry!

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What study habits have helped you succeed? It can be any idea that has worked for you in the past. We can help another member with our posts and maybe learn about an idea that we haven't given much thought to before now.
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