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Advice to the Student Nurse

  1. 16 Hello Nursing Students,
    Welcome and congrats to being accepted into a nursing school. I know you have worked long and hard to get into one. Congrats, keep pushing, stay motivated, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    1.Tests.
    -Practice NCLEX questions that relate to your test topic.

    - Invest in a NCLEX book your 1st semester. If you haven't, I recommend you do.

    - Some good NCLEX books (Saunders, Kaplan, or Mosby's)

    - It helps with the material, what interventions to do, and even gives a break down of
    your big textbooks.

    2. Study Groups.
    - Study groups are best in a group of 5.

    - If you do not understand certain material, someone from your group may explain it
    better.

    - If you already know the material, someone may provide information you may have
    missed. You guys can quiz and discuss the material.

    - 5 is a good number because it is not too large or too small. That way if someone
    from the group can't come to the study session. There is always someone available.

    - The group can always add on to each others knowledge base.

    - Study groups are not for teaching all the material. Study groups are only efficient if
    the group has studied the material and have something to bring to the group.

    - It helps to divide and conquer. However, it is not for those that think others will pick
    up their slack.

    3. SHINE in Clinicals.
    - Always be prepared. Don't ever say I do not know. Say, "I will look it up." OR
    You will have been prepared and have already looked up the information.

    - Always say yes and do skills. (IV, foley, NG tube insertion) Hunt for it if you have to.

    - Tell all the nurses on the floor that you want to do any procedure that comes up with
    their patients.

    - Get to know everyone and give a PERSONAL thank you card, if you want them to
    consider you for future employment after nursing school.

    *** Make connections at all the hospitals you go to. Create a linkedin.com account and
    ask to add them to on it. Give them a personal thank you care with your phone
    number and email. It seems pushy, but new grad jobs at the hospital are hard to
    get.

    - Think of Clinicals as a time to shine and make connections. Your network connections
    can help you get a job after you graduate.

    4. DO get a part-time health care job DURING school!
    - I was told the program will be rigorous and if you do not have to work, DON'T!...
    .......BAD ADVICE....

    - When you get out of school, it looks better that you have health care experience and
    you worked during school. It shows you can manage your time and you don't have
    this unemployment gap in your resume.

    - It will make your resume look better than majority of the new grads.

    - Job choices for nursing students: Patient care associate, CNA, LVN, student nurse
    extern (UCLA has this)

    - Yes, you can take the LVN NCLEX after 1 year of RN nursing school.

    - If you do not want to work, volunteer at a hospital (4hrs), or join COPE Health
    solutions and get into their Clinical Care extender.

    6. Make time for yourself.
    - Nursing school is rough, but manage your time and make time for yourself.

    5. NCLEX
    - Kaplan, Saunders, and LaCharity worked for me.

    - Kaplan is good for questions. It is designed just like NCLEX. You will feel like you are
    taking a Kaplan test when you sit for your boards.

    - Saunders is good for material.

    - LaCharity is good for tough questions and select all that apply.

    Good luck to all of you! You will do great. Stay Motivated. Nursing school will end and you will be a Nurse.
  2. Visit  Yellow90 profile page

    About Yellow90

    From 'Thousand Oaks, CA, US'; Joined Aug '13; Posts: 31; Likes: 49.

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  3. Visit  87RN profile page
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    Great tips! Here's mine: Attitude goes a long way! Always be humble, friendly, and ask others if they need help. If you are more willing to help others, they will be more willing to help you.
    Do not act like a know-it-all, I have seen students fail clinicals/ new nurses fired because they act like this. Never pretend like you know something when you don't, it's not safe. Look it up or ask someone. When you do your assessments, take off the f-n blankets! Really look at your patient and don't chart it unless you have done it! I have seen some nurses charting pedal pulses on amputees or pupil checks with glass eyes.
    If you are having trouble understanding a topic, google it, YouTube has great videos, etc. Set your regular alarm clock as well as cell phone alarm in case a power outage or your phone dies. It's cool to bring in cookies/ a card to say thank you but don't make it too cheesy or personal, we had a student bring us gourmet cookies with each of our names on it, nobody like a kiss ass.
    Always make sure you have suction set up and ready to go. Double glove before cleaning up a soiled patient, save you from having to get a new pair if you get crap on your gloves. Don't gossip about your classmates, instructors, or nurses, you don't want to be seen as that person and don't trust others to keep quiet about it. Don't burn bridges. Nursing school is hard but it certainly can be done and will be over before you know it! Anyway, congrats and good luck!
    rls927, sweetf, hopefulRN'17, and 10 others like this.
  4. Visit  Yellow90 profile page
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    I love it. Great tips as well.
    1. Yes. Do your own assessment.
    * You may find your assessment may be different from your nurses.

    2. Do not act like a know-it-all.
    * Don't say "I already know that" , just listen if they are teaching you something.
    * Give out positive vibes.

    3. Patient safety first.
    * If you do not know how to do it. Don't pretend. The phrase I hear alot is "Fake it till you make it".
    * Ask for help.

    4. By bringing a PERSONAL card.
    * I meant to give t to the Nursing Administrator.

    Thanks 87RN, I love reading your tips. Your tips also apply to the working nurse.
  5. Visit  Junebug903 profile page
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    Great tips!...I haven't been in nursing school since 2006 for my LPN, but hope to be enrolled in an RN program by 2016 My obsession with school has started early
  6. Visit  medmomma profile page
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    Thanks! Great tips
  7. Visit  LadyK90 profile page
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    Thanks for the tips!
  8. Visit  JBudd profile page
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    "Fake it till you make it" does NOT refer to skills (such as sterile procedure for cathing)! It means present yourself as confident to patients no matter how much you are quaking inside; and humble enough to ask questions until you have enough experiences under your belt which will then give you the confidence you are seeking.
    emjay:), angelhawk, sweetf, and 8 others like this.
  9. Visit  Yellow90 profile page
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    Quote from JBudd
    "Fake it till you make it" does NOT refer to skills (such as sterile procedure for cathing)! It means present yourself as confident to patients no matter how much you are quaking inside; and humble enough to ask questions until you have enough experiences under your belt which will then give you the confidence you are seeking.
    Thank you for clarifying it.
    angelhawk and Spangle Brown like this.
  10. Visit  Everline profile page
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    I will soon go into my last semester of nursing school. I think those tips are great! I don't do study groups, though. :-)
  11. Visit  JustWantToMakeIt profile page
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    Thanks for the tips! I was wondering if I would have time to review NCLEX questions while studying in nursing school. It seems as though it would be to my benefit, so I will definitely make time for it!

    Thanks again!
  12. Visit  Hailbop16 profile page
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    Quote from Everline
    I will soon go into my last semester of nursing school. I think those tips are great! I don't do study groups, though. :-)
    I'm just starting nursing school in the fall and I'm not a study group kinda person either and never have been. But that's all I hear is - get in a study group!
  13. Visit  Yellow90 profile page
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    Quote from JustWantToMakeIt
    Thanks for the tips! I was wondering if I would have time to review NCLEX questions while studying in nursing school. It seems as though it would be to my benefit, so I will definitely make time for it!

    Thanks again!
    Many NCLEX book also come with CD's. What you would be doing is using the NCLEX book as an additional study aid for the topics you are studying in nursing school.

    For instance, if you have a test on the respiratory and cardiovascular system, you can find the diseases and questions in the NCLEX book that address the diseases you are learning. You might find that the teachers test questions are similar. The NCLEX books provide rationale for the answer as well.
    Don't think of it like you are studying for NCLEX. Think of it as a supplemental tool during nursing school to help prep you for tests.

    The NCLEX books are great too because it organizes the information of diseases for you. For instance, it will provide quick information such is *what the disease is, *assessment *s/s, etc....

    If you are already studying NCLEX style questions, then it will not be as overwhelming when you actually do study for the NCLEX.

    Hope this helps! Good Luck
    Junebug903 likes this.
  14. Visit  Yellow90 profile page
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    Quote from Hailbop16
    I'm just starting nursing school in the fall and I'm not a study group kinda person either and never have been. But that's all I hear is - get in a study group!
    Study groups are not a necessity, but it does help. For some tests, I did study by myself and found it more beneficial.

    Study groups are good to quiz each other on and have someone else add information to a topic.


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