I recommend my students keep a small notebook, sized to easily tuck in the uniform
pants pocket, for taking quick notes. Jot down any abbreviations, mnemonics, questions as they pop up so you can revisit them later. Can't always ask questions at the time. Also, if you need to scribble down vital signs, or anything you need to be precise on, but don't have the chart handy.
I start my students off with an abbreviations/mnemonics list, and encourage them to add to it as they go. We tend to speak in all=capped letters, and think everyone knows what they are,
. Just a few to start: ADL, ABC, AKA & BKA, Tx, Dx, Rx. Basically change any word into the first letter and add an x, lol. To nurses, lol can be little old lady as often as not.
ADL: activity of daily living
ABC: airway, breathing, circulation OR appearance, behavior, cognition OR area, border, color
AKA: above knee amputation OR also known as
Tx: treatment Dx: diagnosis Rx: prescription