LadyMermaid 708 Views
Joined: Mar 12, '09;
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You know you're a NS student when you stay up super late the night before, the night before clinical to make sure you can actually sleep before clinical instead of checking the hour clock hour worrying that you'll over sleep and end up not sleeping at all.
When you do actually you sleep, you have nightmares about things going wrong while you're at the hospital. For instance, you're working on a postpartum unit, you go in to greet your mother and baby but find a very elderly woman with dementia instead. Every time you leave the room and come back in, it's a different elderly woman who has NOT just had a baby. When telling your instructor about this phenomena, she yells at you for not doing your job and deducts points for the day for not doing your required assessments and for losing the baby (my latest pre-clinical bad dream).
My last clinical instructor suggested Epocrates to us. For doing med cards, I don't find it very useful. It doesn't list any nursing considerations. The only think I like it for is a quick reference and sometimes it's more up to date than my current drug guide. I haven't tried Unbound's Nursing Central. It looks good but wow! It's expensive.
It might be beneficial to you to make a small amount of time each day (maybe minutes) to review that information. Review your notes form class for familiar information and you book for information that's more difficult to remember. I know how hard it is to find ANY extra time in nursing school making a weekly time management grid and sticking to it might help. (http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/tocollege/schedule_plan_24hour.pdf)
What I've been doing to help retain information form past classes is to skim the notes during breaks form school and to use Saunder's NCLEX review book. It presents information in an outline form and is great for a quick review.
Do you have a recent A&P book? You might want to check out Marieb's book.
As previously stated, you have to find what works for you.
With that said, my own method of madness is to skim the chapters before class. After class, I do a more thorough reading and make an outline combining my notes from class and important info from the reading. While I do the outline, I study the info bit by bit and don't move on until I know it completely.
If I have the a partner to help me study, I'll make note cards instead of an outline. In addition, I find it helpful to talk out loud when studying to grab my boyfriend and make him listen to me explain a concept (like fetal circulation). It's helpful to do review questions at the end of chapters and in study guides. Also, I use Saunder's NCLEX review for reviewing and extra practice questions.
I've noticed that I'm a little anal when studying though. Most of my classmates just read the book and study the power points and that works for them. I need somehting a little more intense.
I don't have any special tips or tricks but the easiest way for me to remember was to practice again and again and again. I practice in the skills lab, on my sister, brother and boyfriend.
Also, a group of three students would take turn practicing on each other. One student would be the nurse, one would be the patient and the other would point out things we missed and make up repeat the assessment until we got it right. It might also be beneficial to make an outline or check list. HTH!
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