i tried a search and i was only able to find one post about this topic (hope i was thorough enough in my search). that post is below for anyone who might be interested in the information. most of the posts were about preparing for the nclex or specific tests/procedures/etc.
i'm taking my prereqs now and i'm concerned about the horror stories from the nursing students about how difficult it is. i'm entirely prepared for the sacrifice (i've actually scrimped and saved over a period of years so that i can support my family while i attend for 18 months).
what i'd like to know is, what is the best way now to prepare for nursing school so that some of the material will look familiar to me. i understand that a lot of what it takes to be a good nurse does not come from school, but i want to walk out of school with the absolutely most solid set of skills and knowledge i can. i want to be an exceptional nurse.
i made it through a math degree (pales in comparison to a nursing degree i know), by trying to read through the books a semseter in advance every semester. i didn't understand the material, but having seen it made it much easier to absorb the lectures. could i do this with nursing? perhaps i should get some nclex prep books or some school books from the program (or volunteer at a hospital). there are lots of things i can do. i was just wondering what the best way might be.
ideas from both nursing students and veteran nurses are more than welcome, and thank you in advance for your time.
- common abbreviations used for nurses, particularly related to medication administration routes, times and measurements, iv solution shortened names, abbreviations of dosage forms, commonly used documentation terms and common lab tests that are ordered.
- this really is more for someone taking anatomy, but it is medical terminology
. the site the shows and tells you the anatomical planes of the body, defines terms of relation or position, defines terms of movement, and has a listing of frequently used medical terms in anatomy with their definitions. a reference you might want to print out for your anatomy notebooks.
- medical terminology help from the university of minnesota - includes link to their interactive quiz program that has a medical terminology section - lots of online quizzes to help you learn medical terminology
- strategies for success, an online primer and tutorial on how to study for students from the alamo community college. this is a pretty extensive resource with links on the right side of the page to click into the following subjects: learning styles, note taking, memory techniques, time management, overcoming procrastination, sq3r (a method for getting the most out of reading your textbooks), study tips, critical thinking, preparing for tests, and oral presentations. also, take a look at the faq's (frequently asked questions).
- basic nursing skills. a page of links into these procedures: measuring intake and output, sterile technique, urinary catheterization, application of heat and cold, enema administration, wound packing, gloving, and vital sign measurements.
- how to take a blood pressure
medline plus http://www.medlineplus.gov/
- extensive information at this site. there are videos of commonly performed medical and surgical procedures as well as links to information about all kinds of health, medical and disease states. it is well worth learning what is on this site and how to search a topic on this site.
merck manual of diagnosis and therapy http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/mmanual/sections.jsp
merck manual of medical information http://www.merck.com/mmhe/index.html
merck manual of geriatrics http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/mmg/contents.jsp
encyclopedia of surgery http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/index.html