Top 10 Student nurse tips

Infusion Nurse -

Infusion nursing is a critically important nursing specialty, and the Infusion Nurse blog (authored by Cora Vizcarra, RN, MBA, VA-BC) celebrates that fact while sharing the latest news and insights related to vascular access and infusion therapies. Popular posts have to do with the difference between osmolarity and osmolality, calculating and counting drops, and choosing the right needle size.

Visual Learners: Try Concept Mapping

If you are a visual learner, try concept/mind mapping for your nursing school notes, says Tyrhonda King, MSN, RN, a professional nurse tutor at Chamberlain’s Arlington campus. Examples might include drawing a picture or creating a table or chart. To create a concept map, place the topic in the center of the page within a circle, for example. Each key point should have its own box, while supportive information will have its own shape and branch from the key point. “Be fun and creative,” said King. “Add different colors and change the shape of the key point and data as your map grows.” King also advises to keep the supportive data short and to the point and to summarize in your own words to make the information meaningful to you.

Nurse Gail -

Nurse Gail is more of a platform for nurses to share the latest evidence-based health information than a traditional blog. While it started as the blog of Gail Ingram (MS, PC-AGNP), Nurse Gail quickly became a trusted source for health and wellness information and transformed into a collaborative resource. Today the nurses that write for Nurse Gail share their expertise and perspectives on a variety of topics ranging from medicine to parenting to food and to fitness.

Should You Discuss Competing Offers with Your Travel Nursing Recruiters?

Of course, the next step beyond social proof is for you to discuss competing offers with your recruiters. You do this in an attempt to get recruiters to bid against one another for the best pay. We advocate the use of this approach within certain parameters in our eBook on pay negotiation. I’ll explain why in a moment. However, it’s also important to note that negotiation experts are divided on this topic.

Find Ways to Blow Off Steam Outside of Nursing School

It’s very important to study hard while in nursing school. It’s also important to do well on your tests. But you shouldn’t devote your entire life to nursing school and all that it entails. You should still make time for going to the movies, watching TV, and hanging out with your family and friends. That doesn’t mean you should goof off all the time, but it does mean you should blow off steam every now and then. It’ll help you avoid dealing with too much stress and prepare you for the work-life balance you’re going to want to try and achieve once you become a nurse.

FreshRN -

FreshRN is another great resource for nursing students and new nurses. Its top posts include tips for new grad emergency department nurses, such as when to take the NCLEX exam after graduation and how to detect subtle neuro changes in patients. The website also features a podcast, continuing education courses, and must-read books for nurses.

Encourage participation

Many online classroom formats have features such as polls, breakout rooms, and whiteboards. Familiarize yourself with these tools and use them frequently. Your online dashboard may reflect usage data, allowing you to see how many students are actually participating, as well as gauge student understanding of presented concepts. Giving homework is essential in an online environment. Keep learners engaged during the week with assignments, such as journals, readings, projects, discussions, ungraded practice quizzes, document downloads, or short papers. As discussed in the first tip, be clear about homework and talk about it during class. Homework also gives students a shared experience outside of class. Work hard to ensure that assignments and classroom content align with course objectives and goals. Include various activities that challenge knowledge and impart critical-thinking skills. Be thoughtful when developing assignments and give timely, effective feedback.

Prepare for Exam Day

  • Be sure to sleep well the week before the exam.
  • Bring snacks to the center to keep in your locker in case you choose to take a break during the exam.
  • Arrive early to the testing center, prepared with necessary documents for testing.
  • Put gas in your car the night before.
  • Set a reliable alarm.
  • Bring clothes you can layer in case you tend to get cold. If you try to control your environment as much as possible, it will help you to feel comfortable and prepared for the exam itself.
  • Schedule your exam time with your usual preference for testing. If you are a morning person, schedule a morning test. If you enjoy slow mornings and sleeping in, then schedule an afternoon exam.

Be Flexible when Negotiating Travel Nursing Pay

Harvard Professor Michael Wheeler argues that negotiators should avoid rigid approaches. Hy says negotiating is dynamic and it can’t be scripted. Moreover, your negotiating partner may not be as cooperative as you expect. Therefore, you should have a plan A, B and C whenever possible. Be prepared in advance to alter your position or find opportunities for win-win agreements. Check out our free negotiating eBook to discover more about how to create win-win agreements with travel nursing agencies. The book includes tons of information on this topic; far too much to include in this post. Wheeler also points out that it’s easy to draw false conclusions from negotiating experiences because we don’t have all the information from the other side. However, writing things down both before and after negotiations can be greatly beneficial. Write down what you know as well as your assumptions about the other side before and after in order to improve your skills.

Straight A Nursing Student -

All nurses have to find a way to survive nursing school, and Straight A Nursing Student is here to help. In addition to offering free study guides and a boot camp, Straight A Nursing Student Maureen “Nurse Mo” Osuna (BSN, RN) runs a podcast that touches on a variety of topics from managing intracranial pressure to knowing when to intubate your patient. Whether you’re a nursing student or a working RN, you’re sure to learn something.