Nursing School Week by Week

Nursing School Week by Week

Get the inside scoop of nursing school from someone who is going through it. Join nursing student, Melanie, each week for tips on everything from acing your Foundations class to getting your very first job as a nurse.

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January 11, 2022 20 min

These are the 8 secrets to success I've learned in my year and a half of nursing school. Success is no accident. It takes hard work, but it helps to hear tips from someone who's gone before you on this journey. 

#1: Take advantage of the Halo Effect

#2: How to choose your study group

#3: Build a strong study system

#4: Reminder notifications

#5: Master assignment list

#6: Study group rules

#7: Strong support system

#8: Prioritize h...

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Even as nursing students in clinicals, we see so many patients affected by heart failure. This is definitely a biggie, and one you need to know. Today I'm breaking it down, and hitting the highlights of what you need to know as a nursing student about heart failure.

Picmonic has some great resources to help you remember Heart Failure during test time. Click this link to check out Picmonic for free, or to get 20% off a subscripti...

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September 11, 2021 9 min

Today I’m sharing with you my insanely effective study system that I use for nursing school. This is a study system that is big on active learning, and NOT passive, time-wasting things. I’m NOT talking about re-reading or re-writing your notes. I’m NOT talking about getting cozy on the couch with your textbook and reading the chapter while highlighting. No. Those are passive learning techniques, and are not the best use of your tim...

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August 9, 2021 8 min

 "There's an app for that!" 
There's an app for everything, and today I’m talking about the top 3 apps you need as a nursing student. I’m about halfway through my nursing school program, and I am telling you - these apps have saved me so much time, and I truly believe they’ve been instrumental in helping me make A’s in my classes.

Follow this link https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/nursingschoolweekbyweek to check out...

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Deciding whether or not to work while you go to nursing school can be a difficult decision. Should you focus on studying? Should you get the experience of working? Today we’re talking about 6 reasons why you should work during nursing school, (and one situation where you shouldn’t.) Some people don’t have a choice. They’ve got rent to pay, or other people to support, and they have to work during nursing school just to stay afloat. ...

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April 18, 2021 22 min

What do you need to know as a nursing student about Chronic Kidney Disease?

Today I'm going to be talking about chronic kidney disease. 
When a patient has a problem with their kidneys, it can either be an acute problem or a chronic problem. So it could be acute kidney injury which can often be reversed and fixed or it could be chronic kidney disease and that is not reversible. With chronic kidney disease they will eventually nee...

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April 4, 2021 21 min

Let's talk about Cirrhosis! Learn about the signs and symptoms, the complications, and what you, as the nurse, can do about it.

Over 44,000 people die every year from cirrhosis, so it’s the 9th leading cause of death in the US. Cirrhosis is an incurable form of liver disease that happens slowly due to inflammation and scarring of the liver tissue. When you think of cirrhosis, think of scarring, or “Scarosis”. The main cause is c...

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March 20, 2021 19 min

This week, the most high-yield topic is hyper and hypothyroidism. You’ll see a lot of your test questions coming from this subject.

I’m gonna talk about hyperthyroidism first, and then I’ll cover hypothyroidism.

So, What is hyperthyroidism? It’s when your body makes too much of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. I’m not sure how much of the A&P you remember from forever ago, so to review how T3 & T4 are made, your hypothalamus i...

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If the hospitals in your area are allowing students to come in, then you’ll likely be starting your clinical rotations soon, if you haven’t already. Today I’m going to share some tips that will help you really get the most out of your nursing clinicals.

Tip #1: Daily Goals Post-it-Note
Tip #2: Ask to Watch or Do
Tip #3: Don't correct the Nurses or Techs
Tip #4: Be Brave
Tip #5: Don't Cry
Tip #6: Be a Team Player
Tip #7: Keep a Cli...

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September 6, 2020 19 min

Doing a head to toe assessment is something you will be doing day in and day out for the rest of your nursing career, so let’s learn how to do it quickly, and efficiently.

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August 29, 2020 14 min

 For the 1st week of nursing school, the most high-yield topic is tissue integrity. 

Well, what is tissue integrity? It’s your skin’s ability to repair itself and stay healthy. Let's talk about it!



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August 8, 2020 13 min

Today we’ll be talking about the 10 essential supplies you need for nursing school. Then I’ll run through about 15 more things that are nice to have. This list may be a little different for each school, so if your school gives you a supplies list, definitely go by that first.

Now, I’m going to assume if you’ve made it through your prereqs, that you already have a backpack and pens and paper. If you don’t I highly recommend a rolling...

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Nursing school orientation is just one of the many things that is so different in 2020. At orientation, your professors will go over the dress code for skills lab and clinicals, the schedule that you could have for your clinical rotations, what skills lab will look like, the books and supplies you’ll need, and they’ll emphasize how much hard work you are going to need to put into nursing school.



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July 3, 2020 8 min

Today we’re going to be talking about all the little requirements that have to be met in the months leading up to nursing school. This is after you’ve been accepted, but before the actual start date of your program. When you get your acceptance into nursing school, it’s so exciting, because you’ve worked so hard to get to that point, and you should celebrate! But, that acceptance is conditional on you completing a bunch of other re...

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