Hello to all nursing students! Welcome back! AACC has a new Nursing Mentor and Retention Specialist, Heidi L. Rayner, MS, RN, whom you will all be meeting soon if you haven't already! Ms. Rayner is working on updating the NMRS website, so stay tuned for more information! Ms. Rayner can be reached on 410.777.2423, by email at email@example.com, or in Florestano 426.
1. Develop your Study Skills with these innovative ideas:
- Use ATI as a study and test prep resource.
Selectively review textbook chapters that you studied this past academic year--focus on key points, develop understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases/disorders.
- Learn how to use the SQ3R Method to read your textbooks. View the SQ3R Method
- Use objectives and/or text headings/subheadings as guide to develop questions on content and quiz yourself by answering the questions.
Learn how to use Cornell study notes format or other concise, focused format to develop an effective note-taking system. Do not overdo the notes and spend all your study time writing. You need to digest the information and think through it like a nurse. View Cornell study notes
- Answer the questions you develop on content with concise, focused notes.
- Recite--talk out loud as you study. Quiz yourself and ask yourself questions about the content.
- Consider forming a study group for the fall term. For information on how to develop an effective study group, go to ANGEL, under Community Resource Groups, Nurse Resource Center, Content, Nurse Mentor folder and you will find “Effective Study Groups” file with valuable information.
- Work on case studies: This resource on case studies is a NUR 230 book that is on reference in the AACC Truxal Library. It is a reference only book but I hope to have a copy of it this fall: Pressusser, Barbara A.,Winningham and Preusser's critical thinking cases in nuring: medical-surgical, pediatric, maternity, and psychiatric case studies. 4th edition. Also, you can find case studies in your nursing texts and I would recommend you use them.
- Learn how to or continue to develop concept maps and please bring them to me during the course and we can work together to fine tune them. Work to prioritize your nursing interventions/diagnoses in the concept maps.
- Use visual aids. Textbook pictures, table, graphs, and charts are helpful as they condense information. Develop your own visual aids with tables, charts, and condensed information.
- Use resources such as Fundamentals, Med/Surg, and Pathophysiology Reviews & Rationales books to review content and introduce yourself to new content. Fundamentals, Med/Surg, and Pathophysiology Reviews & Rationales books to review content and introduce yourself to new content.
2. Develop your test-taking strategies with these great ideas:
- Work on test anxiety: Practice a test at home that is similar to your NUR 220 exam. 50 questions, same time, and practice your stress management techniques. (deep breathing, visualization, positive self-talk)
- Develop the Key word test taking strategy (Narrow Focus Method).
- Develop the “Choices of Successful Students” also found in the Nurse Mentor folder in the Nurse Resource Center, Community Groups on ANGEL. Attend weekly tutoring and we can also discuss and develop these qualities.
- Complete case studies and work on play-acting scenarios with your study partner. (Act out a disease/disorder and have your partner use therapeutic communication, state s/s, patho, meds, diag/labs, nsg diagnosis, and priority nursing diagnoses and interventions.)
- Practice test questions as a final part of your study plan. Complete your review and then practice questions. Discuss the questions with your study group and make up your own questions to bring to the study group.
Remember that the Nurse Mentor is there to facilitate your learning experience. Please consider meeting with the Nurse Mentor at the beginning of the semester to set up your study plan, discuss study skills, and work on test taking strategies.