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How to survive & maybe even love nursing school : a guide for students by students / by Kelli S. Dunham.

Dunham, Kelli S. (Author).


From the Publisher: This light-hearted, fun, fresh, and easy-to-read guide for nursing students by nursing students is full of practical information to help them cope with-and get the most out of-nursing school. Features a new section, "staff nurses speak," with quotes from staff nurses currently advising nursing students. Covers the use of podcasts, voice recorders, and CD-burning technology for recording and preserving lectures. Offers new, illustrative quotes from current nursing students and faculty members. Advises on respecting patient autonomy and dealing with end of life issues. Includes a new section on the nurse and media advocacy. Highlights financial aid and alternative ways to pay for education. Offers updated NCLEX coverage, including changing pass rates and tips for foreign students. Strategies to deal with the competitive nursing school admission process, including alternative ways to get an RN degree. Discussions of the nursing shortage and its impact on students' career choices and workplace environments. How to compare job offers, evaluate sign-on bonuses, and make wise decisions after graduation.

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  • ISBN: 9780803618299 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0803618298 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xxii, 251 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: 3rd ed.
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : F.A. Davis Co., c2008.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1: Yes, You Can Avoid: Confusion, Acute, Related To Multiple Choices -- Choosing a program that fits your career objectives -- Choosing a school -- Choosing a school size -- What to look for academically -- What to look for clinically -- What to look for socially -- Making the most of your campus visit -- Online options -- Getting in -- Filling out those forms -- Handling interviews -- Transferring credits -- Not getting in -- Counting the cost -- Discovering the real costs of attendance -- Think about: governmental financial aid -- Think about: nongovernmental financial aid -- Resources -- 2: Yes, You Can Avoid: Powerlessness Related To Excessive Stress -- Defining the problem -- Taking control -- Helping ourselves: the art of self-care -- Maintaining balance -- When your brain is a pain: recognizing cognitive distortions -- Helping you/hurting me -- Understanding codependence -- Establishing boundaries -- Visualization and affirmations -- No nurse is an island: getting help from others -- Building your support system of family and friends -- If you need more help -- Note about motivation -- Resources -- 3: Yes, You Can Avoid: Role Confusion Related To Juggling Multiple Tasks -- Juggling family and home responsibilities -- Sell the program -- Involve the kids -- Bundle activities and purchases -- Juggling free time and recreation -- Nuts and bolts of time management -- Dealing with clutter -- Dealing with procrastination -- Working while in school -- If you can afford not to work -- Getting (or keeping) a job in health care -- Resources -- 4: Yes, You Can Avoid: Impaired Memory Related To Information Overload -- Finding a guide -- Reading: how much is enough? -- Making the most of your reading time and effort -- Prelecture reading: to read or not to read -- If you can't do your reading -- Optimizing your reading time -- Learning from lecture -- Attendance, preparation, and general classroom behavior -- Note about notes -- Planning your study time -- Joining a study group -- Pros and cons of study groups -- Choosing groupies -- Building a structure -- Note on competition in nursing school -- Papers and such -- Researching -- Writing strategies -- Resources -- 5: Yes, You Can Avoid: Anxiety Related To A Life Built Around Multiple-Choice Tests -- Preparing mentally for tests -- Playing private detective -- Using practice tests to prepare -- Preparing physically for tests -- Rest and exercise -- Night before -- Day of the exam -- Before the exam begins -- Test-taking tips -- Troubleshooting test performance -- Examine the problem yourself -- Getting outside help -- Final word about grades -- Resources -- 6: Yes, You Can Avoid: Fatigue Related To Being Perceived As "Different" -- If you are a nontraditional-age student -- Special time concerns for the older student -- If you are a student who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered -- If you are a male student -- Special considerations in choosing a school -- What does it mean to be male in a female environment? -- Handling being treated differently -- Resources.
7: Yes, You Can Avoid: Fear Related To The Start Of Clinical Rotations -- Choosing a clinical instructor -- Choosing a clinical site -- Outfitting yourself for clinicals -- Uniforms -- Equipment -- Preparation -- Getting lab experience -- Getting the most out of clinical orientation -- Managing preclinical paperwork -- Final note about care plans -- Night before -- Getting and giving respect on the floor: your clinical instructors -- If a problem develops -- If the problem persists -- Getting and giving respect on the floor: your classmates -- Getting along -- Classmates and cultural competency -- Getting and giving respect on the floor: your patients -- Confidentiality -- Privacy -- Getting and giving respect on the floor: the staff -- When you don't like what you see -- Resources -- 8: Yes, You Can Avoid: Anxiety, Severe, Related To The Upcoming NCLEX -- Anticipation -- Planning -- Registering -- Picking a time and place -- NCLEX in a nutshell -- Preparation -- Assessing your needs -- Mapping out a study plan -- Choosing review tools and options -- Forming a study group -- Taking the test -- Final preparation -- Handling the computer -- Handling your anxiety -- Getting your results -- If you don't pass -- Resources -- 9: Yes, You Can Avoid: Confusion, Chronic, Related To Changing Issues And Trends In Nursing -- Why this chapter is important -- Learning to surf-keeping on top of the trends -- Nursing in 2007 and beyond: what you can expect -- Coming nurse gap -- Endangered back rub -- Sicker and quicker and other fast fixes -- Changing the weather -- Being nice gets us nowhere -- Resources -- 10: Yes, You Can Avoid: Sleep Pattern Disturbance Related To Occupational Worries -- Job search, part 1: while you're in school -- Networking at clinical -- Getting stuff for your resume -- Using school resources -- Job search, part 2: getting started -- Discovering what's out there -- Should I do medical/surgical time? -- When to start looking -- Resume on resumes -- Job search, part 3: the search itself -- Job-search strategies -- Interviewing -- Getting up to speed -- What's next? -- Resources -- Appendix: On humor and healing, including resources -- Humor for healing -- Make me laugh: for you -- Make me laugh: for your patients -- Web sites -- Index.
Subject: Nursing > Study and teaching.
Nursing students > Psychology.
Nursing students > Anecdotes.
Education, Nursing.
Students, Nursing.
Schools, Nursing.
Soins infirmiers >
> Psychologie.
> Anecdotes.

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