Sweaty armpits, clammy hands, feeling of impending doom, and feeling like the room is closing in on nursing students are all symptoms of anxiety about taking a nursing test. Many students experience these feelings during a test, and they tend to be overwhelming. The author talks about ways to decrease anxiety and share some test-taking strategies to help the nursing students through both the NCLEX and nursing school. She discusses ways to decrease anxiety while test taking. The author instructs the nursing students to take their own time to learn all the information and to study the material every week until the exam. She also instructs the nursing students to attend study groups, which gives them not only extra credit but also a better idea of what is on the exam.
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Emergency nursing is needed when a patient presents with a critical illness or medical situation. As nurses, our job is to prevent complications, but not all critical situations can be prevented. Nursing student/nurse may have a situation where a rapid response or code blue is called, meaning that a patient’s current medical status has changed from stable to critical. A critical care team is available to provide care in these situations where a quick response is key to patients’ survival. This chapter discusses the most common emergency situations such as cardiac arrest, septic shock, perforated bowel, and gastrointestinal bleed you may encounter as a nursing student and as a nurse. Nurses are often the ones to recognize when a patient is in need of immediate care. Nursing interventions for respiratory failure is CPR is initiated. Mechanical ventilation is needed. A respiratory stimulant such as Doxapram is given.
This book is the ultimate, all-in-one study guide to the core information nursing students need for success in all of their foundational courses. Fundamentals of nursing introduces readers to the thorough assessment of patients, the nursing process, communication between nurse and patient, cultural differences, functional health patterns, and the overall framework of nursing practice. The book summarizes the points to focus on when studying nursing history. The most frequently tested information was on Florence Nightingale and her influence. The book also focuses on patient care and assessments. Along with communication techniques, nurses rely on the nursing process when caring for patients. The nursing process is a five-step systematic approach to problem solving. It allows the nurse to obtain both subjective and objective information to determine the health care problem. The five steps are: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation, which can be remembered using the mnemonic “ADPIE (A Delicious PIE)”. Based on these steps a care plan is conducted for each patient. The book includes information on health assessment, medical-surgical nursing, emergency nursing, pharmacology, pediatric nursing, women’s health, psychiatric nursing, what to expect in nursing school, and ways to decrease anxiety while test taking.
In this chapter, the author discusses the standard nursing curriculum and a reference for every core nursing course Completing nursing school and the NCLEX brings the nursing students to another major pinnacle of their nursing career. As they enter their first nursing job, they will notice quickly the series of emotions they will go through. Emotions such as anxiety, nervousness, fear, confusion, and a little excitement were the feelings the author felt during the first days of her nursing career. These emotions slowly dissipate as the nursing students become more comfortable with the task at hand. Nursing is a field in which education is ongoing. There are always new medications and ailments that the nursing students will be responsible for knowing. At times it is challenging, but it is a very rewarding and humbling career.
In this chapter, the author discusses the standard nursing curriculum and a reference for every core nursing course. She highlights important material most likely to appear on class exams to facilitate successful exam preparation. The author discusses what to expect in nursing school. The biggest fears are the exams and clinical, the two factors that pretty much make up nursing school. The author highlights the most frequently tested information. As a former nursing student, she can tell the nursing students the ins and outs of how to get through the program. The author instructs them to buy the NCLEX book and study guide recommended by the professor. The nursing students often use test questions from these books. She also instructs the nursing students to use the PowerPoints as class notes and to figure out a study method that works.
Women’s health course is usually taken with a pediatric nursing course because they pretty much go hand in hand. Nursing students will need to know the developmental stages a family experiences during the childbearing process, along with any complications that may occur in the prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum stages. They will be able to practice nursing care of women in all stages from the prenatal to labor and delivery. In the labor and delivery unit, the nursing students will experience the end stages of labor to the birth of the newborn. They will be able to be part of the experience of both a vaginal and a cesarean birth. In the postpartum unit, the nursing students will be able to perform a full assessment on the newborn. They will also experience the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Infants in the NICU require close monitoring, feedings, respiratory support, and intravenous therapy.