10 Advices for Student Nurses

10 Advices for Student Nurses

Studying during nursing school isn’t like normal studying. Typically, in high school, one could remember enough information from class to pass the tests. Maybe a tiny amount of studying was necessary? Nursing lectures are different. You are left with a headache, your head so full of information that nothing makes sense. It’s impossible to remember everything. Alas, studying has become necessary. With that said, I learned how to study in nursing school so that at least one thing will go smoothly for you.

10 Advices for Student Nurses

Here are 10 tips to make your student nurse life a little bit easier.

1. Take Notes. I learned very quickly to take notes in class. If you’re lucky, your instructor will provide you with an outline of the material that is being covered. I used this to study, rather than reading through 30 pages of endless information about autoimmune diseases. Take very good notes!

2. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight. If your instructors are like many of mine, they will give you hints. Mine would always say “this is important” or “you’ll be seeing this again” before saying something that would be seen on a test. Whip out that highlighter and make your notes (see tip number 1) look like a rainbow. Your mind will make mental notes of the colors, and the text that is highlighted will be easier to recall during testing.

3. Record the Lecture. If your nursing program doesn’t provide audio recordings of the lectures, invest in an audio recorder. This is useful when reviewing learned material. As you are listening to the lecture a second time through, add to your notes that were made the first time.

4. Make flashcards. Flashcards are easy and quick to make. They are also small enough to fit inside a purse or in the center console of a car. It is an easy way to study on the run. Or better yet, check out our nursing mnemonics!

5. Chew Gum. Specifically, chew peppermint gum. Chewing gum while studying helps you remember what you’ve read. Life hack: chew the same brand of peppermint gum during a test. It will help you remember what you’ve studied!

6. Read Aloud. Read your notes out loud when you are studying. Hearing the words while reading them helps you remember the material.

7. Invent Rhymes/Songs. It may seem silly, but singing your notes or making up silly rhymes to help you remember, actually works! The song may not even make sense. I used this during pharmacology. It was the only way to remember all those drug classifications and side effects.

8. Study Buddies. Find a friend to study with you. Quiz each other on the materials.

9. Study Routine. Plan out a certain routine for study time. Like a bedtime routine to get ready for sleep, a study time routine should prepare you for studying. For example, have healthy snacks and drinks nearby. Have a comfortable, well-lit place to sit with all your study materials handy.

10. Know When to Stop. Take breaks! When you get to the point that your eyes are crossing and you feel like crying- stop! Resting is just as important as studying. Your brainneeds time to recharge. I would study for about two hours and take a 20 to 30-minute break. Find what works for you.

I hope these tips help! You’ve got this, nurslings! Happy studying!

5 Incredible Perks of Being Married to A Nurse

5 Incredible Perks of Being Married to A Nurse

It’s natural for nurses to be compassionate, caring and understanding. For these exact same traits, nurses are also considered to be great lifetime partners. If you are still unconvinced about how great it is to be married to a nurse, here are five good reasons that can change your mind.

1. They can give the best care possible

After years of rigorous training, you know how great nurses are when it comes to caring for other people. They’ll take care of you, no matter what you are going through. From headache to serious illness, you’ll be very well taken cared of. They are also great in handling injuries.

Not only that. They also tend to bring their hospital routines at home, like proper hand washing. It might seem like a nuisance at first but the routines they bring home can help make sure no one gets sick easily, especially the kids.

“After my sister was discharged from the hospital due to an accident, my husband insisted that we take her home. His four years of experience as a trauma nurse really helped my sister with her recovery. I couldn’t think of anyone who can work as patiently and as caring as my husband,” a 38-year old man shared.

5 Incredible Perks of Being Married to A Nurse

2. They are patient people

Nurses deal with different types of people every single day. In most cases, they deal with people who are extremely impatient, anxious and stressed out. No matter how difficult these people can get, nurses always find a way to keep the situation under control. So, if you or your kids are throwing tantrums, it won’t take a lot of time before your partner will be able to resolve the issues.

3.  They listen and understand

Apart from the physical care their patients’ conditions require, nurses are also equipped with great communication skills. They know therapeutic communication like the back of their hands and they can easily recognize if something’s wrong just by looking at your eyes. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your emotions or if you are going through tough times, your nurse-wife or nurse-husband will be there for you.

“I’m really anxious when it comes to undergoing diagnostic exams so I took my wife with me when I had to get a CT Scan. I didn’t have to say a word about how worried and stressed out I was. She just started comforting me, along with some reprimanding, of course. It’s kind of funny but it helped me get through the procedure,” a 42-year old policeman said.

4. They have a positive attitude

Being exposed to a lot of things in the hospital, it’s not surprising how nurses exude that can-do attitude. They can scrub your home’s dirty floor without cringing or even clean out a mice-infested drawer without flinching. Apart from that, they are also extremely resourceful. You can give them limited tools and they can still figure out a way to get the job done.

5. They can literally save your life

When you’re married to a nurse, you’ll feel more secured, especially since nurses are trained in first aid. Accidents can happen unexpectedly and living with someone who knows how to revive people can make you feel a lot safer.

Apart from that, nurses are skilled in recognizing signs and symptoms of diseases, too. They can give you gentle reminders of what’s good for you and what’s not. They can keep you up-to-date about your checkup schedules as well as the medications you have to take.

Are you married to a nurse? What perks do you enjoy being married to a nurse?

Protect Your Back, Nurses!

Protect Your Back

After you land your first nursey job, you’ll sit through a long orientation. You’ll have just come back from lunch in a food coma, and will barely be paying attention to what they’re saying. And that’s when they talk to you about how important ergonomics are. They don’t want you to hurt your back or neck while working; and you’ll think to yourself: “I’m young (maybe), healthy, smart, etc. I won’t hurt my back! Is this almost over?”  

But wait! Stop!

You foolish, foolish nurse!

Let me paint a nursey picture for you.

(Note to self: I need to see how we can get the word “nursey” added to the dictionary.)

Protect Your Back

You’re running up and down the halls, frantically passing meds, doing turns, helping coworkers, and you go check on your 376-pound patient who’s here for cellulitis. He doesn’t look so hot. You grab a blood pressure, and it’s 60/40. His face and hands are blue. You pop the O2 prop on his finger and his sat is 72 percent. You barely feel his pulse.

As you reach for the ambu bag and connect it to the O2 and crank it all the way up, you scream for help: “CODE BLUE, ROOM 361!”

They run to call the code overhead, someone else runs to get the code cart and you’re in the room alone.

He’s 376 pounds; his chest and head weigh more than you do. He’s slumped down in the bed. You pull the CPR level to get him flat, and use the sheet to pull him up because you have to do your jaw thrust to get that BVM on and sealed and that oxygen down into his lungs.

And then you feel a pop and surge of pain in your lower back and straight down your legs.

But you don’t care right now because your adrenaline is rushing and he’s literally dying in your hands.

The second you get that mask on, your tech shows up. You tell her to get on his chest and start compressions while you wait for the troops to arrive.

You heard his ribs crack; she’s pushing hard and fast enough, so you tell your tech, “Hey you’re pretty good at CPR!” while you’re bagging him. She says, “Thanks, I’d high-five you if I could!” And you think to yourself, “Okay, she’s awesome.”

The troops arrive. Respiratory takes over for you, and you explain your patient’s story to the MD as they intubate him, get his pressure back up and quickly take him to the ICU because he’s probably septic.

You roll with them to the unit, give that nurse report and start to walk back to your floor.

Just like that. It’s over. It’s only been 14 minutes.

And then you remember. OMG, MY BACK.

Your back. Your back. Your precious, precious back.

The above situation happened to a friend who can never, ever work at the bedside again.  She herniated and ruptured a few discs and has had surgery twice. She was only 29 years old when it happened.

Just like that, her bedside nursing career was done. She had only been at the bedside for six years. And she was darn good at it.

Thankfully, she was in grad school, and after her back surgery, she was able to get a job at the same (awesome) hospital and transitioned into a non-bedside role.

So please, new nurses out there—please, please protect your back. It is so valuable, precious and fragile.

Use proper ergonomics. So when you’re about to turn, lift, pull up, etc., your patient:

  • Make sure the bed is at an appropriate height. “Yes, Mr. Patient, I’ll make you wait 45 seconds to give you your IV pain meds because I’m not bending over your bed for two minutes while I push this Dilaudid ever so slowly.”
  • If you have the time to use a lift, use it—ESPECIALLY for the bigger bariatric patients.Don’t even attempt to lift them. If they are really, really large, double check the weight limit of your lift.
  • When you do lift your patient, stick your butt out and use those legs. Your butt and legs should look like you’re doing a squat. You’ll look ridiculous, but you need to lift with your legs.

I’ve also had friends who had an injury/accident happen outside of work that kept them from working at the bedside as well. We have a high-stress job with a weight limit. So if you break your hand, your shoulder, your back, etc., you cannot work at the bedside. You won’t be allowed to go to work. And you’re screwed.

My recommendation is to get disability insurance. This is especially important if you’re like the rest of us and have a mortgage and other bills to worry about, and if you went a few weeks without a paycheck, it would be devastating. It’s usually a pretty cheap policy that many employers offer. Sign up for it when you sign up for your benefits. Yes, even if you’re 23 years old and healthy. Yes, even if you work out all the time. I highly recommend this, guys.

I have another friend who sustained a shoulder injury while skiing, was out for eight months and lost her bedside nursing job. She had to transition to an office setting until she was completely cleared. Then she had to reapply. And she went months without a paycheck, had student and car loans, and was stressed to the max.

Seriously, guys. Protect your back.

No one will protect it for you.

Others will try to rush you to get something done really fast because they have 700 other things to do as well. You need to say, “Hold up, let me change the height of the bed before we turn,” and they’ll look at you like, “OMG, HURRY UP.” And you can just sit there, loving your back with a smile on your face while you’re pushing that button to adjust the height.

You have to take responsibility and time to care for it. You wouldn’t want those terrible years at nursing school to go to waste when you hurt your back after only two years of nursing. So you’re in debt, not working your dream job that just slipped through your fingers because you didn’t take the time to protect your back. And when you got into a situation that couldn’t be helped (coding someone like above), you didn’t have a backup (ha!) plan.

Are there any benefits-savvy people out there? Anyone have any more detailed recommendations on how nurses can financially protect themselves from this?

Any nurses out there who did hurt their backs and have some advice for us?

Collection Of Inspiring Prayers For Nurses

Collection Of Inspiring Prayers For Nurses

Nurses have our spiritual needs too! What else is a better way to start and end your shift than to be inspired, motivated and directed through praying? In this post, we have collected the best and most beautiful prayers for nurses.

Collection Of Inspiring Prayers For Nurses

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1. A nurse’s prayer

Give me strength and wisdom,
When others need my touch;
A soothing word to speak to them,
Their hearts yearn for so much.
Give me joy and laughter,
To lift a weary soul;
Pour in me compassion,
To make the broken whole.
Give me gentle, healing hands,
For those left in my care;
A blessing to those who need me,
This is a Nurse’s prayer.

2. Prayer Before the Examination

Dear God,
Today I will take my examination
which is so important to me
Though I am nervous. I’m not afraid
Because I know that as I write my answers
It is your hands that work

And now, as I take this examination
Please enlighten my mind
to able to answer correctly
and to recall everything that I have studied.
I will do my best in this exam and to you God
I will entrust my fate
I know that whatever will be the result,
it is according to your will.

You have watched me
As I worked hard to study for this exam
Although I dont feel very confident
And that I dont know if I am prepared
I truly believe that you would give me what I deserve
I deserve to pass this exam,God.

I am happy that today you are with me
For with you I will win this battle
And as I close my eyes and feel your presence
In this examination room
You put confidence to my heart
Amen.

3. Nurses’ Prayer

Dear Lord, please give me strength,
To face the day ahead.
Dear Lord, please give me courage,
As I approach each hurting bed.
Dear Lord, please give me wisdom
With every word I speak.
Dear Lord, please give me patience,
As I comfort the sick and weak.
Dear Lord, Please give me assurance,
As the day slips into night.
That I have done the best I can,
That I have done what’s right.

4. Prayer for Nurses

As I care for my patients today
Be there with me, Oh Lord, I pray.
Make my words kind – it means so much.
And in my hands place your healing touch.
Let your love shine through all that I do,
So those in need may hear and feel You.

5. Dedicated Nurse’s Prayer

I pray I do my part
to lift each downcast spirit
and to soothe each heavy heart.
May my touch being reassurance.
May my voice be soothing too,
May my gentle care remind them
Of the love they have in You.

6. A Nurse’s Prayer

Long before you entered nursing
The Lord had played His part,
Planting seeds of love and kindness
In the portals of your heart.
For it’s clear that you’ve been gifted
With a sympathetic ear,
And blessed from the beginning
With a willingness to cheer.
And the people who you care for
Are better off by far,
When they’re touched by your compassion,
By the person that you are.
For in times of woe and worry
When they’re frightened or they’re blue,
No one could be more consoling than the friend they’ll find in you

7. Nursing: Gentle Art

Let me dedicate my life today,
in the care of those who come my way.
Let me touch each one with healing hand,
and the gentle art for which I stand.
And then tonight when day is done,
Let me rest in peace,
If I’ve helped just one.

8. God’s Angels

Dear Lord, thou Great Healer.
May they great strength and power flow through me,
and lend skill to my hands and vision.
Judgment to my mind and Compassion to my heart.
Grant me the strength to minister to my Patients in their hour of suffering and travail.
Make me worthy, Oh Lord, of this saintly task.
And may I faithfully discharge my duties in Deep humility,
worthy of the trust and faith placed in me. Amen

9. Being a Nurse

Being a NURSE means……
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you. Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst-and at their best
You will never cease to be amazed at people’s capacity for love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin-and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot. You will laugh a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human and to be humane.

What reason I chose became a nurse?

What reason I chose became a nurse?

As everyone knows, being sick sucks. A patient’s trip to the hospital is one of the worst days of his/her life, and you are living through the worst days of every patient that walks through the hospital doors.

What reason I chose became a nurse?

I want to make those worst days less worse. I want to show my patients that I care by providing them with whatever they need. I will do anything to make them feel welcomed and appreciated, and I will crack a joke every once and a while to bring them to laughter. I will not view my patients as acquaintances. Rather, I will view them as my friends, providing them with someone to lean on if they want it.

Each day will be filled with purpose, a day not wasted.

For the patients who have many visitors, I hope to greet each visitor with a smile. For those who don’t have visitors, I wish to be that figure to show that somebody is routing for them to get better.

I want to be the nurse that corrects a doctor when he prescribes the wrong dosage, the nurse that needs to be there–not one that just exists. I want to be a nurse you recognize 10 years later at the supermarket and thank for saving your life.

I want to be a nurse in order to make a lasting impact on all whom I treat. As a nurse, every day at work is an opportunity to comfort and assist others, and each day will be filled with purpose, a day not wasted.