Diary of a Nurse(ing student)
What kind of stethoscope would you recommend getting for nursing school?
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nursegif:

Hmm good question. I’ve seen a lot of differing views so I’ll tell you how I thought about it and you can agree or disagree.

Many people say to get a cheap off-brand stethoscope for school because you might displace it or lose it at clinicals.

I say, get the best one you can afford. You are going to be a student that is hearing different heart sounds for the first time. You want the best sound quality possible so you can start picking up on the different heart and lung sounds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go back and listen to heart sounds again in order to hear any kind of difference. I can’t imagine having a crappy stethoscope where I could barely hear S1 and S2 at all. However, you probably do not need a cardiologist level stethoscope, those are ridiculously expensive and really meant for cardiologist and cardio nurses who need ridiculously fine detail.

I have the Littmann Classic II SE. It is a nice sturdy stethoscope. It lets me hear fine sounds and it has a bell and diaphragm that you can go between for lower/higher sounds. I also got it engraved so that if I ever did lose it, people would know who to save it for or who to return it to. On stethoscope.com it’s just an extra $13 (really not a paid advertisement, just telling you what I did). It’s a great stethoscope and I highly recommend it. If you do go off-brand, get the best one you can afford and plan on keeping it for the entirety of your nursing school career and hopefully beyond. I make sure it’s around my neck at the beginning and end of every shift. 

Hope this helps! If you want any more info, message me again.

Totally agree!

I'm not sure if you've already answered something like this, but I just finished my 2 years of pre-req's and I'm starting in a nursing program in less than a month. So, what tips/pointers/advice do you have for surviving studying, classes, and clinicals? Thanks so much (& thanks for the daily laughs!).

nursegif:

Here are my pathophysiology notes. Hahaha

My recommendations for managing life:

1) Rewrite your notes - handwrite or type up your own notes after the lecture, preferably within the first 24-48 hours after a lecture. Put things in your own terms, draw pictures, make up mnemonics and pictures.

2) Use colors, pictures, and mnemonics to help you remember the dry material - pharm especially.

3) Schedule EVERYTHING. You will have moving parts like clinical, lab, class, and studying so make sure you write down everything and try and block out some time every day to review notes or study.

4) Quiz yourself or teach subjects to yourself - if you can’t put it in laymen’s terms or explain it in simpler terms you probably don’t understand it.

5) Schedule in some down time/free time. Take time to watch your favorite TV show, run, sit out by the pool, read, whatever makes you happy.

6) Schedule in extra time for everything - if you need to be at clinical at 6:30, get there at 6:10, there is nothing worse than being late and you can sit in the parking lot and study if you’re early.

7) Remember that everyone else is going through this too. Study with a group or support each other. Nursing school is hard and no one handles it perfectly. Ask for help when you need it and support others when they need help. 

8) Take advantage of tutoring early and regularly if you are struggling to understand a concept. Everything will build on itself, don’t think you can BS your way through the class and be fine. Really understand the content.

Hope this helps!! Ask me anything, honestly. I’m not perfect at life, I have struggled in nursing school but I am more than willing to share what works for me.

When are they going to put adverse reactions to nursing school on the applications? I think a lot of people, including me, weren’t properly warned about what to expect.

It might look something like this:

Adverse reactions include, but are not limited to: nausea, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, social withdrawl, fatigue, self-doubt, anger, denial, repression, outbursts, headaches, muscle pain.

(via nursingdiary)
yneena:

WHEN TRYING TO DESCRIBE MY HOBBIES AND INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF NURSING AND STUDIES

yneena:

WHEN TRYING TO DESCRIBE MY HOBBIES AND INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF NURSING AND STUDIES

Have all my books ordered for fall. Classmates will probably think I’m crazy. Considering I saved over $200 renting versus buying through the campus bookstore, I know I’m damn smart.

mygreater-expectations:

Yesterday, HR called me and told me that I got the job that I had an interview for this past week! And it was the job I really, really, really wanted!! Say hello to a new med surg nurse (after I pass my boards next month). And my start date is my grandparent’s wedding anniversary too. Ahhhh. Guys I did it!!! 

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mydaywasworsethanyours:

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Good luck and remember- this is my first crafty attempt with badge reel decorating. :)

mydaywasworsethanyours:

Time for the MYDAYWASWORSETHANYOURS GIVEAWAY!

To followers who want to participate: all you have to do is reblog this post sometime by July 20th. Seven winners will each receive 2 badge reels (one for you and one for a friend…or 2 for you)…I’ll start announcing the winners after the 20th. If you win- all you’ll have to do is message me the address where I can send the badge reels.

Good luck and remember- this is my first crafty attempt with badge reel decorating. :)

So I’m taking Community Health Nursing, Maternal Newborn Nursing, and Research Essentials in Nursing next term….so far dreading that research class the most, especially since it falls after 2 clinical days.

Anyone want to enlighten me on their experiences with similar courses?

Got back from a few days’ getaway at the beach to a pile of textbooks on the porch. Rude.

I have felt more like a failure since being in nursing school than I have my entire life. I get good grades on exams but I constantly feel inadequate in clinical and skills. I never get a good night of sleep before clinical because of the anxiety, and then I'm so sleep deprived (due to getting up at 3:30 AM) that I make stupid mistakes throughout my shift and end up feeling even worse about myself. I'm so discouraged and I find myself constantly mentally preparing for failure. Help! :(
Anonymous

nurseeyeroll:

You are not alone.  Nursing school and clinicals suck.  I was terrified and once I got comfortable it was time to switch.  Have you seen your doctor?  Do you need some meds to help you sleep during school?  Or maybe you need something for anxiety.  I know a lot of people that during school they took some sleep aids and anti anxiety meds and got off of them after nursing school.  Make sure you PREPARE!  Check out a post I did recently on anxiety called For the Anxious Nurse.  It is more common than you may think!  There are tons of great tips in there from people went through a similar struggle.  But please don’t prepare for failure!  You’re learning, you’re in school, you’re not going to do things right the first time.  You’re going to make mistakes.  Some clinical instructors are great teachers and gracious when people are nervous and make mistakes, some are not.  Take them in stride and know that they don’t define you or how great of a nurse you can and will become!  Let me know if you have any more questions/concerns after you check out that post. I think it’ll really help!  

Great advice and such a relatable question- who hasn’t been there at least a few times?