Get the inside scoop of nursing school from someone who is going through it. Join nursing student, Melanie, each week for tips on everything from acing your Foundations class to getting your very first job as a nurse.
Are You Too Old For Nursing School?
It's a common question, and if you're asking yourself if you're too old to go to nursing school, you are not alone. If you are a "non-traditional" student, you actually have a few advantages! Some special challenges that I'll address, for sure, but some definite advantages. If you are struggling with this very life-changing decision to go back to school again or not, I have been there. It's not an easy decision. I spent too much time trying to make up my mind. (We're talking years). Let's save you some time!
Diabetes is an important topic in nursing school, and a common diagnosis that you’ll help treat in your future patients.
In this podcast, I talk about the:
Differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Complications such as Neuropathy, Retinopathy, Peripheral Vascular Disease, and Nephropathy.
How it's diagnosed (Hgb A1C test)
Purpose of insulin
Triangle of treatment: Medication, exercise, and diet
Signs and Symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
DKA and HHNS conditions
Sick Day Care
Check out Picmonic for a great way to memorize the types of insulins.
8 Secrets to Success in Nursing School
These are the 8 secrets to success I've learned in my year and a half of nursing school. Success is no accident. It takes hard work, but it helps to hear tips from someone who's gone before you on this journey.
#1: Take advantage of the Halo Effect
#2: How to choose your study group
#3: Build a strong study system
#4: Reminder notifications
#5: Master assignment list
#6: Study group rules
#7: Strong support system
#8: Prioritize health
Even as nursing students in clinicals, we see so many patients affected by heart failure. This is definitely a biggie, and one you need to know. Today I'm breaking it down, and hitting the highlights of what you need to know as a nursing student about heart failure.
Picmonic has some great resources to help you remember Heart Failure during test time. Click this link to check out Picmonic for free, or to get 20% off a subscription: https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/nursingschoolweekbyweekLIK21
So, what is heart failure? Well, it is NOT when the heart stops. That would be cardiac arrest. Heart failure is when the heart isn’t pumping enough blood for your body. And this is either because the heart ventricle isn’t able to fill up all the way, or it’s too weak to pump the blood out once it’s filled up. The main cause of heart failure is hypertension over a long period of time, but it could also be caused by a heart attack that causes part of the heart muscle to die, or a problem with the valves of the heart. There are other causes as well, but you’re probably not gonna be tested on that, so, moving on.
Alright, so if the heart is not pumping as much blood out, that means what essential thing is not getting to the tissues? That’s right, oxygen. And when there’s not enough oxygen circulating throughout your body, there’s one organ that is gonna notice right away. She’s kind of a spoiled little diva, this one. She’s the kidney. And the kidneys are going to sense this lack of oxygen, but interpret it as low blood pressure. So they’re gonna do what they can to increase the blood pressure. What’s one of the main ways we increase blood pressure? By increasing the blood volume. And if you’ll remember back to your anatomy class, the kidneys increase the blood volume by activating the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone system and this is gonna make the body retain fluids. The kidneys think they’re helping, but they’re really just making things worse, because now the patient is fluid overloaded. So, when you think of heart failure, that starts with an H and an F. I want you to think “high fluids”. HF, Heart Failure equals “high fluids”.
There are two types of heart failure you need to know. Left-sided and right-sided. Left-sided is the most common and this happens when there’s something wrong with the left ventricle. And remember, this means either the ventricle isn’t filling up all the way during diastole, or it isn’t getting all the blood out with that systolic contraction. Either way, it means the blood is gonna back up into the lungs. Because think about how the blood flows through the heart. The unoxygenated blood goes into the right side of the heart, then is pumped to the lungs where it exchanges CO2 for yummy oxygen and then it goes to the left side of the heart to be pumped up through the aorta and out to the whole body. So, if the left ventricle isn’t able to send that blood along that it just got from the lungs, then that blood is gonna back up into the lungs. So I want you to think of the L in Left Sided heart failure like the L for Lungs. Left-sided heart failure equals Lungs, cause we’re gonna see a lot of pulmonary symptoms with left sided heart failure.
The three main signs and symptoms to remember for Left-sided heart failure are: Crackles in the lungs, pink frothy sputum, and orthopnea, which is shortness of breath when lying down flat. So these patients will often tell you they have to prop themselves up on multiple pillows to sleep at night, or they may even sleep in a recliner because it helps them breathe.
The other type of heart failure, Right-sided heart failure is when the right ventricle isn’t contracting effectively. And it’s easy to remember what kinds of signs and symptoms you’re gonna see with right-sided heart failure if you think about where the blood is coming from that goes into the right atrium. It’s coming from
My INSANELY Effective Study System
Today I’m sharing with you my insanely effective study system that I use for nursing school. This is a study system that is big on active learning, and NOT passive, time-wasting things. I’m NOT talking about re-reading or re-writing your notes. I’m NOT talking about getting cozy on the couch with your textbook and reading the chapter while highlighting. No. Those are passive learning techniques, and are not the best use of your time. In nursing school, you have precious little time, and you’ve got to make the most of it.
I use 4 resources to study for nursing school, and no, the textbook is NOT one of them. All four are mobile apps and can be used with a laptop or tablet as well.
The 1st is Picmonic.
This app uses pictures and stories to help you remember difficult-to-learn concepts and facts.
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The 2nd is Nursing.com.
This one has videos that are about 10 minutes long on just about every subject you’ll cover in nursing school.
The 3rd is the Anki flashcard app.
This app spaces out your flashcards and shows them to you at the perfect time for your brain to remember the information.
The 4th app is any podcast app.
You Need These Study Apps
"There's an app for that!"
There's an app for everything, and today I’m talking about the top 3 apps you need as a nursing student. I’m about halfway through my nursing school program, and I am telling you - these apps have saved me so much time, and I truly believe they’ve been instrumental in helping me make A’s in my classes.
Follow this link https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/nursingschoolweekbyweek to check out Picmonic for free or sign up for a subscription with 20% off! Seriously, this is such an awesome resource for nursing students.
Check out Nursing.com for excellent videos and quizes to supplement your education.
Click here to learn more about the Anki flashcard app.
The best content for newly accepted students
I’ve been on the hunt for this exact podcast it feels like it was made for me. I got accepted into a competitive program last week + have been frantically planning out every detail of preparation even though I still have two months before my program starts. This podcast has every piece of advice I could want all in one place with a super soothing voice too!
Excellent content into short episodes
I have relistened to these episodes many times. I am preparing for an ADN program and I am following Melanie’s systems . I love how they’re quick episodes jammed with information that I can use with the student perspective. This brave soul actually started a podcast IN nursing school . That’s intense , thank you Melanie .
Im a mom of a toddler and preparing to return to school… nursing school! Thank you so much for doing this podcast it’s eased a lot of anxiety!!!!