Nursing Mnemonics That You Should Remember

One of the easiest ways to remember a lot of the nursing topics and concepts while studying is to use a lot of Nursing Mnemonics…

What Are Nursing Mnemonics?

Mnemonics came from the Greek language meaning “memory aids”. And it’s actually one of the ways that helped me with my nursing studies and nursing exams. It’s fun and easier to remember. It also helps create “mental pictures” on your mind when memorizing. In this article, I’ve included the most common Nursing Mnemonics for studying. If you have other mnemonics that you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments below.

ABC’s of Oxygenation

Airway
Breathing
Circulation

Tissue Paper My Assets – an easy way to remember blood flow through cardiac valves

Tricuspid
Pulmonic
Mitral
Aortic

Mona – the immediate management for Myocardial Infarction

Morphine – for pain
Oxygen – for oxygenation
Nitroglycerine – for vasodilation of cardiac blood vessels
Aspirin – for thinning of blood flow

Unload Fast – Treating Congestive Heart Failure

Upright Position
Nitrates
Lasix
Oxygen
ACE Inhibitors
Digoxin

Fluids
Afterload
Sodium Restriction
Test (Blood levels, ABG – Arterial Blood Gases)

FIT – Exercise guide to Diabetic Fitness

Frequency – 3X to 4X per week
Intensity – 60-80% of minimal heart rate
Time – Aerobic Activity (20-30 mins) with 5-15 mins warm up

Do you have other nursing mnemonics that I haven’t mentioned here? If you do, please leave them in the comments below.

How To Study For Nursing Exams And Ace Your Tests

 

I used to stay up late at night, a day before my nursing exams and it was a really stressful experience…

I’ll admit it. It’s hard to study. And what’s harder is when you want to get high scores. You just have to work and study hard. There’s no way around it. But there’s definitely some “tips” and “smart” studying practices that you can use to help you ace your tests.

Studying For Your Nursing Exams the Right Way

The beauty of nursing subjects and topics is that it’s not all about memorization. It’s not like a history lesson or subject that needs a lot of memorization skills in order for you to pass.

Yes, you need still need to memorize formulas, drug names, standard values but it’s not as memory-based like history lessons. You can also use Mnemonics to help you retain this type of  information longer.

Let me tell you a story on how I studied for my nursing exams and was still able to get a very high score in both my NCLEX RN  exam and my Phil. Nursing board exam.

“When I was in elementary, I’ve realized that I love to read books, a lot of them actually. But when I grew older, my interests in reading books where limited to fiction and sports related books. I noticed myself being able to quickly comprehend and absorb the new ideas and topics if there was a story behind the topic…”

What am I saying here?

I’ve discovered that I can personally understand a particular topic much faster (and easier) if I can imagine, picture or “visualize” the lesson.

Let’s say the topic that I would like to study would be “MVP” or “Mitral Valve Prolapse” – a cardiovascular disorder that is a favorite topic on nursing exams.

What I would do initially (especially if this is something new), is to search online for pictures and videos in particular that would allow me to visualize what “MVPs” are. How does it really happen? What’s the treatment and management for this disease?

And when it comes to videos, this generation is very fortunate to have Youtube. I’ll just go online and start browsing on youtube. I’ll find videos related to my topics and I’ll usually find it there.  If it’s not available, I can also search Google or online libraries and check if they have available visual aids and video materials.

I would then reinforce this “initial” visual study with focused reading for an hour. Since I already have an idea of what the topic is about and how it would “actually” look like, I can comprehend the lesson a lot faster. It’s also easier for me to understand.

I’d rather spend tie comprehending my lessons rather than memorizing them, because as I’ve mentioned before, studying for a nursing exam would require critical thinking and analytic skills.

Prepare thy mind and body

Our brains are like sponges. It will be able to absorb the information that we put into it. But like any organ in our body, we need to take care of it in order for it to function properly.

There’s really 3 things that I do to prepare my mind and body for exams.

1. I eat the right foods. – Nothing greasy and sugar laden foods.

2. I exercise daily and do deep breaths 3 times a day – The brain needs oxygen. And the more oxygen that I can circulate to my body, the better I feel.

3. I pray – I believe in the power of prayer and meditation. By being at peace and calm, I can prepare myself well before my scheduled exam.

Studying for your nursing exams shouldn’t be a stressful thing.

It should be fun and at the same time full of knowledge. Some people are visual learners, while some people are audio learners. Make sure that you have identified, what’s the best way for you to study. Is it by watching videos? Is it by reading alone? Is it by studying in groups and forming an ongoing topic discussion?

Whatever your mode of learning is, the more you prepare the less stressful it will be and the higher chances that you’ll get to ace your tests!

7 Questions About the Hesi Tests (A2 Test)

 

A lot of people are scared (including myself) of taking tests or examinations, especially when these test are required. The sheer pressure of getting high scores, let alone getting a passing mark can definitely provide a great deal of stress to someone. But hopefully, there’s a way to mitigate this situation, prepare well.

Today, I’d like to share with you the top 10 Questions about the HESI Tests that you might be wondering about. If you want to be a nurse, or if you’re applying for nursing schools, you’ll most likely need to take this exam.

Frequently Asked Questions about this exam:

1. What does HESI stand for?

The HESI is an acronym for the Health Educational Systems Inc Exam. This exam will help demonstrate that the potential student has the required college-level skills and knowledge in school.

2. How do I take this test and what topics will be the exam based on?

The HESI Entrance exam consists of seven academic subjects and 2 personality based tests. It’s a standardized computer test and the entire test session has a max duration of 4 hours. You’ll be tested on your reading skills, vocabulary, general knowledge, grammar, math skills, biology,chemistry, anatomy, physiology, personality, and learning style.

There’s another HESI Exam, the HESI Exit test, which is a way to help you prepare and evaluate your preparedness for the NCLEX exams.

3. How long should I start studying for this test?

That entirely depends on you. But definitely don’t prepare the day or the week before your exam. That would be too late. Depending on your study time and availability, I can usually prepare for this test 1-2 months in advance. That gives me ample time to prepare well. I don’t want to prepare 6 months in advance because that’s a very long time, and I’ll usually forgot what I’ve learned if it were that long.

4. What to expect on the HESI exams?

Again, expectation about the HESI exams will be dependent on your skills, knowledge and preparation. There will be 9 components in the entire HESI Exam and although some schools don’t require all components, you’ll want to work on your weak subjects (like Math for me) so that you’ll be able to get the passing score required by your nursing school of choice (usually 80%).

5. Are there any materials that can help me review for the HESI Exams?

Yes, there are tons available, but one of the most popular ones can be found online by clicking here.

6. Do you have some tips when preparing for the test?

Yes. First, you’ll want to determine what are the subjects that are required by your school of choice. Some schools would only require 5 out of the 7 subject matters so you could focus your time (4 hours max) in answering these 5 subjects. Prepare 1-2 months before your test dates. This will give you ample time to prepare well. Answer test practice questions and understand the principles behind each subject. Prepare well, you can also try using one of the most popular review materials on this topic. Eat well and rest well so that you’ll have a fresh mind and body that will prepare your body. Dedicate a quiet time or study mode which will help you focus. Don’t forget to take rests after a few minutes to rest your eyes as well as to internalize what you just learned.

7.  This is my 2nd take on the HESI Test, How can I increase my scores in a particular subject?

If you need to increase your scores in any particular subject, you need to dedicate more time on it. If you can recall the questions that you weren’t able to answer, find the answer for that and understand the rationale behind it. Take more practice tests, grab HESI review materials online, and pray because it helps 🙂

These 7 questions are the top questions most people ask about the HESI exams. If you want another HESI related question answered, please leave them in the comments below. Thank you!

How Nursing Exams Made Me A Better Person

I’ll be the first to admit it…

Taking exams and tests are stressful. But a little bit of stress can actually be healthy for you, just don’t let it take control of you.

If you want to be a nurse (a licensed and registered nurse) in any country, there will always be exams that you need to excel in and pass.

I remembered that on my first year in nursing school, I actually “feared” taking tests because most of the topics are new and unfamiliar. I would spend many times reading the same lessons two or three times just to get the idea sink in to my brain.

It was really challenging.

I would also remember that I had to borrow several books from the library and open them all at the same time. I would start reading, then skimming materials, especially if time was tight. Most of the reason, I wasn’t able to study a lot was because of my own time scheduling.

I was spending more time relaxing than actually studying. And then by the time exams and tests comes in, I would start cramming, which I later learned was not good for me or my studies.

There was one incident that I will always remember and have helped me passed and excel in all my nursing exams (yes, including the NCLEX-RN exam). Let me tell you a story…

One day, I bought a biology book that has glossy paper and full of high quality images. You can just imagine the amount of money I paid for it (actually my parents paid for it, not me).

I loved reading this book, so I started reading the chapter for our current lesson. And I actually read and re-read the chapter all in one sitting. I was actually enjoying it. For me it was like a story, that was forming inside my head.

If I remember it correctly, it was a topic about genetics.

I never liked the topic, but for some reason (which I’ll reveal later on), I actually read and not skimmed this chapter. By friday, next week we had a quarterly exam on this chapter. Guess what score I got for that test?

100% – Yes, I aced it and was the only one who actually got a perfect score from 3 sections (all with 40+ students).

My teacher was actually surprised maybe even suspecting I had “cheated”, but since I’m the only one who got the perfect score, the only blame would be on them.

But of course, I knew it was because I was really able to digest the topics on that chapter.

Needless to say, the real reason I’ve appreciated exams (nursing tests in particular) is that it helped me develop 3 skills.

1. I learned that I was a visual learner

What made me really interested in the subject matter is that I loved pictures (and videos). This was the key for me. If I can “visualize” the terms and subjects on my lessons, I can easily remember them later on.

When I was taking my Nclex-RN exams, one of the websites that I have always opened is Youtube. I’m constantly watching my “lessons” if there’s a topic that I can’t fully understand.

2. I’ve developed patience

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m a regular student and not a studious person. But I’ve learned to be patient in my own learning capabilities.

3. I’ve learned how to prioritize my time and where I spend it

I’m not a bookworm, but I’ve learned that if I wanted to pass my nursing exams, I need to spend more time studying my lessons. I spend at least an hour or 2 a day.

When I’m preparing for an exam, I schedule one or 2 days focused studying time to make sure I have a dedicated time for studying.

To be honest, I’m glad for my exams and tests. They are not there to judge me (if I made mistakes) but they are there to help us gauge ourselves and improve.

I’ve definitely improved myself and have become a better person than before. 🙂