Do’s and Don’ts in Nursing School (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 So in nursing school, it's not advisable to cram the night or the day before your exam.

    00:08 Tempting, I'm not saying we haven't done it, we all do it, but I assure you, it will not work.

    00:13 I repeat, it will not work.

    00:17 Not even three days, if you're talking about lots of chapters of content, before the exam.

    00:23 It's not enough time. Here's why this doesn't work anymore.

    00:27 I know many of us have done it, but not a great idea especially in nursing.

    00:32 Now, in nursing, in exams, you're typically being tested over different concepts, multiple concepts, or maybe even one really large complicated concept, which, this is common in LPN school.

    00:44 So we're asking you to apply those concepts to patient situations.

    00:49 So not memorization, you're having to use critical thinking skills to make clinical judgment.

    00:57 So, again, just memorizing facts really isn't going to help you much.

    01:02 So to understand the concept, it's ideal you spend time in the content.

    01:07 So you really should be studying for at least short times every day.

    01:12 Yeah, I said, every day. So schedule out a timeframe, maybe, two-hour timeframe, and then review in the evening.

    01:21 So do short intervals that your brain can handle, take small breaks and go about it again.

    01:27 So plan out what content you were covering for each class and on what days and what times.

    01:34 So what I mean by this is maybe your upcoming test is about cardiac issues.

    01:39 So say Monday, maybe, if you're looking at cardiac, you'll look at the cause of heart attacks, if this is your topic.

    01:45 Then maybe Tuesday you start looking over risk factors.

    01:48 Basically, spread out the content and make a plan.

    01:52 This will help to insure you're covering the content adequately without cramming.

    01:58 What I like to do and suggest to students is leave at least two days before the exam to just start briefly reviewing your notes.

    02:06 Maybe taking practice questions and start clarifying any other content that's a little fuzzy for you before the exam, or asking your faculty.

    02:16 So planners are important so you can write these study times down.

    02:20 And this is nice because you're going to have to do this around sim, around lab, around clinical, this is really gonna help you organized and it just kinda leaves a little stress.

    02:31 Now if you're having trouble with making a plan or using your planner, your faculty or school counselor can help you with this.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Do’s and Don’ts in Nursing School (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Life-balance while in LPN School.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Learning and reviewing content in short intervals daily
    2. Memorizing lists of conditions and medications
    3. Studying all course content all day for the three days leading up to an exam
    4. Reviewing content for 8 hours every weekend and refraining from studying during the week

    Author of lecture Do’s and Don’ts in Nursing School (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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