Friends. Have you met Prof.
Lawes? This is Prof.
Lawes. She is the most wonderful human
behind a lot of the nursing content here at
Lecturio. And she explains nursing,
honestly, in ways that are so clear and
simple to understand that it actually sticks
in your brain.
It's like magic.
She has a whole beautiful course on Lecturio
covering how to
study, how to learn and how to approach
things like exam questions.
And I could never explain it as well as her.
She has her doctorate in how to do these
things, so I'm going to give you my two
favorite tips from her course in this entire
section, and then you can head over to her
full playlist for the rest.
It's wonderful. She's the best.
Go head over there now or after this.
Whatever you want. Let's start studying with
my two favorite tips.
When you are studying, every time you learn
something, I want you to think in terms of
safety. Let's say you learn about a new
blood pressure medicine.
Take a moment and write down what safety
implications can apply to the blood
pressure med you just learned about, and go
find the information if you don't know it.
Does the BP med lower blood pressure?
Okay, great. So, what would the patient look
like if they experienced side effects of
this medication? How would you spot that?
What happens if someone's blood pressure
drops too much after they take the medicine?
Should we be educating the patient that they
need to sit at the side of the bed for a few
minutes before standing because the blood is
not going to, you know, we're forcing the
blood pressure down, so it's not going to
and they might get too dizzy and they would
What is a normal blood pressure for this
And how would I know if I should hold the
Because there, something else is going on,
and I probably shouldn't give this.
Go find that information.
Start trying to take every fun fact you
learn and search for the safety fun
facts associated with them.
It's going to seem really tedious at first,
but this is how nursing school exams
work. They don't ask you, "Hey, what does
this blood pressure medicine do?" They ask,
"Hey, would you worry if your patient had
these vitals and you were supposed to give
this med? How would you proceed?" Nursing
school's goal, Just like the NCLEX's goal, is
to make sure that you are a safe nurse.
So, instead of showing up on test day with a
giant list of random facts in your mind and
struggling to connect those random facts to
safety facts, make connections
early and easily while studying in your
pajamas in the comfort of your own
home, where your brain doesn't feel like
it's fighting a hangry bear and you can
actually use the logic part of your brain.
Remember when we talked about that?
So learn a fact, turn it into a safety fun
fact, and move on.
The more you do this, the more your brain
will naturally make those connections for you
because that path is already forged and
linking safety implications and facts
will become faster, more natural, and
something that your brain kind of starts to
do automatically when facing the nursing
And if we can decrease stress when facing
the nursing school bear, our brains are
happier. We are happier.
Now, for my favorite test tip that I have
stolen from Prof.
Lawes, we're going to talk about how to
approach our favorite exam questions: Choose
all that apply.
Do some of you feel that you are facing the
nursing school bear stress, just looking at
those words? Because it's been a long time
since I've seen one of those questions in
real life, and I feel the panic.
I graduated over a decade ago.
So when you're tackling these questions, you
want to find a unified approach that you can
use every single time so that a pattern and
a routine is developed.
Because, remember, patterns are going to be
the key to success in the long term.
Start by identifying the setting of the
What's happening here?
Who is the question about?
What is the medical situation in question?
What is the diagnosis or the safety concern
And do note here: you haven't looked at the
answers yet, or even the question as a whole
yet. We are literally just reading the
Now I want you to channel your inner dark
What is the worst case scenario we could pick
for this particular patient in this
particular setting, with this particular
Write those down.
Patient with type one diabetes in the E.R.,
coming in with a blood pressure of 23.
Worst case scenario.
Oh, just coma and death.
Not good. How are we going to prevent that?
Now, what can we possibly fix to make this
To avoid that outcome? This is where our
safety fun facts come in.
Apply the setting, the resources that are
going to be at hand in that setting and get
started. We need to increase the blood sugar
while also providing insulin to the body so
that it can use the blood sugar.
Since people with type one diabetes don't
We should also monitor for seizures since
those can happen too.
So go grab some seizure pads, assess mental
status, protect the airway maybe, and set up
suction. All of these are safety things.
All of these are safety fun facts that
immediately come to your mind because you've
already formed those pathways while you're
And now that we know where we're going to
go, where we don't want to go, and what
safety procedures we should be considering
during all of this, we can actually read the
And we can kind of read them almost as true
and false questions.
Read A. A says to give glucagon alone.
But we know that they, because they have
type one diabetes, they don't produce
insulin. So we also need to give that.
So A is wrong, because, cross it off.
Now let's move on to B.
We don't have to revisit A ever again.
This is going to help decrease the stress of
moving backwards and go through each and
every question like it's a true and false.
Going back to is this true for this patient
in this setting to keep them from the worst
case scenario? What is the safest?
This will help it be less overwhelming and
will reduce the feeling of like, "Oh my gosh,
I don't know what I should go back and do.
Like maybe it's A and B and C, but I might
go back and change my answer." And this is
really the worst because you crossed it off.
You already know conclusively, I don't need
to go back.
And that is all I have for you in terms of my
Lawes' teachings. Honestly, she is a
I have learned, like, the most cool stuff
from watching her lectures, and I cannot
encourage you enough to go back and watch
her series teaching your brain how to learn
to save yourself so much time and energy in
the long run, so you're working with it and
not against it. So, go check that out.
And then when you're done, head back here
for our next topic: How to stay
focused, which might be the most ironic one
that I've ever presented yet.