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u/CursiveCuriosa · 6 pointsr/StudentNurse

Pharm is tough. The first test of nursing school in ANY subject is going to be tough.

My success in pharm has depended on studying in MANY different ways. My professor provides us with a "key list" of drugs for each test module, and then bases her lectures off that list. I take that list, save it to my desktop, and almost retype all of her PPT notes underneath each drug/drug class. I print this off as a sort of condensed "manual" and carry that with me just about everywhere. It makes it easy for me to study (I don't have to get out my laptop, can read it at a red light...oops?). Also, I use mosby's flashcards (link below) and found them to be extremely helpful. The pictures may or may not be too silly to remember, but the information on the back is extremely condensed and helpful. Now, these flashcards do NOT always have everything my professor tests on, HOWEVER, they do give me a good starting point.

Basically, I start small and start to build on a drug class. I "get to know" my drug by looking at the Mosby flashcard. I'm familiar. I then re read my notes from my teacher. More familiar. I tend to repeat this step a LOT. If it feels like it's not sinking in, just keep going. Pharm is a lot of rote memorization, and you have to keep chugging.

I also found it very helpful to read case studies on a drug, find a youtube video ABOUT someone who takes the drug, read something about someone who took it, etc. It was a LOT easier for me to remember a drug when I was able to put a story to it. I have classmates who even make up their OWN stories about a drug. Whatever you have to do.

I don't study for pharm in any one way. The key is to find a way that keeps you ENGAGED. I personally did not enjoy making flashcards (the ones I bought served a purpose) and got more use out of re-typing notes and having everything on a few pages.

Also, do you have a study group? I find that sitting down with my condensed drug list and talking about the drug with classmates helps a lot. Quiz each other. Just talk about it. It's also helpful to find out a classmate has been/is on a certain drug and shares their story about the drug. Again, have something to connect to.

One important thing to realize (I struggled with this) is that you CANNOT memorize EVERYTHING about a drug. When I say "spend time" with each drug, pretend you are sitting there taking it out to dinner. Find out it's life story. Why does it do what it does? Once you start understanding the drug, you can start to understand/guess some of the side and adverse effects (some side/adverse effects are just oddballs, and you have to memorize those, but fortunately the "weird" ones are the easy ones that stand out!). The big drug list we got used to overwhelm me, but just take it one. bite. at. a. time. Also, I study pharm a little bit every day. I could NOT be successful in this class if I was like a lot of my other classmates and crammed. Often times, it's literally the day before a test where the information just "clicks", and I finally feel confident. I can't imagine trying to cram all the info in in a few days. It's not a good subject for that.

Also, now you know HOW your teacher tests, and the kinds of questions they deem to be important. When you meet with your teacher, be sure to straight up ask them what they recommend. Many teachers are more than willing to help. My pharm professor is amazing, and is the reason pharm is one of my favorite classes.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

We used this textbook in my pathophysiology class and I found it to be extremely helpful, although it did tend to go more in-depth than what was required for the course in regards to some concepts (but hey, knowledge is power, right? haha). To be honest, I found pathophysiology to be a breeze because I had a very strong A&P background and most of the class coincided with my former A&P II class. You might want to brush up a bit on your body systems before the class starts as a refresher, but I've found that patho often fills in some of the gaps you missed in A&P initially.

One of the things that was most helpful for both me and other students was to create a page with a concept map for every disease like this. It was something our professors strongly encouraged and really helped to break down some of the more complex diseases, especially come time for finals.

Sometimes reading the wikipedia article for some diseases helped when the textbook became too overwhelming. If I didn't fully understand something in the textbook, I'd use alternative resources online to get a better picture.

It sounds like you're very prepared and driven, so I wouldn't stress out too much! Just make sure you do your readings and study, study, study. Definitely learn your lab values and pH shifts (metabolic/respiratory alkalosis/acidosis), you'll be thankful later on if you do. :)

u/mkf0 · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

I'm finishing up my Pharmacology class for the semester now. I would say there's a few things that have been really useful while studying.

The first is to get some kind of supplement to your textbook. I use the Mosby flashcards with full illustrations on one side, and a full list of the medicine's action, uses, adverse effects, etc. on the other. They give a really good summary of the things you need to know, and have nice mnemonics and ways to remember basic info.

The second is to make study guides. I lucked out and have a teacher who gives us a list of specific things to look for on the exams, but they can also be done by simply going through the class of drug (antibiotics, for example), then narrowing it down to specific drugs, their effect on the body, what they're used to treat, therapeutic dose, and adverse reactions.

A lot of my test questions will focus on why you'd use Drug A over Drug B, even though they're both the same kind of medicine. Pay attention to these, because they can be really useful in understanding why there's various versions of specific drugs. Why would warfarin be a good choice over heparin for abdominal surgery, even though they're typically used together? Things like that.

Finally, something that personally works for me is the night before the test, I will simply handwrite out the most important information from our PowerPoint lectures, my study guide, etc. It's time consuming, and rewriting doesn't work for everyone, but I find it helpful since I type most of my notes/study guides in class.

Here's the link for the flash cards if you're interested.

I would also suggest looking over any Pathophysiology notes you may have, or A&P if you haven't taken Patho. Understanding disease processes and what system your drug is effecting specifically can help with comprehension.

Good luck!

u/TinyOne9 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

A&P is really hard if you have no basic background for it. I'm assuming you've got your Intro Biology course? If not, you should look into brushing up on some basic biology stuff if you're able.

TIPS: For me, I found a study group to work with and we quizzed each other constantly. We met as often as possible, but we always had a study session the weekend prior to our test. We took our A&P in an 8 week summer session (did not have a hefty lab and this was my second time taking it as my first time around had timed-out). Use ALL resources you can. Youtube, study guides, atlases to look at bones, open lab time etc. I found the cliff notes to A&P helpful and it was about $10.00 on amazon. I went and purchased a coloring book whic was really helpful for understanding the synergy of the muscles, tendons, body etc.

use online sites that offer free questions/quizzing...utilize the questions at the end of your book.

When you are studying, try your damndest to connect everything to each other-this sounds overwhelming at first, but if you are really understanding how the body is working and where things are located, you will be able to connect ideas. This is a big part of nursing and critical thinking. Memorize processes, create acronyms, make up stories, songs, etc. A&P takes a lot of repetition and practice. Move your own body, touch your muscles as you learn them.

Additionally, it sounds like you may have some test anxiety, so go check out your counseling/student services office at your school. They can test you for your anxiety and help you to come up with a method that makes it less stressful on you during the testing time so that you're able to get through without being in a constant state of panic. Also, stress inhibits your ability to retain new information as effectively as you would if you are not under stress. Make sure you're sleeping, eating well, and taking adequate breaks and exercising/moving. You need to rest in order to retain. Make a study plan. overprepare for your test so you are not so nervous.

YOU CAN DO IT. Utilize your resources, get together with classmates, take care of yourself.

My second time through in an 8 week summer session, I came out of my class with a 100.

Good Luck!

u/Cannot_afford_a_name · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

No worries and thanks /u/weeza29745!

U world is a mobile app that you can also access on other devices such as your computer (which I like the best becoz it gives easy 'search' option) or an ipad. One time payment gives you an access on ALL devices for a certain time period (around $50 for a month that you can renew for a cheap). There are also other plans for a longer period access, such as yearly, available on their website

It is Uworld NCLEX-RN. They also have PN for LPNs and USMLE for medical students.

Saunders is a comprehensive book that also comes in just 'question&answers' version.
Good luck, my friend!

Here are the sources:


Saunders Comprehensive (there is a new 7th edition in the market I guess that just released); here is 6th Ed:

In case you had lots of priority or delegation questions (which you will get most of the time in NCLEX), both Uworld and the following book are helpful:

Hope it helps

u/Late_80s · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

When I took the CRNE this past June, I bought this NCLEX guide. I found the summaries super useful and concise. The only downsides were converting stuff like lab values (particularly blood glucose) and knowing different cultural aspects for Canada instead of the US. Along with this, I used the CNA prep guide as you suggested as well. These two books were my primary study materials and I passed my exam. Of course, make sure you do what works for you in terms of studying! I was never a note-writing, chart-making or a group study type - I just read the information until it makes sense to me because I know that's how I study best.

Great advice in your post, thanks for taking the time to write it all!

u/Granch · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

The book you linked is great. It is the one recommended by my instructor as well, as this one The book you linked is smaller and more direct and has "hesi hints" which are very helpful. The book I linked has questions at the end of every section but the hesi book you linked does not. Both books have online sections as well on the Evolve website. The book I linked is much more detailed and comprehensive for its online portion; literally thousands of questions. The best bang for your buck is probably the one I linked but if you can afford it, buy both. On my mid-year med/surg HESI exam I scored a 955 and I actually just took my year end med/surg HESI exam today and did very well with a score of 1115. I studied for both using mostly the book I linked. I guarantee you will pass your exam if you spend sufficient time in either of these books.

u/InimitableMe · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Something seems to be going wrong with your studies, you have to figure out what that is.

How much interest do you have in what you're learning? Do you know how you take in information best? I have friends who would record lectures and replay them in the car. I don't do auditory, I need to be doing something. I liked A&P coloring books ( What works for you? How are you doing in other classes? Are you having a lot of testing anxiety? Maybe you need to address test-taking strategies and work on how to reduce anxiety which helps you think more clearly.

Your Homework: What works for me?

Good luck!

u/crushed_oreos · 7 pointsr/StudentNurse

Never heard of such a thing.

I will say this, go ahead and buy some used care plan books off Amazon.

They'll make your life a hell of a lot easier.

Also, keep all your care plans saved on your computer in case you need to reference them. That and when you're in your final semester, you'll be able to look at a care plan you wrote in first or second semester and cringe.

Back to the books, here's what I recommend:

About $8 used.

And about $6 used.

I ended up getting another med-surg and OB/peds book off Amazon too, both for like $10 a pop, because the shit my school gave us was garbage. Don't be afraid to invest in yourself!

u/Flame24685 · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

If the school doesn’t provide a stethoscope then a littmann is the way to go. Get the classic 3 version on amazon, so you can save money and you will be able to hear everything. Link: 3M Littmann Classic III Monitoring Stethoscope, Rainbow-Finish, Caribbean Blue Tube, 27 inch, 5807 (you can change the colors, that’s the one I got)

I also recommend a good little notebook, so you can write notes while in clinical.

Pens, lots of pens.

A cheap watch with a second hand, I got one on amazon from Casio. It’s water resistant and has the date on it too. Link: Casio Women's LRW200H-7BVCF Watch

Good luck!

u/DeltaChino · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

Hello there, when I took the TEAS, I used this book:

And there is currently a newer edition (6th Ed.) published, but I'll let you decide which one to utilize based on the reviews.

Good luck :)

Edit: After reading some of the reviews for the 6th edition, I think you might be better off studying with the 5th edition.

u/destroyingtocreate · 9 pointsr/StudentNurse

Ahh Fundamentals. Nursing as an ART. ; ) Yes. It's different.. no your science-based knowledge isn't really going to help a whole lot when it comes to this area.

Fundamentals essentially are the roots of nursing. Consider Maslow's hierarchy... you are basically learning about the bottom 2 levels. Oxygenation, fluids, food/nutrition, rest, pain... etc.

The fact that you're new to nursing, and NCLEX style questions - that also makes it more difficult as well. Learning NCLEX can be difficult for some. I suggest you go ahead and buy Saunders 6th Edition Comprehensive Review. It will help you throughout the entirety of your nursing school career. Also, a lot of people in my nursing school used .. just google things like "fundamentals quizlet" .. we found that our instructor got a lot of her exam questions from there... also google whatever you're studying + quizlet or whatever you're studying + NCLEX.

Practice a lot of NCLEX questions. Get the hang of them. Really review the rationales... this is true for not only fundamentals, but all areas of nursing.

With Saunders you get a code that provides an online source so you can practice NCLEX questions. It's really helpful.. it's been a really great tool for me. The book is laid out really nicely and also has questions in it as well.

u/ohqktp · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Recent grad from an ABSN program and I just passed my NCLEX on the first try. I almost never read in nursing school and graduated with a 4.0 Like with any college major, you'll likely be assigned a lot of reading but that doesn't mean you actually have to read all of it to learn the material and succeed. My best tip is go to class, take good notes, and only use the text for clarifying topics you don't understand. Or get Saunders- my cohort used that for studying for class way more than our actual textbooks.

u/HeftyCharlie · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I used two books from amazon and since they have a great return policy I actually returned them before the date and got my money back. They were really good and some questions were the same or very similar. I searched the web and used pretty much all the free resources I could. These are the books I used:

I think that they were both really good books. I used a lot of online sources too but I really think the book practice tests were the best.

Out of curiosity are you applying to Samuel Merritt?

u/tziy · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

Take as many practice tests as possible. You will learn that's the best way to pass ATI (if your nursing school uses it) as well haha.

I personally just used this:

I got a 94. I would recommend reading over each section's rationale, there will be similar types of questions on the actual test. I also would recommend it only because I hadn't taken some of the classes for a while, so it was a nice refresher.

u/JustYourAverageCat · 8 pointsr/StudentNurse

When you take a pulse and use the second hand , the screen will shut off if you aren't moving your arm around (cuz you're too busy intensely counting the beats!). So you gotta shake your arm every so often to wake the watch up when you're doing vitals. Maybe there is a way to delay the sleep function and I haven't found it yet.

It also doesn't have a dedicated 24-hr /military time watch face, unless you set your actual phone to 24 hrs as well-- which might not be a bad idea to start hammering it in.

Otherwise, I'm really happy w it. It was helpful when my clinical instructor messaged me on the floor. It also kept me off my phone so I didn't instinctually pull it out at the hosptial. You can also use it to set reminders.

A regular watch off Amazon w a 24 hr function will work just fine =) the Casio I linked below served me well!

Casio Women's LRW200H-7BVCF Dive Series Sport Watch

u/ashjaeg · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

This book saved me. Last fall I was entering anatomy for the first time and was feeling anxious. I ended up getting a 68% on the first test and wrote myself off for the semester. This book helped save my grade and I ended the class with a B (which isn't bad for the time I put in to the class) I know your shooting for an A, but if you have taken it before then this will help. Anatomy is straight memorization, but I've found that if you can color it and pay attention, then you end up memorizing the page and you have a good chunk of information for the exams. I found it helpful to visualize the coloring page in my head during tests. Hope this helps.

u/rayleighscattered · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

HaHa! When I read your title I wondered if you were talking about my school, but after reading your post I've realized that sadly I'm apparently not the only one who thinks their school sucks. (As background, I'm an adult female in my early thirties with a former unrelated 8 year career plus an additional 8 years as a parent behind me. I am not a whiner or crybaby by any means.)

About my school

disorganization: check
I don't think the staff who are in nursing education (at my school these are all nurses who were out in the field for 15, 20, 30+ years), are very educated about the modern software and systems for technology based teaching. They can do the basics, but were either not taught specifics/alterations, or don't care to learn. Truthfully, I am not sure they even realize how hard it is to navigate the things they post or just how much they are missing the user-friendly mark. I always have to go searching for power points because they are hidden in folders or at the bottom of the list one week and at the middle the next week.

  • graduation rates:check
    As a whole, my classmates are all worried about how much this program sucks. The terrible graduation and NCLEX pass rates are hidden on the college website.

    I have decided there is no reasonable alternative available to me. The nearest school has hours that don't work for me and costs a lot more. I am supplementing the crappy textbook by buying others and using youtube and the web to find better content to study. I find there is a lot more information for me that way. I am better with visual/auditory learning anyway, but obviously everyone isn't.

  • conflicting information:check
    So the book we are required to use is bordering on outdated, but the bigger problem might be that it contained a lot of mistakes at printing time. We are required to defer to the textbook when taking exams in class. The staff is careful to keep reminding us that even if there is newer information we have to give the answers in the textbook. Naturally they also helpfully point out that the NCLEX will not be based on our shitty book. So along with learning the wrong information in order to pass the exams, you need to be studying the right information because that's what you'll need to pass the NCLEX and get your license. Completely backwards and foolish to be trying to learn and forget inaccurate info, but that's just what I've come to be accustomed to for the duration.

  • conflicting info taught by lab instructors:nope
    If anything like this comes up, the whiny kids complain rudely out loud during class. The proper way to do it would be to compose an email outlining the specific differences in technique asking for clarification. The email would be addressed to both lab instructors, the course coordinators (who may or may not be the lecture or lab instructor), as well as CC'd to the director of nursing. Everything in nursing says "If it isn't written down it didn't happen." Documentation is important when asking for clarification because it shows you were respectful and have genuine/valid concerns or questions. Hopefully, it also requires them to respond to you in a similar respectful manner. In addition, I would hope that the CC of the director of Nursing Education for your school would keep the correspondence civil and respectful.

  • Disrespect from instructors/staff:nope
    The only disrespect I've really come across has come from students with entitled attitudes. These are adults too, so it has been mind boggling. The instructors typically have responded to disrespect with....disrespect.
    As a grown adult this is bizarre to witness, but I'm chalking it up to practice for when I'm a nurse and I may encounter these same types as coworkers or managers.

    I have a huge problem with what you are saying is happening and do not appreciate being treated that way myself. Unfortunately I don't know what to advise about that. I had an issue with a secretary for the program, but I managed to come out of it ok because it wasn't an instructor and I just try my hardest to avoid contact with her.

    I imagine if you really feel like there is mistreatment going on, you could be creative about it. I always ask for permission to record at the first class. If these instructors are allowing you to record their classes, you'd have proof of their unprofessional attitudes. The problem is, you need to get through these classes and get your degree so you can test for your license. Politics are a nightmare and I am sure you already learned that in your time serving with the Marines.

    I've firmly made my own decision to make the best out of the crap that comes from my school. I try to anticipate the random problems and make due with plowing through to get to the other side. Obviously your foundations on care and the workings of the body need to be solid, but I believe a lot of nursing is learned through practice and observation. I am trying to gain as much of that as I can while also reading books like the Silvestri NCLEX review and other unassigned texts and videos. Just make sure you study the specifics of your program for exams when they differ from your supplemental resources.

    Take care and don't get too discouraged. You aren't the only one. Best wishes with your path toward Nursing and thank you for your service. I appreciate the world we live in and am grateful my kids can be brought up here.
u/eurydicesdreams · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

[this is the current edition. ](ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide: TEAS 6 Complete Study Manual, Full-Length Practice Tests, Review Video Tutorials for the Test of Essential Academic Skil

As you're studying, go deeper on the science than the study guide does. There were several questions that I was utterly befuddled by because Mometrix didn't discuss them (I wish I could remember what they were but they were so specific and so unfamiliar I can't even summon up keywords). It might be worthwhile for you to also purchase the ATI practice book not for the practice tests, but for the topics to study. Good luck!!!

u/half-agony-half-hope · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Buy the Saunders book. I loved it. Was great for studying not just NCLEX questions but good review of what is important in every disease. It really helped me when I felt like I had way too much info. I would review the Saunders based on my power points and pretty much ignored the actual book.

u/RNinprogress · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

NCLEX review book - Saunders

For clinicals - Lab values pocket reference guide

  • I got a pressure-ulcer staging one from a wound care conference once-- that one really comes in handy!! Try looking for something like that, too!

    Medications - Try using Physician's Drug Handbook.
    When I was in med-surg I would choose major cardiac meds (epi/ami/vaso/dope/atropine/etc) and some pulmonary meds and compile info on them to keep on index cards in my pocket, that way I wasn't lugging around the whole thing!

    Good Luck!
u/shakeshakeshake · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

I just passed the NCLEX, and I would recommend:

  • the National Council's questions if you have internet access.

  • LaCharity's Prioritization, Delegation, & Assignment - it was awesome not only for the prioritization questions, but for learning general strategy.

    I thought both of these resources were harder than Saunders and closer to the level of difficulty of the NCLEX. You get content and rationales with the National Council's questions, too.

    I've also heard good things about the Pharm book recommended by /u/myname150, although I haven't used it personally.

    Good luck!
u/scmc698 · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I did well on my HESI when i took it over a year ago. For anyone that struggled i HIGHLY recommend this book

most students do their nursing pre-reqs in 2 years. I did mine in 3 because I was studying other things. After that much time you tend to forget all the little details from those earlier classes. This book really helped me! You could honestly just study from this book and you would do fine in all the sections EXCEPT FOR VOCAB. i literally memorized every single term in this book. not even a 3rd were on the exam. to supplement i recommend just using google.

anyways i am sure you guys did all just fine :) dont sweat it

u/hottercoffee · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I haven't taken the exit HESI yet, but I've taken the individual HESI exams for each course and have done really well (1200+ on most of them). I'm starting my last semester in January, so I'm almost done. This book has been really helpful--
It goes over what is most likely to be tested on and the most important concepts to remember with each topic with sections on meds and stuff, too. I feel like with the HESI you have to know what the priority is to get the question right--so, safety (often the correct answer for mental health questions), airway/circulation/bleeding, infection control--if those big important priority things are listed it's often the right answer I've found.

u/martalee · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

A water-resistant watch. I got this one for nursing school and still using it after graduating.

As for shoes, I always get Sketchers sneakers. Doesn't have to be expensive to be comfortable. I had a pair of expensive Dansko shoes but I started getting foot problems from it.

Some clinical professors may want you to bring a pocket med book instead of looking up meds on your phone.

A multicolor pens are useful too for clinical if you're into color coding your notes. So many nurses use these exact pens.


Good luck!

u/Cricket_Vee · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I used the ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide which I've linked here, it was pretty good and was only $40. I reviewed the book briefly and took the self tests the 7-10 days leading up to the test and got 'Advanced' with little effort aside from that. Definitely did a good job of showing you what kind of questions to expect and how they would be framed/worded.

u/burritopolice · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

My surgery rotations were in thoracic and cardiac surgery. I used ineffective gas exchange very often both because of the trauma of surgery (which may not be as relevant for abdominal procedures), but also because of the decreased mobility leading to decreased air entry.

If you have the means to get one, and if your program is cool with you using them, my care plan book was a lifesaver! I used this one. I think a new one has since been released, although I don't know if it's Canadian or American.

u/dormiveglia · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

Your NCLEX should not cover much of the more advanced critical care questions. The NCLEX trains you to be a generalist. I used this book and chugged through all the computerized practice questions and did just fine!

If you are just looking to further your own knowledge, I'd recommend CCRN study books. Many, like this one that I used for my CCRN exam have online or computerized question banks that are very helpful. However, the vast majority of these questions are going to be much higher-level than those that will be on the NCLEX.

u/askredant · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Saunders Comprehensive NCLEX Review. This book only provides basic information about each topic without going too much in depth, so it's kind of more useful if you've already been introduced to the content in lecture. If you buy the book new it comes with an online database of practice questions and rationales which are EXTREMELY helpful. It might be difficult to study before going to school because you don't know what you have to study and you haven't been introduced to nursing school style questions, but this book is really helpful once you're in school and I should provide you the organization that you want.

Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 7e (Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-Rn)

u/smash213 · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

It gets a lot easier. My first careplan was terrible. I think they are much easier to draft after you have had patho and med surg. Good luck!

EDIT: this is the care plan book I used the most

u/Laura_The_Great · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Buy an NCLEX study guide. There are nclex test taking tips in there. You can use the practice questions in there to study for your exams. Some times, the questions in those practice tests are very similar if not verbatim the questions on your tests. I recommend the Saunders and Hesi practice books. Also, depending on the class their are Success books like this one that are very helpful for studying:

u/milkybabe · 5 pointsr/StudentNurse

We’re the exact same hahaha. I highly recommend getting an anatomy coloring book if you want to keep your memory going without the excessive stress. I use this coloring book and it’s really helpful and keeps me busy without stressing me out.


u/beebop8929 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

I loved the Pharm Phlash cards. Great index, multiple drugs on one card, easy to understand mechanism of action, etc. Can't say enough great things about this set!

u/jareths_tight_pants · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Invest in a good stethoscope from the beginning. I have a Littman 2 and it's awesome. Don't waste your money or time on a cheap one. You can also get a lab value badge clips or one of these handy clip boards.

u/TurnedUpTo11 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3e

I want to say it was this one but I'll have to double check because my boyfriend bought it on his account. This is the top on Amazon. It's definitely worth the money since I passed with flying colors.

u/Derpahontas · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I used this book as a study guide for the TEAS V. It was extremely helpful. I dropped out of school at age 16, and went back for my GED a few years later. Took my TEAS V last year, about 7 years since I'd had any kind of schooling. Passed with flying colors. The nursing coordinator told me I scored the highest in math of anyone who had taken the test, which made me feel really good, because I hadn't done real schoolwork in so long.

This book is all you need. Just study it, and study it hard.

u/likeIstoleit · 4 pointsr/StudentNurse

Get the ATI TEAS guide. They make the freakin thing, so why not do it. You must have looked at Amazon, because the prices are identical to what you wrote.

Whether new or like-new, it is well worth the top $45 price range. Considering that my nursing school books has totaled over $1800, $45 looks like chump change.

u/teatreefoil · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I took my TEAS before the end of my second semester of prereqs (if I recall correctly, I actually took them a week before my finals). I passed with flying colors.

The way I saw it was this: I was taking AP2 and Microbio, so I put the least amount of emphasis on studying that because it was being reinforced week after week. I prioritized math (my worst subject) and grammar/English. I downloaded the Pocket Prep TEAS test and took quizzes every day up to one month before my exam.

I'd organize it so that each day was devoted to a topic on the TEAS (one day was for grammar, one day was for math, etc). This way, I would be able to focus on where I was weak and strong and not overwhelm myself or burn myself out with too much in one day.

This book was a lifesaver:

I also used the ATI TEAS recommended book (given to me by a classmate) and I would not recommend it at all. For me, it was very rudimentary/easy but did not tackle the subjects well at all.

u/yumiae · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I found the PharmPhlash! cards to be very helpful:

My school also provided us with an app called Nursing Central from Unbound Medicine. It requires a paid membership, but it's an extremely helpful quick reference available on your PDA at any time!

u/DinoDipShit · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

I got a Saunders NCLEX Review Book that I think is very easy to read and covers the most important topics as well. It also comes with online Evolve resources which is cool!

Also OP, I just want to emphasize what u/nursingthr0w said and READ THE RATIONALES!!! I used to try to power through practice questions by skipping the rationales and then would kick myself because I would still get many questions wrong! Don’t waste your time like I did!

u/jellycatuniverse · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I recently purchased a lab value card from amazon that sits behind my ID for quick reference at clinical:

For tests & class: repetition is your friend.

u/MJT_BSNRN2B · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I wouldn't. Buy something like this for school:


Save the nice watch for your off time!

u/prettymuchquiche · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

I've heard really good things about this book:

But any good source of practice questions (saunders, ati, etc) should have prioritization questions.

u/logann123 · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I use this clipboard for clinicals:
2019 Nursing Clipboard with Storage and Quick Access Medical References by Tribe RN - Nurse/Student Edition - Bonus Nursing Cheat Sheets

CAVN (2 PCS) Reusable LED Medical Penlight with Pupil Gauge for Nurses Doctors with Pocket Clip

EMT Trauma Shears with Carabiner - Stainless Steel Bandage Scissors for Surgical, Medical & Nursing Purposes - Sharp Curved Scissor is Perfect for EMS, Doctors, Nurses, Cutting Bandages (Pink)

I use this bag for clinicals :
Laptop Backpack for Women,...

These cards for pharm:
Pharm Phlash!: Pharmacology Flash...

This backpack for lecture, books are HEAVY:
LAPACKER 15.6 - 17 inch Water...

And that’s basically the sum of what I use everyday in nursing school. :)

u/over9000 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Losing your head and freaking out is definitely not how you want to approach taking an exam. So whatever you are doing keep doing it, your classmates are being overdramatic. Study the material well, you're never going to know 100% while in nursing school IMO, but you can damn well use critical thinking to get to the safest answer. You got this!

PS: If you're super serious use this review book to self tests as you go through your classes.

u/JenSueWoo · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

there are multiple practice exam books available on When I was studying for the exam, i used the TEAS Review Manual, Version 5.0 (ATI, Study Manual for the Test of Essential Academic Skills(TEAS))
I did well enough on my first try to be admitted to the nursing program at my college.

here is a link to the book i used on amazon

u/TorusFan · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

NCLEX Mastery app seconded. I was given the ATI books through my school, and hardly used them. I definitely would not buy them.

I highly recommend this book
There is a newer edition now, so look for that. This book was my go-to for all review prior to any tests in class and it helped tremendously.

u/Nurum · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

This is the official one. I used the same one (for the 5) and did quite well. Looks like you can get a used copy for under $20.

u/nukedukem92 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Not OP, but I just started Nursing school this week. Is this the book you're talking about? I'm interesting in buying it also

u/panpanpanda · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

this is the book my program recommends for ours. There are many different ones out there, see if you can find a booklist for your program and see which one they recommend (if they do). You'll definitely need it! It's helped me out so much with my careplans. Some of the girls in my classes only rented it and were regretting it. They're planning on buying it now because we need it in our future quarters.

u/gurgz · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Have you taken patho-physiology yet? When making patho-phys flowcharts for my care plans, I get everything I need out of the textbook. Here's the text I use:

u/IchTrinkeJager · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

This is definitely NOT the test OP is taking. The book you linked to is for the NCLEX. OP is taking the HESI A2 Entrance exam. THIS is the book OP needs to buy.

u/CSMom74 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

ATI TEAS Review Manual: Sixth Edition Revised 6th Edition

This is the OFFICIAL ONE, made by the test creator, ATI. All the rest are other companies making their own.

u/jenspire · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

You can rent the Teas book from Amazon, it's only $15.00 (to deliver to Texas anyhow).

Not the best looking book I've ever seen but it had everything I needed and then I just mailed it back in when I was done. They may even prorate you, I had it less than a month and they gave me all my money back.

u/dwigt93 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

prime student get them in 48 hours. Take these with you everywhere. But remember don't get too wrapped up in pharm its a small section of the NCLEX. After all you are trying to become nurses, not pharmacists.

u/ithinkimightbegay · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

I've heard many suggestions for the Saunders NCLEX Review, which is readily available through illegitimate means if money is an issue.

u/ShortWoman · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

This review book is saving my class's collective tuchus. Seriously. One class told the next. Then administration got wind of it. Now it's in the book bundle for the incoming students.

u/gnomicaoristredux · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

My school had us buy the Swearingen All in One and it was beyond useless. I ended up getting a copy of the Ackley & Ladwig book, and it was really useful to me. I see not everyone agrees with that, but I guess everything is YMMV. What I like about A&L is that the front half of the book is a list of conditions with possible nursing dx (i.e. you might look up "cystic fibrosis" and find dxes of ineffective airway clearance, impaired gas exchange, etc.) and then the back of the book was just nursing diagnoses in alphabetical order, with indications, outcomes, and interventions. So if you had looked up CF in the front of the book and wanted to write a care plan about ineffective airway clearance, you'd flip to the ineffective airway clearance section in the back and just pick out however many interventions you need.

Edit: a word

u/AwsumSaus · 4 pointsr/StudentNurse has a pharm course that I'm taking over the summer. Get an early start on that crap, that's the one course that almost took me out last semester (did fine in the class but failed the ATI). I also really like these pharm flashcards, they don't cover all drugs but I was actually able to visualize a few of the cards during my ATI retake and it helped.

I am also in patho next fall so can't help you there....

u/Generoh · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

What's 200 level?

I use this on for adults but this really don't help for Peds and Maternity. Also, don't buy the kindle version, its a waste of money