How to Be Organized in Nursing School

If you can be organized in nursing school, then you’ll save yourself much needed time and energy. That’s time and energy you get to spend on fun activities – like hanging out with friends or going on a hike. Or, studying if you must. But if you’re the type who struggles to keep a binder let alone a calendar, then this post is for you.

Beyond the basics like using a planner and organizing pens, there are many ways you can be organized in nursing school. Most of which starts before the semester even begins. And that’s a lesson that will take you far if you can learn it quick.

Get ahead time and time again, and you’ll never waste time getting behind. Here’s how you can be organized in nursing school…

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Before the Semester

Choose a Method

Everyone has their method: paper or electronic. Some even choose a mixed method. Whatever the method, choose one and stick with it.

If you decide mid-semester that the system you picked just ain’t cuttin’ it, then wait until the end of the semester to make changes. If you make changes during the semester, you’ll get distracted, waste time, and become confused. Which you don’t need when you’re also confused about your patho/pharm class.


If you choose paper, then there’s a lot to organize.

You’ll need binders or spiral notebooks. If you do flashcards, you’ll need a way to secure them, either a container, rubber band, or plastic bag. What’s more, you’ll need to know how to separate them by subject and category. You’ll need tabs, colors, and more.

These are supplies you’ll need to get ahead of time. Make sure you have plenty to last you the entire semester to eliminate the need for extra trips to the store.


If you love electronic everything, then you’ve made your life ten times easier when it comes to staying organized. You don’t need to hassle with binders, notebooks, or  flashcards.

But you may need to keep a central binder for papers that don’t come electronically. You won’t need more than one binder or folder.

Otherwise, you’re only tasked with keeping your digital sphere organized. There’s a way to keep the files on your computer organized. Everyone has their own system, but there’s a great method for doing so outlined in this eBook.

Complete a Semester Calendar

A couple weeks before each semester begins, instructors post their class schedules online. Sometimes the schedules are tucked in with the syllabus. Other times, it’s a separate document.

Find the one that shows class by class what you’re doing, when assignments are due, and test dates. Then write all due dates and test days on your calendar.

Bonus: For extra assistance, set alarms on your phone calendar to alert you a day or two before assignments are due so you never forget. It can be super stressful when you forget an assignment and get a zero.

Schedule Mapping

Map out your daily and weekly schedule. You can print a weekly calendar and use a pencil to fill in blocks of time for class, studying, clinical, work, rest, and miscellaneous. You can create one week that serves as the template for every week. You use this one template to guide your daily and weekly scheduling as you go through the semester.

You can do this electronically, if you prefer. Google calendar has an easy way to color code events in a week. You can set events to repeat for a period of time. Then you can schedule unique events or tasks around the template material.

Schedule mapping provides a strong foundation. It makes your feel secure. And you can easily say yes or no to spontaneous events as they crop up throughout the semester with ease and relaxation rather than fear and uncertainty.

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Buy Supplies

Now here’s a classic organization tip. This tip hails from elementary school when you’d go to Wal-Mart to pick-up your school’s supply checklist with your mom. At least, I remember those days. That same habit may be with you today.

Take advantage of it. Get what you can ahead of time. And get plenty of supplies if you’re a hardcore paper person.

You can know what supplies to get after you’ve reviewed the class schedule. It’s a good bet that patho/pharm will be more paper heavy (and a bigger binder) if you print all the PowerPoint slides.

But your intro to nursing class might only require a small one inch binder. Get highlighters, pens, and pencils, if you need them. Check around your home first though. You may have plenty at home. If so, don’t waste your money.

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During the Semester

Running Schedules

Develop a running schedule either the night before the upcoming week or create a schedule for the upcoming 2-3 weeks. The point: to know what you’re going to do specifically.

This includes reading material, specific assignment tasks, meetings with classmates, tutoring sessions, and playtime.

Make Lists & Brain Dump

Lists and brain dumps are essentially the same thing. The main difference is that a list may only be about a certain thing, like one specific class.

A brain dump includes everything. That means anything from nursing school to new recipes to gifts ideas. You dump absolutely everything on your mind, including concerns, on to paper. You then organize the dump into lists based on subject.

If you have a long list of things for one specific class or assignment, then you can make a list. But if you need to clear your mind, a brain dump is in order.

Use brain dumps and lists to capture all your to-dos and tasks for the upcoming week or even a few months in advance. Whatever is on your mind, get it off with these tools so you have more brain space for nursing info.

Post Class Session

This little trick takes just a few minutes but can save you loads of time. The five or ten minutes you have between classes is perfect for this. Or simply take five or ten minutes at the end of the day.

Use that time to do the following:

  • Collect and organize paperwork
  • Rearrange loose files on your computer
  • Fill in your calendar with newly announced assignments or tasks not mentioned on your class schedule
  • Organize and consolidate notes
  • Review materials
  • Brain dump or make a list
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Stay Clean

Keep your study spot clean and organized, be that at home or school.

If your spot is at home, then your desk is more likely to get dirty quickly. Before and after each study or work session, spend a few minutes organizing, putting things back in place, and discarding what you don’t need.

Just a few minutes will save you headache when you need to find a specific highlighter, pen, ruler, or notecards.

If you are a transient studier, then keeping your book bag clean and organized would be the equivalent. Always put the same stuff in the same pocket. That way you always know where your pen, highlighter, or notecards are. And you know which zipper holds your books and which one holds your binders.

These are simple tricks that can save you time and a headache.

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After the Semester

Final Organization

You might not think there’s much to do once the semester is over. If you’ve been well-organized all semester, then there shouldn’t be. All you need to do is collect all paper materials into a nice and neat location in your home.

Store all the semester’s books with these same papers. In your subsequent semesters, you most likely will want to reference them. And you’ll want them in a spot that’s easy to find and well-organized.

Keep them on a bookshelf and organized by semester and by subject. Then you’ll be set for the next semester with a clean desk and bookshelf.

Final Thoughts

These are the broad strokes necessary for your to be organized in nursing school. There are many more tips and tricks for staying organized based on subject, using colors or applications, or other weird and quirky tools. But these should set a solid foundation for an A+ semester.

Remember you don’t want to overdo it. Find a simple method that’s easy to follow over the long term. That’s what will lead to ultimate success.

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How to Prepare for Nursing School

Congratulations on getting into nursing school! Some say that’s the hardest part. Others admit that nursing school itself is an animal in its own right. Both legs of the journey are challenging. Either way, one’s finished and another has yet to begin.

You can have less stress by being as prepared as possible. As the saying goes, luck favors the prepared. So here are nine ways you can prepare for nursing school. You’ll be ahead of the pack when you use these smart strategies. And if you can stay on top of the ball throughout nursing school in the same way, then you’ll do more than pass – you’ll excel.

Get Organized

Most students wait until the first week of school to buy supplies, set up binders or files on their computer, and get organized. But that’s the wrong way to go about it. You need to get started early. And stay organized as you go.

The more organized you are the easier it will be to keep up with paperwork, assignments, and study materials. When you’re short on time (which is a huge problem in nursing school) then you’ll want to preserve every minute you can.

Talk with previous students

You may have many fears about starting nursing school. It’s hard to know what to expect. That’s why talking to current or previous nursing students will be quick to quell fears and ease anxieties. You can talk with nursing students online at sites like All Nurses. Or you can reach out on forums like Reddit.

If you don’t get to talk with any current nursing students before the semester, meet a few in the first week or two. The sooner the better, but late is better than never. You can ask them questions about the workload, stress, clinicals, studying, and more.

When you hear about other student’s experiences, especially students from your school, you’ll feel light years better. It’s crazy what our minds do when we have a gap in knowledge and experience. We have the tendency to make up horrific stories and difficulties while running ourselves ragged with worry and anxiety. Do yourself a favor and talk with current or previous nursing students.

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Set Your Schedule

You may not be big on schedules and calendars but that should change real quick. A schedule will be your life saver. When you have a solid schedule – and structure – to keep you afloat during the semester you can relax and get your work done faster and easier.

Before the semester you’ll receive class schedules. You can download and save these schedules. Buy a paper planner or open your electronic calendar and enter in all the exam dates. You can even enter in your assignment due dates and set up reminders.

It’s one less thing to worry about after the semester begins.

Complete all the paperwork

Before your first day, you should have a nursing school orientation. Or, during your first school week, you’ll have an orientation with your instructors and receive tons of paperwork. Complete all your paperwork before school or in that first week. Set reminders, if needed. And turn it all in as soon as possible.

Also, you’ll need to get your vaccinations completed, documented, and turned in. Don’t hinder your success with procrastination on paperwork. If you forget to turn in the wrong piece of paper, you might not start clinicals on time.

Keep your paperwork in order. Get in the habit of getting stuff done right away when you get tasked with it. It’s a habit you’ll use as a nurse. As a nurse, procrastination is never a solution.

Prep Your Support Network

You may have heard: you need support while in nursing school. You can be successful without it. That’s for sure. But you’ll be a heck of a lot better off if you have friends and family nearby to lean on when times get tough. And they will get tough.

How can friends and family help? First, they will listen to all your woes. If your friends are in nursing school, then they can commiserate and empathize with you. Your family can show love. These are all amazing reasons to have friends and family.

But friends and family can help in other, unexpected ways too. For instance, what if you need help with your dog on days you’re in clinical? Or, if you need a place to sleep that’s near your school? What if you need a ride because your car broke down? What if you need help with interview questions? Or, maybe you need someone to quiz you?

There are so many ways that friends and family can support you during nursing school. Let them know that you’ll need support. Give them fair warning. Most will be more than happy to help you along the way.

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Talk with Your Employer

You may choose to work while in nursing school. It’s not encouraged – especially working full-time – but some don’t have the privilege of only going to school. If you work part- or full-time, then be sure to talk with your employer ahead of time.

Talk with them about what your schedule will be like during the semester. Discuss how each semester will be different. Ensure they’ll be flexible when you need it most. School should be the top priority. The goal is that you’ll do well and get it over with quickly. That way you won’t have to endure these hardships for too long.

Some employers will be flexible and encouraging. Others won’t be. But if you spend time talking with them and preparing them (like you did with your friends and family), then you’ll know their attitude. And you can make adjustments and respond appropriately when things go awry. You’ll know what to expect from them and vice versa.

Take a Vacation

You’re about to be nose deep in textbooks and hands deep in poop. Your next vacation might not be until between semesters. You could get away with a short trip here or there during the semester. But it could be difficult to take a long, relaxing vacay. So take one while you can.

Forget about all your responsibilities. Soak in the sunshine, be with friends and family, and enjoy yourself.

Complete Outstanding Tasks

Do you have a to-do list of home tasks and personal tasks? Most of us do. Give yourself of an empty to-do list. Take a week and get everything done. Clean your house, stock your fridge and pantry, get your oil changed and car washed, go for your annual doctor’s visit, or buy birthday gifts and Christmas gifts in advance.

Whatever it is – do it early, do it now. The more you can complete ahead of time, the more time you’ll have to study and relax. Part of being successful in nursing school is having time to complete your assignments, study, and take care of yourself.

The more you get done ahead of time the more time you’ll have for what matters most. And the less you’ll spend scuffling to get outstanding tasks complete.

Review Anatomy and Physiology

The base of nursing knowledge is anatomy and physiology. If you barely scraped by in that class, then you should be reviewing all summer. Ensure your success in nursing school with a strong understanding of the basics.

Even if you got straight A’s in your core classes, you can benefit from spending a week or two before the semester reviewing materials. Look over the sections you struggled with. Or review medical terminology. Start to prime your brain to think about the systems and complex terminology again. No doubt you’ll be five steps ahead of the rest.

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Final Thoughts

If you take the time to complete even one of these before the semester, then you’ll be way ahead of most. But if you can manage to prepare fully, then you’ll feel relaxed and focused as you enter your first nursing class. With that kind of focus and attention, you’ll be well on your way to nursing school success.

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Retain 50% More After Studying

It’s every student’s dream to be able to listen to one lecture or read the book or his/her notes one time and retain everything. While it’s a rare few who are actually able to do such a thing, others are left to rely on brainhacks to keep their memory buff and in tip-top shape.

Today’s smart strategy gives you one brainhack that gets you 50% closer to your ability to remember information after one sitting. In 2011, a study revealed that students who took a test (or quizzed themselves) following a study/review session were able to recall 50% more information a week later than those that did not test themselves.

What does this mean for you? Testing is an effective study strategy.

How can you implement this strategy into your current study plan? Easy!

Set out to review a specific set of material for your study session. Be sure you’ve already planned what you’re going to study for the week and/or day. Then, there are three different ways you can incorporate testing into your study session.

  1. Pre-test: start off by testing yourself over the material prior to reviewing it.
  2. Post-test: end your study session with 25-50 questions.
  3. Next day test: before your study session the next day, test yourself on the material you reviewed the day before. Take a quick but short quiz (maybe 15-20 questions). This further instills the information in your memory.

While the study only used one test at the end of a review session to find that retention was boosted, one can imagine that testing yourself on all sides of a study session can improve retention even more.

You might wonder how you are supposed to test yourself. Where will you get your questions from? There are plenty of question banks, testing books, and other resources available online.

If you’re interested in learning more about several of the resources of available to you, I’ve reviewed nine different resources for nursing students in my eBook, “Smart Strategies for Nursing School: How to Study, Manage Your Time, and Still Have a Life.” You can pick up a copy at amazon to see for yourself how these nine different resources compare to one another.

Otherwise, you can do a simple google search to see what’s available. Either way, there is plenty out there for you to use to test yourself  Testing is vital to being successful in nursing.

Happy testing,



How to Increase Mental Agility with the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a unique strategy for approaching how long to spend studying per study session.

The length of time spent studying varies from student to student. If you have ADD, you might have short, snappy study sessions. If you’re a perfectionist, you might study for hours on end with no breaks. The Pomodoro Technique offers a sweet solution in the middle.

The technique was developed by an Italian guy while he attended university. As a means to increase mental agility, he set his tomato (pomodoro) kitchen timer to 25 minutes. At the end of 25 minutes he took a five minute break. That counted as one out of four short sessions.

When he tallied a total of four 25 minute sessions and three breaks he took a long break, about 30 minutes. Once the long break was over he restarted the tally marks.

In today’s smart strategy, I alter the original Pomodoro Technique from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. The increased length of time was better for my personal workflow. I felt like that gave me plenty of time to get into my studies. You might be different. Try different times, ranging from 25 to 45. If I felt like I was in a good flow, I kept studying for an additional 5 minutes. I lost focus quickly if I went longer than 50 minutes.

Use the Pomodoro Technique to your advantage to stay alert and focused during your study sessions.

On breaks refuel with water or a snack. Stand outside to soak up a few rays of sunshine while deep breathing to relieve stress. Stretch your legs, arms, and back to increase blood flow throughout your body. Do a few jumping jacks to increase your energy level.

After each break, get back to studying! You don’t need to go through four whole study sessions and breaks to reep the benefits of this technique. If you only have time for a short study session, then know that even a short amount of time is worth your effort!

What this technique offers is relief from the thought that study sessions have to be long and tedious. What a burden! If you thought you always had to spend a long time studying for it to count, think again!

Happy studying,

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Can I Still Have a Life During Nursing School?

One of student’s biggest fears about nursing school is not having a life. Student’s fear they will spend every day in class, clinical, or studying. They fear losing their social life. And they fear becoming loners taken over by textbooks.

While this is a poignant and legitimate fear to have, one must not worry about not having a life in nursing school. You can still have a life in nursing school – be that social or otherwise.

WATCH: Can I Still Have a Life During Nursing School? PART TWO!

Two Ways to Still Have a Life: Social Life vs. Inspired Life

There are two ways to think about maintaining a life during nursing school. The first way of thinking about having a life in nursing school is by being able to spend time with friends and family or do activities or hobbies outside of school. The second way of still having a life is by feeling empowered and passionate while putting in long hours and hard work. A labor of love, some might say.

We each start from different places. Some students learned how to study early on, while others are only just now learning. No matter where you come from or your background you can get the same results. What might be different is how hard you have to work. Some may have to work harder and put in more time than others to achieve the same results.

On a superficial level, if you implement the appropriate smart strategies, you can create time in your schedule to maintain a social life. In fact, I do encourage it because having social support lowers stress levels and gives you energy boosts when you need it most.

It’s important to note that school will take time, even if you have extra time to devote to other activities. The balance will remain unbalanced. You can expect to spend approximately 70% of your time on school and school activities and 30% of your time on out-of-school activities.

On a deeper level, no matter how much time you have or don’t have outside of school, you can maintain your life. The definition is different from the previous in that the life you maintain is your passion, enthusiasm, excitement, inspiration, and motivation. To maintain your life throughout nursing school in this capacity makes nursing school far more enjoyable and gives you an empowered experience.

WATCH: Can I Still Have a Life During Nursing School? PART TWO!

Change of Perspective

These days we find a generation that believes they can put in the least amount of time possible to get the highest and best result possible. While the philosophy and sentiment is worthy of pursuit, at times it’s not compatible with what is desired. In those instances, it’s necessary to change our perspective on what it means to “maintain a life.”

There’s nothing wrong with putting in the hours, especially when you’re working toward a goal that impacts your life in a lasting manner, such as attending nursing school. It’s no small decision to embark upon this journey. The magnitude of the decision requires a deep level of commitment as well as respect. That commitment may come in the form of long hours in the library or early morning classes and clinicals.

Despite the long hours in the library, your passion and enthusiasm determine the quality of your experience. Find ways to maintain your drive and hunger for your chosen path or choose a different path. You have chosen to attend school and pursue nursing as a career. It will come with it’s own unique challenges.

Do yourself a favor and drop any lingering mindset of victimhood, in which you tell yourself “woe is me” stories as you bemoan your way through each semester. See the journey as a worthwhile pursuit in which you are happy to be a part of. It makes no sense to complain about your choice when it was your choice in the first place.

Either way – It’s Possible

You can maintain a social life throughout nursing school by implementing smart strategies in time management as well as study habits. You can also maintain an inspired life by keeping a fresh, positive, and passionate perspective on the amount of time you spend on school activities. Whether you’re the type that has time management and studying on lock or the type that requires many more hours of studying than others, you can maintain your life during nursing school.

WATCH: Can I Still Have a Life During Nursing School? PART TWO!

To life,


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How to Create Long-term Memories Over Night

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of today’s smart strategy. Sleep is a hot commodity for nursing students. It’s such a hot commodity that students deny themselves the juicy reward of a good night’s slumber for a time when exams and clinicals are no longer looming.

Unfortunately, during the dark days of denial, students undermine their own success in favor of the perceived benefit of “just another hour or two” of studying. “Just another hour or two” quickly turns into a habit of less and less sleep each night.

You might be familiar with this experience. You deny yourself a good night’s rest, thinking that you can cram more in before your big exam the next day. You go to sleep at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning with an alarm set for 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. Running on a less than the ideal number of hours for sleep, you rush to school in a haze, still wiping crusties from your eyes.

You sit for your exam, unable to fully pay attention, yearning for your sweet, sweet pillow. The exam starts. Seventy questions. You’ve got this!

You rush through the test, excited to be done. Now you’re speeding home to sleep for 30 or 45 minutes before you start studying again.

This is the story of the average nursing student. Don’t be this student.

Despite the belief that you’ll “get more” out of “just another hour or two,” you’re actually undermining your ability to pay attention, remain alert, concentrate, and think critically. Sleep offers amazing benefits for the quality of our thinking, as well as our mental fortitude and attention to detail.

Now here’s an aspect of sleep I bet you’ve never considered… Sleep can be one of your best smart strategies for studying. How can this be so? Aside from the aforementioned benefits of sleep, sleep offers the opportunity to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory. Isn’t that a result you’d like to have!?

A recent study discovered what are called “sharp wave ripples.” The presence or absence of these sharp wave ripples determines one’s ability to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory. How do you get these sharp wave ripples, you might ask!?

Easy – you sleep!

You’re more likely to experience memory consolidation during periods of deep sleep. On average, deep sleep makes up 20% of a person’s sleep cycle and occurs mostly in the first third of sleep.

The more hours you spend sleeping leads to a greater amount of exposure to sharp wave ripples. The study indicates that even a minimal amount of sleep is healthy for memory consolidation. So, naps are effective study strategies, too!

Happy sleeping,


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Smart Strategy: the Need to Know

The “need to know” information is exactly what it sounds like – the need to know! It’s the information that requires your attention. When you focus on the “need to know” you are studying what you need to do well on your exams and as a nurse.

In comparison, “nice to know” information is detail. If you find yourself deep into the “nice to know”, you’re in the weeds. It’s nice to know when you’re in the hospital, specializing in cardiovascular, neuro, or endocrine. It’s not nice to know in nursing school when all you want is the need to know. In fact, I don’t even know why it’s called “nice to know.” It’s more annoying than it is nice.

An example of “need to know” information would be lab value ranges such as blood sugar, hematocrit, hemoglobin, RBCs, or WBCs. These are basic lab values that will never go away and you’ll always need to know. A lab value that you don’t need to know, that’s “nice to know,” for example, is gastrin levels.

During nursing school, you’ll always be guided towards “need to know” information. NCLEX makes it easy by giving a guide towards the “need to know” lab values and other information important to study for the exam on their website.

Your instructors will teach over topics they’d like you to focus on. Don’t get distracted by dense material available in textbooks. Instead, focus on what your teacher directed your attention towards. Dive deeper into topics you find interesting or need clarification on but don’t worry about memorizing every little detail.

It’s best to have a quality yet general idea over each topic rather than a detailed understanding of one topic. Remember that it’s not about memorizing  during nursing school. It’s about applying information. That’s why Anatomy and Physiology are so important. It creates the basis for which you’ll be able to think your way to the answer, not just regurgitate information.

A high level of stress and confusion, as well as a lack of focus, is a good indicator that you’ve ventured into the weeds. When you realize you’re in the weeds stop, take a deep breath, and re-evaluate what you’re studying. Perhaps all you need to do is shift your focus back to the main topic. From there you should see the top points that are the need to know, skip the rest.

For patho/pharmacology, you’ll focus on the disease, signs or symptoms, causes, medications, and interventions. In other classes, you’ll focus on basic care and human needs based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, as well as the nursing process. I discuss Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs and the nursing process in my up and coming eBook, “Smart Strategies for Nursing School: How to Study, Manage Your Time, and Still Have a Life.”

Happy Studying,


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Smart Strategy: Anatomy & Physiology Review

Today starts the smart strategy of the day posts! You can expect 1-2 smart strategies a week. Today’s smart strategy is a real zinger. It takes you back to basics. It takes you straight to the core of your nursing knowledge: Anatomy & physiology (A&P).

Review A&P for 15 minutes at the start of each study session

You may be wondering: “I just finished pre-reqs! I thought I was moving on to actual nursing courses!” You are – but…

Nursing makes more sense when you’ve got a good hold on the foundations. You’ll need to review A&P throughout each semester of nursing school and even into your nursing career. A&P will never  go away.

Here’s how you’ll implement today’s smart strategy.

Once you’ve figured out what you’re studying for the day, grab your A&P book (or your med/surg book, which should have an A&P section at the beginning of the chapter), and a timer. Set the time for 15 minutes.

Dive into the material grabbing for:

  • anatomy
  • function
  • and major secretions

You want to focus on a simple understanding of normal. It’s information you’ll want to draw on quickly and easily when studying all that’s gone wrong in your nursing course. For example, create a flow chart: thyroid gland > follicles > thyroglobulin in colloid > tyrosine > building block for thyroid hormones// thyroid gland > c cells > produce calcitonin.

Then make a list of thyroid hormone functions:

  • increase O2 rate consumption
  • increase heart rate, contraction, BP
  • maintain respiratory centers
  • stimulate RBC production (increase 02)
  • stimulate other organs
  • increase turnover in bones

This simple breakdown of a complex organ and physiologic system within the body will give your brain a fresh reference point to turn to when studying the endocrine section. You’ll further solidify the knowledge in your mind at the same time.

All this information is easy to forget when you get into your nursing courses. You’ll be too focused on the signs and symptoms of hyper- or hypothyroidism. When you start with a review of A&P you can clearly see a link between the anatomy and function of the thyroid gland and hormones and the signs and symptoms.

The point being that as you critically think through a nursing question, you can run through this easy list or flow chart to uncover the processes behind it all and figure out what interventions are needed to resolve or ease signs and symptoms.

Let’s be honest – there’s a lot to remember, and there’s no way you can remember it all. Give yourself the extra boost by reviewing A&P for 15 minutes at the start of each study session. You’ll experience a surge in confidence, while improving your retention rate.

Happy Studying,


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Nursing School and Nursing Students

Welcome to Nursing School!

Nursing school can be difficult. But you’re in the right place.

Welcome, nursing students (or pre-nursing students). You’re taking a look at the up and coming eBook, “Smart Strategies for Nursing School: How to Study, Manage Your Time, and Still Have a Life.”

As a former nursing student and current registered nurse, it’s my belief that you can be successful and happy throughout nursing school and into your nursing career. All too often, I see nursing students running ragged, anxious, and overwhelmed by their course load.

Students fear the worst after every exam. They run around like a chicken with their heads cut off, unsure of how to study, with papers falling out of their binders, and a planner marked all over but with zero continuity or knowledge of what’s coming up.

I personally experienced not knowing how to study in my first semester. I spent countless hours talking about how to organize all the assignments, readings, exams, classes, and clinicals. I wanted to know how on earth I would be able to do everything nursing school asked of me on top of spending time with my loved ones and generally taking care of myself, i.e. exercise and nutrition.

I knew nursing school would be heavy. I watched my step-dad go through it right before me. What I saw was a man in his office almost all the time. And I didn’t like that. I was bound and determined to find a way to study, manage my time, and still have a life throughout nursing school.

Now that I’m on the other side of nursing school, I can honestly say that I was successful. I was so happy to discover that it’s possible to experience nursing school and still have a life that I wanted to share that with other nursing students. My hope is to shift the paradigm around nursing school. I want to eliminate the old, worn out beliefs that it’s an all consuming two years of your life and that you have to be fat, lazy, and unhealthy throughout it.

This is simply not true.

On early August, I’ll be launching my eBook, “Smart Strategies for Nursing Students: How to Study, Manage Your Time, and Still Have a Life.” Up until that point, you can return to this blog to get snippets and previews of the book as well as extra hints and tips!

In addition, I’ll be posting videos to my YouTube channel. Stay connected via email to be one of the firsts to find out of the book’s release.

Talk soon,