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Study Tips for the NCLEX – 2

Tip #2 – Develop a Great Study Plan

Study plans are an extremely effective way to prepare for any type of exam, the big NCLEX too. However, they can be tricky, so it’s important to be realistic, understand your routine, and organize yourself and your time. A personal study plan will not only help you to keep track of the topic you’ve studied and keep you more organized, it can also hold you accountable for your learning outcomes.

First, conduct a quick self-evaluation of your current schedule and how you manage your time. For example, what time of day you study better, day or at night? Find days when you have fewer personal commitments and you can commit to studying without distractions.

Second, you want to create a study plan that is reasonable. How much time you set aside for your studies is very important, but try not to plan for too many hours at a time with no break. Long hours, for example 4 to 5 hours without breaks can easily make your study plan feel overwhelming. Include break times in your study plan to prevent failure of the plan. Remember to schedule time for other activities within your daily life; too many days scheduled for study without time for other activities can make you feel discouraged and your study plan won’t hold up.

Lastly, stay true to your study plan. What’s the point of a study plan if you don’t follow it? A great study plan is useless if it isn’t followed, so stick to it; your study plan will work very well if you follow it consistently.

Feel like you need help in putting a study plan together? Don’t worry, we’ve made one for you! At Rophem our proven 42-Day Plan has been specially put together for NCLEX success and is available for all students to use and follow. We understand that you have other obligations and aim to create a flexible study plan to ensure that you aren’t overwhelmed as you study.

Good Luck!
Rophem Nursing 🙂

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Weekly Dose of Nursing: Reye’s Syndrome

  • Reye’s syndrome is a rare illness, most common in children.
  • It is a serious illness that can be harmful to the brain and the liver.
  • Usually occurs in children who are recovering from a viral infection; which may include cold, flu, or chickenpox.
  • Reye’s syndrome is commonly associated with the use of aspirin in children.
    • To prevent Reye’s syndrome, aspirin (salicylates) should not be given to children.

Symptoms of Reye’s syndrome

  • Symptoms can be very mild and may not be easily noticed.
  • These symptoms can also can be very serious and may get worsen within few hours.
  • Symptoms of Reye’s Syndrome may lead to death.
    • Common symptoms include:
    • Changes in level of consciousness
    • Vomiting, Diarrhea
    • Irritability and aggressive behavior
    • Tachypnea (in children under 2 years old)
    • Confusion, Lethargy, Seizures & Coma

Causes of Reye’s Syndrome

  • The cause of Reye’s syndrome is not known yet.
  • The use of aspirin to treat children with viral illness increases the chances of developing Reye’s syndrome.

Diagnosis of Reye’s Syndrome

  • Diagnosis usually starts with blood and urine tests.
  • Doctors may also test for metabolic disorders that could affect the liver.
  • Sometimes more invasive tests are needed – lumbar puncture, liver biopsy, MRI, or CT.

Prevention of Reye’s syndrome

  • Education – nurses should teach parents to avoid giving children aspirin
  • Aspirin should not be given to any child under the age of 19
  • Prevent viral illnesses in children, teach parents to make sure the child’s vaccinations are up to date.

Treatment for Reye’s Syndrome

  • There is no cure for Reye’s syndrome.
  • Early diagnosis helps towards successful treatment.
  • A client with Reye’s Syndrome will be treated in the hospital, mostly in the intensive care unit (ICU).
  • Treatments include:
  • Corticosteroids
  • IV fluids and Diuretics
  • Medicines to prevent bleeding
  • Client may also need ventilator

Nursing Interventions – Prevent further complications

  • Monitor vital signs – BP, RR, HR, Temp. Administer oxygen. Maintain airway.
  • Monitor Intracranial Pressure and prevent seizures. Position to decrease ICP.
  • Monitor blood glucose levels closely
  • Intake and output, make sure to prevent fluid overload
  • Assess hemodynamic status; monitor cardiac, respiratory and neurologic status.
  • Administer medications per doctor’s orders, monitor for adverse effects, prevent injury and complications.
  • Provide skin and mouth care, provide range of motion exercise to promote joint mobility.
  • Provide supportive care for the client and the family members.

Reference: Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing 9th edition

Study Tips for the NCLEX – 1

Tip #1 – Study to understand, keep memorizing to a minimum.

Good students don’t always study more than other students. They just know how to manage their time, concentrate fully and effectively while studying. Students often express frustration about how much they have to study and how quick they forget. You just get it and forget it. At times like that, it’s important to remember that the NCLEX is an exam that test critical thinking and how well you can apply what you learned in school to a potential nursing situation. So, to prepare for such an exam, understanding of contents is absolutely important. When you understand a topic or a section, it becomes a part of you. If you get it and really understand it; it will be hard to forget it.

Concentrate during your study time – be sure to maintain your attention and focus without distractions. You may not want to hear this, but it’s very important to identify any distraction or disturbance that can make it hard for you to concentrate, then find a way to get rid of the distraction so you can understand what you study. At that point, if you are still having a hard time studying, an NCLEX review class can help you to tame the information you’re given in your textbooks and apply it to the exam. At Rophem, we host interactive classes with content mastery, test taking strategies, and critical thinking exercises designed to guide students step-by-step to pass the NCLEX.

Rophem Nursing Notes 🙂

Be Resilient

To be strong; To be healthy; To bounce back after something bad has happened is to be resilient.

Bowed but not Broken!

I remember receiving a phone call from a woman one afternoon. She sounded so disappointed and unhappy because her dearly beloved son had failed his exam. Her son was devastated and was ready to quit. After about half an hour conversation with him, I was able to convince him that he needed to bounce back; that was not what he expected to hear from me.

So many times in life, bad things happen as you are trying to move on to your destiny. Remember, you can be resilient. Tell yourself – Okay, I have to be strong and healthy. Know that you are stronger than you think or believe.

Be Resilient.

Seasons change and that’s natural. So as you try again, and be strong, you will discover the great plans that God has in store for you.

Rise Up. Try Again. Be Resilient.

Rophem

Never Give Up

When there is a will, there is a way!!
You truly want to do something; and there are obstacles, you will always find a way to do it.

Set your eyes on the prize; always remember that nothing comes easy in life. If it were to be easy then everyone will have it and it wouldn’t worth that much.
What is the goal that you want to achieve at this time; stay focused, have the strong will and gently find available resources.

Other things will happen at the same time, life has to go on and these things may appear to stand in your way. Try not to pay too much attention to distractions. Stay focused. A person does not fail until they give up. Never give up!!!

With Love
Rophem 🙂

Motivation and Your Habit

We all have goals of what we want to do or become in life. The interest in what we want to become is highly important. The goal will not achieve itself but the joy that comes into our lives once it is accomplished is usually what keeps us going. The first step is developing the motivation to get there, then do something every day to refresh the motivation; this becomes a habit and it will get you there!

It is a brilliant idea to want to do something or become somebody (become a Nurse). Nurses are heroes, nurses are the best, nurses are awesome; and you want to be the best, you want to be a hero, you want to be a nurse! So don’t wait to accomplish your dreams, you’ve started school, congratulations, but you have to push to graduation!

Here is what’s important; how motivated are you to do this? You are really motivated to join one of the best professions in the world; be motivated to finish. You cannot allow the flame to die too quickly after you’ve started. To become a hero is hard but it’s worth it at the end. You will do a lot of work and a lot of studying. It will be hard but you have to remember what prompted you to start, the goal that you have set will help you to develop the habit that will keep you going.

Don’t give up!
– Rophem 🙂