How to Study for a Test

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Preparing in advance will improve your performance When your instructor tells you to study for your test, do you know how? Or do you stare blankly at your notes and wonder what to do next? If studying is a mystery to you, try these suggestions next time you have an exam coming up: 1. Know what the test is about Before you even begin studying, make sure you know what the test is going to cover. If your course syllabus isn’t clear, then ask your instructor. There’s nothing worse than showing up for a test and realizing you studied the wrong material. 2. Save your homework Ever wonder why you have so much homework? Teachers give you homework in order to improve your understanding of the material. And reviewing your…
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Make Sure Safety Is a Priority This Halloween

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Follow these tips to make sure your holiday is safe as well as fun Halloween is just around the corner! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are falling. Pumpkins, cobwebs, and ghostly goblins are appearing on porches and in front yards. Stores are filled with candy displays, orange and black decorations, and costume ideas. Are you ready to dress up, stock up on candy, and have some fun? Whether you’re leading the trick-or-treating pack, answering the door to give out candy, or heading out for an adult costume party, here are some tips for having a ghoulishly great time while also staying safe. Be smart about trick-or-treating Whether you’re a parent, sibling, family member, or friend who’s volunteered to take a child out to trick-or-treat, follow these helpful suggestions…
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Brain Overload? Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Nursing Practice

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In the busy nursing profession, mindfulness can help you focus If you pay attention to self-care advice, you may have heard people talk about mindfulness. You might be wondering: What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying active attention to exactly what you are doing at present. You are living in the moment and observing what your mind is feeling, rather than thinking about the past or future. In this day of constant connectedness, many people find that mindfulness helps to combat stress and to increase the ability to focus and pay attention. Some simple advice on helping to get into a state of mindfulness is to try these tips: 1. Mindful eating. Do you find that you gobble your food as you sit at the computer, and barely realize you ate…
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How to Prepare for a Test

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Follow these tips to maximize your changes of success on exams Does the thought of an upcoming test make you nervous? Do you drag your feet when it comes to preparing to take one? If so, you're not alone. However, there are strategies that can help you feel confident in the days and weeks leading up to the next time you take a test.  Here are a few you might want to try out: Use your class notes creatively It's important to take good notes during a class lecture, so you can reference them later on when getting ready for a test. Instead of just reading over or memorizing your notes to study, try one of these strategies to help you retain the information more easily: Re-writing your notes may…
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Tips to Get Over Your Fear of Blood and Needles

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Find out how nursing professionals can avoid feeling queasy Do you think nursing would be a good career for you, but you’re afraid of needles? Does the sight of blood make you feel queasy? Can you still go to nursing school if you're afraid of blood?  Believe it or not, many successful nurses were once afraid of needles and blood! Most people are able to get over these feelings with enough practice and experience. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, and you may feel that you simply can’t get over these feelings. However, there are some tips that can help queasy people deal with these reactions. Over time, nursing students have desensitized themselves and become terrific nursing professionals! Try these tips, gathered from nursing discussions on online discussion forums: Practice…
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Students at Salter School of Nursing Show School Spirit

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They stepped up to raise money for the Jimmy Fund Walk and celebrate Constitution Day Two recent events have really given the students at Manchester’s Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health the chance to show their dedication to their school, their country, and to a good cause. Whether it’s taking part in a “dress-down” fundraiser or in a national holiday devoted to our Constitution, it was an opportunity for the students to shine. Celebrating Our Constitution On September 18, Salter Nursing celebrated Constitution Day. In addition to decorating the front lobby, the campus created a “We the People” wall with stars, featuring names of participating students and staff as well as some facts about our country’s history. This day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, as well as…
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Boost Your Resume While Still in School

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Get a jump start on your future with these tips If you are in career school or college, that’s great news. It means you are already taking some important steps toward your future career. The effort you are putting into school will certainly pay off when it’s time to start looking for your first job. But as you probably know, the job market is competitive. Finding a job isn’t always easy. So, what can give you an advantage? What steps can you take now to position yourself for the job market of the future? We’ve put together some great tips that you can start working on today…while you’re still a student. And when it’s time to write your resume next year or in years to come, you will be glad…
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8 Free Apps for Practical Nurses

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Let technology help you access the information you need in this profession Whether you’re in a practical nursing training program now, or already work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you need a lot of information at your fingertips to do your job effectively. There are many useful and free applications available to help you—to quickly look up abbreviations or drug names, manage shift scheduling, and more. We’ve gathered here eight free apps you might consider using to help you in your daily work. (Please note that we do not endorse any specific app, but we do encourage you to do your own research and make your own decision about whether they might be a good tool for you.) 1. NurseGrid: Billing itself as a “calendar for nurses, by nurses,” this…
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Get Happier with these 20 Tips

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Small things can make a big difference! Is something missing in your life? Do you feel like true happiness is always just around the next corner? It’s true: Happiness can be an elusive thing! But with a slight shift in your perspective and an active effort to take control of your own happiness level, you may find that happiness truly is within your reach. Here are some tips to help you get there: Choose positive over negative. If you find a negative thought in your head, come up with a positive thought to counteract it. Learn to forgive. Holding a grudge against others can make you feel less happy in the end. Forgiveness has an amazing way of making you feel better inside. Accept imperfections. Not everything in life can…
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