Keys to Nursing Success (2nd Edition)

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9780131135581: Keys to Nursing Success (2nd Edition)

For courses in College Success, pre-Nursing and intro-nursing. This innovative text/workbook is designed to help entry-level students understand the various aspects and opportunities of the profession of nursing while allowing them to develop both personal management and academic skills necessary to succeed in a nursing school program. It covers a full range of topics-from exploring the opportunities of the nursing profession to discovering personal learning styles, values, and goals. It teaches how to manage one's time, relationships, and money; and allows students to develop critical skills in reading, studying, thinking, note-taking and writing, listening, test-taking, and lab work.

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Preface KEYS TO NURSING SUCCESS
OWNER'S MANUAL

This book is to provide students having a current or potential nursing major with realistic and useful steps that will increase their chances for success in college and after college in the workplace. Some hints for Success in nursing follow.

THE ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS

Enjoy learning See the importance of learning science and humanities Understand ethical principles and responsibility in nursing Continue learning after graduation Use knowledge and skills responsibly Graduate from college with a liberal arts education in addition to nursing Complete an internship, perform extra work on special projects, or work in the clinical setting Find a mentor

WHAT SUCCESS MAY INCLUDE (but not essential conditions)

High GPA A career in nursing after graduation Ability to have a secure career Highly marketable degree The Top Three Rules for Success

The top three rules for success are based on consistent behaviors that lead to gaining a healthy dose of knowledge and skill acquisition while you are in college. The top three rules you will need to follow to succeed as a nursing major are:

Go to class Learn to study Take school seriously (study)

As your authors, we have talked to students across the country. We've learned that you are concerned about your future, you want your education to serve a purpose, you are adjusting to constant life changes, and you want honest and direct guidance on how to achieve your goals. We designed the features of Keys to Nursing Success based on what you have told us about your needs.

The Contents of the Package:
What's Included

We chose the topics in this book based on what you need to make the most of your educational experience. You need a strong sense of self, learning style, and goals in order to discover and pursue the best course of study. You need good study skills to take in and retain what you learn both in and out of class. You need to manage your time, money, and relationships so you can handle the changes life hands you. Keys to Nursing Success can guide you in all of these areas and more.

The distinguishing characteristics and sections of this book are designed to make your life easier by helping you take in and understand the material you read.

Lifelong learning. The ideas and strategies you learn that will help you succeed in school are the same ones that will bring you success in your career and in your personal life. Therefore, this book focuses on success strategies as they apply to school, work, and life, not just to the classroom or laboratory.

Thinking skills. Being able to remember facts and figures won't do you much good at school or beyond unless you can put that information to work through clear and competent thinking. This book has a chapter on critical and creative thinking that will help you explore your mind's actions and thinking processes.

Skill-building exercises. Today's graduates need to be effective thinkers, team players, writers, and strategic planners. The exercises at the end of the chapters will encourage you to develop these valuable career skills and to apply thinking processes to any topic or situation.

Diversity of voice. The world is becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, perspective, culture, lifestyle, race, choices, abilities, needs, and more. Every student, instructor, course, and school is unique. One point of view can't possibly apply to everyone. Therefore, many voices will speak to you from these pages. What you read will speak to your needs, offer ideas, and treat you with respect.

User-friendly features. The following features will make your life easier in small but significant ways.

Perforations. Each page of this book is perforated so you can tear out exercises to hand in, take with you somewhere, or keep in your date book as a reference. Exercises. The exercises are together at the ends of the chapters, so if you want to hand them all in you can do so without also removing any of the text. Definitions. Selected words are defined in the margins of the text. Long-term usefulness. Yes, most people sell back some of the textbooks they use. If you take a good look at the material in Keys to Nursing Success, however, you may want to keep this book around. Keys to Nursing Success is a reference that you can return to over and over again as you work toward your goals in school, work, and life. TAKE ACTION: READ

You are responsible for your education, your growth, your knowledge, and your future. The best we can do is offer some great suggestions, strategies, ideas, and systems that can help. Ultimately, it's up to you to use whatever fits your particular self with all of its particular situations, needs, and wants, and make it your own. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education—take advantage of all it has to give you.

From the Back Cover:

Nursing is the largest health occupation in the world and with the current shortage, qualified nurses are more in demand than ever. Keys to Nursing Success is designed to promote a realistic understanding of nursing, explore the exceptional opportunities nursing careers offer, and help students prepare for the rigors of nursing school. Emphasis is placed on how to study the sciences, how to develop critical thinking skills, and the importance of liberal arts courses in building a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

  • Chapter 1: Researching Your Nursing Education: Collecting the Basic Data
  • Chapter 2: Discovering Nursing: Exploring Your Options
  • Chapter 3: Self-Awareness: Knowing How You Learn
  • Chapter 4: Goal Setting and Time Management: Using Values to Map Your Course
  • Chapter 5: Scientific Inquiry: Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • Chapter 6: Reading and Studying: Focusing on Content
  • Chapter 7: Listening, Memory, Note Taking, and Test Taking: Taking In, Recording, and Retaining Information
  • Chapter 8: Research and Writing: Gathering and Communicating Ideas
  • Chapter 9: Wellness and Stress Management: Taking Care of Yourself (New chapter!)
  • Chapter 10: Relating to Others: Communicating in a Changing World
  • Chapter 11: Managing Money and Career: Reality Resources
  • Chapter 12: Moving Ahead: Building a Flexible Future

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