Mosby's Tour Guide to Nursing School: A Student's Road Survival Kit / Edition 6

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Encouraging, user-friendly, and altogether unique, Mosby’s Tour Guide to Nursing School encourages you to not only survive nursing school, but excel in whichever program you select. Throughout the book, Dr. Chenevert compares your journey through nursing school to a road trip, and she offers advice to increase your understanding, help you successfully navigate obstacles, and make your journey more enjoyable. You’ll learn how to prepare for the NCLEX® and your nursing career, how to get good grades, how to deal with failure, how to improve oral and written reports, and much more. A must-have for every nursing student!

  • Endorsed by the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).
  • Written by a nationally known motivational speaker and nurse, the book’s down-to-earth approach uses humor and clever analogies to clearly teach the information you need to know.
  • Uses the analogy of a cross-country road trip to help you see the relationships between different aspects of nursing school, as well as give you a finite view of its duration and end result.
  • Inspirational quotes throughout offer wisdom and encouragement from fellow nursing students and graduates.
  • The appendix lists numerous diverse resources you’ll find useful before, during, and after nursing school.
  • Electronic Age Information covers distance learning, online courses, and podcasts, facilitating your success both in today’s electronic classroom and with the advancing technology in nursing.
  • A special NCLEX® chapter (Chapter 29: Are We There Yet? Almost.) provides you with the tools you need to prepare for and pass the NCLEX®.
  • Updated statistics and information on the emerging trends of the workforce keep you current with what’s happening in the world outside nursing and help you make educated choices during nursing school.
  • Three chapters are devoted to diversity in today’s workforce and the non-traditional student.
  • Thorough coverage of ADN, BSN, and RN-BSN programs (program prerequisites, differences, and more) helps you make informed decisions about your choice of nursing programs.
  • An appendix of Online Resources provides quick and easy access to web sites that will assist both students and graduates with continued study and real-world advice.

"...offers realistic, humorous descriptions of the stressful situations nursing students typically encounter...includes helpful suggestions for improving study habits, surviving clinical rotations, & balancing school/family obligations."

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Reviewer: Bonnie L. Saucier, PhD, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a classic book describing typical student nursing experiences in a candid, humorous way. This is a unique method for discussing a tough trip with navigational points along the way. The last edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a good road map through the journey of nursing. This unique tour guide gives the reader tips before starting the journey, plots the course, and prepares the traveler for the trip itself. It helps to keep the goal of nursing in sight at all times. This book is a much needed reference for the beginning nursing student. The positive, upbeat approach allows the reader to accomplish the author's objectives in a light-hearted and comical way.
Audience: This book is written for the incoming nursing student, particularlly for the "mature" student who is over 20 years of age. It is also a wonderful guide for nurses returning for advanced degrees and experienced students from other fields making a career switch into nursing. The author has the extensive background and experience needed to make this a truly classic tour guide to nursing school
Features: This edition is an all new update with two new chapters. Chapter 1, "Ticket to Ride" provides the student with a unique sales pitch for the nursing profession. Chapter 22, "Hot Wired" teaches the student how to learn to use the Internet and to find the best Web sites. Information is provided for everything from boosting test scores to conducting study groups, overcoming procrastination and avoiding collisions in personal and professional lifes. Examples and ideas are given from other nursing students. This a collaborative effort with Mosby, National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) and the author. Input comes from nursing students and nurses from all over the United States and Canada. Appendixes cover a wide variety of much needed information and an inclusive index is provided. Cartoons are dispersed throughout, adding to the humorous intent.
Assessment: This book exemplifies a unique approach and offers the reader a light and uplifting version of a tour through nursing. It has a refreshing perspective, gives valuable information, and keeps the student alert and alive until the end.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323067416
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 444,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Ticket to Ride 2

Nursing is more than a great living. It's a great life. Career options to last a lifetime.

2 The Starting Lineup 8

If you've been admitted to a school of nursing, you can do anything! Cooperation, not competition, will bring success.

3 Is This Trip Really Necessary? 10

Determining whether you have what it takes to be a nurse. Diverse demands on a working nurse.

4 Destination: Registered Nurse 16

Tangible and intangible rewards of nursing.

5 How Long Will This Trip Take? 22

Three preparatory paths to nursing. Career aspirations and financial and time considerations determine the length of education.

6 How Much Will This Trip Cost? 28

Calculating and defraying expenses. Being a smart consumer and getting your money's worth.

7 Rules of the Road 34

Don't fight the system-work with it. Know your school's rules and follow them to the letter. Collisions between personal freedoms and professional responsibilities.

8 Slower Traffic Keep Right 38

Survival tips from students to students.

9 Driving Instructors 44

The importance of knowing faculty members thoroughly and understanding the many roles they play.

10 More Miles Per Gallon 50

Time management from A to Z.

11 Detours 58

Turning wishes into 'goals and goals into accomplishments. Issues for the student who must work while going to school.

12 You Can't Get There from Here 64

Problem-solving and assertiveness skills.

13 Drive-Up Teller 70

Making the best use of your memory bank: listening and learning, reading and remembering.

14 Tollbooth 78

Test-taking skills designed to boost your grades.

15 Totaled 86

Dealingwith failure: major and minor.

16 How to Jump-Start Your Battery 92

Procrastination and motivation.

17 10-4, Good Buddy 98

How to form and conduct study groups. Supporting each other.

18 Preventive Maintenance 106

The importance of taking care of yourself.

19 Scenic Routes 110

Choosing electives.

20 Bridges 114

Diversity within the nursing profession.

21 Business Routes 120

Improving oral and written reports.

22 Hot-Wired 128

Internet for nurses.

23 In the Driver's Seat 134

Taking full responsibility for your actions.

24 Shifting Gears 136

Difficulties of being a spouse/parent/student. Challenges of returning to school after a long absence. Making the transition from person to professional.

25 Moving Violations 146

Making the most of the nursing skills lab. Getting adequate experience in the clinical setting.

26 Defensive Driving 152

Rights and responsibilities. Conforming to the letter or the spirit of the law. Paperwork.

27 Street Smart 162

Surviving on tough turf. The importance of the first impressions and body language.

28 Life in the Fast Lane 168

Last-minute suggestions from senior students.

29 Are We There Yet? Almost 172

Tools to prepare for and pass the NCLEX? with flying colors.

30 Kick the Tires and Light the Fires 176

Transition from experienced student to inexperienced professional. Getting your first job as a nurse!


A Common Prefixes and Suffixes Used in Nursing 183

B Sources of Scholarships and Loans 189

C State Nurses Associations 193

D Canadian Nurses Associations 197

E Specialty Nursing Organizations 199

F U.S. State and Territorial Boards of Nursing 205

G Resources for NCLEX?- RN Review Available from Mosby/Elsevier 209

Index 215

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