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
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