There are two books that are widely used in courses like the one you will be
Keys to Nursing Success, Janet R. Katz
Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-019575-8

Learning Strategies in Nursing, Meltzer &Palau
W.B. Saunders ISBN 0-7216-6342-7

I have been working with nursing students on study skills for just a short
time, but I have found they often have these issues:

1) dealing with enormous amounts of reading; extracting the important info
2) synthesizing great amounts of info and being able to apply it to real
life situations.  It can be helpful to work with them on Bloom's taxonomy,
to help them identify the kind thinking they need to use on different test
questions.  The vast majority of test questions on the Boards (I hear) are
application and synthesis.
I have also had success teaching the students to use concept maps to
organize their info into study guides.
3) test-anxiety and test-taking strategies
Many times students come into nursing programs already having gotten
bachelors and sometimes masters degrees.  It can be disconcerting to some to
have to struggle in a nursing program. Many nursing students are also "type
A" people. As a result, they develop a lot of test anxiety.

I would love to hear other people's suggestions--I am still new at this!

Sharon Hagy
Basic Skills Specialist
Mt. Hood Community College
(503) 491-7590
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-----Original Message-----
From: Maria McKinney [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 11:17 AM
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Subject: Nursing Study Strategies

        I have been asked to give a study skills workshop specifically for
our nursing students.  I am not in the nursing field.  Does anyone have
suggestions for teaching study skills that would relate directly to nursing,
other than the normal study skills used in other disciplines?
        Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

        Maria McKinney
        Dominican University of California
        50 Acacia Avenue
        San Rafael, CA 94901
        Phone:  415-458-3781
        FAX:  415-257-0177