Tutor profile: Will H.
What is your personal philosophy of nursing?
Each of us is a community, not just of mind, body, and spirit, but of family and ancestors through genetics; of friends and peers through social interactions – even of the cells, microbiota, and flora within us. We are interdependent with our environment, both the space around us and the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual experience within. Wellness is the multidimensional self in homeostasis. Knowing this, the nurse recognizes that health represents more than curing of illness or disease; it is the balance of our physical, cognitive, and spiritual selves. The future of nursing depends upon its maturing as the distinct health, healing and caring profession that it has always represented but has yet to actualize. Rather than focus on the disease-cure model, I vow to understand the interrelationships among health, illness, and human behavior, develop and nurture compassion, cultivate insight through awareness, and provide care that facilitates total self-healing.
Why is reflective writing important for a student nurse?
It goes without saying that critical thinking is necessary for the practicing nurse. Gathering your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and interactions as a student nurse in the form of reflective writing helps you learn from your experiences and patient interactions as you continue to build the crucial skill of clinical reasoning. If reflective writing is a required component of your nursing education, your instructors can guide you to a deeper and long-lasting understanding of the nursing concepts (as opposed to facts) that will enable you to become a self-aware, professional nurse.
Subject: Study Skills
How can I prioritize my study time and best prepare for an exam?
Imagine you have to fill a gallon sized Mason jar with 12 big rocks, a half a pound of sand, and a few handfuls of gravel. Could you make this happen? Yes, but you better add the big rocks first! Filling the jar with sand and gravel first leaves you little room for the 12 big rocks. Beginning with the big rocks allows the sand and gravel to fill in all the gaps and spaces in the jar, maximizing the jar’s capacity. The “big rocks” are those things that give us the biggest “bang for our buck,” those things that focusing attention to and completing will provide the biggest impact. In nursing school for example these “rocks” might be research, or time with the text, or completing complex written assignments and exam preparation so important for academic success. The rest needs to fill in around these priorities. You could use Microsoft Outlook’s calendar and task lists to then put these conceptual priorities into a real plan for action, including not only prioritized lists of assignments but actually scheduling time to complete these. Outlook could be synced to your phone so that you have constant access to the plan! When preparing for any exam, revisit all chapter readings and any other additional resources assigned (PowerPoints, journal articles, etc.) and review notes taken during lectures. Quiz yourself with whatever questions you can find, including review questions at the end of chapters, questions from textbook publisher websites, and online library resources available through your college or university. Make sure you have several days available for studying prior to exam, which of course means getting other weekly assignments done and submitted ahead of time. Finally, trust your exam preparation and get to sleep early the night before. You need to be at your best when you sit down to take that exam, relaxed and well rested!
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