Keys to Nursing Success, Revised Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-04-13
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Want to give pre nursing students a solid idea of what nursing is-as a profession-and what the major issues the profession faces today? "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. This revision introduces a framework that has been "proven to improve student learning and achievement. "Using the theory of Successful Intelligence, developed by psychologist Robert Sternberg," "this book helps students prepare both academically and personally for applying to and succeeding in nursing school. Katz provides updated statistics on nursing salaries and demographics. No other book provides this information on nursing careers and helps students learn how to learn through study strategies.

Author Biography

Janet R. Katz has practiced in cardiac rehabilitation, as well as acute and critical cardiac care.  Her PhD is in educational leadership. She is an assistant professor for Washington State University’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing. She teaches community health.  Janet is the author of articles on nursing and the new book: A CAREER IN NURSING: IS IT Right for Me?  Her research is in the area of recruiting and retaining Native American students into nursing, communitybased  participatory reserach  that is culturally competent, such as on health promotion for Native American teenagers.  She is active in advancing the profession of nursing and its mission of disease prevention, health promotion, and health care advocacy for individuals, families, and communities, both locally and globally. She lives in Spokane, WA.


Carol Carter is founder of LifeBound, a career coaching company that offers individual coaching sessions and seminars for high school students, college students, and career seekers. She has written Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also co-authored Keys to Preparing for College, Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Success. She has taught welfare-to-work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at the Community College of Denver, and conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. Carol is a national college and career expert and is interviewed regularly in print, on the radio, and for television news programs. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she is fortunate enough to have been a guest in more than 40 foreign countries. Please visit her Web site and write her at www.lifebound.com


Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than 20 years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000. For five years she has been voted “favorite teacher” by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and she has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities. Joyce is currently teaching on-line and multimedia classes, and she trains other faculty to teach on-line in her district and region of 21 colleges. She co-authored Keys to College Studying, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. Joyce is the lead academic of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, distributed by Dallas Telelearning.


Sarah Lyman Kravits</BOLD> comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She co-authored Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning and Keys to Study Skills and has served as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In that capacity she helped to formulate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. She has also given faculty workshops in critical thinking. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and drama from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and an M.F.A. from Catholic University.

Table of Contents

1. Researching Your Nursing Education : Collecting the Basic Data

What Are Three Ways to Become an RN?

Who Are RNs Today, and What Challenges Do Students Face?

Get Creative: See Yourself at Your Best

What Is the Role of Diversity in Nursing?

How Does an Education in Nursing Promote Success?

Get Practical: Face Your Fears

Get Analytical: Learn from a Mistake

Why Do Nurses Need to Study a Variety of Arts and Sciences?

What Basics Should You Know As You Begin Nursing School?

How Can Successful Intelligence Help You Reach Your Goals?

2. Discovering Nursing : Exploring Your Options

What Opportunities Await Nursing Students?

Get Analytical: Explore Your Interests

What Important Skills Do You Already Have?

Get Creative: Map Out a Nursing Shortage Solution

What Skills Do You Need to Develop to Succeed in Nursing?

What Are Some of the Career Options in Nursing?

How Do Health Care Trends Affect Nursing?

What Can You Expect Once Your Are Enrolled in School?

Get Practical: Discover New Options


3. Values, Goals, Time, and Stress : Managing Yourself 
Why Is It Important to Know What You Value?

Get Analytical: Explore Your Values

How Do You Set and Achieve Goals?

Get Creative: Map Out a Personal Goal

How Can You Manage Your Time Effectively?

Get Practical: Make a To-Do List

How Do You Cope with the Stress of College Life?

4. Learning Styles, Majors, and Careers : Knowing Your Talents and Finding Your Direction
How Can You Discover Your Learning Styles?

What are the Benefits of Knowing How You Learn?

Why Do You Need Science and Math to Be a Nurse?

How Can You Choose a Nursing Major?

Get Analytic, Creative, & Practical: Link Your Interests to Intriguing Majors Including Nursing

How Can Multiple Intelligences Help You Explore Majors and Careers?

How Can You Identify and Manage Learning Disabilities?

5. Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking : Solving Problems and Making Decisions

What Is Successfully Intelligent Thinking?

How Can You Improve Your Analytical Thinking Skills?

Get Analytical: Assess Analytical Thinking Skills

How Can You Improve Your Creative Thinking Skills?

How Can You Improve Your Practical Thinking Skills?

Get Creative: Assess Creative Thinking Skills

Get Practical: Assess Practical Thinking Skills

How Are Analytical, Creative, and Practical Thinking Used Together in Nursing?

6. Reading and Studying : Focusing on Content

What Will Help You Understand What You Read?

How Can You Set the Stage For Reading?

Get Creative: Be the Author of Your Life

What Kinds of Reading Will You Do for Nursing and Science Courses?

How Can SQ3R Help You Own What You Read?

Get Analytical: Find the Main Idea

How Can You Respond Critically to What You Read?

Why and How Should You Study With Others?

Get Practical: Form a Study Group


7.  Listening, Note Taking, and Memory: Taking In, Recording, and Remembering Information

How Can You Become a Better Listener?

Get Analytical: Discover Yourself as a Listener

How Can You Make the Most of Note Taking?

Get Practical: Face a Note-Taking Challenge

Which Note-Taking System Should You Use?

How Can You Write Faster When Taking Notes?

How Does Memory Work?

What Memory Strategies Can Improve Recall?

Get Creative: Craft Your Own Mnemonic


8.  Test Taking : Showing What You Know

How Can Preparation Improve Test Performance?

Get Creative: Write Your Own Test

How Can You Work Through Test Anxiety?

What General Strategies Can Help You Succeed On Tests?

How Can You Master Different Types of Test Questions?

Get Analytical: Write to the Verb

How Can You Learn From Test Mistakes?

Get Practical: Learn from Your Mistakes


9.  Researching and Writing : Gathering and Communicating Ideas

How Can You Make the Most of Your Library?

Get Practical: Discover Your College Library

How Can You Do Research on the Internet?

Get Creative: Google (Yes, It’s a Verb)

What is the Writing Process

Get Analytical: Avoid Plagiarism

How Can You Do an Effective Presentation?


10Relating to Others : Communicating in a Diverse World

How Do You Experience Diversity?

What Is Cultural Competence in Nursing?

How Can You Develop Cultural Competence?

Get Creative: Expand Your Perception of Diversity

How Can Minority Students Make the Most of College? 

Get Practical: Make a Difference

How Can You Communicate Effectively?

Get Analytical: Give Constructive Criticism

How Do You Make the Most of Personal Relationships?


11.  Personal Wellness : Taking Care of Yourself

How Can You Maintain a Healthy Body and Mind?

Get Practical: ImproveYour Physical Health

How Can You Make Successfully Intelligent Decisions About Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs?

Get Analytical: Evaluate Your Substance Use

How Can You Make Successfully Intelligent Decisions About Sex?

Get Creative: Find More Fun


12.   Managing Career and Money : Reality Resources

How Can You Prepare for Workplace Success

Get Analytical: Connect Values to Career

What Does Your Learning Style Mean for Your Career?

How Can You Explore Career Options in Nursing?

Get Creative: Make a Dream Résumé

What Will Help You Juggle Work and School?

How Can You Create a Budget That Works?

Get Practical: Map Out Your Budget

How Can You Manage Your Credit Cards?


13.  Creating Your Life : Building a Successful Future

How Do Ethical Dilemmas Affect Nursing ?

What is the Future of Nursing?

How Will What You’ve Learned Bring Success?

Get Creative: Think 50 Positive Thoughts

How Can You Make a Difference in Your Community?

Get Analytical: Evaluate Your Involvement in Communities

How Can You Continue to Activate Your Successful Intelligence?

How Can You Create and Live Your Personal Mission?

Get Practical: Explore Your Personal Mission



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Great book! August 30, 2010
from bedside manner to critical care, this book tells you everything you need to get started in nursing
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