The links chosen here are those considered most helpful to a current SCC student pursuing a career in nursing. Some links are general and relate to skills needed at SCC; other links pertain to licensing and preparation for the state boards. We want to give thanks to a nurse currently associated with the SCC Nursing Department for help in selecting these links!
Tips for Surviving Nursing School and list of top online nursing schools: ttp://www.medi-smart.com/student.htm
Study Skills and Test Strategies for the New Nursing Student
Critical Thinking Strategies (links to software – includes free trials)
- MindMapper http://www.mindmappingstrategies.com/mind-mapping-software.aspx\
- Flowchart http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/flowchart.asp
- Concept Draw http://www.conceptdraw.com/
- SMART Ideas http://126.96.36.199/Support/Browse+Support/Download+Software/Software/SMA...
- Inspiration http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/Inspiration/index.cfm
- Knowledge Manager http://www.knowledgemanager.us/KM-KnowledgeManager-eng.htm
These links have been provided to encourage current SCC students to reach out to the wider world of nursing in their endeavor to pass current and anticipated curriculum courses.
- Medical Dictionary: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html
- Some NANDA diagnoses & care plans
The importance of terminology? Nursing diagnoses define the knowledge of professional nursing. As a nursing student, you will already have a wealth of this knowledge in light of your nursing education, experience, and the country and culture in which you practice nursing. Your nursing knowledge, as expressed through standardized nursing diagnosis language, is what makes the NANDA-I taxonomy a global standard.
- Link to online help with calculations:
Nursing Calculators (includes dosage calculators, IV rates, infusion time, clinical calculators, conversion calculators, and drug calculators): http://www.manuelsweb.com/nrs_calculators.htm
Nursing Calculations (decimals, fractions, numbers, and percentages): https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/C_SET/nursing/nursingcalculat...
School of Nursing Tutorials from UNC Chapel Hill (includes quizzes on metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, and IV flow rate calculations): http://www.unc.edu/~bangel/quiz/quiz5.htm
Dosage Help – Helping Nursing Students Prepare for Med Exams by explaining Dosage Calculations: http://www.dosagehelp.com/practice_questions
- More help with math and calculation practice:
Martindale’s Calculators Online (I-N): http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators1B.html
Medical math simplified: (see sample conversion video – other resources for purchase): http://medmathsimplified.com/
Medication Math for the Nursing Student (online practice): http://www.alysion.org/dimensional/analysis.htm
- Videos on lab skills (some audio based with slides)
Martindale’s The “Virtual” ~ Nursing Center. Link jumps to “IV ACCESS PROCEDURES & INTRAVENOUS DILUTION STANDARDS” and provides links to multimedia clinical skills: http://www.martindalecenter.com/Nursing_3_NPra.html#NC2-NU-IV
- Resource for research!
- Online quizzes!!
- Site of allnurses.com. (Includes testimonials which often contain links to useful information):
- PDA formula program (freeware which you must download):
- APA Style is followed by over a thousand research journals in psychology, education, and other fields. The style is documented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; 2009). Here are three pages of the same site so that you can choose which works better for you. The crib sheet is really handy!. The pdf file is about 12 pages long.
Continuing to Nursing School
Finding a School
- Guide to finding nursing schools and degree programs. In the first tab, select Nursing; in the second tab, select the desired program; in the third tab, select the desired state. Note that some programs are not offered in all states.
- School of Nursing Homepage: http://www.wcu.edu/4193.asp
- About the School of Nursing: http://www.wcu.edu/4202.asp
- Admission to the BSN Pre-Licensure Program (the one SCC students would enter) http://www.wcu.edu/academics/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/hhs-school...
- BSN Pre-Licensure Program: http://www.wcu.edu/4212.asp
- Curriculum & Eight Semester Plan for BSN Pre-Licensure: http://www.wcu.edu/4214.asp
- Which Nursing Program to Choose: http://www.wcu.edu/25005.asp
- Nursing Academic Programs Overview: http://www.wcu.edu/4201.asp
- Comparison of the four BSN Programs: http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/How_Do_BSN_Programs_Differ_at_WCU.pdf ...
- Future Students Nursing FAQs: http://www.wcu.edu/4195.asp#future
- Applications, handbooks, guides, and required forms for WCU nursing programs: http://www.wcu.edu/4197.asp
Taking the State Boards
Resources to help nursing students prepare for the NCLEX
- NCLEX Test Details:
- How the Test Works:
- More on How the Test Works: From “Test Prep Review” site:
- From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing - more on the current NCLEX test plan to help you focus on reviewing for NCLEX
- Study Tips: http://www.nursezone.com/Student-Nurses/study-tips.aspx
- Test Anxiety: http://www.testprepreview.com/test_anxiety.htm
- Test Timing: http://www.testprepreview.com/test_timing.htm
NCLEX Practice Tests
- Test Prep Review (free online practice test – includes column links to many different test types and also sample questions from NCLEX & HESI Self-Assessment Modules)
Helpful resources – items that were on the NCLEX test
Check out the Nursing review quizzes, downloadable materials and review resources (see right column links).
NCLEXPNprep site – free sample test – must create account
- Home: : http://www.kaptest.com/NCLEX/Home/index.html
- Free Test (must create account):
- Amazon (www.amazon.com) and search under “NCLEX-RN” – and books new and used will return
Applying for the NCLEX
- NCLEX Examinations:
- North Carolina Board of Nursing Website is Website: www.ncbon.com.
- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension
NC Board of Nursing (includes information on legal concerns):
- NC Board of Nursing (Home): www.ncbon.org
- Note link to Live Scan fingerprinting for In-State exam applicants: http://www.ncbon.com/
- Note link to
- “Laws and Rules”(see navigation menu on left for link)
- Publications/ Forms (see navigation menu on top)
- Licensure Verification Services (link to verify a license): http://www.ncbon.com/licenseverification/index.aspx?id=2088
Other Helpful Resources
Professional and External Organizations
- North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA)
- National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) — includes licensure exam information
- National League for Nursing (NLN)
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Because the internet is a constantly changing environment, in time, some of the links on this page will no longer access the intended information. Often times using a search engine (such as Google) can get you back on track in finding the intended information. Perhaps enough information is provided in the descriptive portion associated with each of the above links so you can navigate to the intended web page. Finally, if you know of some “must include” links that should be on this page for the benefit of your colleagues, please let the LAC Coordinator know. Thanks. Happy hunting!