Medical Mnemonics For Nursing Students | University of Phoenix (2023)

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By Michael Feder

The NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination,is the licensing examination for nurses in the United States, Canada and Australia. This test is designed to measure the general knowledge and nursing skills that are essential for entry-level nurses. The NCLEX is largely a multiple-choice test, meaning it will test your recall of specific information and situations from nursing school.

This is where nursing mnemonics can come in handy. Mnemonics are word devices designed to improve memory and recall. These devices can be an incredibly useful study tool, particularly fornursing students,who need to memorize several multi-step procedures and treatments to pass exams like the NCLEX and receive their license after they have graduated nursing school.

All levels of nurses, frommaster’s students becoming nurse educatorstoRNs attaining a BSN degree, can benefit from having thesenursing mnemonicsin their back pocket. Here are some of the most common nursing mnemonics, sorted alphabetically, to help you study.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's diagnosis

Thefive A’s of Alzheimer’s diagnosiscan help nurses identify Alzheimer’s in patients. The five A’s are:

  • Amnesia
  • Anomia
  • Apraxia
  • Agnosia
  • Aphasia

It should be noted that these symptoms typically occur together to signal Alzheimer’s disease.

The 5 L's of hypokalemia

Nurses can use the letter L to remember the symptoms of hypokalemia, which is apotassium deficiency. These symptoms are:

  • Lethargy
  • Leg cramps
  • Limp muscles
  • Low or shallow breathing
  • Lethal cardiac dysrhythmia
  • Lots of urine

The 5 P's of compartment syndrome

This mnemonic is designed to help nurses identifycompartment syndrome. This can occur when excess pressure builds up in the muscles and cuts off blood flow, which can lead to permanent damage. The five P’s to check for compartment syndrome are:

Compartment syndrome can be acute, caused by an injury or outside trauma, or chronic.

The 6 P's of dyspnea

This mnemonic is designed to help you memorize the six major causes ofdyspnea, commonly known as shortness of breath. They include:

  • Pulmonary bronchial constriction
  • Possible foreign body
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pump failure
  • Pneumonia

It should be noted that this mnemonic was created before the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore doesn’t include the upper respiratory virus.

The 3 S's of adrenal gland hormones

Theadrenal glandshelp regulate essential functions in the body by producing the following hormones, including:

  • Sugar(glucocorticoids)
  • Salt(mineralocorticoids)
  • Sex(androgens)

Checking these hormones can help identify deficiencies that can cause conditions likeAddison’s disease.

The 6 S's of steroids

This mnemonic device is intended to help nurses remember the common side effects of steroid treatment. Steroids, particularlycorticosteroids, are used to treat several conditions. Patients taking steroids may experience:

  • Sugar ­hyperglycemia
  • Soggy bonescauses osteoporosis
  • Sickdecreased immunity
  • Saddepression
  • Saltwater and salt retention (hypertension)
  • Sexdecreased libido

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The basics of prenatal care can be remembered with the first six letters of the alphabet. Each letter represents a question for the nurse to ask, to further understand the condition of the pregnant person. The questions are:

  • Amniotic fluid?
  • Bleeding?
  • Contractions?
  • Dysuria?
  • Edema?
  • Fetal movement?

The answers determine if further steps, including more expansive testing, need to be taken.

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This acronym is designed to help you recognize a patient experiencing severe complications from taking birth control pills. The letters stand for:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Eye problems
  • Severe leg pain


This mnemonic is designed to help nurses discover possible causes of an altered mental state. This acronym stands for:

  • Alcohol
  • Epilepsy/Electrolytes
  • Insulin/Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Overdose/Oxygen
  • Uremia
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Psychiatric/Poisoning
  • Stroke/Subarachnoid Hemorrhage


AIR RAID is an acronym that can help nurses identify when the epiglottis is inflamed due to bacterial infection. The letters stand for:

  • Airway inflammation
  • Increased pulse
  • Restlessness
  • Retraction of the ribs
  • Anxiety
  • Inspiratory stridor
  • Drooling

'Ali loves boxing matches'

This phrase is designed to help nurses remember the different common Parkinson’s medications. Each letter of this phrase, which starts with the name of a famous person who had Parkinson’s, the late boxing great Muhammad Ali, stands for:

  • Amantadine
  • Levodopa
  • Bromocriptine
  • MAO inhibitors

'All dogs eat kibble'

This phrase is designed to help medical professionals rememberfat-soluble vitamins. “Alldogseatkibble” stands for vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins, as opposed towater-soluble vitamins, are absorbed and transported in organic matter including or similar to fats.

'A nice, delicious pie'

The first letters of this phrase are designed to help nurses remember the steps in the general nursing process. They include:

  • Assessment
  • Nursing diagnosis
  • Plan
  • Interventions
  • Evaluation

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APGAR is a score used to gauge the health and responsiveness of a newborn at one and five minutes old. APGAR stands for:

  • Appearance
  • Pulse
  • Grimace
  • Activity
  • Respiration

This is done at one and five minutes because newborn conditions can change very rapidly.


Some treatment mnemonics use the name of the disease or condition they’re used for to make it easier to remember. This is the case with ASTHMA, which stands for the common treatments of asthma, including:

  • Adrenergic (albuterol)
  • Steroids
  • Theophylline
  • Hydration (IV)
  • Mask (oxygen)
  • Antibiotics

B1 vs B2

This mnemonic device is designed to help you rememberwhich beta-blockers to use. B1 is used for the heart because you have one heart. Whereas B2 is used on the lungs because you have two lungs.


This mnemonic is designed to help nurses remember the activities of daily living. Understanding these activities can help understand whether a patient needs care at home, and what care they need. The letters stand for:

  • Bathing
  • Ambulation (walking or maneuvering around the space)
  • Toileting
  • Transfers (moving from a seated or reclined position)
  • Eating
  • Dressing


BRAT stands for the diet treatment for nonchronic diarrhea. The letters stand for:

  • Banana
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast

This should be ashort-term diet, as it is low in nutrients and designed to soothe the stomach.

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This acronym is designed to help nurses conduct a postpartum assessment on a pregnant patient. The letters stand for:

  • Breasts
  • Uterus
  • Bowels
  • Bladder
  • Lochia
  • Episiotomy/C-section incision

These assessments are designed to catch any sign of medical complications in a postpartum patient. This is separate from a discharge assessment.

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The letters can help nurses identify some of the warning signs of cancer, including:

  • Change in bladder or bowels
  • A sore that won’t heal
  • Unusual bleeding and/or discharge
  • Thickening or lumpy tissue
  • Indigestion or trouble swallowing
  • Obvious change in the size of wart or mole
  • Nagging cough and/or hoarseness

'Clouds over grass, smoke over fire ''

The phrase “Clouds over grass, smoke over fire, chocolate on stomach” is designed to help nurses remember the proper ECG/EKG lead placement.

It signals that the white lead (clouds) goes over the green lead (grass), the black lead (smoke) goes over the red lead (fire) and the brown lead goes on the stomach.While these leads are color-coded for placement, this mnemonic can help you remember the proper placement.

'Hot and dry: sugar high ''

There’s a simple phrase that can help nurses understand and properly a diabetes reaction: “Hot and dry: sugar high. Cold and clammy: need some candy.” This simplifies whether a diabetic patient is experiencing too high or too low insulin levels.


DIG FAST is the acronym to help nurses remember andidentify the symptoms of mania, which is a type of altered mental state. The letters stand for:

  • Distractibility
  • Indiscretion or excessive involvement in pleasurable activities
  • Grandiosity
  • Flight of ideas
  • Activity increase
  • Sleeplessness
  • Talkativeness

'Drugs to LEAN on'

This phrase is designed to help nurses remember the medications most often used in emergencies. LEAN stands for:

  • Lidocaine
  • Epinephrine
  • Atropine sulfate
  • Narcan

These recall techniques can help nurses recall vital information during high-stress emergencies.


This mnemonic is designed to help nurses identify the signs ofendocarditis, which is inflammation of the inner linings of the heart. This phrase is designed to help you remember that afever,anemia and amurmur indicateendocarditis.


FAST is an acronym used by the American Stroke Association, designed to help both medical and nonmedical personnelidentify the signs of a stroke. The letters stand for:

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call emergency services

“Act FAST” is a phrase also used to impart not just the signs, but the urgency of a stroke; the longer a stroke goes untreated,the more damage can be caused.


The five F’s as a mnemonic device are designed to help nurses and nursing students understand the risk factors ofcholelithiasis, or gallstones. Cholelithiasis has several risk factors, but these are the most common:

  • Fat
  • Forty
  • Fertile
  • Female
  • Fair

It’s important to note that these are simply risk factors — identifying factors within the general population that may put a patient at higher risk for cholelithiasis — not symptoms themselves.


FRIED is an acronym designed to help nurses identify symptoms ofhypernatremia, a condition caused by high levels of sodium in the bloodstream. The letters stand for:

  • Fever
  • Restless
  • Increased fluid retention and increased blood pressure
  • Edema
  • Decreased urinary output/dry mouth


This acronym is designed to help nurses recognizepreeclampsiain pregnant patients. This can be a high-risk condition for the fetus and the mother-to-be. The letters stand for:

  • Hemolysis
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Low platelet count

The letters can not only help nurses identify the condition of preeclampsia but also communicate urgency.

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This acronym is designed to help nurses remember the treatment forbradycardia, which is a slower-than-normal heart rate. The letters stand for:

  • Isoproterenol
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine
  • Atropine sulfate

All these medications are designed to increase beats per minute.


This acronym is designed to help nurses remember the treatment for congestive heart failure. These letters stand for:

  • Morphine
  • Aminophylline
  • Digoxin
  • Dopamine
  • Diuretics
  • Oxygen
  • Gases


This mnemonic is designed to help nurses remember the treatment for myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack. The letters stand for:

'Mr. Dice Runs'

This phrase can help nurses remember all the systems of the body. They are:

  • Muscular
  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Integumentary
  • Circulatory
  • Endocrine
  • Reproductive
  • Urinary
  • Nervous
  • Skeletal


This acronym is designed to help nurses identify the signs of appendicitis. The letters stand for:

  • Pain in the right lower quarter
  • Increased temperature
  • Nausea
  • SignsMcBurney’sorPsoas


This mnemonic is an acronym for the phrase “potassium inside, sodium outside” and is designed to help nurses remember where electrolytes are located in the cell.

'Please read his text'

This phrase is designed to help nurses identifycor pulmonale, which is a condition that causes the right side of the heart to fail. The first letters of “pleasereadhistext” stand for:

  • Peripheral edema
  • Raised JVP
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Tricuspid incompetence


PRICE is an acronym that can help nurses, and even patients, remember how to properly treat a fracture. The letters stand for:

  • Pressure
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

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This mnemonic is designed to help nurses remember the signs of hyponatremia, or low blood sodium (not to be confused with hypernatremia, or high sodium levels). The letters in this mnemonic stand for:

  • Stupor/coma
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy
  • Tendon reflexes decreased
  • Limp muscles
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Seizures/headaches
  • Stomach cramping


This acronym is designed to help nurses remember the steps in a basic health history assessment. The letters stand for:

  • Symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Past medical history
  • Last oral intake
  • Events leading up to the illness/injury

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This mnemonic is designed to help nurses identify symptoms of organs and glands being overstimulated, which can lead to life-threatening complications if untreated. The signs of these conditions include:

  • Salivation
  • Lacrimation
  • Urination
  • Defecation
  • Gastric upset
  • Emesis, or vomiting


SPAMS is an acronym designed to help nurses remember the causes of heart murmurs. The letters stand for:

  • Stenosis of a valve
  • Partial obstruction
  • Aneurysm
  • Mitral
  • Septal defect

Heart murmurs can be caused by a variety of events, including genetics, trauma or aging.


The symptoms ofhyperthyroidismcan be represented and remembered by the acronym STING. The letters stand for:

  • Sweating
  • Tremors or tachycardia
  • Intolerance to heat, irregular period, irritability, irregular eyes
  • Nervousness
  • Gastrointestinal problems

'These drugs can interact'

The first letters in this phrase helps nurses remember the following common drug interactions with one another:

  • Theophylline
  • Dilantin
  • Coumadin
  • Ilosone

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This acronym is designed to help nurses and medical professionals identify thesymptoms ofParkinson’sdisease. The letters stand for:

  • Tremor
  • Rigidity
  • Akinesia
  • Postural instability


This acronym is designed to help nurses remember the treatment for congestive heart failure. The letters stand for:

  • Upright position
  • Nitrates
  • Lasix
  • Oxygen
  • Ace inhibitors
  • Digoxin
  • Fluid decrease
  • Afterload decrease
  • Sodium decrease
  • Test: dig level, ABC, K+


The medications that are used to treat HIV can be memorized with the acronym ZZLSD:

  • Zidovudine
  • Zalcitabine
  • Lamivudine
  • Stavudine
  • Didanosine

These are just a handful of the mnemonics that exist in the nursing profession. Depending on your field, you may have other, more specialized mnemonics to remember treatments, signs of conditions and medications. The nursing mnemonics in this article are simply some of the most common that describe patient health, treatments and medications learned in nursing school that may appear on your NCLEX test.

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What is the mnemonic device for nursing? ›

A Delicious PIE

ADelicious PIE, or ADPIE, is a mnemonic device describing the steps used throughout the nursing process. Remembering this acronym will help you efficiently and effectively care for your patients.

What is an example of a nurse mnemonic? ›

Taking a SAMPLE health history, adding A Delicious PIE to a nursing care plan, thinking SMART for goal planning, fingering a PQRST pain assessment, TRAMPED correct medication administration, adding RICE to sprains, and remembering how TIRED you get with low blood sugar, are all mnemonic methods to help you remember ...

How do I memorize medication for NCLEX? ›

Here are some of the most helpful mnemonics for the NCLEX-RN exam that you should include in your study sessions.
  1. MONA. For the treatment of Myocardial Infarction, you can think of the name MONA. ...
  2. ZZLSD. The drugs that are used in the treatment of HIV can be memorized with ZZLSD. ...
  3. MADD DOG. ...
  4. FAME. ...
  5. SPAMS. ...
  6. FAST. ...
  7. PRICE. ...
  8. STING.
Jan 7, 2016

What are the 9 mnemonic devices? ›

The 9 basic types of mnemonics presented in this handout include Music, Name, Expression/Word, Model, Ode/Rhyme, Note Organization, Image, Connection, and Spelling Mnemonics.

What is AVPU nursing mnemonic? ›

The AVPU Mnemonic is an acronym for Alert, Voice, Pain, and Unresponsive. It is a system that can be used by first responders and emergency medical professionals to measure or record a victim's responsiveness at the time of emergency situation.

What are the 5 mnemonics? ›

Examples of mnemonics include:
  • Setting the ABCs to music to memorize the alphabet.
  • Using rhymes to remember rules of spelling like "i before e except after c"
  • Forming sentences out of the first letter of words in order (acrostics), such as "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally," to remember the order of operations in algebra.
Sep 17, 2022

What are popular mnemonics? ›

Mnemonics are used in remembering guitar string names in standard tuning.
  • Every Average Dude Gets Better Eventually.
  • Eggs Are Deliciously Good Breakfast Energy.
  • Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddy.
  • Every Adult Dog Growls Barks Eats.
  • Every Acid Dealer Gets Busted Eventually.
  • Even After Dinner Giant Boys Eat.

What are mnemonic devices for medical terms? ›

Mnemonics with wikipages
  • ABC — airway, breathing, and circulation.
  • AEIOU-TIPS — causes of altered mental status.
  • APGAR — a backronym for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiration (used to assess newborn babies)
  • ASHICE — age, sex, history, injuries/illness, condition, ETA/extra information.

What is the hardest thing to learn in nursing? ›

Hardest Nursing School Classes
  • Pathophysiology. In this course, students learn how different anatomical systems work and how diseases or injuries affect these systems. ...
  • Pharmacology. ...
  • Medical Surgical 1 (also known as Adult Health 1) ...
  • Evidence-Based Practice.

What is the hardest thing to learn in nursing school? ›

10 Hardest Parts of Nursing School
  • The Critical Thinking Questions. Here's What to Do.
  • Learning How to Study. ...
  • Learning How to Manage Your Time.
  • The Stress and Anxiety.
  • Staying Motivated.
  • Not Seeing Your Friends and Family. ...
  • Going to Nursing School Clinicals. ...
  • Dealing with Assignment and Proficiency Exam Overwhelm.

How to pass nursing school for dummies? ›

  1. Time Management. To be successful in nursing school, you must manage your time appropriately. ...
  2. Get Organized. ...
  3. Use Mnemonics. ...
  4. Study Everyday. ...
  5. Complete Practice Questions. ...
  6. Participate in a Study Group. ...
  7. Focus on course objectives when studying. ...
  8. Know your learning style.

How can I memorize medication fast? ›

6 Tips for Pharmacists to Memorize New Drugs Quickly
  1. Memorize no more than one per day. ...
  2. Repeat what you memorized. ...
  3. Memorize new drugs in order of class. ...
  4. Memorize new drugs with acronyms. ...
  5. Memorize new drugs with picture association. ...
  6. Memorize new drugs with a memory palace (advanced technique)
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What words to avoid in NCLEX exam? ›

always, never, all, and only. These words do not allow for the possibility of an exception, and therefore the answers that contain these words can be automatically eliminated. Never choose an answer that describes the nurse's actions as "vigorous."

What is the hardest part of the NCLEX? ›

Let's look at the 16 most common challenges NCLEX candidates face and ways you can overcome them.
  1. Second-Guessing Your Abilities. ...
  2. Changing Answers Repeatedly. ...
  3. Reading Questions Too Fast. ...
  4. Cramming Before the Test. ...
  5. Not Using the Right Study Tools. ...
  6. Not Getting Enough Rest Before the Test. ...
  7. Reading Too Much into a Question.

What is basic mnemonic code? ›

Mnemonic codes are those codes that consist of alphabets or abbreviations as symbols for codifying a piece of information. E.g. HQ for headquarters, DLI for Delhi in train bookings.

What is the order of mnemonic? ›

Example 1. PEMDAS – Please excuse my dear Aunt Susie. PEMDAS is a common mnemonic for remembering order of operations in pre-algebra meaning: Parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, adding, and subtraction.

What does the mnemonic Opqrst stand for? ›

The parts of the mnemonic are: Onset , Provocation/palliation, Quality, Region/Radiation, Severity, and Time. (If you have not done so already) Add a new incident, or open an existing incident, as described in Add or edit an incident.

What is A&O x4? ›

A&Ox4 (also AAOx4 – awake,alert and oriented) refers to someone who is alert and oriented to person,place, time and event.

What is AVPU in ACLS? ›

AVPU: A – V – P – U. This stands for alert, verbal, pain, and unresponsive. This is how you're assessing this child initially. First, alert.

What is mnemonic trick? ›

Mnemonic techniques are ways to help you memorize a phrase or idea with patterns. Mnemonic techniques can include songs, poems, rhymes, outlines, images and acronyms. Mnemonics give meaning to something ordinary to make it more memorable when you try to recall it.

What is a rhyme mnemonic? ›

Examples of rhyming mnemonic devices include: A rhyme to help with a common spelling confusion: “I before E, except after C, or when sounding like A, like in neighbor and weigh.” A rhyme for remembering Alaska and Hawaii's statehood: “'59 was the date when Alaska and Hawaii became new states.”

What are examples of mnemonic codes? ›

Note: Examples of mnemonic codes are MPY for multiply, NOTAM for Notice to Airmen, and ROY G. BIV for remembering the sequence of colors as they appear in the dispersion of sunlight by a prism or as they appear in a rainbow, i.e., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

What code uses mnemonics? ›

In assembly language, programmers write programs as a series of mnemonics. Mnemonics are much easier to understand and debug than machine code, giving programmers a simpler way of directly controlling a computer. Assembly language uses mnemonics to represent instructions.

Which of the following is the most mnemonic? ›

Expert-Verified Answer. 'hours' is the most mnemonic variable from the following. Explanation: These well-chosen variable names are referred to as "mnemonic variable names."

What is the medical mnemonic smash? ›

The mnemonic GET SMASHHED is useful in recalling the most common causes: Gallstones, Ethanol, Trauma, Steroids, Mumps, Autoimmune disease, Scorpion sting, Hypercalcemia, Hyperlipidemia, ERCP and Drugs.

What is the mnemonic for taking a patient medical history? ›

OLD CARTS” is a mnemonic device used by providers to guide their interview of a patient while documenting a history of present illness. The letters stand for onset; location; duration; characteristic; alleviating and aggravating factors; radiation or relieving factors; timing; and severity.

What is the medical mnemonic heads? ›

HEADSS is an acronym for the topics that the physician wants to be sure to cover: home, education (ie, school), activities/employment, drugs, suicidality, and sex. Recently the HEADSS assessment was expanded to HEEADSSS2 to include questions about eating and safety.

What is the easiest nursing class? ›

The Easiest Classes in Nursing School
  • Social Sciences (Intro Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
  • Humanities.
  • Intro to Speech (or Communication)
  • English Composition.
  • History.
  • Using Information Technology.

Which nurse is the hardest? ›

The most stressful nursing jobs include ICU nurse, ER nurse, and NICU nurse. In these roles, nurses work in an intense environment with high stakes. They manage emergency situations and care for critically ill patients. Other stressful nursing jobs include OR nursing, oncology nursing, and psychiatric nursing.

Which year of nursing is the hardest? ›

Nursing is a complex profession. KNOW this: the first year is the toughest. It takes time to develop good clinical judgment and quality time management.

Why is RN school so hard? ›

Why is nursing school so hard? The top 6 challenges of earning a BSN include the rigorous curriculum, fast pace, need for multitasking, time commitment, personal sacrifices, and NCLEX preparation. However, despite these rigors, it's possible to rise up and master how to succeed in nursing school.

Is it common to fail nursing class? ›

Many nursing schools require a minimum grade of roughly 80% to actually pass, as well. By the time you realize you aren't doing well enough to be successful in the course, the choices can be pretty limited. Failure happens all the time. It happens every day...

Do most people fail out of nursing school? ›

Most students pass their nursing program, so you can too. How many nursing students fail? According to the National League of Nursing, the dropout rate for nursing programs in the United States is around 20%.

How many hours a day should you study in nursing school? ›

How many hours a day should I study for nursing school? Everyone is different, but in general, it is recommended that nursing school students study anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Committing class material to memory is essential to becoming a registered nurse, so the more time studying, the better!

What is the first thing you learn in nursing school? ›

One of the first things you will learn in nursing school is to ask questions. You will see that asking questions or reaching out for clarification and support is a common theme in nursing school. Remember, you are not alone in the journey, and once you graduate, you will be starting a gratifying career.

What do first year nursing students learn? ›

There's nothing quite like your first semester of nursing school. It's like learning a new language combined with art and science. You'll learn new medical terms and phrases. You'll learn the art of caring for patients while studying the human body, science, and pharmacology (the use and effects of drugs on the body).

How do nurses memorize pharmacology drugs? ›

Using flashcards is one of the most effective ways to study pharmacology. You can purchase pre-made online/digital note cards including LevelUp RN, or Nurse in the Making. An even better option is to make them yourself.

What is the best drug for memorization? ›

Treats cognitive symptoms (memory and thinking)
Name (Generic/Brand)Indicated For
Donepezil Aricept®Mild to severe dementia due to Alzheimer's
Galantamine Razadyne®Mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's
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What topic is mostly on NCLEX? ›

2 | The NCLEX Examination Focuses on Four Areas of Practice

Providing a safe and effective care environment. Health promotion and maintenance. Psychosocial integrity. Physiological integrity.

What are the three pass fail rules for NCLEX? ›

There are three pass/fail rules for the NCLEX examinations: the Run-Out-Of-Time rule, the Maximum-Length Exam Rule and the 95-Percent Confidence Interval Rule.

Is 145 questions bad on NCLEX? ›

Answering all 145 questions on the NCLEX-RN alone does not mean you failed the exam. However, with each correct answer you provide, the test should give you a question that becomes increasingly more difficult than the previous one.

Which state is easiest for NCLEX? ›

1. New Hampshire
  • NCLEX Pass Rate Average (2017-2021): 94.58%
  • RN-Associate Degree NCLEX Pass Rate (2021): 92.8%
  • RN-Bachelor Degree NCLEX Pass Rate (2021): 93.8%
  • Total Number of Candidates (2021): 767.
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What is the lowest score to pass the NCLEX? ›

While it's possible to pass the NCLEX after answering all 135, it's also possible to pass the test with a minimum of 70 questions or any number in between. Keep in mind NCLEX has a time limit of five hours. If you haven't answered enough questions correctly when the clock runs out, you will fail the test.

Can you fail NCLEX-RN in 75 questions? ›

To pass the NCLEX RN or PN, test takers must correctly answer at least 85 questions (the minimum amount). Unfortunately, that means you can also fail the exam within those 85 questions or items.

What is a mnemonic device for medical terms? ›

An example of a medical rhyme mnemonics is the one used to remember the anatomy of the tarsal bones of the feet: Chubby, Twisted, Never Could Cha-Cha-Cha —Calcaneus, Talus, Navicular, Cuboid, Cuneiforms(X3).

What are mnemonics in healthcare? ›

The CARE mnemonic uses the first letter of the first word in each of the steps for providing patient education, which include: C: Check understanding, A: Adapt education, R: Reassess comprehension, E: Edoc or paper documentation.

What are mnemonic devices in medical? ›

Mnemonics with wikipages
  • ABC — airway, breathing, and circulation.
  • AEIOU-TIPS — causes of altered mental status.
  • APGAR — a backronym for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiration (used to assess newborn babies)
  • ASHICE — age, sex, history, injuries/illness, condition, ETA/extra information.

What is the mnemonic device called? ›

A mnemonic device (/nɪˈmɒnɪk/ nih-MON-ik), or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval (remembering) in the human memory for better understanding.

What are the most common mnemonic devices? ›

Below are five of the most common types of mnemonic devices:
  • acronyms and acrostics.
  • association.
  • chunking.
  • method of loci.
  • songs and rhymes.
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What are the 3 main types of mnemonics? ›

There are a few different types of mnemonic devices:
  • Imagery and Visualization. Our brains remember images much more easily than words or sounds, so translating things you want to remember into mental images can be a great mnemonic device. ...
  • Acronyms and Acrostics. ...
  • Rhymes. ...
  • Chunking.

What is the mnemonic for stop CPR? ›

SYNOPSIS: In cardiopulmonary arrest situations, the mnemonic CEASE (Clinical features, Effectiveness, Ask, Stop, Explain), provides a guide for clinicians on how to discontinue resuscitative efforts and effectively communicate with other clinicians and families.

What is an easy mnemonic to guide self reflection and evaluation among nursing students? ›

The WIN mnemonic is a standardized, easy-to-remember tool that can be used to encourage self-reflection and self-evaluation among nursing students.

What are medical terminology words? ›

Medical terminology refers to the words and language used specifically in the medical and health fields. The proper definition describes medical terminology as language used to describe anatomical structures, procedures, conditions, processes and treatments in the medical field.

How can I memorize easily? ›

Simple memory tips and tricks
  1. Try to understand the information first. Information that is organized and makes sense to you is easier to memorize. ...
  2. Link it. ...
  3. Sleep on it. ...
  4. Self-test. ...
  5. Use distributed practice. ...
  6. Write it out. ...
  7. Create meaningful groups. ...
  8. Use mnemonics.

What are the four key types of mnemonic devices? ›

Types of mnemonic devices for elementary students include rhymes, acronyms, mini-stories, and associations.


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