Flashcards the Easy Way

**UPDATE December 2017** I FOUND ANOTHER APP TO REPLACE gFLASH for your nursing school flashcards!!!! In addition, I am working on a Straight A Nursing app so we don’t run into this issue again but it won’t be available until late 2018. In the meantime, go to cram.com and create an account! I have updated this post to reflect the instructions for using cram.com πŸ™‚


One of the very bestest things I discovered while in nursing school was an awesome app called gFlash. And when I say awesome, I mean AWESOME. Being fully drenched in OCD-ness, I was an avid flashcard user all through my prerequisites. But, as I found out, it can be a pain in the neck to write out all those cards and then schlep them around everywhere. And then if you drop them? Oh boy!

With gFlash, I was able to make electronic flashcards that I could go through quickly and easily…right there on my phone. AMAZING! Β I found that if I had a few minutes to spare here and there, I could whip out the ol’ gFlash and go through a set…loved loved loved this app! Β I used this app a TON during nursing school and am getting ready to make some flashcards to help me study for my CCRN. And the best part is…it’s SUPER EASY!

Sadly, gFlash is no longer available…but the good news is we FINALLY found an alternative called Cram! Follow these instructions to access the flashcards using this app and study your hearts out!

Step 1: Go to cram.com and create a FREE account
Step 2: Search for STRAIGHT A NURSING and you should “hopefully” see the sets come up (still working on this!); if that doesn’t work, then look down at the bottom of this post. Click on the topics you want to study and it will take you straight to the CRAM page…from there, go on to next step.
Step 3: Click on the little heart next to the rating stars (just under the flashcard set title)
Step 4: Download the app on your mobile device (iPhone and Android)
Step 5: Sign in to your CRAM app on your mobile device
Step 6: Look for the sectioned titled “My Favorite Sets”
Step 7: Select the set you want to study
Step 8: A drop-down menu will appear at the top; select “Memorize” to put the flashcards in traditional “front-back” mode
Step 9: To see the back of the card (the answer), simply tap the card.
Step 9: Enjoy!

(alternatively, you can also search straight from the mobile app!)

nursing school flashcards

A sample of gFlash…you get the idea πŸ™‚

If you want to get super fancy (and who doesn’t?), then you can easily make your own sets in Google Docs. To do that, you just make a two column spreadsheet, with all your questions in column A and all the answers in column B. Sign in to CRAM and click on “create flashcards” then just follow the prompts… and bam! There are the cards that you made with such love and tenderness. Awww…..

As with any and all Straight A Nursing Student study aids…if you see something that doesn’t look quite right…PLEASE bring it to my attention so I can fix it. I may have been an awesome student, but I’m still human πŸ˜‰

Good luck everyone! Be safe out there:-)


Direct link to the flashcard sets on CRAM:

Anxiolytics

Psychopharmacology

Sizes, Heights, Distances, Lengths

Traditional Antipsychotics

Traditional Antidepressants

Lab Values

Cardiac – Advanced #1 (great for CCRN studying!)

Cardiac – Advanced #2

Pediatric Health Maintenance

(more to come!)

 

64 thoughts on “Flashcards the Easy Way

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  3. Ashley

    Hey there! I just ran into your website and I’m very impressed! I’m an avid notecard user myself and have had similar problems in the past (timing wise and keeping them all together). I have a question for you, did it really make a difference on how well you memorized/processed the info when you typed out the note cards instead of actually writing them? That would be my only concern but I’m really interested in doing this for both the convenience and organization! It seems to me like it would be a great idea.

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    1. Nurse Mo

      If you’re talking about the flashcards…the difference was HUGE! I found that I always had my phone with me and could pull up a flashcard set whenever I had a few minutes to spare. Good luck!

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  4. Ashley

    Hey there! I just ran into your website and I’m very impressed! I’m an avid notecard user myself and have had similar problems in the past (timing wise and keeping them all together). I have a question for you, did it really make a difference on how well you memorized/processed the info when you typed out the note cards instead of actually writing them? That would be my only concern but I’m really interested in doing this for both the convenience and organization! It seems to me like it would be a great idea.

    Reply
  5. Ashley

    Hey there! I just ran into your website and I’m very impressed! I’m an avid notecard user myself and have had similar problems in the past (timing wise and keeping them all together). I have a question for you, did it really make a difference on how well you memorized/processed the info when you typed out the note cards instead of actually writing them? That would be my only concern but I’m really interested in doing this for both the convenience and organization! It seems to me like it would be a great idea.

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    1. Nurse Mo

      If you’re talking about the flashcards…the difference was HUGE! I found that I always had my phone with me and could pull up a flashcard set whenever I had a few minutes to spare. Good luck!

      Reply
  6. Sara B

    I start Nursing school in August; came across your blog by way of Pinterest. So much wonderful information! Thanks for all you do.

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  7. Sara B

    I start Nursing school in August; came across your blog by way of Pinterest. So much wonderful information! Thanks for all you do.

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  8. dametriss

    Oh my. You have got to be some heavenly sent an angel!! much much much appreciation and blessings your way thank you so much

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  9. dametriss

    Oh my. You have got to be some heavenly sent an angel!! much much much appreciation and blessings your way thank you so much

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  10. dametriss

    Oh my. You have got to be some heavenly sent an angel!! much much much appreciation and blessings your way thank you so much

    Reply
  11. mila

    came across your blog from pinterest and I have to say you’re a GOD SEND for introducing me to this app. your flashcards have been helping me through my first semester! thanks a bunch!

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  12. mila

    came across your blog from pinterest and I have to say you’re a GOD SEND for introducing me to this app. your flashcards have been helping me through my first semester! thanks a bunch!

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  13. Esther

    Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience and information. I’ll be starting nursing school in January! And I’m learning quite a bit reading through your website. I wanted to know if the flashcard app is only accessible through the iPhone? Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      I am pretty sure there are plenty of flashcard apps out there for various devices! I think the gFlash runs with Android as well…you’ll have to check out their website to be sure. Thanks!

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      Thanks Jodi…that made my day! Glad you are finding the site helpful. Good luck with school!

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  14. Deborah Martin

    I haven’t even started school, but feel prepared as I have purchased your book and planner as well as downloaded a lot of your notes. You are awesome! I plan to tell all the other students about your site!

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  15. Teresa Aikens

    Hello, I just came across your site today. I am a Grandma to five loves, ages 8 to 4 months. I have been taking distance classes for a few years now, to become a practical nurse. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us student nurses. Although we do not wear our marks on our name tags, it is still nice to be able to get the best mark that we can. Thanks, and take care, Teresa.

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      Welcome, Teresa! Glad you are here and pursuing your dream! And as I always say…doing your best is only important to two people…you and your patient!

      Good luck with school πŸ™‚

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        1. Nurse Mo Post author

          What are you referring to exactly? The G-Flash cards? You’d have to check with G-Flash to see if they support Android…they might!

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      I don’t know…I will see if I can figure it out. In the meantime, it’s super easy to make your own!

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    2. Nurse Mo Post author

      I just looked and they are there in the gWhiz catalog. Not sure how the Android app works, but the iOS app works like this (I’m guessing it’s similar):
      -Open gFlash+
      -Click on the + icon in the bottom left hand corner
      -Select “gWhiz Catalog”
      -Click on the search icon in the bottom left hand corner
      -Type in Straight A Nursing
      -You’ll see a list of a bunch of flashcard sets…click on the one you like
      -Select “Download” if you want to download a bunch of them or “Download and Return” if you want to download one and return to the app to go through the set
      -It will ask if you want to launch the set…say YES!

      Good luck!

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  16. Cassie Sparks

    I have to say a huge thank you!! I’m starting the program in August and getting nervous about everything lol. I would love to keep up my 4.0 throughout the program and I think you’re blog will definitely be key to helping me accomplish that.

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  17. Susan Dalpini

    Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of information and making in available to other struggling nursing students. You truly are so kind!

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      You are so welcome, Susan! Hope it helps…and best of luck in school! You will be amazing!!

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  18. Kimberly

    I was hoping to be able to get this to help me in school, but it doesn’t look like the app is available for iphone any longer.

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      oh no! That’s so sad! I’ll look around for another one…there are definitely others! I’ll just have to see if any of them integrate with Google Sheets.

      Thanks for letting us know!

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      1. Kimberly

        Thank you! I was looking forward to being able to use them and incorporating anything that could help me out over the next 2 semesters!

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        1. Nurse Mo Post author

          So far I haven’t found anything, Kimberly. There are definitely other flashcard apps…they just don’t integrate with Google docs. Bummer!

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      Hi Mary…no…and I’m so sad! gFlash stopped supporting their app, so it’s no longer available. I am actually looking at building our own app but that won’t be until next year. If I find another option I’ll update this post πŸ™‚

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