My practice notebook

As you embark on the journey of being a nurse, you will learn something each and every time you step foot in the hospital. Even if you’ve been a nurse for years, you still learn something every time you work. A great way to keep track of all these pearls of wisdom is to create a practice notebook.

A practice notebook is a handy portable reference for jotting down or looking up little tidbits of information. Things such as amiodarone causing pulmonary fibrosis, what paperwork to fill out for a new admit, common abbreviations or conversions, the order in which to draw your labs, and that calcium potentiates the effects of digoxin…handy stuff to know, right?

As a student, you can start your practice notebook now and add to it as you go through school and beyond. Here are some pics of my practice notebook…it’s not exactly pocket-sized, but it’s small enough to keep with my goodies at work and is slim enough that it doesn’t take up much space like a binder would.

I alphabetize my practice notebook so I can look things up easily by topic. Those tabs are just the sticky ones by Post-It.

I alphabetize my practice notebook so I can look things up easily by topic. Those tabs are just the sticky ones by Post-It.

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I have everything alphabetized and apparently need to finish filling in the ABG reference box!

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On the inside front cover I have a handy reference for electrolytes since I use this information all the time! Also a handy diagram of that cool graphic all the cool kids use to note their lab values. Be cool, stay in school!

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What’s noted under “M?” Hmmm…metformin, milrinone, mag…so many possibilities!

 

10 thoughts on “My practice notebook

  1. stacey

    This is wonderful.! Is there any chance you would please post a scan or pdf of these pages to share? Thank you!!

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      It’s still a work-in-progress…and would probably be hard to read due to verrrry small handwriting. It would be interesting to compile them all into some kind of compilation though. Hmmm….

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        1. Nurse Mo Post author

          Thanks for checking in, Cassie!

          If I could clone myself I’d say SURE! But, alas…I have been swamped with another HUGE project that I hope to launch later this year. I’m also right in the middle of producing the July-June academic planner…but I DO appreciate you reaching out. Makes me think I should add this project to the queue!

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      1. Mary

        Really wish you would post. I would pay. Maybe we could all post our notebooks and help each other. I have 25+ years of nursing notebooks from peds msg, do nursing, CICU. Nicu, peds CICU.adult CICU, dialysis, cholesterol clinic, dermatology and more. Currently working adult CICU and rapid response as well as teaching.

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        1. Nurse Mo Post author

          Sadly my notebook isn’t really in a form that makes it easy to post. I’d have to photograph each page…but I think your idea of harnessing all that knowledge is a great one!

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  2. Nicolette

    I absolutely LOVE this idea!! What type of notebook is this? Brand and size? Do you have any other recommendations for notebooks you’d consider using?

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    1. Nurse Mo Post author

      Hi Nicolette! I have actually transitioned over to a small Moleskine notebook. It’s small enough to fit in my pocket, which I love! You can check out Moleskine here (http://amzn.to/2dLGFxp). I just wrote the letters of the alphabet in the top outer corner of each page…giving each letter about 3-6 pages, depending on how common a letter it is. I did this rather than have tabs that stick out…more difficult if I’m keeping it in my pocket! Hope that helps!

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      1. Nicolette

        Fantastic!! Thank you very much for your recommendation! I am making my own notebook ASAP. I’m currently a nursing student and have been struggling with how to keep all the info in one, organized place. This is EXACTLY what I need! You are so amazing for helping out poor nursing students like me:) It’s so appreciated!

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        1. Nurse Mo Post author

          Great, Nicolette! I should do an update to that post to show what my new notebook looks like! Have fun making yours 🙂

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