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!