Study Skills for Nurses
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Survive academic study with this snappy guide to research techniques and strategies for all student nurses. 

Providing words of wisdom and tips from real student nurses, StudySkills for Nurses enables you to develop your own individual ways of studying for those all important projects, with exercises, step-by-step guides and tricks to help you get ahead.

Special features

  • Developed by students for students
  • Clear, straightforward and jargon-free
  • Ties in with the NMC standards for pre-registration education and the Essential Skills Clusters.
  • Takes away the fear of study and independent research projects, making it approachable, easy and fun




Claire Boyd is a Practice Development Trainer at North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK.


Preface vii

Introduction ix

Acknowledgements xiv

1 Learning At University 1

2 Understanding How You Learn 17

3 Taking Control 31

4 Information Skills 43
by Beverley Murray, edited by Claire Boyd

5 Reading Effectively 57
by Claire Boyd and Beverley Murray

6 Making Notes 81

7 Plagiarism And Referencing 99

8 Writing Skills 111

9 Oral Presentations 145

10 Preparing For Exams 163

11 Writing A Portfolio 171

12 Learning In Practice 183

13 Minimising Stress 197

Answers To Activities And Test Your Knowledge 207


Appendix 1: Examples of Question Frameworks 230

Appendix 2: Glossary of Evidence Types 231

Appendix 3: Help With Analysis of Results 232

Appendix 4: The New NHS In 2013: What It Means For You 233

Index 236


“I would recommend this book and also this series of books to student nurses at any point of their training. I have found it an invaluable book which does not blind you with too much information in one go, a pit stop book well worth investing in. I keep a copy in my bag when ever I am on placement.”  (Nursing Times, 16 December 2014)