The bombs at the Boston Marathon were designed to maim and kill, and they did. Three people died within the first moments of the blast. More than a hundred and seventy people were injured. They had their limbs blown off, vital arteries severed, bones fractured, flesh torn open by shrapnel or scorched by the blasts’ heat. Yet it now appears that every one of the wounded alive when rescuers reached them will survive.
Awesome read. I hope my hospital would be this ready. I guess it’s what we always prepare for but hope we never have to do it!
- Limit the size of your study group to three to five students. The smaller your study group, the greater your ability to be efficient, thorough and productive. Select members who have different strengths so each member can receive a leadership role. For example, if one student excels in pathophysiology of disease processes and another is exemplary in prioritizing nursing care, they can work together to maximize learning potential.
- Choose your location carefully. Semi-private locations are ideal, since discussions can get loud with ideas being shared.
- Set specific goals. Each person should walk into a study session with a list of questions or goals to accomplish for that session. This will help your group stay on target and avoid wavering off-topic.
- Divide and conquer course material. Assign a portion of each chapter or assignment to a member of your group. From there, make up study questions for your portion and distribute copies to the others. Look at that – you just created your own practice exam.
- Don’t substitute one form of learning for another. Group study is not a substitute for individual learning and understanding. The key to learning is not the actual answer but the process of critical thinking.