Fundamentals of Nursing Flashcards

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These flashcards contain essential information to help you build a strong foundation of nursing knowledge and succeed in Nursing school. This knowledge isn’t just pertinent for NEW nursing students; it’s also essential for all classes throughout nursing school and in preparation for the NCLEX. We will help you focus on what is MOST important, so that you can excel on your exams and in clinical practice.

Who can use these?

  • An RN or PN Nursing Student.
  • A pre-nursing student who would like to get ahead and become familiar with key concepts before starting nursing school.

What’s included?

  • Fundamentals of Nursing, broken into five key sections:
    • Principles of Nursing
    • Nursing Practice and Skills
    • Gerontology
    • Nursing Leadership
    • Community Health Nursing
  • One hundred ninety-three (193) durable 3” x 5” flashcards. A cover card and index is also provided. 
  • A glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.
  • Important terms or facts called out in bolded, red text.
  • Cool Chicken Helpful, silly hints highlighted with a Cool Chicken icon.
  • Magnifying Glass Key nursing considerations indicated with a magnifying glass.
  • Check out the searchable Fundamentals of Nursing Flashcards Index for a detailed list of topics

Topics Included in Fundamentals of Nursing

Check out the Searchable, Interactive Index for Fundamentals of Nursing

Nursing Practice and Skills

This section covers the nursing process and best practices to care for your patient’s physiological needs. Topics included in this section:

  • Clinical Reasoning: Nursing Process, Interdisciplinary Team, SBAR, Patient Admission/Transfer/Discharge.
  • Infection Control: Hospital acquired infections, hand hygiene, PPE, transmission precautions, sterile fields.
  • Basic Care and Comfort: Bed baths and bed making, oral care, seizures, pain management, sleep, grief, palliative and hospice care.
  • Activity and Immobility: Effects of immobility, ADLs/iADLs, DVTs, mobility devices (i.e. canes, walkers, crutches), fall prevention, restraints.
  • Skin Integrity: Pressure injuries, wound healing, wound care.
  • Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base Balance: Osmolarity, Calculation of Input/Output, fluid volume deficit/excess, electrolyte imbalances, acid-base imbalances.
  • Nutrition and Metabolism: Macronutrients, micronutrients, BMI, dysphagia, diet types, foodborne illness, NG tubes, enteral and parenteral nutrition.
  • Urinary Elimination: Urine sample collection, incontinence, UTIs, bladder scanner, indwelling urinary catheters.
  • Bowel Elimination: Constipation, diarrhea, ostomies, enemas, fecal occult blood test.
  • Oxygenation: Hypoxemia and hypoxia, oxygen delivery devices, suctioning, chest tubes, artificial airways, tracheostomy care, oxygen safety.
  • Perioperative Care: Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative nursing care.

Which Nursing Exams Do These Flashcards Help With?

We designed the Fundamentals of Nursing Flashcards to help nursing students on the following exams:

  • NCLEX and comprehensive predictor exams (e.g., ATI, HESI)
  • Nursing class exams: Fundamentals, Gerontology, Leadership, Community Health


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Cool Chicken icon

The Legend of Cool Chicken

Have you heard the legend of Cool Chicken? It is our most memorable (and talked about) memory aide. As it turns out, nursing material is a lot more fun to learn when you make up silly stories to "explain" the concepts.

This wacky hint has its origin in our Pharmacology videos!

Colchicine is a medication used to treat an acute gout attack.

HINT: Colchicine kind of looks like 'cool chicken'.

Guy to his friend with a chicken: "Hey man, cool chicken. OUCH! Your chicken just pecked and cut my gouty toe!"

The Level Up RN community loved this hint, and it was the reason we started adding more hints to our flashcards.

The Cool Chicken highlights a silly memory device that makes it easier to learn the material you need to know!

See it in action