YouTubers Who Saved MY A$$ in Nursing School -Expanded Edition
*the following was originally posted on my tumblr account in 2016, but I've added to the list. -AB
For as long as I’ve been in school, I’ve been supplementing my learning with many internet sources. I’ve got a mile long list of YouTube channel subscriptions, and I decided to dig through them and pull out the few science/nursing/healthcare channels I love. Few? Yeah, try, 18. And that doesn’t include the ones that I haven’t bothered to subscribe to yet. So overall I’d say there are probably 25 YouTube channels that have saved my ass. I’ll get to the list in a minute. First, how do I use these videos?
I have a general routine when approaching new material, most recently that has been pathophysiology of just about everything. First, I search for some kind of illustrated video less than 5 minutes in length to give myself a general idea of what I’m working with. Then I read the chapter a la NurseNacole (I someday hope to tell her how much that video revolutionized school for me). Then I watch a more in-depth video or listen to a podcast about it, trying to actively connect what I read in the book with what I hear in the audio tutorials. If I get it, I move on. If I don’t, I dig into the text deeper and continue down the YouTube wormhole til I understand. That’s just what works for me.
Who Makes the Cut?
How do I decide what videos or channels I use? I look at a number of criteria: videos that look well made whose content is parallel to my text, videos associated with a health organization, school or hospital, how many subscribers they have, and how often they post. I also latch onto great resources by way of nursing websites or podcasts. Basically, it’s a giant tangled web of sites, podcasts, and channels that I’ve custom built for myself over years. As you find things you like, you’ll build your own web. You may not dig this whole list, but I hope there are a few in there than might help.
My Personal Favorite sciencey YouTube channels in alphabetical order
- Great illustrated pathos
-Entertaining, short videos
Ask a Mortician
-Food for thought on how we treat death in our culture
-Assessment videos by body system
-Math, chem, bio, etc in a lecture format
-Watch surgery, PSAs, other misc info
-Humorous, vivid illustrated videos on bio, psych, etc.
-a handful of helpful videos on reading heart strips, placing leads, etc.
-Pathos, pharmacology, nursing culture
-Pathos and body systems in clear sharpie illustrations
-Can teach you anything basically
Khan Academy Medicine
-pathos helpful for nursing and medicine students alike
-Watch surgeries, PSAs, other misc info
NRSNG - NCLEX Review
-excellent source of information and LOTS of mnemonics from one of my favs, Kati Kleber
Nucleus Medical Media
-short, beautiful animations on various procedures and biological processes
-Patho, advice, nursing culture, etc.
-Advice for students, new grads, seasoned nurses, etc.
-Labs, NCLEX quizzes, tips for school, jobs, etc.
-Short overviews on a variety of health topics
-Valuable advice from many Nursonalities I love (Katie Duke, Sean Dent, Kati Kleber, etc.)
Sean Dent - Nurse Practitioner talks about all things nursing, serious and humorous topics.
-DownandDirty talk that is medically accurate, non-threatening,
-for those of us who can’t study in silence but are easily distracted by 80s pop Pandora
University of Iowa Hospitals
- My home base, Magnet teaching hospital
There are many others that I use often and recommend, but these are the top dogs hanging in my subscription list. Without them, I wouldn’t come at school with such a thorough understanding of the material I am presented. Also, some of these channels have helped me with my other, non-patient care skills like delegation, dealing with bullies, surviving rotating shifts....the list is endless.
Who are your Nursing YouTube gurus? Like any good millenial, I’m always looking for new health care professionals’ channels to binge watch.
Happy Studying, folks!