From Nervousness to Mastering Tough Nursing Knowledge

Rose Szwed tough nursing knowledge feature imageRose Szwed was doing great with some aspects of learning nursing fundamentals.

But some aspects were much harder to learn.

Especially phlebotomy.

Rather than give up after struggling with one nursing exam in particular, Rose looked for memory techniques online.

When she found the Magnetic Memory Method, she dove in and did exactly as I suggested:

She modified the high-powered mnemonics to her needs.

And then she took the exam she had previously failed and got 98.22%!

The best part?

On this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Rose shares her journey and her incredible success.

Proper Mnemonics Make Mastering Tough Nursing Knowledge Much Easier

Phlebotomy is also known as venipuncture.

Although it appears simple enough, it involves a combination of semantic knowledge and procedural memory.

First, you have to know all the names of the veins. Then there are the steps involved. And the equipment names, like the cannula for drawing blood.

And it’s not just about drawing blood. There are also other uses, such as intravenous therapy. For that, pharmacology knowledge is also needed.

Then there are situations involving electrolyte imbalances and all manner of medical terminology.

That’s why nursing mnemonics are so precious for medical professionals who want to succeed.

At first, Rose found other Memory Palace books, but none proved particularly useful.


They usually lack depth. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to deal with advanced nursing topics.

Rose’s Body Memory Palace Solution

As you’ll hear in this episode of the MMM Podcast, Rose combined mnemonic imagery with one of the most direct and powerful of all ancient memory techniques.

Giordano Bruno talked about using Statues in Thirty Statues. It was his solution to dealing with the “chaos” of information overwhelm.

I’ve even turned my own body into a Memory Palace to memorize the classical solar system of the Renaissance period in Italy.

the human body as a mnemonic device for planets

But unlike the way Bruno used bodies with references to mythological figures, Rose went with highly memorable bodies from stage and screen.

She used dynamic figures like Columbo, the detective played by Peter Falk. And Clark Cable in one of his most iconic movie roles.

Although this simple solution helped Rose score 98.22% on her test, what happened next is where the truth path of memory mastery begins.

That’s because Rose immediately started teaching others, one of the most important parts of a learning cycle you can complete.

Episode Highlights

Amongst many things that impress me about Rose’s uptake of memory techniques, she has led an interesting life!

Listen in as we discuss:

  • The benefits of reading with momentum
  • Rose’s past and previous goals with language learning
  • The value of using libraries for better memory
  • The incredible opportunities awaiting people who master their memory

No matter what topic you’re studying, memory techniques can help.

If you’re completely new to the world of mnemonics. I suggest you start with the Memory Palace technique.

Here’s a free course you can take that makes it fun, easy and will start you off on solid ground.

Free Memory Improvement Course

Thanks for listening and if you’d like more of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, check out the previous episode on overcoming learning plateaus.

Struggling to remember even the most complicated information is simply not necessary.

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