Things to study up on...

  1. Hi all,

    For those of you who've already started NA school, what advice can you give me and others who will be starting this August on things to study and brush up on?

    I know that each and everyone possess different levels of critical care experience (ie, some are proficient in cardiac meds/drips, some are not, some are proficient in ventilator setting manipulations and adjustments, some are not...etc, etc). But, were there any subjects in critical care nursing that you wish you might've known more about prior to the start of classes?

    Please advice.

    Thanks ya'll

    Vinny.
    Last edit by MaleAPRN on May 19, '04 : Reason: grammatical error
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   athomas91
    my advice - take it easy and relax - they will give you everything you need to know - trust me - use your time wisely in enjoying the summer.
  4. by   MaleAPRN
    Thanks Tom! I'll follow that great advice! :hatparty:
  5. by   gaspassah
    if i was to do anything other than relax. learn top drawer drugs,
    esmolol
    lidocaine
    terbutaline
    aminophyline
    neosynephrine
    epinephrine
    ephedrine
    atropine
    robinul
    neostigmine
    labetalol
    verapamil
    hydralazine
    nipride
    nitro
    dopamine
    dobutamine
    there are some others. sorry but i've been workin on a paper off and on the last 8 hours. learn dose receptor class etc.
    d
  6. by   Brenna's Dad
    If you are exceptionally keen, you might want to review (if you are lucky) or take a look at organic chemistry in regards to amines, phase 1 and phase two metabolism as well as the Hendelson-Hasselbach equation. You might want to take a look at gas laws and read a review article on inhalational agents. It takes a bit to wrap your head around gases.

    But if I were you I'd relax.
  7. by   todabnrn
    Take the summer off!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to have information overload after the first week of school therefore, you will more than likely forget everything you looked over during the summer. In fact, if you have a family, spend as much time as possible with then because its going to get rough in a couple of months.
  8. by   jebain
    I personally am quitting work June 26th & heading to the beach for a mth. I am going to relax, spend time with my family, & I may look over some drugs while lounging.-doubtful, but maybe!!! Our department head said if we got in the program then we were ready to be taught in the fall-not to start trying to teach ourselves now. And personally after seeing my fall schedule & paying for the 1st semester I have no problem relaxing & waiting to be enlightened!!!!!!!!

    :hatparty: Enjoy your summer!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   MaleAPRN
    Quote from jebain
    I personally am quitting work June 26th & heading to the beach for a mth. I am going to relax, spend time with my family, & I may look over some drugs while lounging.-doubtful, but maybe!!! Our department head said if we got in the program then we were ready to be taught in the fall-not to start trying to teach ourselves now. And personally after seeing my fall schedule & paying for the 1st semester I have no problem relaxing & waiting to be enlightened!!!!!!!!

    :hatparty: Enjoy your summer!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks!

    I think I will take all your advice and ENJOY and RELAX. I'm planning to be moved and settled in Ohio, one month before school starts. I know i'll get busy getting acquianted with the area (depends on where I close a deal on a home), see the sights...and YES....try to read as well on the drugs and subjects that you all suggested in my post.

    Thanks to all for your support and encouragement!!! :hatparty:

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