Taking Med/Surg next semester! What helped u?

  1. Ok guys/gals

    First of all, congrats on making thru NS>

    Ist semester of NS is almost over.Yeah!
    Next semester we start Med/Surg and Pharmacology,etc. I am hearing that Med/Surg is really tough. Besides your textbook, what supplemental book or method/habit really helped u or made it(ms/surg) easy to understand or handle?

    We have 3 weeks xmas break, what's your recommendation while I am on xmas break?

    Tks
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   crb613
    fluids & electrolytes would get my vote! Good Luck
  4. by   JentheRN05
    I think the last poster might have been referring to 'fluid and electrolytes made easy' It is a great book. I have an organization sheet I used for clinicals and now use for work. If your interested feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy,
  5. by   pinky112582
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I think the last poster might have been referring to 'fluid and electrolytes made easy' It is a great book. I have an organization sheet I used for clinicals and now use for work. If your interested feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy,
    hi JentheRN05,

    im having my Pharma and MedSurg this term and im wonderin if i can request for a copy of that organization sheet. thanks a lot for the help.
  6. by   Pj101N
    Hi,
    Learn the nursing interventions and how you would care for the patient. The drugs along with pathophysiology. Med-Surg Made Easy is a wonderful book too use.:wink2:
  7. by   Pj101N
    I also use Med-Line plus for additional help.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    I refer to Saunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination & Medical-surgical nursing reviews & rationales pretty often - outline form, easy to find what I'm looking for when I don't want to sift through the Iggy (big) medsurg text. Filters it down to the most important stuff.

    For pharm, everyone always says to learn about the characteristics of drug families first then learn the individual drugs (antilipidemics, antibiotics, antivirals, bronchodilators, etc. etc.).
  9. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from crb613
    fluids & electrolytes would get my vote! Good Luck

    I agree...also NCLEX books, cards, anything you can get ahold of...do NCLEX questions all the time. My teachers for ALL of our tests uses NCLEX type questions...I think this is pretty standard. MS is a class where you learn what you would do as the nurse so think practical!
  10. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I think the last poster might have been referring to 'fluid and electrolytes made easy' It is a great book. I have an organization sheet I used for clinicals and now use for work. If your interested feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy,
    I agree, this book is published by Prentice Hall right? This is a great book.. It is also a series..they have Mother and child nursing, peds, med surg, patho...they are all excellent!!
  11. by   SFCardiacRN
    I say relax and enjoy your vacation. This next semester is goung to be tough!
  12. by   grinnurse
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I think the last poster might have been referring to 'fluid and electrolytes made easy' It is a great book. I have an organization sheet I used for clinicals and now use for work. If your interested feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy,

    Hey Jen-

    Would you PM me a copy of this as well. I am always looking for ways to get better organized. Sure would appreciate it.--------Grin
  13. by   MMARN
    Are there any other suggestions? The ones already posted are great.
  14. by   nurseabc123
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I think the last poster might have been referring to 'fluid and electrolytes made easy' It is a great book. I have an organization sheet I used for clinicals and now use for work. If your interested feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy,

    Hey Jen, I'm starting med/surg this semester as well, orientation tomorrow! I would love it if you could send me a copy of your organizational sheet, that was one of one my biggest things last semester, I just didn't really know how to organize myself and it seemed all the nurses I was paired with didn't know how to either. You can e-mail it to plouffes@msu.edu.. I really appreciate it.

    And I agree fluids and electrolytes made easy is a great book, just a suggestion, buy the earlier editions off half.com or amazon and you can get it for as cheap as $12!

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