Help for a Procrastinator

  1. Hi,

    I thank God that there is a forum I can reach out to who are in the field of taking care of lives.

    I am a vocational nursing student presently studying pharmocolgy and I have not learned the drugs that I was suppose to learn. What study method would I take to go back to really learn the drugs if I have 11 days of winter break.

    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Striving to be an Ex-Procrastinator,

    C4L :spin:
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    relate the drugs with the disorder you are treating
    group meds into families
    things will improve when you are actually giving meds because if you work on a specific type of floor [ie cardiac or labor/delivery etc you will be giving the same type of meds frequemtly
  4. by   ebear
    Make yourself some 3 X 5 index cards to use as "flash cards". List the name, class of drug, usual dosage, common uses, side effects, etc.
  5. by   kukukajoo
    Then take them EVERYWHERE with you, even keping them on your bedside. I make 2 sets and keep one on my bdeside, one in purse. When I am somewhere I have a couple minutes, I can pull ones out of my purse and review. At nite, I will review just before I go to bed- gets me nice and sleepy!!
  6. by   lil' girl
    And get a friend to call them out to you and see if you can name them. I used to get my daughter to call mine out to me when I was in school. It really helps!
  7. by   StrwbryblndRN
    I also agree to relate the drug with the disorder. If it is all memorization some will slip through and be forgotten. Try and relate them to situations of when you use them.
    I found that when I talked with people I knew and family about the meds they take it made it easier to remember because I could associate it with a person and their issue.
    Another option is to associate the word sound with a song or something that you make up. Some things I associated the disease with the consonant and vowel. Such as if both had "ch" and "o" sound. Sounds silly but really helped for those hard to get meds.
    One last option is to study them in different ways. Use index cards as stated previously. Then study through the internet. Write them down a couple of time. Say/sing them out loud to yourself or someone that may want to listen (like another student). Get creative. The idea is to get it in your head. Don't be afraid to be silly, makes it fun.
    Good luck with it!
  8. by   UM Review RN
    It helped me to remember by drug classes. I noticed that there were similarities in some of the names:

    If it ends in -olol, it is usually a beta-blocker.
    If it ends in -ace, it could be an ace inhibitor.


    And so on.
  9. by   treysdaddy08
    make classifications of cards...i.e. beta blockers and what unique to them. If you know that, and you know a drug is a beta blocker, then you know the generals of that drug.

    BTW Angie O., ace inhibitors usually end in -pril (remember april=ace-pril)
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from kmcnelly
    make classifications of cards...i.e. beta blockers and what unique to them. If you know that, and you know a drug is a beta blocker, then you know the generals of that drug.

    BTW Angie O., ace inhibitors usually end in -pril (remember april=ace-pril)

    DuH! Sorry! You're right. Glad you caught that.
  11. by   treysdaddy08
    Just happen to have it a few weeks ago in pharm class. We really had a fantastic pharm teacher, so it was easier to remember.
  12. by   Care4life
    thank you everyone for the helpful feedback!

    it has been a frustrating road returning back to school. surprisingly, all the immediate response and support i've gotten from all of you has been a definite blessing.

    god bless ya and have a merry christmas.

    god's future rn to be~

    care4life
  13. by   The Hated Consultant
    Group them into families or classes.

    The flash card idea was a good one, too. If you have ePocrates on a PDA you can simply start with A.
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    And Angiotensin II inhibitors end with 'sartan' such as losartan.

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