How does blood flow through the heart? Do you know?
- 0Jan 24, '10 by FocusRNI have a close friend, who just started nursing school. She was talking about how it is so fast paced for her, and the feeling of metal diarrhea. She posed the question of how blood flows through the heart to me, so I answered"From the upper body through the superior vena cava, from the lower body through the inferior vena cava, into the right atrium, through the tricuspid, in to the right ventricle, through the pulmonary valve, into the pulm. artery, then to the right and left lungs for oxygenation, to the pulmonary vein to the left atrium, through the mitral, into the left ventricle, through the aortic valve into the aorta, then then on into circulation".
So now, I'm asking you. How do you all remember those things that are at the foundation, when there is so much more for us to know? Is it just natural, have you forgotten a lot, or what? And, do you know how blood flows through the heart?
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- 1Jan 24, '10 by XB9S GuideI've forgotten loads, but remember the really important stuff, I guess you work it out for yourself as you go through training what is important and what isnt' and I don't think the information you forget truly goes, it is just stored for later when it's needed. There are always text books you can refer to if you truly forget something that you need
Yes I do remember how blood flows through the heart, but not from nursing school (over 20 years ago) but after doing a critical care diploma when it was taught by such a brilliant teacher it just stuck with me.
- 2Jan 24, '10 by proudnurseRNYes, I can still recite blood flow through the heart. I can also interpret a set of ABGs at a glance, even though I haven't had to since nursing school. Those were drilled during a particularly difficult med-surg class.
However, I've lost most of what was taught in OB. If I review it then it comes back to me, but that's about it. I don't work a monitored floor, so ECGs are a lost cause for me also.
- 4Jan 24, '10 by CuriousMeI'm just a nursing student. What I've found though, at least so far....
Some things require remembering (aka memorizing), but most things require understanding. So, I could have memorized the path that blood takes through the heart....or I can understand it so that no matter when I think about it....if I think about it for a second I can trace it through and tell the path.
- 0Jan 24, '10 by VegetasGRL03RNQuote from NurseLoveJoy88Those darn cranial nerves! I can remember "On Old Olympus Towering Tops, A Finn And German Viewed(?) Some Hops" but as if I remember what they correspond to nor each one's function outside of vagal and optic. Learned it in second semester and then they just threw it on a random Peds test.... the diagnosis or s/s had nothing to do with Peds! There has to be a better mnemonic!I can still recite it... I wish I can remember the cranial nerves though.