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- by livelovelive Apr 5Hello there. I am currently taking Intro to Chemistry as a pre req to the RN program. We were asked to find out how chemistry is used in the field of registered nursing. I picked three topics. 1. Acids and Bases being the main one. I understand that this is important to know for counter actions with drugs but can anyone give me more details on this topic. Also if you have any other information on how chemistry is used in nursing would be greatly appreciated. Of course converting between the system of measurements is a topic. Unfortunately this topic is excluded.
- Apr 6 by rn undisclosed nameI don't find the chemistry course per se to be helpful. They do cover the parts of chemistry you need to know in your other courses. What I remember most from chemistry is doing the calculations. They always got the best of me and I'm pretty good when it comes to math.
- Apr 6 by MN-NurseLook up "Basic Metabolic Panel" (blood chemistry test) and look at the levels given.
Then look up the effects and treatments for ranges that are too high or low for each result and you will see a whole lot of nursing content.
- Apr 6 by anon456I agree about acid/base balance! Huge part in nursing. I work on a respiratory unit and we look at blood gasses very closely on the patients as a measure of how well they are moving air and processing it. It allows a very good look at how a patient is doing-- oftentimes they look okay but their blood gas may tell a story of compensating for now, but better do something about it before they crash.
- Apr 7 by mappersAcid Base is great. I love Arterial Blood Gases and figuring that stuff out. You can also look up electrolytes and how they effect the electrical activity of muscles especially the heart.
Chemistry was one of my favorite pre-nursing courses, next to patho-physiology. I find it very useful in my nursing practice.
- Apr 7 by brownbookI loved chemistry so probably I am biased. Unfortunately I have forgotten most of it but I still manage to give decent nursing care.
As guttercat said we (humans) are chemistry. The whole reason our heart contracts (well...I know I am messing this up badlly) but the positive and negative charges of sodium and potassium (I think) going in and out of the cell wall (I think) is why the heart muscles contracts!
The whole universe....big bang....stars, planets, everything, is atoms, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, etc., interacting. Just marvel at the wonder of it.