Pathophysiology for nurses

  1. I am a student and would like to know if taking an extra pathophysiology class would help with my critical thinking skills. Patho is already incorporated in my nursing program, but I would like is to greatly increase my critical thinking skills. This course is not required but I am thinking of taking it over the summer. Would it be a good investment?
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  3. by   sharann
    I'm not certain about the critical thinking skills, but it would definetely help with your understanding of the pysiological aspects of what you learn (and help you apply it). It sure can't hurt. If you are strong in the biological area and good in pysio/anatomy/micro/chem, then it might be too much of the same. If you need review or additional info, then it could be a benefit. Good luck in school!
  4. by   spineCNOR
    I believe that anything that increases your knowledge of pathophysiology is a good investment. What area of nursing are you interested in? IF you are looking at ICU or an area of advanced practice in the future (Nurse Anesthetist, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist) an extra patho course will be an advantage.
  5. by   globalRN
    good point, spineCNOR.
    In our NP class we took pathophysiology after Pathobiology. Certainly helps to understand all the interrelationships between
    disease and what you see: labs, PE, clinical presentation, course of the disease and what you are doing: medications, labs and investigations, treatments etc.

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