I'm a third-quarter BSN nursing student with a strong science background, lots of previous experience in healthcare, and a nurse tech job. I do well in classes, but I am finding it extremely difficult to pull all of the knowledge together to understand real-life patient cases.
For example, at my job, we had a DKA admit from the ED with VERY high SBG....when I looked at the labs, I knew the tests measured, but I just couldn't understand the way the body was reacting in terms of this diagnosis (WBC, electrolyte, bicarb, pH values all over the place), even though we've studied DKA, electrolyte and acid-base balance, and the inflammatory response. Same goes for every case I've seen in clinicals and at my job.
Every experienced RN keeps telling me it will come together, but I'm terrified it won't, without my making an effort while these things are still fresh in my head. I want to be a great RN, and I know it takes effort.
Does anyone have any tips or books they've found helpful for putting it all together?