Endocrine

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    This, I guess, is more of a vent than anything. Tonight I took my Med/Surg endocrine exam. I thought I understood it all, I answered all the questions at the end of the chapters and got them all right. Took a practice endocrine test in an nclex review book and got 39 out of 40 right. But I only made a 32 out of 40 on my exam tonight. I don't know which ones I got wrong yet, but I felt really good going into the test and even after the test I felt pretty good about it. I'm so disappointed cause that test took me from an A to a B in Med/Surg 😔

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    So, any suggestions for how to memorize endocrine topics? I HATE HATE HATE the endocrine system! I think it's mostly because all of my instructors have confused me to no end with it! Any suggestions for memory are VERY appreciated!
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    I uses to always come up with my own little corky ways of remembering everything in nursing school not just endocrine. I wish I could remember a few to help you out. Just try to think of something stupid that makes a bit of sense and trust me it works!
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    I am a visual learner so when learning endocrine system I spent a lot of time drawing pathways. I would illustrate the pathway and then use colors and shapes to identify differences. To memorize it I would test myself by drawing it from off the top of my head.
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    When I was in nursing school, the test on the endocrine system (and associated nursing principles) had, by far, the lowest average of any of the nursing exams. I know it's frustrating since you thought you would do better, but, also realize, you are not alone.
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    Remember that nursing exams are notorious for being clever and slick..um, I mean needing critical thinking skills. The questions in your book are there as a learning tool. Exams are there to test your knowledge with curve balls and rationals that might make you say "oh, gimme a freakin' break..yeah right." Take the test as if the people who wrote it was trying to be witty and clever.

    For example, I had a test question on a med called Nipride (an extremely potent antihypertensive drip). One change in the rate can make the bp drop. The question asked about systemic vascular resistance. Nipride does lower it b/c it a potent vasodilator. But the story said the pt has a BP of 89/39 with a high vascular resistance and the answer was nipride. Complete bs. But the question wanted to know what drug lowered SVR and increase cardiac output, thus theoretically raising the blood pressure. I the real world, there would be some fluid involved with the gtt, but that's not how exams work. I got the question right because I knew the the bp was there as a curve ball. If the bp was 110/50, the answer would be obvious, but NO...they can't do that! They got to clever and put in some shady rational because theoretically, blah, blah, blah. Sometimes, it's laughable. You don't hang nipride on hypotensive pts. I know, I know the SVR..just whatever.

    So next time you take your exams, look at the questions from different angles. Know that they are being clever. If something doesn't make sense, think outside the box. That's what they want you to do anyway. So, the point is, they want you to think outside the box, even if the answer is a complete joke. It's why you should never read into the question. That will pull your scores back up. By the time you take the NCLEX, you should be able to say "I know what answer this question wants...it's complete bs, but whatever. I know what they are getting at." That's when you know you'll do well.
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    Thanks for the advice. My grade actually isn't quite as bad as I thought tho. Apparently some were miskeyed so my grade ended up being a 35 out of 40. Still not great but better

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    i used to hate endocrine before but when i read a particular book in the philippines about how the author explained the symptoms of each disorders, somehow it helped me to remember signs and symptoms. Things like the difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism... in hyperT "everything is high, fast and wet" while in hypoT "everything is low slow and dry"


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