Originally posted by Rena RN 2003
hmmmm.......i really have never understood the whole "jump start" way of thinking. if you are in a nursing program and have time on your hands between quarters/sememster, relax. enjoy it. those times are few and far between and go by really quickly.
if you are still itching to do something school related, you could always ask for the book list for the upcoming class and look through it.
i guess my philosophy has been that i will receive the information that i need once the class begins. and my luck dictates that it wouldn't matter what i studied, i would need to know something completely different. :chuckle
good luck getting ahead.
I understand what you mean when you say:
"if you are in a nursing program and have time on your hands between quarters/sememster, relax. enjoy it. "
My .02 cents:
imho those times are perfect for looking over upcoming work.
One of the reasons being, you aren't under the pressure of time constraints and deadlines...
Yes, we all know we will receive the necessary info once class begins, but wouldn't it be nice to hear it and be able to say: "oooh! i read that.. "
I believe it would be good reinforcement of theories and /or ideas you'd already exposed yourself to.
I'm starting a adn program in late august...At orientation, we were given our textbook list and also some assigned reading for the summer. We were told we could "elect" not to do the summer reading (1200 pages), but that should we choose not too... that those pages would be required reading for the first 3 WEEKS of the program....
I don't know about anyone else, but i'd rather spread 1200 pages over 8 weeks than 3.
Through these past few weeks of tackling this summer reading... I think i'm developing better critical thinking skills,
I am finding myself thinking in different ways....looking at things with a more critical eye, and applying some of what i'm reading and learning to life situations. This process of thinking differently is sooo important in nursing, and for me at least, is definitely not so innate.
I'm glad i have the summer to get a jump on these concepts...
I guess everyone has there own way of looking at things, and what works for some, may not be what works for others.
see if you can get the name of your text for pharm.... then see if you can't find an instructor for your program to tell you where you could begin....i mean even if you started making flashcards over the summer, you'd be that much ahead.
Also..i have a good book i picked up to use as a resource...its called "Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy" i think the publisher is springhouse . I got it for less than 10 dollars on amazon
.com (used, but in excellent condition). and its a very cool resource.
Wishing you luck and many blessings,