How best to prepare for mental health nursing courses

  1. Any advice? I'll have mental health nursing/Psych when I go back in the fall. I really want to do well with it but I've heard so many people talk about how difficult it is. I'll also have OB/Peds.
    What all does a Psych course entail? What will I be learning? Any books (Amazon, eBay?) that anyone can recommend? Websites? I've no idea what I'm in for but after a tumultuous semester of constant struggle with Med-Surg (this one that just passed) and miraculously passing it (and trust me, it WAS a miracle), I want to use my summer break wisely and gain a little understanding before I find myself overwhelmed again. Okay, past Psych-takers....need your advice/imput here.
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  3. by   Carolanne
    Congrats on getting through med surg!! :hatparty: I remember it was a struggle for you and indeed it is a hard course. Psych nursing is also challenging. I found Psychiatric Nursing Made Incredibly Easy to be very helpful, as I do all of their books. It's lighter reading than the ho-hum textbooks, and just the way they present things seems to make it click. Again, good job!
  4. by   Catma63
    Quote from Carolanne
    Congrats on getting through med surg!! :hatparty: I remember it was a struggle for you and indeed it is a hard course. Psych nursing is also challenging. I found Psychiatric Nursing Made Incredibly Easy to be very helpful, as I do all of their books. It's lighter reading than the ho-hum textbooks, and just the way they present things seems to make it click. Again, good job!
    Boy, do I hope it's not as bad as Med-Surg. My classmates and I were just saying yesterday that we feel we haven't seen nothin' yet! *shudder*.
    Thanks for the recommendation for that book. Since I'll be working during the summer (going back to work Monday) I'll have a bit more money and can afford it...haha. Thanks for the congrats, Carolanne. Thursday was a very emotional day. My instructor was crying, my classmates were crying....the love and joy all of them showed over this miracle was something I will never forget. I've thought since...if (when I'm done and working as a nurse or even before!) I could give back any one tiny spec of what's been given me to another...you know?
  5. by   Altra
    Catma63, I haven't had psych nursing yet, so I can't help ya there, but I just wanted to say a BIG CONGRATS on getting through Med-Surg!

    Woo Hoo!! :hatparty:

    (for me it's 2 weeks of med-surg down, 13 to go ... )
  6. by   Catma63
    Thank you so much, Mlos. These last couple of days have been my happiest this semester. I'm still feeling euphoric. When WILL I wake up?
  7. by   francine79
    Congratulations on getting through Med-Surg! I know you were worried about it. I still have one semester of it yet to go. And I've heard it's the hardest nursing class we will take! Oh well. At least I don't have any other classes to take with it.
  8. by   Catma63
    Thanks francine....Worried does not describe how stressed out it had me....haha. This too shall pass though, right?
    Are you getting ready to take your first Med-Surg or your last? Ours is in two semesters. We just took the first and will take Med-Surg II (someone save me now!!!!) in Spring of 2005, our last semester. The class that just took that one lost two when that semester ended. I felt so bad for them; that close to finally having all of this behind them only to have to retake. I just hope they don't give up.
    If you've not taken it yet, may I recommend a book that helped me a lot? I wish I'd had it when the semester first started as maybe I wouldn't have started out so badly.....it just helped simplify things for my feeble brain. It's called Lippincott's Review Series: Medical-Surgical Nursing by Ray A. Hargrove-Huttel. I found this book on Amazon about mid-term of the year and it has been invaluable to me. A lot of my friends really like that Made Incredibly Easy series too but I don't have any of them yet.
  9. by   ucandoit
    *keep an open mind
    *never ask a question involving the word "why"
    *never ask an open ended question
    *don't argue with the pt.(ie, refute their beliefs)


    congrats on passing med/surg!!!!! uggggg!!! i am sooooo glad those days(med/surg) are behaind!

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