... I can tell what school you go to based on your username, I'm the year above you at the same school. my advice as someone who just passed both semesters of NCoA I&II with the new professor you keep hearing about-- do what everyone else here has said, but most importantly and specific to this class at this school
: get your book in the summer, and start reading. get an nclex book, and start doing practice questions so you get into the mindset of knowing application-style
reasoning. you're going to be swamped. it's going to be hell. you're going to have to give up liquor pitchers, slice night, and life in general if you haven't already if you want to pass this class. pharm and pathos were a joke. you will spend every free moment either studying or stressed about this class. brush up extensively on anatomy, then pharm, then pathos this summer. we were vastly underprepared for this course because of those classes, and as a result lost about 40 kids, conservatively speaking, as I'm sure you've heard.
for success in this course:
-get the workbook that accompanies the text, and do it when you study. read all of the rationales
-she will constantly tell you to focus on nclex questions, since all of the points in the class come from her nclex-style tests, so get an nclex book if you don't already have one from foundations (though this didn't really help me for her content, it helped for her style)
-get other reference books to supplement for when what she taught in class wasn't clear. nursing pharmacology made incredibly easy will really help because she focuses a lot on pharm. also get the med surg nursing made incredibly easy. I also got an A&P for dummies book. i've heard the saunders was much like her questions, and it would be beneficial to get that book
-go to every single facilitated lab
-take your computer to class and type out all the things she says in lecture under her powerpoints--study that, after you've read the book. I'm sure you heard all about there being "a more right answer" than what was listed in the book, so what you should do is take anything she said in class as being the right answer, and then supplement that with what the book tells you.
-skim the pathos parts in the book but focus on collaborative care and nursing interventions. pay attention to charts and boxes. a lot of questions will come from those priority nursing interventions
-study in a group, and talk it out in terms of: "a pt comes in with sx abc, has a hx of xyz, what would be the priority nursing intervention for this patient? safety measures? treatment plans? what will you be worried about? what are the contraindications?
this is my first post ever, and the only reason i'm giving you these tips and tricks is because of the off chance you happened to be one of us, and having been in your position I pity your soul. get ready, get set, and welcome to hell