i have posted weblinks to microbiology on post #45 of this sticky thread: http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...gy-145201.html
- pathophysiology/ a & p/ microbiology/ fluid & electrolyte resources.
you can go onto these websites and see for yourself what you will be learning about in a class of microbiology. i took microbiology during my second semester of nursing. i thought it was a fun class because we were doing very practical experiments on our own bodies and doing cultures of swabbings of objects to prove what microbes exist on them waiting to infect people. we learned about the microorganisms (bacteria, fungus, viruses) that cause disease in humans, how the body naturally defends itself against them and how the healthcare professions assist in supporting the body as it fights against these organisms. why wouldn't anyone see that as important to know? we live in a world surrounded by microbes and that is a fact. a good many of hospitalized patients are there because of some kind of infection and iv antibiotics are one of the most commonly given medication by rns. infection control to prevent others from getting contaminated with microorganisms hanging around hospitals is a big part of every hospital's practice. i can assure you that people such as florence nightingale, alexander fleming who discovered penicillin, or barry marshall who is one of the physicians that discovered the existence of the h. pylori
bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers would assure you that microbiology is extremely important for any nurse setting foot in a healthcare facility today to know. before the work of these people revolutionized their clinical practices patients were dying because of what microbes were doing to them. you need an understanding of the microbes that surround us in order to appreciate what it is they can do to patients and us; you need to understand the importance of the treatments that are going to be ordered for the diseases that these microbes cause; you need to understand why you will be learning later why you will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of these microbes to others. every time you wash your hands before you eat or after you go to the bathroom you are respecting microbiology. every time you cut yourself and rinse that cut under clean, running water you are practicing microbiology. whenever you have a sore throat, cough and fever and go to the doctor for antibiotics you are concerned about microbiology. in nursing school
you will learn much more about what we can do to treat and protect patients from microbes that are constantly around us. and that is how important microbiology is to nursing.