I've seen this topic before. For the life of me, I don't see how you pre-study for nursing. Had I tried that it would have been a total waste of time because the exams were mostly over the lecture and the lectures were decided by the instructors picking and choosing amount the readings. I guess you can pre-read your books but most books are what, 1100-1200 pages of excruitiating details? I would maybe spend time working on drug calculations and the math. Skills practice would probably be a waste because every instructor has a right and wrong way to do something and if you learn it wrong you have to relearn it right
Studying ahead of time is a good idea. The key is to have access to the syllabus and study guide. We have chapter objectives that need to be answered in our study guide. Working on these questions ahead of time will help during the actual class lectures. If nothing else is learned, she will at least be exposed to NCLEX type test from using the study guide; which for most first year nursing students is a hard concept to grasp. I start studying for my up and coming classes as soon as I get the information, it never hurts to be familiar with the information.
Working on nursing math is another good idea! I do not know why nursing students, with extremely high GPAs freak out when it comes to a math test...but we all did...and still do.
Someone posted a question about the most common top 10 drugs, that would be good information to become familiar with.
Review lab values, the basics........ WBC, RBC, Potassium, calcium, sodium....etc. etc. These values and the reasons for an increase or decrease for each one are presented from day one.
The nursing process is great concept to learn now. It will be used from the very beginning, and built upon throughout the program. Definitely not a waste of time to get familiar with this information starting now.
And remember, the instructors expect you to come to class having read the chapters being lectured on. At our college we had a pop quiz at least every other day(kinda took the "pop" out of pop quiz). It did not take long for us to realize that when the instructors said "read the chapters before class", they meant it.
Also, tell her to relax....if that is possible! :chuckle