Need some study tips and advice for reviewing med-surg..
- 0Jun 4, '09 by moncj66Hi people! I need some advice. So, today I received a phone call that I could transfer into a different nursing program but I have to make an 75% on a test that covers med-surg I and II on july 23rd. If I pass I will be able to transfer in 3rd semester and start by retaking Peds and OB, which is a BIG plus because I don't have to start over! I failed out of one program due to clinical in OB and pediatrics but med-surg I was able to make a B. I was just wondering if anyone could recommend any books or study guides that they found helpful in med-surg. I'm also taking patho over the summer and I work so I don't know if I should quit my job and study med-surg all day or what! Thanks for ay input!
- 0Jun 5, '09 by Daytonitesince you've been in one nursing program already you know there is a difference between knowing the information and applying the information that you know to problems that you are presented with (critical thinking). did you ask what was going to be on this test that you have to take on july 23rd? it is primarily information about med/surg disease and treatment or is there critical thinking involved? what areas of med/surg are involved? they can say med/surg i and ii but what areas of the body are they actually covering? ask. this school may teach different body systems in their med/surg i and ii than the school you went to. once you know what body systems are being covered it is a matter of knowing the major diseases in each of those body systems. for each disease you need to know:
- cause of the disease
- its pathophysiology
- signs and symptoms (they progress in a distinct course from mild to severe)
- how the doctor's diagnose it
- lab and diagnostic tests to diagnose, treat and manage it (docs generally treat the symptoms and occassionally the cause)
- medical treatment
- nursing care
the big problem that i find is that many students fail to learn what the nursing process is and what goes on in each step. the nursing process in the problem solving method we use and how we rationalize our decisions in nursing (think critically). you need to know this to answer many test questions correctly. see
- http://home.cogeco.ca/~nursingprocess/index.htm - the nursing process & critical thinking.
- https://nursing.advanceweb.com/commo...504&creditid=1 - nursing process
- http://www.mac.edu/faculty/nursingde...urn%20to%20top - the nursing process
- http://www06.homepage.villanova.edu/...ingprocess.htm - the nursing process
- merck manual of diagnosis and therapy http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/mmanual/sections.jsp
- family practice notebook (use search box and input a disease) http://www.fpnotebook.com/index.htm - will give you concise lists of signs and symptoms as well as treatments.
- medicine net diseases & conditions a to z index http://www.medicinenet.com/diseases_...ns/article.htm - will give you common sense treatment of many symptoms