Nursing Fundamentals - page 2

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Hi everybody, today we had our orientation for the upcoming term. Obviously the first course will be Nursing Fundamentals and I got seriously intimidated by the faculty members and graduate students. They were telling us how... Read More


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    A&P II is very important to nursing classes, more so than A&P I, but also more so for a med/surg class then for nursing fundamentals. I'm surprised you can take nursing classes before taking that class, I thought that was a pre-req, at least it is in all the schools by me (NY). I didn't find fundamentals very difficult, mine was a 7credit course as well. I think profs and students like to scare the new students, I remember hearing the same thing. You definitely need to study a lot, as long as you keep up with the reading as others said, you should be fine. Good luck!
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    Quote from kjm84
    A&P II is very important to nursing classes, more so than A&P I, but also more so for a med/surg class then for nursing fundamentals. I'm surprised you can take nursing classes before taking that class, I thought that was a pre-req, at least it is in all the schools by me (NY). I didn't find fundamentals very difficult, mine was a 7credit course as well. I think profs and students like to scare the new students, I remember hearing the same thing. You definitely need to study a lot, as long as you keep up with the reading as others said, you should be fine. Good luck!
    You are right, before I came here (Key West) I also thought A&P was a prereq. but I guess it is not here. I wish I already took the class but when I applied I honestly didn't I would get in. I just wanted to see what weaknesses I still have in my application. I hope I will be fine, I know I will have the busiest schedule of my life starting January though
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    My tip is to not put much stock into what other people say regarding the rigor of any class or program. Through several degree programs I've found many purportedly brutal classes to be rather easy while I have labored at ones which others have said were quite simple.

    Consistent and diligent study should be all that's necessary to get you through nursing school and any given class therein.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Also remember that nursing school isn't like any other education you ever had. You can't take a course, pass the final, sell the book to someone in the next class, and forget it. All the classes you take will have a direct and immediate use in all the courses to follow. You will constantly refer back to the books you used in prior semesters. You have to really understand the whys of everything they teach you, so you can apply them to the novel situations you will encounter in a later semester.Your faculty-- and the NCLEX-- will expect that you will be able to do that, and if you can't/won't, you will fail.

    Therefore the minute something doesn't make complete and total sense to you and you can't think why it would ever be useful, find out immediately. (I used to ask my students all the time, "Why do we care about this?") Those moments tend to pile up if not cleared away, and before you know it, you're in too deep. Always know why, and you'll have the tools you need for problem-solving (what they call "critical thinking") later.
    This is very true. So don't sell your books! I'm even regretting selling my OB and peds textbooks because once in a great while they will float me to mother-baby and we also have peds on my unit (mixed adult-peds floor).
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    Thank you all for your helpful advices. I am planning on reading as soon as I get my books. Only problem is I cannot concentrate for long periods. I always get distracted, so hopefully I will do better once I start the fundamentals. At my school the Nursing Fundamentals is a 7 credit course and the faculty members told us because of the study time required it is seen as a 10credit course. I think I would feel much better if I had my A&P completed. I was wondering if there is a lot of A&P background necessary for this class?
    @Happyloser, the NCLEX passing rate was 100% at my school but only 8 students made it through the program. This might be a reason the rate is so high!
    How many students apply to this program that only graduates 8 students???? I actually find that number.....unusual.......it only graduated 8 students???

    If you are easily distracted......you will probably have to really focus in a school that is in the Florida Keys......the ocean. island living... is probably very distracting.

    I wish you the very best!!!!!!
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    Quote from Esme12
    How many students apply to this program that only graduates 8 students???? I actually find that number.....unusual.......it only graduated 8 students???

    If you are easily distracted......you will probably have to really focus in a school that is in the Florida Keys......the ocean. island living... is probably very distracting.

    I wish you the very best!!!!!!
    Well I know it has seats for 60 students. However, this semester only 22 (including me) got accepted. I know hundreds of people apply, hence I figured I wouldn't get accepted. So, I really can't tell you how many got accepted back then but it does seem pretty scary! My school actually has a library with ocean view haha. But the library isn't my place to study because I always read out loud LOL
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    Get a good calendar and write out all your assignments, tests and readings, breaking the readings up into equal number of pages you have to read each day to keep up to date.
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    Get a Rx for adderall. They don't call it the study drug for nothing. It will help you concentrate.

    The fundamentals material wasn't difficult at all, it's just a lot of reading. The tests are really the hard part, you CANNOT read into the questions at all. It's a mix of law, nursing history, differences in culture, etc. I found it more difficult to really absorb all that than learning about TB.

    Read ahead, and what I find that works really well, GO BACK OVER THE MATERIAL AFTER CLASS. Go back over it, you'll be amazed at how much sinks back in a couple hours after class has ended.
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    First, take a deep breath! Feel better?

    I am in Fundamentals right now. We have our 5th exam tomorrow morning and our final in 2 weeks! The best advice I can think of to give to you is to read what everyone else is saying here (we're all trying to help!) but keep in mind that everyone's learning style is different. After everything I've heard and read about how hard nursing school is, I almost didn't come back after orientation!! I'm not a person who can sit down and read a textbook. When I've tried that, the information goes right through without sticking. I think studying starts in class. LISTEN to the instructor (I see lots of people playing on cell phones and not paying attention). I take notes in class of what I think is important and then use my textbook as a reference when I don't understand something or just need further explanation. I have never studied anywhere CLOSE to 40-50 hours for a test (let alone in a week!) and I have a 92%. Not the highest grade I could have, but I haven't heard of anyone in my class with a higher one!

    I'm also taking A&P I and math, which can be challenging when those classes have tests in the same week, but it's REALLY not unmanageable!

    I've never been an A student, but I have A's in all three of my classes, and I'm not killing myself studying. There is hope!! Best of luck!!!
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    I have to second the comments about taking what people say about the "difficulty" of any particular class with 60 mg of NaCl.

    I'm currently taking A&P I, PSY 235 and Math for clinical calculations. Of course, A&P is the one that requires the most attention but a few months ago, I heard people saying that the math class was REALLY tough. Frankly, my second grader is learning most of what I'm "learning" in this math class.

    It all depends on the person. We are all wired for different kinds of subjects. Just apply yourself, study in reasonable chunks of time (no more than 2 hours at a stretch for me) and don't get too far down in the weeds, trying to memorize a bunch of stuff you don't need to know.
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