My RN nursing program started this new thing with their program semester (also my 1st semester in Nursing School
), where all classes like, Fundamentals, Med-Surg, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, are in the same class! Next semester it will be those, plus OB and pediatrics. I have 6 books for one nursing class that meets twice a week 2 hours each. I researched, YouTubed, and asked licensed RN’s if they’ve ever heard of this before and their answer is no. I can not find information anywhere.
We have so many chapters out of each book to read before class on Monday. We do have a syllabus that have objectives for that week. I was answering just the objectives so I can at least participate in class. That is about it. It’s hard to keep up with that reading let alone study each chapter in each book.
My question is, has anyone or is anyone going through this? how do I study? Stay organized? Take notes? When to make flash cards? No one has done this type of program before me so I can’t ask anyone. I tried to take notes and separate them by books, didn’t help and everything was scattered. I tried doing it by subject just recently. Didn’t work. I even tried to just make flash cards on important things in each chapter of each book, didn’t work and waaaaaay too many wasted cards because most of it wasn’t on the test! The objectives for each week doesn’t cover the details of the test. (Haha, I know, welcome to nursing school). Someone out there has to know something! I am desperate!
Sep 21, '17
I'm in the nursing prelicensure program at WGU and this is what they do too. Ours is set up with fundamentals as a class in the pre nursing term called intro to nursing, and then in the first clinical term we have classes called CASAL I and II. Everything except skills labs and assessments are online but we have lots of videos and supplements to watch and learn from too. Independent study is possible, it's just an adjustment for people who are used to sitting in lecture all day every day! Im sure you'll still have the same access to your instructors for questions.
Edit: sent before I finished my post, sorry! My advice is to focus on one section at a time. It sounds like your course might follow a progression that will force you to jump around in your patho and pharm texts. Take notes as you usually would when reading your text. It may be helpful to use one method (I prefer outlining while skimming and then filling in with a second read through) for reading your main text and then fill in gaps in patho and pharm as you go. Be sure to connect with your instructor to see what they recommend doing! Keep track of everything with the syllabus- and if there's no real schedule, ask for one. A course progression expectation should be available to you and that can help you plan your study goals!
Last edit by Gangsteroids on Sep 21, '17