semester 1- fundamentals of Nursing (potter-perry) - page 2

Hi. I was just wondering how, if any of you had this course and the book, how did you read and/or study it? How do professors usually test, from your own experience? the book just seems like alot of information,... Read More

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    Quote from wdwpixie
    We used that book and I have to say I didn't love kind of drove me nuts as it seemed to be rather repetitious at times...I will say that I did spend a lot of time reading it as our instructors did almost directly use a lot of material out of the book, particularly charts and tables, although they usually pointed out the ones that were valuable to study....

    I also prefer our med-surg book this semester for reading and studying, but it wasn't an option that first semester except for reference for clinicals....testing was done via Potter/Perry.....

    Just do the best you least read through the chapters, then spend a LOT more time reading/understanding anything that was emphasized in class!!

    Ooohh, we had that book and I HATED it for all of those reasons. Repetitive doesn't even really touch the tip of the iceberg. And did anyone else have to buy those horrible DVDs? The ones that looked as though they'd been filmed ten years ago? ICK.

    We were lucky in that our instructor used both some of the questions from their bank and some of her own (we have three professors here who actually write questions for the NCLEX; I'm sure others have a few of those - it's a mixed blessing...), so we didn't have non-coverage issues (which I really think is unfair when that happens to folks - I don't care if we're supposed to do the reading - tell people what you need them to know and don't have them hunt and peck for the information; I can do that in a self-guided class, thank you very much. We're PAYING them to tell us what we need, you know?).

    I LOVE my adult health book - it's by LeMone and Burke.

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    I really dislike Perry & Potter, for pretty much all the same reasons already mentioned. Our Med-surg book is by Lewis and it is wonderful, though. I depend on that one much more than P&P.
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    We use P&P and Lewis and I like them both!
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    We use P & P. I like it ok, I have nothing to really compare it to.

    The hospital that we are doing clinicals at have a P & P book at the nurses station to use as a reference. They use a lot of the same guidelines that are stated in P & P. It's a great hospital that just recieved Magnet status, so they are a really great teaching hospital.
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    We had that book and it wasn't one of my favorites. The study guide really helped me put all the knowledge together. What i found helped me study was to take notes in class, then go home and type up my own notes by combining what was said in lecture and by pulling stuff out of the textbook. it kept my notes organized and really helped my grades.
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    I liked the P&P book ok... but the one thing that erk'ed me was that there was a lot of information that was repeated over and over again, or was like... common sense things... however I did like how it thoroughly went through procedures, NG tube, Foley cath.. etc.. and It helped me when they had sample care plans in the text.
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    We used the P&P book and a few others for fundamentals (finish on Monday!!!!). Our tests came from the lecture notes instead of from the book, and our teachers make the tests themselves (I think), so I didn't spend much time thoroughly reading it. It was a good reference for pictures and explanations when I didn't understand something right away from the lecture.
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    i wanna burn that book its repeats itself a million times not to mention sometimes it goes into depth about stuff that as long as u arent a retard its common sense. as far as hints for studying u have to see how ur teacher tests. all i can say is understand the concepts of what u learn. memorizing doesnt work. be able to prioritize things. take notes in class and than read those sections of the book. thats what i do. my teacher tells us to read to the objectives in our modules and than she lectures from that. gotta see what works for u. number one rule dont memorize things try to apply concepts and ideas to real life nursing situations as u read.
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    Hi. I was just wondering how, if any of you had this course and the book, how did you read and/or study it?

    How do professors usually test, from your own experience?

    the book just seems like alot of information, definitions, etc., being that it is teaching the "fundamentals of nursing".
    We used this book. It seemed like Amazon had bad reviews on it, and I do too. It's got quite a few errors in it. I think the edition before that had them as well. All said, I don't think the book is worth anything. You think it has a large volume of information, but I don't. I think very little is provided since it is an introductory book, but the author is entirely too verbose.

    I'm not a big studier, and I never have been. I still do well in school though, be it way back in H.S., my first degree, or now. For this particular class I read the chapters, but not all of them. I read the nursing process (ADPIE) chapters since that was all new to me, and it was earlier in the semester all covered on one test so I wanted to be ready for their testing methods. I also read the skin, sleep, poop, pee, oxygenation, and fluids chapters. The rest I skimmed and compared the power points since they tend to only test over what they plastered on a power point.

    A lot of the information gathered from the book for my tests could be found in the boxes and tables in the book. Honestly, I didn't read half of it. The mobility chapter is particularly mind-numbing.

    I'm sorry I couldn't be more positive.

    I wanted to come back and add that this isn't a book worth saving and referencing in the future. Sell that sucker back when you're done with it.
    Last edit by ImThatGuy on Nov 26, '10
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    I really highly recommend against that. Both you and "***" have posted nothing but posts related to cheating, one of you asking for test banks from everyone and the other offering it to people..seriously? Because not only is that cheating on so many levels...but teachers are aware that if 1 person can get it, anyone can. This being said, they usually tweak questions just a little bit. I know a few people who got test banks from sources and failed both or all classes that semester(failing out of the program). The teacher may use test bank questions for regular tests, then use all new questions on the final...which will get you BIG time. One girl thought she had it made and was passing the whole semester, then ran into the finals...walked out crying and was gone!
    Last edit by VickyRN on Nov 27, '10 : Reason: member identifier removed, since asking to illegally obtain test bank materials, which is cheating
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