Some pre-nursing school reading/studying

  1. Hi all,
    What are some books that you all would reccomend to someone who is trying to get familiarized with the things they teach in nursing school?
    I'm aiming for fall 2004 to start a nursing program so I have about a year to prepare and I'm thinking that it would be beneficial for me to read up on basic biology, chemistry, and anatomy so that I will be able to pick up on things easier in school.
    I have the Nursing School and Allied Health Entrance Exam preperation book with a lot of sample tests and stuff and I am already learning a lot from it (basically - I don't know what I don't know). The thing is, I am missing some questions and I can't find the answers (i.e. definitions in my dicitionary). I have no problem dropping $100 on books now that will help me (get into and...) when I get into school.
    I'm thinking I should get:
    a medical dictionary
    biology for dummies
    chemistry for dummies
    anatomy for dummies (if they make it)

    I am also applying everywhere to volunteer and I am also thinking about working part-time as a nurses assistant for the next year and maybe keep that as my primary job through school.

    After hearing how challenging nursing school is I am thinking that the more I introduce myself to now the more (and faster) I will be able to learn then...

    As always, all suggestions are welcome...
    Thanks in advance,
    KidsLuvMe
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   cna on her way
    I think that the Anatomy would be really beneficial for you to study up on since you will have at least two anatomies to take in school for nursing. Also, doing the CNA thing would really help. The one thing I would advise is to try to do CNA at a hospital so that you can have the opportunity to see as many things as possible. I have learned so much it is not funny working for the hospital. I now am in the Burn unit as a CNA and it is a wonderful job to do and I am forever learning something new here. Good luck!
  4. by   lunakat
    Kidsluvme, They make an anatomy and physiology for dummies as well as biology for dummies. The anatomy and physiology book is a good supplemt for me since I am currently in Anatomy. It breaks down the 100 pg chapter in my text book into a much easier format of basics for me to understand. Then when I read my text book i grasp things better. Good Luck on you Nursing...
  5. by   twarlik
    Are you taking any pre-requisite classes before starting the nursing program? If so, then you'll learn a lot in those classes. Really no need to spend a lot of extra money on those other books.
  6. by   KidsLuvMe
    twarlik, I already have bio, chem, and algebra from High school (5 years ago) and that is all that the schools are asking for for admissions so I don't think I will have to take any pre-reqs I am going to find this out for sure of course but I have to get my HS transcript first, but I know I have the classes and I passed with at least C's

    Are there any other pre-reqs that the schools might not mention?

    Thanks
  7. by   ~Cel~
    Another suggestion is to study online if you have time. Its cheaper than books, but just as informative. I found a few A&P sites by doing a search. Here are the weblinks if you are interested.

    http://www.getbodysmart.com/

    http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/home_pag...do/jctuts5.htm

    http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/ap/holees.../olc/index.htm

    Good luck to you,
    Celeste
  8. by   zambezi
    Are you doing an ADN program or a BSN program? I went through a BSN program and had to have lots of pre-reqs...the normal bio, chem, anatomy plus others like communication, writing, and other random things...If you don't have to take any prereqs and are rusty, i would definately study anatomy...other than that, if you are going to take all of these classes...read for fun while you still can! just kidding, but there is alot of reading when you get into school, i felt prepared for the program that i went through and learned what i needed to know (without any prior medical experience..) Anyway good luck, and don't forget to have fun!
  9. by   sindra
    CNA on her way ,your advise is to try to do it in a hospital how do a person go about doing it there.What is the procedure to go there as a volunteer or an employee.
  10. by   francine79
    Unless it takes more time for you to learn things I wouldn't do anything. You will have to take an anatomy and physiology course, as well as a microbiology course usually during your first semester of nursing. If you buy books now and learn it now, it's just going to seem like a waste of time and money when you have to do it all over again in class.
    You will also have to have your CNA certification before you can start a nursing program anyway, which will give you alot of the basic nursing knowledge as well.
    Relax and enjoy the next year before your start classes because it's going to be all the free time you get!
  11. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by KidsLuvMe
    twarlik, I already have bio, chem, and algebra from High school (5 years ago) and that is all that the schools are asking for for admissions so I don't think I will have to take any pre-reqs I am going to find this out for sure of course but I have to get my HS transcript first, but I know I have the classes and I passed with at least C's

    Are there any other pre-reqs that the schools might not mention?

    Thanks
    Well I had to take several classes, including anatomy and microbiology. I guess that you'll probably have to take those as co-requisites in the program your applying to.
    If I were you, I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time or money buying extra books. They will teach you everything you need to know in school. Plus there are a lot of great resources online, like Celeste pointed out.
    Good luck with everything.
    Todd
  12. by   KidsLuvMe
    thanks to all of you for your replys and thanks for the links celeste. I bought "anatomy and physiology the easy way" and websters medical dictionary today... it's pretty interesting to know how they come up with all the medical terms by using old latin/greek etc... languages.
    I guess I am studying now because I don't know what else to do... I have no life...
    I'm about to fall asleep but I wanted to say thanks for the replys.
  13. by   natsfanrn
    Kids Luv Me--
    Even though you've taken the courses required for admission to the nursing program, are there other nonnursing support courses that are required that you can take while waiting to start the nursing program? At our school, we had to take A&P, medical terminology, pharmacology, psych, etc., along with our nursing classes. If you can knock some or all of those out while waiting to start, you will be way ahead of the game and make life a whole lot easier for yourself later on... Good luck
  14. by   camkib
    Originally posted by francine79
    Unless it takes more time for you to learn things I wouldn't do anything.
    I agree totally with the above!!!

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