i just got my results for my 1st test in med-surg and i failed!! i have 3 more unit tests and a final but i am not used to any grade under 80. i am very upset.... does anyone have studying tips? i read the 15 chapters tht the test covers before each lecture, take very good notes during class, and usually make flash cards. what am i doing wrong? i am so discouraged.
part of studying med/surg is learning about many different diseases. that includes learning the pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, usual tests ordered, and medical treatment for a medical disease or condition. this includes knowing about any medical procedures that will need to be performed on the patient, their expected consequences during the healing phase, and potential complications. surgery is a treatment for a disease or condition.
click on the link at the bottom of this post, the critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students
, and print it out. use this to help you learn all the elements you need to know about each medical disease/condition you will be studying in your course. to determine priority of treatments and interventions consider the sequence of the appearance of symptoms and/or maslow's hierarchy of needs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs
read the information and weblinks on this sticky:
the basic strategy for answering critical thinking (application type) questions is as follows, you must:
- know and consider the normal anatomy and physiology
- know and consider abnormal anatomy for the disease in question
- know and consider the resulting signs and symptoms when the disease occurs and how they proceed from mild to fatal - each sign and symptom can be related back to the pathophysiology of the disease
- know and consider how the doctor diagnoses and treats the disease in question
- know nursing interventions for the signs and symptoms you are being asked about
- know the steps of the nursing process and what goes on in each of the steps and consider how they are affecting the question you are being asked
- know and consider the principles behind the actions being done - there are many kinds of principles: principles of nursing, principles of biology, principles of chemistry, principles of physics, etc.
- read the stem of the question carefully and answer that because the test makers try to trip you up by distracting you with conflicting information they give you in the answer choices that sounds good but has no relationship to what the question is asking for
- ask yourself "why" a patient is experiencing some sign or symptoms to get at the underlying problem. nursing like other disciplines treats the problem/signs and symptoms.
Last edit by Daytonite on Sep 22, '08