What to expect for your Fundamentals & your first clinicals!

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    Hey everyone-

    I'm about to start my nursing classes FINALLY! NO MORE pre-reqs for me! However, some people at my school are making me really nervous about what to expect for the next two terms. In a week I start Nursing Fundamentals & Pharmacology. What can I expect from these classes? Is it as horrible as I'm hearing?? Then, my next term is Med/Surg Class & Clinical along with some leadership class. What can I expect to do in my first clinical? What exactly do you do in Med/Surg? What units?

    I'm just getting really excited and I guess I want some information from people other than those at my school... Sometimes they just want an easy ride, while I want a good education, good professors and I don't necessarily want it to be easy...

    Any info would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks all!
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    Fundamentals isn't awesome, I'll say that much. I'm passing. I don't have to get a crazy high score on the fluids and electrolytes test, which is reputed to be the killer test this semester. I'm already boning up for it though. We only have four tests to base our grade on, so failing one sets you up for an uphill climb the rest of the semester.

    Pharm is pretty self-directed in our program, so YMMV, but it's not too hard. Do the readings, study the ppts, and apply the knowledge and it's not hard to pass all the tests, some with a pretty high grade.

    I don't know. It really depends on you. Good luck and congratulations!
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    Thats funny that you say the toughie test is Fluid and Electrolyte's in Fundamentals...It is the same thing in our program, many students get dropped after that examination!
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    Thanks for your feedback. I'm not too worried about Pharm, I've heard it's pretty "self-taught" at my school too. Is the fluid & electrolyte test the "math" test? That's what everyone complains about at my school.
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    I'm taking that now only it's called Foundations here. Corequisites are pharmacology, geriatrics, and health assessment. Those three are three credites each and foundations is six.

    Foundations teaches the nursing process. There's not really any disease process or treatments to be learned in it at least not here although the pee and poop chapters had some and the upcoming skin and oxygenation chapters have some as well. Very few of the chapters pertain to anything physiological which stinks to me. We've done two or three clinical days (runs together), and we've got four and a half left. We're in a nursing home so there's not a lot to do that's interesting. Bear in mind the only clinical area of nursing that appeals to me is the emergency setting so I'm biased although I do look forward to the critical care and surgical setting once we get to that point. I've rotated through those before in another walk of life, and they weren't too bad.

    Foundations isn't interesting enough to make me dig into the book. I've got an 87 or 88 average in there right now, and I'm ok with that. The other three are A's. The foundations book has a lot of chapters that deal with things like cultural awareness, stress, the family, and things you've had before. To be a review of that type of thing it sure is wordy. I can't read it all in one setting because of what it is. If it was teaching me something completely new or interesting I'd be more into it. I get by in there by listening to the lecture, and that's about it.

    There were some things covered like popping pills, giving shots, dropping NG tubes, shoving in foleys, etc, and that's ok but with the exception of foleys I've done all that so it wasn't that sweet for me. Then there's all the different tube feedings, and they want you to make a bed a certain way although we only had to do it once.

    I can tell for the new kids that it's a lot. Many of them are overwhelmed by it all. I guess I would be too if i hadn't already had training in pharm and assessment plus a lot of the non-nurse specific stuff in foundations.

    Honestly, my post is negative because I'm just not that into this semester. Next semester we have pathophysiology which I'm totally stoked about, mental health which may be ok since I like abnormal psych when I took it back in 2001, and then we've got acute care which a lot of the instructors call med/surg. They say that's more in depth, and that's exactly what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, we also have research methods next semester, lol. Gotta hate that! I'll also take the nutrition class I should've already taken, and I'll take it online. I had all the other prereqs before beginning the program. Shouldn't be hard.

    Good luck with it. You sound eager, and that's a plus.
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    Pathyphysiology is COOL and I can't believe all programs don't require it. I think I have a real leg up on the rest of my class because I took it for fun. Well, and because if I go on for the BSN, it's required so I took it when I had lots of time.
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    Your fundamentals class will introduce you to the world of the world of annoying and obnoxious students, nurses that think the sun don't rise 'till they wake up in the morning, and classmates that make you wonder "How did they get into this program?"

    Here's the down low:

    You will have AT LEAST 2 students in your class that have someone in their family that has experienced whatever pathology you're studying. So if you're studying carcinoma of the pubic hairs, guaranteed someon'e uncle's stepbrother from Utah has experienced it.

    You will have AT LEAST 2 students in your class that will challenge the teacher on exam question(s). The question can be taken VERBATIM from your text and still, they'll whine about how it was "grammatically incorrect" or "the answer choices were misleading."

    You will have SEVERAL students that think coming into class with Dora the Explorer lunchboxes and Spongebob pajama bottoms co-ordinated with Uggs are the gosh-darndest cutest thing. Just let them be. It'll take them a few semesters to realize why no one like them.

    Everyone and their brother in your class will have a 4.0 (which is a lie).

    Some students in your class will claim to "have turned down medical school because they feel they can do more as a nurse." (Truth: they either flunked out or got rejected from medical school).

    The older students are either: single moms with a gaggle of kids, a second career individual, or someone who's in it just for the money. Once again, don't believe everything they say. They don't know how to "fit in" so they'll brag ad infinitum to make themselves look good.

    Then, finally, the post high school kids that are not mentally ready for nursing school. They text during class an clinicals, complain about everything, spread untrue gossip about others, and they should just be home watching "Glee" because they have no use as nurses.


    The End.
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    Quote from Tyler77
    Your fundamentals class will introduce you to the world of the world of annoying and obnoxious students, nurses that think the sun don't rise 'till they wake up in the morning, and classmates that make you wonder "How did they get into this program?"

    Here's the down low:

    You will have AT LEAST 2 students in your class that have someone in their family that has experienced whatever pathology you're studying. So if you're studying carcinoma of the pubic hairs, guaranteed someon'e uncle's stepbrother from Utah has experienced it.

    You will have AT LEAST 2 students in your class that will challenge the teacher on exam question(s). The question can be taken VERBATIM from your text and still, they'll whine about how it was "grammatically incorrect" or "the answer choices were misleading."

    You will have SEVERAL students that think coming into class with Dora the Explorer lunchboxes and Spongebob pajama bottoms co-ordinated with Uggs are the gosh-darndest cutest thing. Just let them be. It'll take them a few semesters to realize why no one like them.

    Everyone and their brother in your class will have a 4.0 (which is a lie).

    Some students in your class will claim to "have turned down medical school because they feel they can do more as a nurse." (Truth: they either flunked out or got rejected from medical school).

    The older students are either: single moms with a gaggle of kids, a second career individual, or someone who's in it just for the money. Once again, don't believe everything they say. They don't know how to "fit in" so they'll brag ad infinitum to make themselves look good.

    Then, finally, the post high school kids that are not mentally ready for nursing school. They text during class an clinicals, complain about everything, spread untrue gossip about others, and they should just be home watching "Glee" because they have no use as nurses.


    The End.
    That is so true! I am not even a nursing student but a student nurse assistant and the class has everyone u listed. Wow I wouldn't think nursing school is exactly the same. I mean especially the one about people that got in but shouldnt of.
    The excitement awaits!
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    Tyler77 your post had me cracking up I've had every one of those people in my classes!
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    Haha Tyler77, you're totally right and I'm sure it's going to just get worse.. lol ImThatGuy, I understand what you mean.. I love patho and I'm really excited for clinicals. I guess I'll just have to get through fundamentals.. I am excited though.

    What kind of things did everyone do in their first clinical rotation? Any funny/encouraging stories? I don't actual go to clinicals during fundamentals, but I have my first ones in Feb, so pretty soon!

    Thanks for the feedback!


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