What knowlege did you use most during FON 1?

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    What knowlege did you use the most during Foundations of Nursing 1?

    Math skills?
    A&P skills?
    Chemistry?
    Psychology?
    Microbiology?
    Medical Terminology?

    I want to review this summer before I start FON 1.

    Thanks!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   shyne
    I'd say math and A&P in the 1st semester.
  4. by   Tony35NYC
    I wouldn't worry too much about medical terminology because you'll be able to look up terms you're not familiar with in the Tabers. Microbiology...hmmm. I would say don't pay too much attention to that either because there's a whole chapter in the nursing textbook on infection control and its all very basic micro.

    All the other subjects you mentioned will come up again and again. Basic psychology will come up again in growth and development. At each stage of the program, you will be expected to know what behaviors to anticipate from specific groups of people during nursing assessments and interventions, and when you do the psych course you'll get into it at a more advanced level. You'll need very basic algebra skills when you get to medication administration because you'll be expected to correctly calculate dosages of the medications you're going to give. Basic A&P you'll need for the preliminary chapters on cardio/respiratory, digestion, elimination, etc. The real A&P doesn't actually hit until you get into the med-surg courses, and at that point its going to be more about pathophysiology than about the names of bones and muscles.

    I would say that chemistry is the biggest one. Fluids and lytes and acid-base imbalances are probably the topics that come up the most. But, for the first nursing course, you're going to focus more on nursing processes than on anything else. The bulk of that first course is on very basic things like safety, infection control, bedmaking, hygiene, mobility, comfort, and the like.
    Last edit by Tony35NYC on May 15, '04
  5. by   NewEnglandRN
    Thank you, both.


    I am going to spend the next few weeks putting together a summer study guide to help me review A&P 1, math, etc.

    Thanks for your responses

    Have a great weekend,
    Michelle
  6. by   shyne
    Another suggestion would be to practice the nursing math since you're starting the program this fall. I did that during the summer last year before starting nursing school and found it to be very helpful.
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    so, then I'm on the right track reviewing my A&P I? I also bought a math for nurses book to start reading and working with. Good to know...
  8. by   CarVsTree
    A&P, A&P, and more A&P. Did I mention A&P?

    Also, of course, med math calculations. Which is really just basic, basic algebra.
  9. by   Rhoresmith
    I would suggest you look at the text book you are going to be using. You can look at the book and see what the focus of the book is. We used two different books for my Fundamentals classes and one was very pathophysiology oriented the other was very how to take care of patient oriented, so it was very well rounded that way. If you have already had an A&P class then I have found that the knowledge that I got in that class carried me through nicely. You can overstudy and then you have your head so full of the stuff you studied and if it is not what you need you can get very frustrated. I just finished second semester and have had B's all the way so I am not doing to bad


    Rhonda :hatparty:
  10. by   LauraLou
    I agree A&P is very important for FON. You need to know how the body systems function and interact with each other. Some of the more obscure details weren't as important.

    For example, you need to know how the blood circulates thru the heart and lungs to understand why left-sided heart failure causes fluid build-up in the lungs, while right-sided heart failure causes distended jugular veins and pedal edema.

    But no one ever asked me to locate the glenoid cavity or if the anterior cerebello-spinal tract was ascending or desending.

    Good luck!
  11. by   wonderbee
    A&P, particularly cardiac, pulmonary, digestive and renal.

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