Will i still pass nursing school?

  1. Hi
    I received an e-mail this morning, saying that I am an alternate in the nursing program at my school. I was super elated, because the program usually receives around 500-600 applicants, and only accepts 50. However, I am worried that if I get in I won't be competent enough because I am not strong in A&P. When I took this class as a prerequisites I mostly skimmed the chapters and I feel that this will come back and bite me. If I don't get in I plan on taking this course over both 1 and 2 (just the lectures). However, I have seen nursing students that have taken this course at least 3 years before they get into their program and still manage to complete their nursing program.

    Is there hope?
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  3. by   Live.&.Learn
    There's hope, just remember, if you do get in there is no skimming by (believe me). Make the time to read as much as you can and study, study, study...get off on the right foot and you will be okay...good luck!
  4. by   Skips
    This will not make you fail at nursing school. However, I encourage you to go back over the material you feel weak in. You do need your A&P background for a good foundation.
  5. by   Stephalump
    I don't know if it will hinder you from passing or not. If you're behind, you'll have to take the extra time to catch up. If you can and will do that, then you'll be caught up and have no problem. If you don't...you could sink.

    I took A&P 8 years ago as an elective science with no idea I'd be using it in nursing school later. Meaning I remember jack squat. When people start naming off bones and muscles as reference points, I just stare at them and nod lol.

    Then I have to go home, pull out my books, and relearn all the stuff everyone else knows. On the bright side, it's much easier to re-learn everything than it is to learn it for the first time, and once it's done, it's done. We use all that info so much, it's easy to keep. Except the names of the bones and muscles. I don't have the time or patience to go through all that again! I just use my little pocket guide the rare times it's imperative that I know something.
  6. by   loriangel14
    If you are serious about suceeding in nursing school you will need to do more than just "skim" the chapters. Make the most of your good fortune by giving it your all.If you weren't serious about your education before you need to be so now.
  7. by   DawnJ
    I'd certainly brush up on it. Some in my class took an accelerated 12 week A&P lecture only program vs. those of us who did 2 full semesters of lecture along with cadaver labs. Believe me, it shows who knows the anatomy and who doesn't. When we are in sim lab and need to answer questions about possible differential diagnosises, I do well because I can close my eyes, picture what organs are in the area in question and come up with answers. If it isn't appendicitis, what else could it be? Intestine = blockage? Ovary = cyst? Pelvic inflammatory disease?

    Also, it's not just about nursing school grades--you need to pass the NCLEX too
  8. by   tinks599
    Would you want a nurse who didn't know their anatomy or physiology very well? I would not. I don't mind if they struggled in the class, or if it didn't come easily...but I want them to know it by the time they lay a hand on me.
  9. by   virgolove34
    Quote from tinks599
    Would you want a nurse who didn't know their anatomy or physiology very well? I would not. I don't mind if they struggled in the class, or if it didn't come easily...but I want them to know it by the time they lay a hand on me.
    When I go to the doctors office, I don't ask my nurse nor the doctor if they know about anatomy and physiology. A lot of my classmates, including myself, can't remember much of anything about anatomy and we do well in our program and patient care. I will admit though that not remembering anatomy and physiology makes it harder for us to sometimes grasp the bigger picture but we always have instructors helping us to think more critically. Good luck.
  10. by   akulahawkRN
    Given a choice between a nurse that has skimmed through anatomy or a skin through physiology, I would much rather have the nurse that skimmed through anatomy and got in depth into physiology. Why? Anatomy is relatively easy to understand and the relationships between systems is not that difficult. Physiology is where things get difficult and where knowledge must be maintained. It's not so much that the body changes that much, rather, it is that our understanding of how the body works that does.

    I would much rather have the nurse that can explain how the body heals from injury or recovers from a disease process than the nurse that does not quite know that particular process but can describe in detail where things are in the body. That knowledge comes in quite handy when discussing trauma or surgery, but beyond that, it's a whole lot more important to know the physiology.

    Given a choice between someone that's taken just Anatomy or just Physiology, I'd by far prefer the person who took "just" Physiology. A good enough understanding of anatomy can be learned along the way, through exposure to the subject on the job. It's far more difficult to do the same thing with physiology... and then throw pathophys on top of that!