I was terrified my first med pass. I 'memorized' everything there is to know about every drug I was giving.
As time goes on - you won't need memorization for talking about meds because it will actually make sense in how they work. That takes time.
My biggest suggestion for ANYONE in nursing school
is don't just READ about a disease process, understand it as if it were one of your parents who have the disease. Read everything you can on it.
Understand the body - and how it works is the first step. If you understand how it's supposed to work then when something goes wrong - everything will fall into place.
Like - example here. Simpliest example I can think of.
A person has bronchitis - severe enough to be put in the hospital. Well how are healthy lungs going to work? Thats the first step in the process. When you know that gas exchange down in the little alveoli is what really matters then the gunk that builds up in the lining of someone with bronchitis gets then you realize that the gas is not going to properly exchage.
You must realize (by breaking down the word - Bronchitis) that it is an infection of the lung. What do you see with infections? Usually anyway? A fever - irritation/redness. How do you fix an infection? Depends on the TYPE of infection (bacterial/viral/fungal etc), must do a smear of the gunk coughed up. Then they gram stain it and you get results and vualla? IE antibiotic prescribed (or not if it's viral of course)
But then you must deal with the symptoms too. You must get rid of the gunk. How do you get rid of thick slimy gunk? Well - you need to thin the gunk of course - so that you can make it easier to cough out. How do you thin the gunk? Well - what is the gunk? Mucus. How do you thin mucus? Mucolytic
It's called critical thinking my friend, and it will definately take time, but you will NO doubt get there. For now - since it's going to start soon, memorization is your key. But from this point forward, trust me - if you learn this little lesson sooner than later you will be at the head of your class. And be very comfortable on clinicals.
This took me until mid junior year to figure this out. Hope this helps you and others early on. Unlike me who took forever to figure it out.
Yes I'm a true blonde, but that is irrelivant lol