Med Surg Help Please!

  1. Hello, My name is Taylor. Today I had my first day of Med Surg and I am, to say the least, overwhelmed. I have the passion for nursing, I basically sleep with my book! I just want to know if anybody has any advice to tackle this semester so I can graduate. I have a 3.8 GPA and dont want it to suffer because of an information overload. Do I write tons of notes to memorize, stop studying for the NCLEX already, keep up with study group, flash cards?! These are my tactics and I hope they all help! Any advice, fact sheets, or clinical experiences will be helpful!
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  3. by   LadyFree28
    First thing is can only tackle one task at a other question is WHY are you studying for the NCLEX at this time??? I suggest you tackle the Med Surg component FIRST, that is the short term goal. The next goal-semi long term-is to pass the NCLEX. Don't put the cart before the horse, ok??
  4. by   traexoxo1
    Okay thanks! I am just doing the NCLEX 5000 questions online, it helps me review what I already learned, see important rationales, and realize my weak areas. I (hopefully) take the boards in June which isnt that far away.
  5. by   ashleybs222
    Actually, i think studying for nclex is a good thing; do the practice tests/questions that are related to what you're learning now. It will make tests in class easier too cause youll have a better sense of actual test questions. Can never be too prepared...
  6. by   student forever
    I have also been studying for the nclex for a month or more and didn't start lpn school until Jan 7th. I found it has helped me to rationalize my way through test questions much better... helps me think like a nurse. My teacher says we'll be adequate nurses at graduation, good nurses after a year and excellent nurses after 7 years. It is a process to say the least, and critical thinking is numero uno according to my textbook. Good luck.
  7. by   LadyFree28
    The only helpful questions to go over is what you learned...remember each person is different. It sounds the the OP is overwhelmed with the material and although going over what was learned in the past, there is other material, in the NOW that needs to be learned...sometimes information overload can be a BAD thing. The majority of nursing schools are proctoring NCLEX questions and NCLEX-like questions, the point is to decrease the anxiety and digest what is in front of the OP...There is nothing wrong reviewing NCLEX questions, as LONG as it is the material that was from class...for instance, I used a Med-Surg success book when I was in school and It helped me with my tests, but that was a part of a study plan AFTER I reviewed the material, not for anything else...but again, everyone is different...just remember, STILL don't put the cart in front of the horse, especially if you haven't got the material yet...grasp the knowledge FIRST, then apply to the questions...that's my 2 cents.
  8. by   traexoxo1
    Thanks! I find it easier to understand by putting myself in a clinical setting like the NCLEX questions do. I love nursing school, Im just a bit overwhelmed with all of the disorders I must learn in 3 months .
  9. by   traexoxo1
    Thanks! I agree. It will only get harder from here as we work toward our long term goals! It is a process and your mind is your greatest tool!!
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  11. by   Philly_LPN_Girl
    From what I am reading, you don't need any advice, it seems as if you are very well organized, have things in order and down packed, AND, studying your nclex questions is one of the best ways to get through nursing school (from my experience and many others). Just keep up the good work, do not fall behind on your reading, good luck
  12. by   traexoxo1
    Thank you so much! Im super excited to start the clinical aspect of Med Surg. NYC has really great hospitals and I am honored to work beside some wonderful nurses!
  13. by   chrisSPN
    Ask yourself 4 question:

    What's the disease?
    What causes it?
    How do I treat it?
    What Am I going to teach my pt?

    It will help you soooo much! It help me get through my med surg and nclex style test!
    Always answer your question with ABC's, Maslow hierarchy, and Nurse Process.

    Life saver tips! Good luck!
  14. by   dls20001

    I am new to this, so please giveme a minute. Can anyone give me some insight on Excelsior RN courses?? I am enrolled and ready to stat he Transition to RN role class. Is it tough? Does anyone have any notes or books they are wanting to get rid of? I am willing to buy them. If anyone has any kind of helpful info, or where to lead me, I would greatly appreciate it.