Drug names and dosages

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    Guys,
    I am in the first semester of nursing and am taking pharmacology. I am overwhelmed with the number of drugs that are available. As I am able to study and grasp all the drugs and do well in the quizes (which really means nothing according to me grades dont matter if you cannot retain what you studied), I am unable to retain all of it for a long time. Like if anyone questions me about something I studied in 2005 (for example Kreb's cycle in A&P), I will not be able to explain well what it is. How do you guys retain your stuff. I guess this question is directed to mostly for final semester students in nursing as you will be preparing for NCLEX. Retaining knowledge and applying is the key element to any field. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
    Hope to get some responses...

    Ladies, this question is not just for men, anyone can answer. Since this is the first forum I visited, I didnt really care to go to general forum...

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    I'm only second semester, so take this for what it's worth. I was overwhelmed in my first semester Pharm class also. It seemed like the PHarm class just threw the drugs at you so quick that it was all I could do to memorize for the test followed by a brain dump and more memorization for the next section of the class.

    My retention of meds and dosages started during clinicals first semester. For clinicals my instructors made us fill out drug cards c our patient hx and reason they were taking the drug, the drug classification, usual rt/dose, side effects, and nursing considerations. We did this for EVERY drug the patient was taking. Typical drug book info, but it helped c retention. We're still doing the same thing in second semester clinicals and will be until December when we graduate.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thank you Indiana Dan. That really helps. It helps to know that we will be seeing those drugs again and again and not just in Pharm class. Thank you for your time.
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    Just a sidenote:Yesterday in the OR the anesthesiologist was sitting at the nurses station in the pre-op room with a drug book open on his lap. He was double checking to make sure none of meds that a patient was taking would interact with planned anasthesia for surgery. Apparently the patient was not compliant in stopping some of their meds within 24-48 hours of surgery?? This Doc is a very good anasthesiologist, but there is no way in heck you can remember every drug, interactions, and side effects etc. We can try, but it's not gonna happen especially when you are getting it crammed down your throat. That's why there is a drug book within arms reach of the Pixis/med cart.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't put so much pressure on yourself that you implode during the first semester.
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    I am last semester nursing student, graduate in May 07. I have a hard time "memorizing" anything. I find if I memorize it I will forget it, I have to know it. So with drugs I will learn the class, most drugs in a certain class have simalar side effects as well as simalar assessments. This of all the HTN drugs, Beta Blockers, Ace Inhibitors, diuretics, or GI drugs; proton pump inhibitors, H2 antagonists you know these classes and you know what each class does and you know what each classes sideffects are. Then start learning the drug "names". For me, that is how I do it. I also use a Palm with Davis Drug guide on it... it is amazing!
    I hope this helps
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    Smokey is right. I graduate in May. In my first semester pharm class, I was way overwhelmed. Then I started looking at the drug classes and how they work at the cell level. This helped alot and proved to be very interesting for me -- but I am a chemistry geek. Some of the online stuff that comes with your text books help you understand drug classes also. When you start doing your med-surg clinicals, you will notice that certain drugs are always given together. Ex: Lasix-diuretic, Potassium, and a beta blocker. Steriods, proton pump inhibitors, insulin, and an antifungal. This helps alot too. Hang in there -- nursing is great.
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    Thank you guys for all the responses. It definely helps. Piperglen, I am a chemistry graduate too. Love it but it's been so long (graduated in 94 with BS, never used it) that if you ask me formula of water, I will think twice...anyways, yes that is how I am trying to study, first by class and then the drugs. Are there any websites that lists in an outline form listing classes and their primary mechanisms of action and then examples of drugs and common uses? I can type it on my own but was wondering if it is already out there, why not use it....
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    Quote from ClassQ1
    Thank you guys for all the responses. It definely helps. Piperglen, I am a chemistry graduate too. Love it but it's been so long (graduated in 94 with BS, never used it) that if you ask me formula of water, I will think twice...anyways, yes that is how I am trying to study, first by class and then the drugs. Are there any websites that lists in an outline form listing classes and their primary mechanisms of action and then examples of drugs and common uses? I can type it on my own but was wondering if it is already out there, why not use it....
    There's some good stuff over on the Nursing Student Assistance Forum. See:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f205/pha...lp-140434.html
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    guys i graduated and passed the boards my school did not require any pharm classes. it does help to know them but if you get a good background youll learn what you need to know and look up the others when you need to. i learned a PDA is my best friend its faster and lighter than a book ever could be.
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    I love learning about stuff like that, but unfortuantly our ADN program doesn't dabble in pharm except for some stuff they integrate in med-surg, but in my RN-BSN program I'll get to take a pharm class. I usually try to learn as I go on my own.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone with this stuff if it gives you trouble!! By the way, I never said it didn't give me trouble either!! Haha!!


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