psychonaut 6,629 Views
Joined Dec 8, '06.
Posts: 339 (42% Liked)
More than anything else, understand what a differential diagnosis is. This was something that tripped up many of my colleagues, regardless of years of RN experience. This is a new skill set for RNs. Pathology, physical diagnosis, pharmacology...these are not conceptually different (just different in terms of breadth and depth at our new level). Learning to make a differential, then narrow it down based on history, signs and symptoms, labs, is a new thing. Having it clear at a conceptual level will serve you well in NP school.
Step 1 review materials...Golgian, etc. Look on amazon. "Rapid Review" got me through pathophys. Look up the topic, and boom there you have a nice outline form all the s/s, tx, labs, etc.
I picked up this suggestion way back from a MD poster who used to troll the boards. I honestly don't know if the suggestion was sincere or some NP joke I didn't get, but the advice was golden. Plus, the thing is wayyy cheaper that any of the required texts.
I got First Aid too, but it was not as useful as Golgian (of course, I was not using it for it's intended purpose, i.e. to prepare a med student for their first boards).
You can find the answers, each test lets you have about 90 seconds per question. 60 seconds to understand, 30 to possibly find somewhere in the book. I rented it online, which is searchable. I also had a friends older version, who had cut out the index, tabbed it up, and placed in a folder for quick looks ups. Now all this is for online only, I do not know if they offer it via "brick n mortar" style anymore.
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