Pharmacology question

  1. 0 I am starting an LPN bridge program this August. I have been told to study up on my pharm and to know everything about the meds. I know the basic ones that I use alot working in a family practice clinic, but I have forgotten alot of them! My question is, to everyone in an RN program, what exactly did you have to memorize about the meds? Should I start memorizing the drug peak time, side effects of all meds, or what would you recommend? Just want to know what everyone was required to know by heart.

    Thanks!
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    From 'N. of Kansas City, MO'; 45 Years Old; Joined Jul '01; Posts: 398; Likes: 13.

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  4. Visit  cardiacRN2006 profile page
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    I had to learn what they did, what diseases they were used for, indication, actions, side effects, complications,etc, etc.
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    I am starting an LPN bridge program this August. I have been told to study up on my pharm and to know everything about the meds. I know the basic ones that I use alot working in a family practice clinic, but I have forgotten alot of them! My question is, to everyone in an RN program, what exactly did you have to memorize about the meds? Should I start memorizing the drug peak time, side effects of all meds, or what would you recommend? Just want to know what everyone was required to know by heart.

    Thanks!
    It sounds like the advice that you were given is rather vague and lacking clear direction.

    My pharmacology professor made us create drug cards for the following 19 drugs: gentamicin, cefazolin, prednizone, Regular and NPH Insulin (know peak, Onset & Duration), morphine, diazepam, reglan, phenergan, colace, tagemet, lasix, K-dur, theophylline, digoxin, lidocaine, nitroglycerine, enalapril, heparin, and warfarin.

    If you create the drug cards from Davis' drug guide, you'll pick up on the important stuff during the exercise. You'll also have something to refer back to later.

    Good luck.
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    It sounds like the advice that you were given is rather vague and lacking clear direction.

    My pharmacology professor made us create drug cards for the following 19 drugs: gentamicin, cefazolin, prednizone, Regular and NPH Insulin (know peak, Onset & Duration), morphine, diazepam, reglan, phenergan, colace, tagemet, lasix, K-dur, theophylline, digoxin, lidocaine, nitroglycerine, enalapril, heparin, and warfarin.

    If you create the drug cards from Davis' drug guide, you'll pick up on the important stuff during the exercise. You'll also have something to refer back to later.

    Good luck.
    I would agree that all those drugs are important to know. I'll also add Metoprolol and Vancomycin on the list. Know mechanism of action, drug interactions, nursing actions needed for patients on these drugs.
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    I am starting an LPN bridge program this August. I have been told to study up on my pharm and to know everything about the meds. I know the basic ones that I use alot working in a family practice clinic, but I have forgotten alot of them! My question is, to everyone in an RN program, what exactly did you have to memorize about the meds? Should I start memorizing the drug peak time, side effects of all meds, or what would you recommend? Just want to know what everyone was required to know by heart.

    Thanks!
    I would focus on whatever is in the NCLEX study guide that you're going to use. We're force to use the ATI series in my program. I made up a ton of flashcards based on the ATI. When I get some breathing room, I'll start to post 'em if I can.


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