i've seen a number of your posts on the forums in the past few days. i had forgotten that i actually completed a medical terminology class prior to my adn nursing classes (i thought i dropped had the class) until i happened to look at my transcripts not too long ago (hey! this was 34 years ago! i'm approaching old baghood!) if the tuition that you would shell out for a medical terminology class is more expensive than the flashcards you just purchased, then you made a good investment. the curriculum of all the medical terminology classes and the content of all the medical terminology textbooks i've seen are very basic, as i imagine is the terminology included in a commercial set of flashcards. i taught a medical terminology class at a vocational school several years ago and i took every word root, suffix and prefix from the textbook we had to use and put them into a computer file and came up with something like 500 line items. that would make up 500 flash cards with the word roots, suffixes or prefixes on one side and their meanings on the reverse side.
what i can tell you is that these words are a basic foundation and you do need to learn them. i wouldn't lay out hundreds of dollars in tuition to do it, however, unless it was a required class. i suggested that my students make flashcards to learn all the words. the ones who did got better grades. $40 isn't a bad investment, but in addition i can direct you to several medical terminology websites that you can bookmark and refer to as well. when you get to nursing classes you will still need a good medical dictionary by your side because your nursing textbooks will have lots of medical terms in them that a basic medical terminology class didn't expose you to. so, the money that you save on the tuition toward a medical terminology class should go toward a good medical dictionary--not a cheap pocketbook jobber.
- this is a free online medical terminology course
- a basic medical terminology course. click on the arrows on the top menu bar to move through the program. this is the home page of the course. http://www.training.seer.cancer.gov/...logy_home.html
"cancer and medical terminology"
- medical terminology in a nutshell with several short quizzes - organized into sections on word roots, suffixes, prefixes, how to read a medical term, and abbreviations
- this is the companion website self study resource for terminology of health and medicine
by jane rice. there is a dropdown box just under the top banner that will give you access to the various chapters of the course. clicking on the individual chapters takes you to a page of objectives. however, on the left side of each page are links to multiple choice, t/f, labeling, fill in the blank and essay questions for that chapter along with a link to a glossary of medical terms. the labeling includes basic anatomy structures to be labeled.
- this is a free on line medical terminology course.
- the anatomical planes of the body, defines terms of relation or position, defines terms of movement, and has a listing of frequently used medical terms in anatomy with their definitions.
when i was in my adn program, my mother. who was an lvn here in california, gave me a 10-year old nursing textbook that was given to her to pass on to me by one of the icu nurses she worked with. i used it as a supplemental book. you see, my nursing program was kind of different. we had no formal lectures. we were given objectives and basically told to go find the material that would answer the objectives. that's the simple definition. in reality, we were given a great deal of support and access to resources and references to help us out and we could always go to an instructor for guidance. however, we were never just given a direct answer to a question, but a clue where to look for the answer. believe me, we knew how to use references and think critically when we were finished with our nursing program. it was the best college education i ever had and it prepared me well for my university level bsn classes later. so, my advice for you is to pick up any used, slightly dog-eared, but not too old nursing textbooks to use as supplemental references
. they're cheaper. subjects that seem to give students difficulty (and you can confirm this by going back through older posts on this and the general nursing student discussion forum) are fluid and electrolytes (respiratory and metabolic acidosis and alkalosis), ob, pediatrics, and intensive care nursing which includes the wonderful subjects of shock, sepsis, hemodynamics, basic ekg interpretation and artificial ventilation and abgs. supplemental references in any of these subjects will be helpful for you.
now, it's been 20 years since the last time i was in nursing school. that's when i graduated from my bsn program, although i have been an rn for 32 years. in today's world, a supplemental reference can also be a good website on the internet. you can find plenty of them here on allnurses and specifically on the "sticky" threads of the various nursing student forums. so, before you start your nursing program, and while you have some free time on your hands i would explore the individual posts on these "sticky's", check out and bookmark some of the web links that are listed in them. i don't propose that i have all the links bookmarked, but i have pretty extensive files of a lot of popularly asked for links. so, if there is something that is burning a particular question in your mind, post a thread or pm me. i check questions on this and the nursing student discussion forum nearly every day.
i'm patting you on the back for your initiative as well. kudos for the smart use of your 40 bucks. barnes and nobel is my favorite internet shopping place. my house runneth over with books in the worst way. it's a miracle i can even find my keyboard and computer screen amidst the pile of nursing books on my desk alone. i wish you the best as you begin your journey through nursing school.