Fall 2012 - Pharmacology - page 3
Anyone out there taking Pharmacology this semester? Want to start a support group? I ended up having to take Pharm online because the only time slots offered conflicted with my Physiology &... Read More
Sep 18, '12Good news! Our professor discovered that there was a system glitch with the way the system graded our Unit I exam. After she manually reviewed our tests, I ended up with an A instead of a B...woo hoo!!! I'm so relieved
Unit II is definitely easier to absorb than Unit I. How did your exam go?
Sep 23, '12Oh that's good!! Woo hoo!! I've been so busy keeping up with all the reading!! Bad thing is that I just realized that we were suppose to be doing some online quizzes after reading each chapter. Ugh!! At least I have two weeks to do the 30 some quizzes I need to do >.<
I'm still freaking out on how to study for the test!! Aaaaaahhh!!
Sep 26, '12OMG...30 quizzes???
Yeah, the reading is what kills me. It's just so time consuming!!! Plus, trying to memorize all the different drugs (NSAIDs, insulin, antibiotics, glucocorticoids & antivirals so far), just blows my brain apart. I've been making flashcards for each drug and writing down the Mechanism of Action, Therapeutic Use, Contraindications/Cautions, Side Effects & Nursing Implications for each one. That has helped. However, it's still just a LOT to memorize.
We have a reading quiz every week. I feel like once I read & take the quiz, I've forgotten everything! Our test is next week. I did the ungraded practice test and got 100%. Then I took the graded practice test and missed a question!!! Ugh! I was going too fast and didn't read the question properly. It said "which one is not a therapeutic use of Zovirax?" I missed the operative word , "NOT", in the sentence and got that one wrong. I hate quizzes with less than twenty questions. You miss one and you've got a B!
We're on word problems now for the math portion. Talk about tedious!!! I'm finally understanding how you set up the problems, but it takes half a page just to work through the answer. The first test was over 6 chapters and I knocked that out in a day. This next math test is over 8 chapters and I'm only done with 2 of them because it's taking so long to work through the problems
Oct 3, '12Had our Unit II Exam today. I got an A....barely (91%). This class is killing me. I usually get good grades pretty easy. None of this subject is intuitive and it's difficult to memorize. I'm spending the majority of my study time on this one class. I will be so thankful when this semester is over (9 more weeks and counting!!!)
We have our 2nd pass/fail math test next week. When I first started this math unit, it was very daunting. Now that I've worked through quite a few of the problems, I have a better grasp on how to set up the equation. Even though it's tedious, I write it out step-by-step until I have my answer. I feel better about this test than the last one, since it's more practical than theoretical.
How's your class going, gelibean?
Oct 3, '12Lucky You!! I hope I pass with an A on first test which is this Friday!! I am seriously shaking in my boots!! All I do is spend my time on this course, day and night! I don't know what to expect from the test, so I am constantly going over EVERYTHING! I have been taking the quizzes online as part of our grade and I am getting between B's and C's which is making me even more nervous for the test! Oh Pickles!! >.<
I need to relax but it is sooo hard! My life, at this moment lol, depends on this class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!
But I guess other than that, I am doing ok, just frazzled :/
Oct 3, '12You can do it, gelibean!!! I know you can
It's certainly different going from science classes that came easy to me, to a "science" class that's more nursing-based and not as black & white/methodical. There are vague "which is more correct?" type of questions. When I asked my Pharm prof why the questions are so difficult to interpret the correct answer, even when you KNOW the material, she said to think of it this way: when you're in the real world, patient issues aren't textbook issues, there are many times when you have to prioritize your care, so that's why they give us questions like that. Plus, they do this on the NCLEX, too.
It's got me shaking in my boots that nursing school is going to be a lot tougher than I thought!
Oct 5, '12Thanks SopranoKris for your encouragement!! I was so pooped from studying that I didn't have high expectations going into my exam. I felt like I studied so hard that my hard drive (brain) crashed. We had an hour to answer 50 questions. By the time I reached the end I felt terrible about my test. I thought I was going to end up with a 50 or 60 but ended up making an 86! Word around class is that I made the highest grade... But I'm just glad that I even passed. So close to being an A but still very happy
Now I'm giving myself a break and will start reading my chapters over today's lecture later tonight. Phew! One test down two more to go plus the math test.
Oct 10, '12YAY!!! That's wonderful news! You did a great job, gelibean
Doesn't it feel great to know that you got one of the highest scores? I always wish when scores are low across the board that they would grade on a curve.
I got very lucky on my exam. I originally scored an 88%, but since she used an old test, there were questions about Avandia on it. Avandia was taken off the market in 2007. The questions should have been about Actos. She decided to give everyone bonus points for the 2 questions. Plus, she realized that the automatic grading system marked me wrong because I capitalized the drug name on a fill-in-the-blank question. So, that gave me another 2 points. I ended up with a 92%...whew!
Of course, that didn't last long. Unit III is even worse. On a 10 question reading quiz, I ended up getting a 70% because I got 3 questions wrong. I feel like every time I make progress, I take a step back in this class. I know the quiz is only worth 2 1/2 percent of our grade, but I've never gotten anything below a B on any science quiz or test ever. It really freaked me out!!!! I feel like I'm going to struggle all semester with this course...ugh!
I keep telling myself I'm almost halfway done...right???
Oct 10, '12It does feel good but it still freaks me out that a lot of students didn't do so well... I just didn't feel like I was studying the right way for this class but it seems like I am, somehow lol.
The teacher did indirectly mention how the teachers goes over the exam and they figure out if any questions should be thrown out or if they should even throw out the whole exam and then it goes by the Dean.. I didn't know it was that extreme lol. So I hope the 86 goes up to a 90
We have to keep pushing and moving up!! We may be pulling our hair but it'll be worth it at the end!
And YES we are almost halfway done!!
BTW for your math exam part.. are you taking several math tests to qualify or do you have one math test at the end or near end of the semester?
Oct 13, '12Quote from gelibeanWe take Math Pre-Test 1 and have to score a 90% or better. If not, you have to go to a remedial math workshop. Then you take Pre-Test 2 (again, 90% or better). Same deal as before.BTW for your math exam part.. are you taking several math tests to qualify or do you have one math test at the end or near end of the semester?
I just took Pre-Test 2 on Friday and got 100%...yay!!!
The next test is the "big" one. If you score 90% or better, you're done with dosaging math. If you don't score 90%, you're required to attend a full remedial math workshop. You get one more chance to take the test. If you don't pass with a 90% or better, you fail the ENTIRE Pharmacology class, regardless of your overall grade
Oct 20, '12Quote from SopranoKrisGood luck on your next exam and in this class. I'll be taking Pharm in the nursing program but wondering if I should take it before?We take Math Pre-Test 1 and have to score a 90% or better. If not, you have to go to a remedial math workshop. Then you take Pre-Test 2 (again, 90% or better). Same deal as before.I just took Pre-Test 2 on Friday and got 100%...yay!!! The next test is the "big" one. If you score 90% or better, you're done with dosaging math. If you don't score 90%, you're required to attend a full remedial math workshop. You get one more chance to take the test. If you don't pass with a 90% or better, you fail the ENTIRE Pharmacology class, regardless of your overall grade
Oct 22, '12Quote from RN2Be77RN2Be77: if you have the opportunity to take it prior to being in the nursing program, I would definitely recommend taking it. At my school, it's a full-blown nursing course, so you'll get an idea of what a nursing class will be like. The pace is much faster, the reading/study load is much heavier, the pass/fail rate is much tougher and the instructors are nursing school instructors.Good luck on your next exam and in this class. I'll be taking Pharm in the nursing program but wondering if I should take it before?
I couldn't imagine having to take Pharm AND a nursing class at the same time
Take everything you can possibly take before nursing school, so all you have left to focus on are your nursing classes. My school considers Pharm to be NURS 200.
Oct 25, '12We're in the home stretch now...less than 2 months to go before the semester is over...yay!!!!!
This unit focuses on drugs of the peripheral nervous system (cholinergics, adrenergics, anticolinergics, etc.), drugs for asthma & allergies & drugs for the digestive system. I wish we could break these into smaller chunks. There's just TOO much to learn for an entire unit. I'd rather take more exams on fewer chapters than mashing together a bunch of chapters into one big test. The SI guy for our class made a great chart to help us remember the effects on alpha1, alpha2, beta1 & beta2 receptors. If I can just memorize the effects between the Parasympathetic & Sympathetic on the organs, I think I'll have it down by our exam next week.
Interesting note: I met with an advisor at the university where I want to complete my BSN after the ASN program at our CC. They don't require Pharmacology until the LAST semester and it's considered a 400 (senior) level class!!! Luckily, they will accept my Pharmacology credit from our CC because they use the same book & pretty much cover the same material. YAY!!!! I would die if I had to take Pharm again...LOL
I'm still having issues with students who are assigned to my online discussion group in Pharm not posting anything until an hour before an assignment is due. It drives me insane! We are graded on not only our initial post, but we also have to respond to a minimum of 2 posts to get a passing grade, 3 if you want 100% on the assignment. I shouldn't have to stay up until midnight to get my replies completed because the rest of the group waits until the last minute. UGH! I made an appointment and met with my prof about this and she assured me that she won't mark me down due to the group. Thank goodness!
How's your Pharm class going? We're taking our (hopefully) LAST Pharm Math test next week. I can't wait to get it over & done with!!!