Sorry Chemistry again..just looking for opinions

  1. This nutty Chem class that I am taking at my CC, is supposed to be "Chemistry for Allied Health".

    As we are approaching the end of the semester, I am starting to look back and think about what I have learned...and I have discovered, that other than dimentional analysis (which I learned in my nursing math class), that the only thing I have learned, is Chemistry calculations...and NOTHING more.

    All of our exams, I mean ALL of them, are on vocabulary and Chemistry calculations...nothing regarding how anything works..not one other type of question is ever asked...and for the life of me, I cannot see how this relates in any way to nursing.

    Can someone enlighten me?
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  3. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from Hopefull2009
    This nutty Chem class that I am taking at my CC, is supposed to be "Chemistry for Allied Health".

    As we are approaching the end of the semester, I am starting to look back and think about what I have learned...and I have discovered, that other than dimentional analysis (which I learned in my nursing math class), that the only thing I have learned, is Chemistry calculations...and NOTHING more.

    All of our exams, I mean ALL of them, are on vocabulary and Chemistry calculations...nothing regarding how anything works..not one other type of question is ever asked...and for the life of me, I cannot see how this relates in any way to nursing.

    Can someone enlighten me?
    I am sorry but it sounds like you are in a terrible Chem class....what kind of chemistry calculations are you referring to? Our class dealt with a lot of moles,conversion, balancing of chem reactions. But we also covered other things, like acids and bases, gas laws, got thorough training on how to use and interpret the periodic table etc. We covered a lot of different stuff...too much almost, made my head spin :spin:
  4. by   Ilovewaiting
    I tried to learn all the elements when I took chemistry, but I was bound to fail because I could only study the table periodically.:chuckle
  5. by   DreamyEyes
    Yikes...sounds like your teacher is horrible. I had a REALLY bad teacher when I took Chem 3 years ago....I shudder just thinking about it. The sad part is, I can't remember ONE thing I learned from that class! And I'm probably going to have to take it again because I didn't do too well in that class when I was in highschool.
  6. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from aarpnurse
    I tried to learn all the elements when I took chemistry, but I was bound to fail because I could only study the table periodically.:chuckle
  7. by   MikeyJ
    A lot of pre-req's (for all different types of programs - med school, nursing school, pt school, etc.) are implemented for a variety of reasons. They are obviously intended to provide you with a basic foundation that will hopefully help you later on (not always though). And sometimes more importantly, they are used as "weeder" classes. They are designed and used in a such a way to "weed" out those students who don't have the drive, committment, and ambition to do what it takes to achieve their overall educational goals.
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from sistermike
    A lot of pre-req's (for all different types of programs - med school, nursing school, pt school, etc.) are implemented for a variety of reasons. They are obviously intended to provide you with a basic foundation that will hopefully help you later on (not always though). And sometimes more importantly, they are used as "weeder" classes. They are designed and used in a such a way to "weed" out those students who don't have the drive, committment, and ambition to do what it takes to achieve their overall educational goals.
    I thought of many of my prereques exactly as you say it: WEEDOUT !!!! our nursing program wants high pass rates, too many students failing nursing school is not good for business $$$$$$ My roots are firmly in the ground and are tough to pull though, you got to learn to play their game
    Good luck everyone!
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Apr 12, '07
  9. by   prinsessa
    Quote from aarpnurse
    I tried to learn all the elements when I took chemistry, but I was bound to fail because I could only study the table periodically.:chuckle
    LOL....sounds like a joke my chem teacher would tell us. He loves to tell us bad chemistry jokes.
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from prinsessa
    LOL....sounds like a joke my chem teacher would tell us. He loves to tell us bad chemistry jokes.
    At least you can cry tears of joy in your class
    Our teacher made a girl cry from humiliation
  11. by   justme1972
    Quote from sistermike
    A lot of pre-req's (for all different types of programs - med school, nursing school, pt school, etc.) are implemented for a variety of reasons. They are obviously intended to provide you with a basic foundation that will hopefully help you later on (not always though). And sometimes more importantly, they are used as "weeder" classes. They are designed and used in a such a way to "weed" out those students who don't have the drive, committment, and ambition to do what it takes to achieve their overall educational goals.
    I think you are onto something there...that makes alot more sense.
  12. by   WDWpixieRN
    I don't feel like I retained a lot from my chemistry class and I'm doing fine so far in my second semester of NS. I had had some nurses tell me that they thought it was STUPID I had to take chem, micro, A&P, etc., so I probably didn't pay as much attention as I should have even though I got A's and B's (these were old heads that had been around awhile). Would my life be easier if I knew everything I learned in each of these classes? Maybe...but I'm not suffering terribly either...

    I think the important thing is the exposure to things in these classes...some of it is kind of reviewed again in your books and lectures...if you've got a decent high-level understanding of these things, or know where to go to get the information, you should be fine.

    Good luck!
  13. by   morte
    where this may come back to bite you , is if you want your BSN....this may not transfer
  14. by   justme1972
    Quote from morte
    where this may come back to bite you , is if you want your BSN....this may not transfer
    Oh, the Chemistry class that I am taking does not transfer as a college-credit...it's specifically designed to take the place of high school Chemistry.

    I found a BSN program where after I get my RN, the only two additional courses I have to take is Microbiology and Statistics..and that's it. No more Chemistry.

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