Let's see...the fluids/electrolytes test will be the most difficult. I believe that this is the second test. There is a fluids book that you will have to buy. Go ahead and start reading it. You will be tired and completely overwhelmed if you wait until you cover it in class. It is also one of those things that you will see over and over again. You need to know the material.
The instructors will give you objectives that you need to know each semester. These will help you guide your studying. Use them. I still have access to my foundations syllabus if you want me to send it to you. They have everything broken down by topic/pages to cover/what to know. It is possible that some things have changed since I was in foundations, but it shouldnt be too much.
Most instructors will give you handouts or powerpoints. You should read the material in the book to get a general idea of everything and pick up a few morsels of info that they dont mention in lecture. It will also help you gain an overall better understanding. When it comes to studying for the tests ALWAYS use the notes. The instructors pull most test info directly from notes and lectures. (Some people find recorders helpful. I don't use one b/c I dont have time to re-listen to lecture) I have seen students use nclex review books, websites, etc that they are studying RIGHT before the test. Not effective for testing, but great for overall comprehension.
Buy a nursing care plan book AFTER you have the clinical day where they teach you how to do care plans
. That way you will know what info/format you need and can look at books that will be easy to use.
Some students swear by the Straight As in Nursing series. I have one and find it helpful, but it doesnt have any info that your text doesnt have-just an easier format. You will prob find it more helpful once you get into adult health.
Not sure what they told you about vaccinations, etc. You will need a TB test, Hep B vaccination series (at least started), MMR, and a varicella titer. No one bothered to tell us about the varicella titers until the last minute. I was not happy
That's all I have for now. I will let you know if I think of anything else. I hope that I am just slightly helpful. I feel sorry for EVERYONE in foundations. It sucks! Let me know if you have any questions!