Howdy all, first post here. I'm going to be taking one or two pre-req nursing courses at a local community college (A&P or Basic Pharmacology) this summer to see if I'm cut out for it. I have two friends that are LVNs who enjoy the job and another friend who dropped out of the program. The friend that dropped out said that it is impossible to pass any nursing courses unless you have a photogenic memory. I'm currently a senior English major at a four year university so I never have to remember anything visually. My photogenic memory is quite poor. Do ya'all agree that a photogenic memory is required to becoming a nurse?
Thank you in advance
May 7, '09
I'm sure you mean "photographic memory." Anyway, no, you don't need that. The courses are intended to help you learn how things work in the body and how medications work. It does take awhile before that kicks in though. I don't know how long your courses are, but those two are two of the toughest in nursing school. If you don't have about 15 weeks for them, I wouldn't take both at once, or it will be quite difficult.
Write things down often. It helps you remember if you write them. Also, I'd recommend a book called "The Anatomy Coloring Book." It truly does help!
Last edit by Whispera on May 8, '09
May 7, '09
Well, I can't say anything about clinicals because I'm not there yet. But for my pre-req's I'm standing on a cumulative 4.0 gpa... and I have ADHD. Definitely not photographic... I forget everything! But, for a course I am currently taking, I have made over 500 flash cards and have studied every single one, front and back, until I have it memorized like it's my phone number. And this is only the middle of the term; I'll have many, many more flash cards by the time this term is finished. I do not think you need a photogenic memory. You just need a strong will and deep passion to become a nurse. That is more powerful and effective than a photographic memory. :spin:
Last edit by tripp3horn on May 8, '09