Quote from mistydave
Hi everyone, starting nursing school in April and I am just so excited. I hear the hardest thing for most nursing students is A&P. This will be in my first set of classes. One girl who attends my school and is a semester in front of me said the whole class failed the first test. Well......my thoughts are....if I start studying now, I have 2 months to get thei a & P thing down before classes actually start. I went to the library and rented 6 books. Any thoughts?
I didn't think 1st quarter was very hard or had a lot of in depth A&P focus. Nursing school can be far more subjective than A&P and there is a lot of prioritization which can be tricky because the priorities will differ depending upon the situation. As far as later on the A&P gets more in depth and it would benefit you to be familiar with Acid-Base buffer systems, Renin-angiotensin pathway, Cardiac anatomy and physiology, Intracellular fluid composition and Extracellular fluid composition and how they relate to each other, Major endocrine system organs, their functions and chemical secretions, Neuro anatomy and knowing which areas of the brain control certain processes, Cranial nerve fucntions, The female reproductive cycle and the hormones that control the processes. Obviously everything is important, but these are some topics for which we have been expected to have a deeper knowledge base. You can always review, but it is nice to be able to just skim review materials instead of having to "learn" it all again. THere really isn't a lot of time for that. You need to be able to read and move on. I think the best thing that you can do for yourself is to get organized, get a schedule set up for your time, because first quarter was all about time managment, it was very busy. If you have a poor memory, this is something to work on improving also. You really don't have a lot of time to "study", again you may need to just read and be able to retain that info (even nitpicky details) and be able to apply it in months and quarters to come (and years for when you area nurse!). So the best gift that you can give yourself is time and a good memory and work on critical thinking skills. You also may want to practice your basic math skills if you are rusty. Multiplication and division of decimals, dimensional analysis and basic algebra review (nothing to tricky here), also find out if you are allowed to use calculators for testing in your program. If not, then you need to know how to do this by hand.