first semester pharmacology

  1. Hi.

    I was wondering if anyone whose already in nursing school had taken pharmacology before and if you did, are you tested on the first few chapters that reviews "general" information like the chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, etc? (generally, all the chapters in the beginning before they begin talking about the different categories of drugs?

    do teachers generally test us on ALL the chapters or would they assumes its a "review" and just background info?


    Hope this makes sense.

    thanks!
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  3. by   tookewlandy
    the chapters on Pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics are VERY VERY VERY important. Even if your teachers don't stress those chapters or test on them you are gonna want to learn them. its very important i have learned that you must know what they drug is doing to the body(pharmacodyanmics) and what the body is doing to the drug(pharmacokinetics)

    The onset/peak/duration of drugs is very important to know as well as how its absorped/distributed/metabolized/excreted and that all goes with pharmacokinectics.

    Then of course what the drug is doing inside the body, is it an agonist etc, all goes with pharmacodynamics

    Once you get through that and start talking about the different drug categories they all start to tie together and make sense

    very important stuff. We had a lecture on it in fundamentals but then nothign really more, but i have found it to be very important.
  4. by   Psqrd
    Quote from tookewlandy
    the chapters on Pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics are VERY VERY VERY important. Even if your teachers don't stress those chapters or test on them you are gonna want to learn them. its very important i have learned that you must know what they drug is doing to the body(pharmacodyanmics) and what the body is doing to the drug(pharmacokinetics)

    The onset/peak/duration of drugs is very important to know as well as how its absorped/distributed/metabolized/excreted and that all goes with pharmacokinectics.

    Then of course what the drug is doing inside the body, is it an agonist etc, all goes with pharmacodynamics

    Once you get through that and start talking about the different drug categories they all start to tie together and make sense

    very important stuff. We had a lecture on it in fundamentals but then nothign really more, but i have found it to be very important.
    I Agree with the above poster, what I found to help me was that ol' trusty dusty AandP if you understand how the body works and know it well when you learn a new med action it will make sense right away.
    P2
  5. by   Megsd
    They'll test on everything. I've made the mistake before in other classes of assuming that the "background" lectures were just fluff... it cost me some serious test points.
  6. by   lizzyberry
    Is pharmacology like a harder meddose?
  7. by   gt4everpn
    Well to be a good nurse, you have to know all the general info about drugs anyway, there is no way around it!, Nursing schools across the country are different, and so are nursing professors, this is a case of studying whatever your professor will want you to know for the test, my advice- ask the professor what you will need to know, and study the book anyway without the professor telling you what you need to know! Best of Luck!
  8. by   frez
    I was tested on those in pharmacology. It makes sense because if you understand that the other information you learn in pharm makes more sense
    Frez

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