After hearing all the horror stories while taking pre-reqs, I was TERRIFIED!! All our nursing instructors keep saying that this is hard.
However, I breezed through Fundamentals, with a high B. I was bored in that class. From my experience, it was mostly first aid except that we gave shots and put in caths. Of course, we also learned how to give bed baths, change sheets, make a bed with someone in it, how to do a sterile field for urinary cath insertion, how to calculate drug dosages, and how to give shots and where to give them.
The first 8 weeks of this semester, I was on OB. I LOVED it. Got an A [so far, the final was yesterday]. I do not take ANYTHING but nursing classes. If at all possible, that is what I recommend. Get all pre-reqs out of the way, and then take the nursing courses.
I start Med/Surg 1 on March 15th. For some reason, I am once again TERRIFIED!!
I am 43, and have always been interested in medicine. I took advanced first aid, while still in high school and still remember must of it. What give me problems is the care plan.
I know how to do the interventions, but ask me to come up with a diagnosis, nope, no way, can't do it. I think that is because, we were not taught what they mean. For example, all Post partum women are at risk for fluid volume deficit. Why? Because they are dehydrated and lose fluid during the birthing process.
I bought 2 different books on care plans
, because I don't want to fail. On the care plans, my advisor/instructor told me to pretend that I was taking my kids to the park, and needed to scope out the problems that COULD happen, and what to do to prevent them from happening. It WORKS!! But it still doesn't help me come up with a diagnosis!!
Anyway, if you have all pre-reqs done, and you like medicine, and you study, you should be fine. So far, we haven't had to memorize any drugs, but we have to recognize them on tests.
One more thing, I thought Chemistry and Intermediate Algebra were ALOT harder that nursing classes. It could be, because I HATED both of those classes.
Hope this helps!