how much CHEM is used in nursing.....

  1. Hi everyone!!! It's me, the just starting out nursing student I have another question for those of you who I am reading about who are about to graduate...CONGRATS by the way!!!!....ok, so how much chem is actually used in nursing? Dumb question I'm sure but someone once told me that the only dumb question is that which is not asked!! Thanks for all your help. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE WITH YOUR STUDIES AND FINALS!!!!!!
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  3. by   kimmicoobug
    Well the concepts of acidosis and alkalosis were introduced to me in chem, and those are pretty important concepts. Also, the elements (K, Mg, Na, Ca---but I really learned more about that in A&P). Let's see....also the concept of an ion is important, I guess. Honestly, I didn't get much out of chemistry. But...I am just trying to be helpful. Are you just now taking chem or have you taken it?
  4. by   Jennerizer
    The only chem class I had was in 1988 (long time ago).....I have yet to see the need for chem in class. In my program, they teach you everything you need to know.....they don't expect you to have prior extensive knowledge. I think they know that you forget most of it in the pre-req's. If you don't understand something, just ask.
  5. by   Katnip
    I think taking the introductory type chem classes familiarizes you with basic concepts and terminology so you aren't totally lost. Organiz chem actually has helped me in my nursing classes, especially pharmacology, but I doubt it's an absolute necessity.
  6. by   louloubell1
    I disagree that chemistry is not an absolute necessity. Knowledge of pharmacology depends upon a basic understanding of many principles of chemistry, and without chemistry you won't get a very good understanding of a lot of processes within the body, for example muscle contraction, especially important when dealing with the cardiovascular system, electrolyte and fluid balance, the sodium ion pump, etc. I personally think that a good understanding of chemistry is essential to a solid understanding of physiology and medical treatment of patients.