med surg - page 2
my 1 semester in school was hard, but i made it through. Now i am vey concerned about my 2nd semester b/c everyone is making a big deal about med-surg and i just don't know what to expect. can... Read More
Dec 30, '05Our 1st semester was I guess what you would call Fundementals. It was a basic overview of patient care. 2nd semester we covered all the body systems from top to bottom, but it a very basic fashion. We learned how they worked and what was normal for each system. We reviewed A&P.
Now I start my 3rd semester in a little over a week and I too have heard horror stories about this next semester for me. But I have faith that my teachers (no matter how cracked I think they are) have taught us some basic foundations for this next semester and hopefully after a year of learning what is normal, we'll understand the not so normals a bit easier.
I have Saunders NCLEX review (big blue book w/a CD), F&E Made Easy and NCLEX Review Made Easy. We are also required to purchase the Lipincott books (I have Psych, Med/Surg, Peds and Maternal) which all have great NCLEX style questions. I've used all of those books a lot this last semester and I'm sure they'll be my best friends when I start next year
Dec 30, '05I'm going into my last semester & I have used these books a lot & I wish I'd had them during my first med-surg semester, I think they would have helped a lot & I'd beg, borrow, or steal to get them:
Medical-Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales
Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN
Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care
There is a Pharmacology: Review and Rationales book too but I've never even looked at it so I couldn't vouch for it. You just have to study a lot and memorize a lot for pharm. Organize your time wisely for this semester. Good luck - I was actually happy to get into my med-surg semester, finally into the "meat" of things!
Dec 31, '05I agree w/other posters don't listen to the horror stories!!! Some people like to make things seem way more difficult than they really are...in so doing they look smart because they passed the class. I love med surg & it is just not that bad...fluids & electrolytes was the most difficult for me to "get". You really do need to get a good understanding of this because it is the foundation to build on. The made easy series explains it really well. I also suggest Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-RN. It breaks all areas down in small easy to grasp portions w/questions to help you learn how to take nsg tests. Mine has a cd that I use all the time & it has helped me so much. You will be fine...block out the negative comments. Do your reading, ask questions if you don't understand & have faith in yourself! Good Luck
Jan 1, '06I second the Saunders Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN, 90% of the book is med-surg and it has a chapter on each system and outlines the important things you need to know. In addition, this is probably pretty obvious, but most textbooks have websites and I found the website for my book (Medical Surgical Nursing, by Donna Ignatavicius) was very helpful with lots of questions that incidentally showed up on our exams pretty frequently. I don't know how your instructors do things, but I think most instructors do not spend a lot of time sitting around and thinking up a lot of questions, most get them from test banks and if you get enough NCLEX review manuals, you will see that some of your test questions come from the same test bank. I also like the NCLEX manual put out by Lipincott.