Med-Surg & Mother/Baby

  1. Hello! I will be entering my second semester of being in the ADN Nursing Program in Fall '08. I will be taking two classes that I have heard are the ones that will make or break nursing students: Med-Surg and Mother/Baby. I am super worried! Does anyone have any recommendations of things I should look over this summer? Maybe things that I learned last semester that will be focused on more...or new things that I could get a head start on learning? Thank you so much for your time. Any comments will be greatly appreciated!

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    RN on Cardiac Intensive Care Stepdown Unit; from US
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  3. by   NeonateLVN
    Yes hello I'm in the LVN program at my school and am in my second semester (we learn the same skills) anyways I'm in Med Surg. I suggest a focus on the Endocrine System disorders and the Respiratory especially. 7 days left for my Med Surg. Mother/Baby is my second summer session and we were given the outline for our peds assessment 2 months early because it's that labor intensive good luck!
  4. by   pinkiepie_RN
    I'm in a BSN program, but I also had Med-Surg and OB together in one semester. I found Med-Surg to be a completely different beast than OB and got royally frustrated when I spent weeks studying for my first Med-Surg exam and a week for OB and I got a much higher grade on the OB exam. Med-Surg is a very intense class and it actually forced me to study material in so many different ways aside from just reading class notes and paying attention in class, but I ended up getting a B in both classes.

    One thing that I kept for review that helped me alot was my pathophysiology notebook and textbook. I had patho first semester of junior year and Med-Surg second semester of that same year. Med-Surg felt like patho in much more depth to me. Med-Surg really delves into interventions and drugs/treatment for pathological diseases I covered in patho. Brush up on any body systems you've had trouble with. Take a look at some EKGs online if you can, because I'll admit that cardio seriously throws me for a loop every time I learn about it. If you need any help, lemme know while it's all still fresh in my mind. Good luck!
  5. by   southernbelle4lu
    Wow! I didn't know I would get some responses so fast! Thanks so much for both of your comments! I really really appreciate it and will definately focus on the topics that you spoke of. Keep the good advice coming!
  6. by   NursesRock!!
    I just finished my second semester of OB/Med Surg/Psych and let me say do whatever you can to prepare in advance. We lost 8-10 students this semester :0( Deff. know your fluid/electrolytes and IV therapy solutions. (This was a biggie for lots of us) As far as OB is concerned It was "easy" for me- I've had 2 complicated pregnancies. . . Just try and read to get a head start and GOOD LUCK!!!
  7. by   southernbelle4lu
    Thanks so much! At the community college I am attending many girls did not make it through Med Surg. so I am just really worried. So far I have been looking over my meds.. but plan to look over everything you guys tell me is important. Thank you!!!
  8. by   southernbelle4lu
    What were some of the most difficult topics for you all in Med Surg or OB?
  9. by   pinkiepie_RN
    Quote from southernbelle4lu
    What were some of the most difficult topics for you all in Med Surg or OB?
    For Med-Surg, I'd have to say fluid/electrolytes and some of the GI stuff was kinda complicated.

    For OB, I despised the fetal monitoring stuff and also wasn't fond of STDs/women's health.