Ok all you smarties, need some advice! - page 2

I start nursing classes in the Fall (6 mos from now) and I have some time, so if you could go back in time, is there any material you wish you had reviewed before starting your first semester? I have... Read More

  1. by   eirthjona

    I would opt for buying a nursing dictionary it will be worth it waight in gold. Then going and having a look at the other boards and then translating them.
  2. by   MikeLPN
    Get an NCLEX review book and then party all summer.
  3. by   shyne
    Enjoy your summer because you'll regret it if you don't. It will not hurt to brush up on some basic math skills too :wink2:
  4. by   wintergreen
    Quote from allthingsbright
    I start nursing classes in the Fall (6 mos from now) and I have some time, so if you could go back in time, is there any material you wish you had reviewed before starting your first semester? I have Fundamentals and Essential Nursing Concepts. Thankfully, all my co-reqs are done-ok, except for Micro which I'm going to take in the summer. Any ideas? Thanks!

    My best advise is to just relax! You will be so unbelievably busy in the next two years! But it will be great! Dont give up! If you are set on reviewing any material, I would review medical terminology. It is a great help when you first begin clinicals and have no idea what half of the stuff all the nurses and docotors are talking about! Good Luck!
  5. by   LauraLou
    Dosage calculations and abbreviations. Knowing how to do dosage calculations will be a huge help! It is also good to know the basic abbreviations: bid, qod, PO, etc.

    Good luck!
  6. by   johnnrachel
    I would most definetely purchase "Math for Meds". It was suggested to me by a student and I bought it about 6 months prior to starting. Im in first semester now and it is much easier to know the calculation methods now and work with them because you really are expected to know math it is not taught in nursing. Knowing the calculations ahead of time is only going to ease the stress later in school. Im a first semester student and I am already looking ahead into the calculations required to know for second semester. Always have to be ahead of the game in nursing. Good Luck
  7. by   belladelicious
    Dosage calculations book, like everyone else said. And use dimensional analysis, it's much easier once you figure it out! You have plenty of time to learn how to do the math, so you should do really well on that math test, if you have one.

    Learn how to do blood pressure, pulse, respirations, easy stuff like that in case you don't know.

    I would just focus on micro this summer, it's hard at some schools. And definetely relax and enjoy your spare time, b/c soon it will be over
  8. by   belladelicious
    oh, one more thing....there's a book called test success for nursing students, or something similiar to that title...I've heard several people here talk about it. And many schools sell it at the campus bookstore. Anyway, I bought it, and it has questions related to Fundamentals. I didn't pick it up until a few weeks ago, and I saw all these Fundamental questions...so now I'm studying it before tests. Some people have difficulty with taking the nursing school tests, those mult. choice questions throw some people off I've noticed, so it'll help. It's a short book too.
  9. by   RNKITTY04
    I totally agree with RN 2005. Start now by learning Dosage Calculations and you will be just that more ahead when you are over-whelmed with all the other required material. Good luck!
  10. by   FNimuaeMae
    Medical terminology, med math, abbreviations... all helps tremendously... Before I started nursing school I got a job as an aide at a nursing home and took a CNA class, just to make sure I could handle the bodily secretions and all. And it helps to have all the prereqs done so you can concentrate SOLELY on the nursing classes.... they can be stressful enough!

  11. by   callbabe
    Quote from fiestynurse
    I didn't review any material before starting nursing school. I partied all summer!
    I need someone with legal expertise. I work in MO. In a level II trauma center. No in house call. I am required to cover 48 hours on the weekend. Is that legal. I have worked 27 of those 48 in a row, and felt really wiped out. Even the nurses on the floor are only responsible for 12 hours, and possibly 16, but no more. I forgot to mention that I am an OR nurse. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Or tell me who I should talk to, and maybe get this changed.
    Management is out of the question. They do not have to work it so they do not care. Help
  12. by   angelique777
    If I would have gone back in time I wish someone had given me review books or Nclex books before I started. Reading with out doing questions is not as helpful. I find it helpful that if I read a subject and then do questions on the subject I get a better understanding of the material and the rationale behind the answer. I think the hardest part in nursing are your exams cause many answers are applicable but only one is the best answer. Most people in the first year of school had the hardest time understanding how to distinguish why one answer is better than the other. I would look to see if the have a fundamentals book with some practice questions to kind get you used to the thinking behind the test questions. Nursing exams are not like any other tests you have taken before and it kind of helps to know what they are like before you take them. I believe that this site has a section on nursing books that has test questions based on different areas even if you do not use them now cause you will be on summer break it would be good to kind of browse and see whats available . they helped me a lot.
  13. by   traumaRUs
    I agree with poster about med calcs! Good luck and enjoy yourself!