Should I buy a pharmacology book although I'm not taking the class? - page 2

Right now I'm in an ADN program. We're not studying a whole lot of pharmacology, and in this program I'll never take a pharmacology class. Next year I'll be taking Med-Surg I and Med-Surg II, and I... Read More

  1. by   jov
    Quote from Scrubz
    Next year I'll be taking Med-Surg I and Med-Surg II, and I think they're going to incorperate pharm. in there... but I want to start studying now. Anyone think this is a good idea?
    Scrubz, I'm afraid you are a gifted student who obviously needs to be challenged. However, when teaching gifted students the idea is to BROADEN their knowledge, not ACCELERATE their learning.
    With that concept in mind, go about your studies with a slightly different slant. When you do get pharmacology assignments, take it a step further yourself. For instance, if you have to do a med sheet on low-molecular weight heparins, explore ALL of them. Compare and contrast and ask lots of questions. Look up the research articles on low-mo's. Go back to org chem and review the structure. Go back to A&P and look up the coagulation cascade and see what happens when clotting factor Xa is affected...that's what a challenge program is all about. Then when the time comes to go through the BSN program, you'll have a solid base to build on.
  2. by   Lori RN_09_2b
    Hi, Scrubz! First of all, I'm a total book geek, so the more the better. My feeling is that sometimes I may not be able to understand something in the textbook that's been assigned, but if I look at another book with a different perspective, I may catch on. I'm actually taking pharm this semester and have a great textbook, but I was browsing on the Barnes and Noble website and they have a $2 outdated pharm book, which I bought as a backup resource. That may be a good answer for you. You'd have a book without putting much $$ into it, and if you feel like doing some extra learning, it's right there. Like I said, it's an outdated book, but I'm sure most of the concepts are the same. If you decide to do this, go the the BN website and go to After Holiday Sale, click $2 books, click Medicine, then Nursing. The book I bought is sold out but I see there's another one there. I always think it's worth a couple bucks to have an extra resource, but like I said, I'm a book geek.