This summer, should I review Anatomy or Pharmacology?

  1. I have 2-3 weeks vacation. I'd like to use that time to read up on either Anatomy or Pharmacology. I took up Anatomy last semester, but the instructor was awful! I feel I wasn't adequately prepared. We never even discussed the muscular system! But this coming semester, I'll be taking up Pharmacology, one of THE most important nursing subjects there is. Which should I read up on? I have only 2-3 weeks, so it won't be an intensive studying.
  2. Visit studentnurse15 profile page

    About studentnurse15

    Joined: May '07; Posts: 4

    8 Comments

  3. by   healinghearts84
    hi! if i were you and you could absolutely help it...i would take a break from studying and read something you enjoy like a fictional book, they don't call it vacation for nothing! but seriously if you had to study... i would do the anatomy especially if you had a bad professor. it's usually those people who are responsible for you being lost later on in your student career. anatomy can be the basis for pharm because you need to know about the body to understand how a drug works. you are right, pharm is an important aspect of nursing, but you will never memorize every drug that is impossible. there are resources out there during your career like drug books and online programs that you can use to help you remember your drugs. however having a foundation means everything! studying the anatomy seems more important to me...but that's just my opinion! good luck!
  4. by   CityKat
    If you have to study, get some memory cards on anatomy and take them everywhere. You can study on the go and it makes life soo much easier. I wouldn't suggest studying for pharmacology, because the class hasn't even started. You won't know if a certain drug(s) have been taken off the shelf, etc., or if the drug info has changed. Anatomy is all memory I was an anatomy TA for three years, I know you can pull it off!! Good luck.
  5. by   anonymurse
    Highly recommend to read before school starts:

    "From Novice to Expert" by Patricia Benner. Explains the stages of development of a nurse. Knowing where you are and why the faculty is taking the approach they are, especially in the beginning, is more than a comfort, it will show you how to get the most out of your studies.

    Recommended to have available before school starts:

    Few things are as frustrating as writing those APA-formatted papers. Some folks will tell you to buy the APA style manual. Well, for the formatting part, I bought a Word template at http://www.perrla.com/ and that fixed most of my problems (had to tweak slightly as needed when printing a paper), then to win arguments with the instructors, I used the manual in the library. No need to buy the book.

    "Writing Literature Reviews" by Jose L. Galvan (now up to the 3rd Ed), on the other hand, is simply awesome. Being able to format papers is one thing; having something to say, and saying it cogently, is another. I wish I'd had this book from the beginning.

    Your question:

    Knowing the names of muscles and bones was never much of a priority in my school (I never touched my Mosby muscles and bones study deck). But if you spend some online time reading up on how the different chemical circuits of the endocrine system work, or how circulation works (including maternal-fetal and newborn circulation), that review will pay off.
  6. by   MB37
    Your class didn't teach muscles? Well, mine never got to urinary. Kidneys? What are those? You'll never need to know that in nursing school...it's not like you'll ever see a diabetic, or have a patient on a diuretic or anything. Needless to say, I did teach that chapter to myself. If you have break time though, I wouldn't study anything. If you feel you have to, review the anatomy. I'm in Pharm right now, and you do need an instructor to tell you how to study - trying to just memorize drugs won't even help.
  7. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from anonymurse
    Knowing the names of muscles and bones was never much of a priority in my school. But if you spend some online time reading up on how the different chemical circuits of the endocrine system work, or how circulation works (including maternal-fetal and newborn circulation), that review will pay off.
    I agree with this....understanding how systems work -- the circulatory (we just finished maternal/fetal and newborn and that was covered pretty heavily) system, renal system, etc. will be most helpful from your anatomy class. Pharm is important, but if you don't understand what the body is doing, it will be hard to apply some of the pharm stuff!!
  8. by   smk1
    anatomy and physiology so that you have a good, solid foundation.
  9. by   kasia2
    I just started doing that, like at least 3 hours a day. my goal is to review all the body systems before the end of semester, I didnt get the acceptance letter yet but im still studing it just in case, I think A&P is the most important pre-req in nursing, because you will be working with body parts all your life, I personally feel that my A&P skills need to be brushed up ( because I took A&P in 3 years ago and I forgot a lot of terms) I just simply dont image myself in making in nursing school without solid foundation in A&P, its like trying to do mathematical equation without knowing how to add or substract, also I will work on my math skills ( I dont want to be negatively suprised) So my adivice to you is brush up the terms in A&P and also find a little time in enjoying your summer like.
  10. by   PennyNickelDime_RN
    I took Pharmacology last summer and it was great to get it out of the way. I did well but it is alot of work because it was crammed into 6 weeks. I ended up with an AB. I would say Pharmacology over A&P imo.

close