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Help! Advanced patho is kicking my you know what!

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by Gr8fulRN Gr8fulRN, BSN (New) New Nurse

Gr8fulRN has 11 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Pediatric RN.

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Hey,

I just recently started an FNP program and I’m currently taking advanced pathophysiology as one of my classes. My teacher doesn’t teach, she just reads the power points to us so I spend hours studying on my own by listening to recorded lectures, reading the power points, referencing the textbook, watching Youtube videos, and making flashcards on quizlet.com.  I have taken two test so far and although I have a “B” which is just passing. I’m very unhappy with my grades because they don’t reflect the effort I’m putting in. While I’m taking the exam, I feel like I understand and that the questions are fair then I get my grade and I’m shocked. Any pointers and type on how to study and What supplemental materials I need because clearly I’m doing something wrong. I currently work and go to school full-time and but my schedule allows me to put a good amount of study hours in on my days off. Please help! Maybe this isn’t for me 😨😰
 

Thanks for reading

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You say you get your grade after an exam and you’re shocked. Reminds me of the time I had an A going into the final and came out of the class with a C. I was so plummeted into shock because that grade was going to kick me out of the running for admission to the program, that I failed to go to the instructor to review the exam. Years later it occurred to me that something weird could have been at play, like the scantron misread, but I never checked to find out. Since this instructor is not teaching as you report, I wouldn’t necessarily bother to approach them because you are likely to be even more disappointed.

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LauRN3367 has 8 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in PCU, cardiology.

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Hi Gr8fulRN!

When I took advanced patho, I found that I did better when I wasn't memorizing, rather working through things. Make sense of the pathways, the body maintains homeostasis rather artistically and eventually makes sense! I implemented this method to students while working as a tutor, and it seemed to be helpful for them as well. 

Instead of Quizlet, maybe grab a whiteboard or blank paper and write out pathways. I like to use the RAAS mechanism as an example (sorry if you haven't made it to this point yet). Start with a picture of poor renal perfusion, and an arrow leading to the release of renin from the kidneys and angiotensinogen from the liver, which then combines and becomes angiotensin 1, once ACE is released by the lungs, angiotensin 1 becomes angiotensin 2 and so on and so forth.

This is also a helpful way to set you up for pharmacology, when you will learn how medications act on these pathways to create outcomes. In my previous example, ACE-inhibitors are used to block the conversion of angiotensin 1 to angiotensin 2, preventing the vasoconstriction of arteries and sodium retention. Good luck. 

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Gr8fulRN has 11 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Pediatric RN.

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This was very helpful, thanks. I just got my grade from this week’s test and again didn’t do well as I felt I was doing. The questions seemed fair to me so I’m surprised again. I have a good average in the class but still surprised. Due to COVID, we were treated in blackboard and had 50 minutes to answer 60 questions. I’m going to skip quizlet because I didn’t think it was helpful and focus on systems and homeostasis. Thank you!

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I hear your frustration! For Advanced Patho, I got a study buddy, which really helped. Someone could ask me in real time open-ended questions and I had to actually think about them, which is a lot different than reading multiple choice answers. 

Are you able to find a study buddy?

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