should I re-learn...


Sorry if this is a really stupid question but.... I'm currently waiting to see if I've been accepted in to my school's LPN program....I finished all my pre-reqs in 2 quarters, the last quarter I took 19 credits:banghead:- Intro to healthcare, A&P, Terminology, psycology, and computers and somehow got out with a 3.0 but I don't feel like I was able to actually learn A&P and terminology...I sold my text books but was thinking of buying the Lippincott's Made Easy books to relearn all the A&P/ terminology. Is it worth it or will it all be taught throughout the rest of the LPN program?


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Specializes in LTC, ER. Has 11 years experience.

I think that it depends on the program. I think though that if they have you take a&p as a prereq, they will expect you to know it when you start. One thing you can do to avoid paying for books is to just check out an older edition A&P college textbook and study it. Just get a library card from a community college or university, and you can check out textbooks. Trust me, I only bought like 2 books in my lpn-rn program. I always checked the same textbook out, it would be the prior edition to the one assigned, but practically identical.

AirforceRN, RN

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I know how it feels to learn so much in such a short period of time. Believe it or not, a great deal of that info is still up there...just waiting to be rediscovered. This often happens at the strangest moments and leaves you thinking "where did that come from? I can't believe I remembered that!"

There is nothing like a little refresher to help you really cement the knowledge in there though. I say go for the "made easy" some flash cards, make some notes...actually colour in that anatomy colouring book. I still review mine every once in a while and it is a great help.

You can never be too familiar with A&P

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

i wouldn't waste a lot of time trying to recreate and restudy what you went over in a course. it's a crapshoot as to what is going to come up and what the instructors are going to want you to know in nursing school. it will be sufficient that you will recognize that you heard about something in anatomy class and you will know what section of an anatomy book to go to in order to look something up. you cannot, nor are you expected, to remember everything.

i taught medical terminology and think that replacing that textbook would be a waste of your money. just get a copy of taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary and keep it by your side whenever you are reading your nursing textbooks. taber's has a lot of other really useful information in it that you are going to use way beyond what a medical terminology textbook is going to have. if you want to review what you learned in a medical terminology course, there are free online tutorials. i listed the links to them on post #20 of this sticky thread in the nursing student assistance forum: - need help with abbreviations, medical terminology

for a&p most nursing texts go over the pertinent a&p that applies to the disease/body system being talked about. i found a nice little reference book called human body: an illustrated guide to every part of the human body and how it works that i have here at home. or, buy an older used book. there are lots of weblinks out there, many from colleges, many with illustrations. the adam online encyclopedia has some nice drawings in it: a&p weblinks are listed on post #45 of this sticky thread in nursing student assistance forum: - pathophysiology/ a & p/ microbiology/ fluid & electrolyte resources

besides learning nursing and nursing procedures in nursing school, you also learn about medical diseases and conditions, how the doctors diagnose and treat them. you might want to get a jump-start on studying those. the biggies are diabetes (type i and type ii), heart failure (left and right), myocardial infarction, stroke, the copds (chronic obstructive bronchitis, chronic obstructive asthma, emphysema), pneumonia, chronic renal failure, cancer and surgeries such as knee and hip replacements (joint arthroplasties). the links on this thread were expanded from an original lpn student help site: -medical disease information/treatment/procedures/test reference websites

good luck on your acceptance.

pagandeva2000, LPN

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Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

You can consider purchasing Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies, or the Complete Idiot's Guide to Anatomy and Physiology. They both run under $20. Or, get an older edition of Memmler's Anatomy (don't remember the exact title, but it basically has everything, but it is more condensed, only about 500 pages or so; and get the study guide that accompanies it. You can order it from

At this point, I think you may need a more condensed, straight to the point Anatomy text. I find that the LPN program goes over the disease processes, but, the anatomy that they speak of is more direct with what you need to know, so, using a more reader friendly version of A&P was right up my alley. I still refer to both, Memmler's and Anatomy for Dummies when I want to understand how a system works. I found that the less pressure I had (now that school is over), the more I was able to actually concentrate on some of those little nuances that I missed and can appreciate it better.


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Hi Jessi

I also replied to your other post about waiting for acceptance into the program so take a look there as well.

If it works out that we both get in, I will be looking for a study partner to help refresh my memory before the term starts. I feel like I'm loosing all I've learned and there is only so much Discovery Health Channel I can watch to stay in touch with it. :mad:

Check out the other post and let me know how you do.

Deb.....PS..... didn't I have you in Mr. T's A&P class at night last term??


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yeah I know what you mean... Mr. T? I had Peters

akanini, MSN, RN

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Has 15 years experience.

I'm just reinforcing that the Tabers and Memmlers books are great books. My school uses them both.

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