Med Surg/Psych??

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For those of you that have taken both of these - any advice on which to take first? These are the classes I am supposed to take next semester, each an 8 week course. I've heard that it is better to have Med Surg first, then you learn the meds you need for Psych. Any truth to this or any advice?! Thanks for the input!!

:) Jenny


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I have taken both and it may just be our program, but in med surg we didnt learn hardly any psych meds. i would take psych first, to get it out of the way and you will learn many things that will enhance your pt care and education. good luck, i loved psych.


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I agree with TooterIA----I would take psych first. We take them together, but the clinical rotations are split within the semester.

I had my psych clinical first, and the communcation skills that we learned have been invaluable for med-surg clinical. We haven't really talked about psych meds in med-surg class, but we aren't allowed to give psych meds anyway. What we have learned about psych meds have been taught in class (a review from pharm).

Anway, good luck to you, and welcome to the board.


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Psych will teach you some really good communication skills and many of my med/surg patients have psych issues, so I think do psych first. From my experience students either really love psych or hate it with a passion. Hope things go well for you this semester.


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Thanks to all for your advice! Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to pick, so I'm going into Med-Surg first. Oh well. I think they're both going to be tough from what I hear, so I hope I can come here for some support!!!! Thanks again for the advice! :)



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Hi....Well I completely disagree with the other posts. I am currently in Psych right now and I had med-surg the first 8 weeks of this semester. I wouldn't have changed it for the world. Med-Surg is definately more difficult for lecture and clinical. Why on earth wouldn't you want to get that over with first? It's just my opinion but even at our school here in Las Vegas most of our class wanted to get Med-Surg out of the way first.

The end of the semester now is a breeze. I would not have wanted to be all stressed out with all the work that comes along with a hospital setting. No thank you. I am not thrilled with Psych and I am positive that this is not a setting I want to work permanently in. I just can't wait until it is over....only 3 1/2 more weeks!


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It's been 8 years since I graduated from nursing school, but IMO I don't think you'll go wrong one way or another. It's just a matter of personal preference. Since your fate has been decided, just look at the positives. The 2 courses are really different areas of nursing...just make the best of both of them. Agree w/ previous poster who said most people eiither really like psych or really don't.

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