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how much a&p do you retain once you become a nurse?

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How much a&p do you retain or keep as standard memory once u enter the nursing field

Seas

Specializes in Telemetry, OB, NICU. Has 4 years experience.

First of all, A&P was my favorite subject, I studied for it pretty good, and made A's in both A&P 1 and 2.

On the job, however, no, I don't retain all that. I retain the basics and enough info to be a safe nurse and enough to know what I am doing. The thing is, you can always look up things if you don't remember. Heck, I don't even remember some of the diagnoses I learned in nursing school. You don't use all that information you learned in school, depending on what area you work, you are usually exposed to the same things over and over. I just have to refresh myself when I run into things that I have forgotten.

Still, try to retain as much as you can from A&P. Such a valuable information for nursing.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

You retain (and build on) whatever area you're working in. The rest of it tends to fade away until you change jobs and drag out the nursing textbooks to brush up on your new specialty.

You'd be surprised at how much you actually do retain. Random factoids from nursing school will sometimes pop into my head and I'm always amazed when they turn out to be true!

Edited by roser13