Pathophysiology course

  1. Hello everyone!

    I am teaching in a BSN program. Our first year students are really struggling with the pathophysiology course. We have integrated pharmacology with the patho and the students get a lot of information. I think that there is some overload going on, but the grades on exams are pretty low. This has been the case since the beginning of the program (three years ago). Anyone else having the same problems? Any suggestions? We aren using Medical Surgical Nursing by Lewis and Pharmacology for Nurses by Adams.

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  3. by   classicdame
    where in the program does this course fall? Have they had micro & other pre-reqs already? Patho and Pharmacy together seems a bit much. I don't have any advice, but I can see that those two together would be a lot for most students. Have you considered nurse preceptors who can tutor for credit on their clinical ladder or in exchange for financial credit towards a course?
  4. by   nca868s
    Not sure if you can help me, but I saw you stated you teach a patho class and I wanted to know if I could ask you a few questions? I have to write a paper on any pathophysiology topic I want and wondering if I did something like HPV would this work? Also how woould I set up the paper? If you could let me know or help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.
  5. by   ceb83
    Hmmm... I'm in patho now. I was required to take micro as a pre req. I'm also in my second semester of A & P and have finished all of my chem courses and nutrition.
    All of the prior info has helped A LOT. If I hadn't had micro or a semester of A and P... and chem behind me, Patho would be really difficult.
    Patho is a lot of new info but more than that it's a lot of new application of old info.
    So, pre-reqs *and good grades in them!* - I would think, would be a big deal.
  6. by   jmqphd
    You mention that you use Lewis for Med-Surg. In my view... especially on the baccalaureate level, a text specific to patho is a good idea. There could be (should be) readings assigned in the A&P book they used, plus Lewis, plus the patho book. I like Copstead, but there are lots of good ones out there.
  7. by   teresav234
    A good patho book is what you really need. I am currently looking into a new patho book for my class, I really like the lay out of Braun's Pathophysiology: a clinical approach (978-1-60547-304-8). It has case studies, nice pictures, I find it more applicable for nurses. I also use Karch's: Focus on Clinical Pharmacology, i like the lay out, pics, etc... 978-0-7817-8982-0). The key is a very good book, that has good applicability.
  8. by   teresav234
    set it up in APA format.
    Why is this an important topic, What is the patho of this disease, how does the treatment/prevention work, based on the patho of the disease. use pictures, good reputable sources.