Excelsior's A&P

  1. Howdy Everyone,

    Since EC's A&P comes up so frequently, I figured it would be helpful to us if we posted our trials and tribulations about it. Post your frustrations about A&P here. Of course, any helpful advice will be greatly appreciated.

    My experience so far has been one of information overload with this subject. I know others feel the same way. I find that I refer to my condensed A&P books more than my very large textbook. I try to go over the information again and again. Right now, I am focusing on the cardiovascular system and then I will move on to the respiratory system. Also, I find visualization is very helpful. I had a book from the library with very large and colorful anatomy pictures in it, I think it was geared for middle school students but I found the pictures helpful.

    I have considered that maybe this subject would be better learned in the classroom setting. Any thoughts on this?

    mona b
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  3. by   Spazzy Nurse
    From what I've heard, the coloring books are useful and DO help people out with the anatomy part of it. Unfortunately the test has A LOT of physiology, which seems to be the more difficult than the anatomy to learn. I agree--- it was easier to learn in a classroom setting. I took it both through EC and a trad. college.

    You need to do two things:
    1) Make sure you concentrate enough on the physiology junk.
    2) Let us know when you finish this crappy course and we'll all do a cheer for you. :hatparty:
  4. by   angelbear
    I am working on A&P also. I have a coloring workbook. I am trying to follow the ec content guide as it tells you percentage of weight given to each area. I plan to study it all but to focus on those areas given the most weight. I am not turning out to be very good at self study. I am having a hard time keeping myself motivated. It was easier in comm college. I had a friend in class and she and I would discuss everything we were trying to study that helped me alot. Oh well I have every intention of following through with this even if I die trying. Good luck to all of you. Angelbear
  5. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Let me tell you guys something....... don't judge your abilities for self study by the anatomy course. And don't judge every course by anatomy either. A&P really sucked. It was boring and awful and I hated it more than any other course. The nursing exams are much more interesting. Studying that physiology content was like forcing myself to stand there and listen to someone scrape a fork across a chalkboard, over and over again.
    It will get better! Just keep charging on forward and finish this one. You'll be so glad you got it done with and out of the way.
    Hang in there you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss
  6. by   angelbear
    Thanks Spazzy. You always come through with the encouragement. Your the best.
  7. by   opalmRN
    I am in the last week of A & P II and I am glad.

    The class was a combo class. Lecture was online and lab was at the comm college on Saturday mornings.

    A & P is interesting. Having said that, taking a general A & P vs taking a nursing A & P class is entirely different. In the nursing A & P class more focus is placed on the big picture of each of the body systems and less on the mind grueling, brain bursting, microscopic tittsi fly I'M gonna scream portion. I know this because a friend of mine took a nursing A & P and she loved it! When I looked at her materials, I thought, "yeah I'd love this too," Unfortunately I can't move to her state.

    All I can offer is you will get through it. Some of the chapters are much more palatable than others. Even though yoiu are not taking the course in a traditional classroom, it may be possible to link up with a study bud on this BB. Surely there must be two people taking EC A & P at the same time.

    Keep me posted to your progress and if I can be of any help let me know. 2 more weeks and I kiss the A & P books good bye!
  8. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Angelbear, I had my share of temper tantrums going through this thing. I want to spare your families the agony of going through watching mom/wifey flip out. :chuckle

    Finishing up an awful course is kind of like having to jump into a cold shower because there is no hot water. You just breathe real deep for a minute, then jump in to the cold water (= awful course), do your thing as quickly-- but still effectively-- as you can (= well enough to pass) while holding your breath the entire time, and then jump back out again, back into the warmth of the bathroom (= interesting class).

    Dumb way of putting it, but hey, my brain is fried. LOL
  9. by   niteshiftnurse
    I too am taking A&P now, but have run into a snag.......I have been told I have MS and my memory has turned to CRS..................CAN"T REMEMBER S---. I don't know what the future will hold, but I'm going to give it my best shot.
    Spazzy, any words of wisdom
  10. by   mona b RN

    So sorry to hear about your diagnoses. Have you talked to your physician about the memory issue? I have some memory difficulties too, but some of my problems are due to the fact that I'm just gettin' old. LOL Also, I had chemo and that does a number on your brain. Actually, it's called chemo brain, the chemo just kind of makes you dumb. Who knows what the effects of the chemo are, of course we hope for the desired effect i.e., kicking cancer cells butts. Anyway, my memory has certainly improved and I think the studying has actually helped a great deal.

    Take care of yourself,

    mona b
  11. by   niteshiftnurse
    Mona b

    I have talked to my doc. Here is an example of my CRS. I had another brain MRI done yesterday and had to take my partial out for the MRI as they said it would "cloud" the image. When I was done, I left and drove home only to get a message from the imaging center that I forgot my partial. I am also tired alot and my doc started me on Provigil. I have been on it for a week and it has helped with me being tired, but hasn't done anything for my memory. Going today for another EEG. Words of wisdom from anyone who can help would be appreciated
  12. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Oh Nightshift, I'm sorry you have to go through this. Chances are your brain has turned to poop is because of this big news you have been hit with. It's a lot to process! You're preoccupied with all going on in your life-- particularly this new dx. Of course you're going to forget your partial! Gosh, who wouldn't! The cruddy thing about MS is that like you said---- you don't know what road you will end up traveling. But I worked neurology right out of LPN school, and we saw a lot of MS patients--- most having the relapsing-remitting type. After the initial jolt of the dx had worn off, these people managed their illnesses very well. Most took very good care of themselves, trying to get enough sleep and to keep their stress levels as low as they could. Their exacerbations were usually pretty infrequent.

    You need to do what ever you need to do to learn about this change in your life, and make changes in your life to adapt to it. The changes will probably be pretty minimal, and actually they'll be pretty helpful to you in other ways. Good quality sleep is good.... less emotional and physical stress is good. Just take everything one step at a time, and life will be good. You'll finish up this school thing at your own pace, as everyone should.

    You're gonna be ok. No-- better than that, you're gonna be great.
    Trust me. (<---- you)
  13. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by niteshiftnurse
    Words of wisdom from anyone who can help would be appreciated
    My words of wisdom We are here if you want to vent, or scream, or throw something, or whatever. pm me if you like. I will be glad to help in anyway. I'm a nightowl so I am usually online later in the evening if you want to chat.

    Remember, you are not alone, EVER!

  14. by   angelbear
    Oh nightshift nurse I am so sorry to hear of your dx. I want you to know that I can relate about a yr ago I got real sick and several of the tests indicate lupus includiing positive lupus antigen. Even having some probs with some seizure type activity. It can be a long road but there are lots of treatments that do wonders. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone. But we have lots to offer dont forget that. BTW are you really a night shift nurse Just curious as I am a night shift nurse. Feel free to pm me any time Maybe we could be a support of sorts for eachother. Angelbear