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pathophysiology and med surg

hi gang, ive heard so many things about med surg and how difficult the class is, my question is whats so hard about it....the material, the test and how did u get thru it? and the same for patho....im about to take both of these classes together and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance


Specializes in heart failure and prison.

If you understand what is going on and no the s/s that's what helped me. I had a book called medsurg made incrediably easy and that helped me. The hardest part for me was cardiac. Make sure u no the blood flow thru the heart, both sides of heart failure b cuz their are diffrent s/s for both sides. Good luck b cuz medsurg is hard, it's alot of content & you could have more than 1 test content at 1 time.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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

part of studying med/surg is learning about many different diseases. that includes learning the pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, usual tests ordered, and medical treatment for a medical disease or condition. this includes knowing about any medical procedures that will need to be performed on the patient, their expected consequences during the healing phase, and potential complications. surgery is a treatment for a disease or condition.

click on the link at the bottom of this post, the critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students, and print it out. use this to help you learn all the elements you need to know about each medical disease/condition you will be studying in your course. to determine priority of treatments and interventions consider the sequence of the appearance of symptoms and/or maslow's hierarchy of needs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs)

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