Hello members of Cohort 6!
Like RachPapp I am also a student in cohort 5, so welcome toConcordia! I know you have a couple ofd ates in June where you will be on campus for a short orientation so we may meet many of you then. (I also have books I will be selling if anyone is interested, I bought many of mine used from Cohort 4 and it is the way to go for some books, others we may want to hang on to)
I know many of you are dying to know how to prepare for Fall! I would love to give you a list of ways to prepare, but really, the best preparation is to relax and enjoy your summer, get everything in order, and get ready for a roller-coaster ride! I cannot believe that only 1 year ago I was in your position, I have learned SO much, and I don't think there was any way I could have been mentally prepared for what was to come. The first 8 months are tough, I thought once the first semester was through it would get easier, but semester 2 was just as tough, if not more (in my opinion). Just remember, you would not have been accepted if they didn't think you had the potential to succeed. Sometimes you will need to remind yourself of that.
Ok, for those of you who absolutely cannot go without looking at some books over the summer....I will say this... there were things that I wish I had been stronger on and had known to focus on more inA &P.. that would be the CNS (if anticholinergic effects isn't on the tip of your tongue, it would be a good idea to look at that) Things from A&P that will come up again are the systems - esp. kidneys, liver, digestive, heart, brain chemicals, (bones and muscles will not!) But really, do not go crazy studying these over the summer, there will be some review as you go into them more in-depth. I'm sure you remember more than you think from A&P! Also, when you start MedSurg, it is a good idea to get an NCLEX book of questions (yes, already!) I was hesitant to get one this soon since it was overwhelming to see so many questions I could not answer, but ALL of your exams will be NCLEX format so getting familiar with the style of questions is key. A good book is the Saunders Comprehensive Review since it is divided into sections that will match the syllabus for Med Surg.
One thing you could do and have fun with....... download a drug guide, many of us like MicroMedEx for your phone (or buy the Drug Guide for nurses which will be on your booklist) DO NOT start memorizing (you will do enough of this later!) But start to "think like a nurse"(you will hear this from day 1) read labels on meds, look up meds for fun, look at the Teaching section to see what you as a nurse would teach the patient -look up what your family members have in the medicine cabinet, teach them about the side effects! Hey, they better get used to it, soon you'll be taking their BP and doing physical exams! Really not necessary but could be fun to start using the book or app without the stress of having to memorize drugs!
and I can't stress enough - have fun over the summer! Take a trip, visit family, have support in place for Fall (a flexible babysitter, someone who will cook dinner, etc.)because there is the "class schedule" and then there are all those other times that you will need to be on campus for something! Be ready to be flexible!
I hope this is more helpful than scary!