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My friend that just graduated from the nursing program I am starting in a week and a half has been telling me to read all of these books to prep for school. One is a fluid and electrolyte book and another is a medical terminology book. She also told me to read a Pharm book. I have been looking at the books and I found that the fluid and electrolyte book to be a good refresher (I took Patho last year before we moved out of state- now I have to re-take it for this nursing program). However, I find myself wondering if I should be reading all of this now or just take a step back and relax with my kids for the next week and a half before I have no life or any time for my kids..?

What do you all think? I know she had an extremely hard time with patho because she had a bad background with A&P and just struggled horribly. I on the other hand have an excellent background in A&P (my teachers were AMAZING) and I have already taken patho...I feel almost ahead of the game in that respect...maybe I am being naive but I just feel like I might be wasting time that I could be enjoying with my kids before I have no time with them..what is your take? Did anyone read any prep books prior to starting school? Did it help you? I think that the pharm is going to be my biggest challenge but I don't want to cram a bunch of info in my head that I may or may not need to know for class...

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bellafsu89 has 4 years experience and specializes in Oncology.

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I start in January too - my friends that are nurses told me to enjoy my family and friends now and worry about studying when classes begin. I sort of listened....I've brushed up on some A&P but not hardcore studying by any means!

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loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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Relax and enjoy your time now. When school starts you will have plenty of reading to do.It really doesn't make any difference if you read stuff now.

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I agree. Just relax and enjoy your time now. Unless there has been specific readings assigned, I wouldn't be reading anything related to nursing at all until I had to. Time spent with family and friends is time you can't get back if you don't make use of it now. :)

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I'm reading ahead for my maternal/child class for next semester. During first semester I had to read the chapters twice for the info to stick on my mind. But that's just me:-)...you can read a chapter a day while your kids are sleeping or playing. iMO it would help a lot to brush up on the hard topics so when you go to lecture you already know what the teacher is talking about. Good luck!

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