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Use it or...lose it? A&P and Nursing

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I've found that a lot of details from A&P have been memory-purged, big time. If it's not applicable to my immediate area of practice, the stuff from class fades into oblivion. Occasionally I wish it hadn't.

What kinds of books/texts do people recommend for refreshing and reference? (I'd prefer to avoid the kind of level that goes into close detail of the 5th step of the Kreb's Cycle, as those factoids will probably not do me much good...)  

Thanks!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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I prefer online reputable sources- textbooks tend to be outdated by the time they've made it to print. Less of an issue if you're speaking specifically of anatomy, but new discoveries do happen. I like Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins patient facing websites- typically come up high in Google results and are easy to understand when getting outside of my own specialty/experiemce comfort zone. Usually it's not just the anatomy I'm looking up but also pathophysiology and the other information that goes along with a disease process.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Along with the above website, I use: emedicine.medscape.com

The eMedicine point-of-care clinical reference features up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles organized in specialty-focused textbooks, including pathophysiology and up to date treatment guidelines.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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Ah, the good ol' Krebs cycle. I remember it from Chemistry, Nutrition, and A & P and once could have explained the whole thing to you backwards and forwards. That was over 25 years ago. It really is "use it or lose it"---I rely on Google for that kind of information now.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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I've been known to pull out my old Guyton Physiology when arguing with my son over medical question too.

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Risable has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone with this! I'll have someone bring up something that I know I once knew, but for the life of me cannot remember. It is a shame, because I loved learning about A&P and other related classes.

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beachbabe86 specializes in Oceanfront Living.

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On 11/10/2019 at 1:55 AM, VivaLasViejas said:

Ah, the good ol' Krebs cycle. I remember it from Chemistry, Nutrition, and A & P and once could have explained the whole thing to you backwards and forwards. That was over 25 years ago. It really is "use it or lose it"---I rely on Google for that kind of information now.

Oh the dreaded Kreb's cycle! I'm impressed you knew it so well.

I forgot all those details the day after the test which was in 1976.

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20 hours ago, Risable said:

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone with this! I'll have someone bring up something that I know I once knew, but for the life of me cannot remember. It is a shame, because I loved learning about A&P and other related classes.

Same here it's Google for me lately. 

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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22 hours ago, Risable said:

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone with this! I'll have someone bring up something that I know I once knew, but for the life of me cannot remember. It is a shame, because I loved learning about A&P and other related classes.

If I can look it up I can't afford the RAM space up there...

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