Nurse Betty BScN (cand): pathophysiology

Nurse Betty BScN (cand)

I am a 36 year old mother of 2. I entered university in 2005 for the BScN program but had no idea what a roller coaster ride it would be. My other interests are boating, cottaging, gardening, sitting, doing nothing, vegging and of course hard core belly button contemplating.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Oh my god, how do people learn this stuff? I have been reading pharmacology all weekend, my brain feels as if it is going to explode and I still don't know what they are saying. Any tips for absorbing this stuff? I just find the quantity of info is so vast and huge. Are there any tricks for taking a huge amount of info and breaking it down so I can grasp it?
I am still loving my clinical experience. My clinical instructor (CI) is awesome. She really supports our learning without doing it for us. She is so laid back and calm. I really feel that I won the CI lottery, compared with last semester.
Thats it for now, I need to get back to the grindstone. Any advice on learning is appreciated!


Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

I've been whining for tips myself. Our test is going be over like 10 chapters. Now how is a normal person supposed to know all of that? Buffy said that she did great in Pharm, and the main thing is to get the classifications down. I don't even know enough to know why that is a good idea. I'm PHARMTARDED!!!!

10:35 p.m.  
Blogger Wendy, S.N. said...

The reason to know all the classifications is because most drugs under the same classifications work the same way.

Pathophysiology is tough. Usually if it is something that is hypo or hyper, learn one side and know that the other is the opposite effect.

A good book I have found is the Memory Notebook of Nursing. It gives all sorts of cartoons that give a visually stimulating and sometimes amusing portrait of a disease or medication.

I hope that helps some. I hope you are doing ok. Hang in there.

W. :)

4:12 p.m.  
Blogger Betty said...

Thanks for the advice. I will look for the Memory book.
What does "classifications" mean? I have only had 3 patho classes and that word hasn't come up yet.

8:33 p.m.  
Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

This is for pharm. The classification is what the drug normally does. Like anti-depressant or anti-hypertensive or antibiotic. Though some have cross uses, most of these drugs work the same way. There are prototype drugs of each class (like valium is the prototype of anti anxiety drugs), and learning one means you'll kind of have a grip on the rest of the classification. I'm so going to look on Amazon for the memory books she's talking about. I have 65 pages to read and remember on wound care for lab on Wednesday, plus a test tomorrow on 9 chapters in Nursing Concepts, plus clinicals, plus drugs cards for three different classifications due by Friday. Just another typical week in the life of a nursing student.

11:43 p.m.  

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