This class was tough.
I definitely recommend taking this class with Professor McDonough because I learned a lot about acute care nursing. Professor McDonough is an emergency trauma nurse and she shares her experience with the topics we learn in class to help us better understand the material. Although, she talks fast but writing down the main points which she greatly emphasizes and repeats more than 10 times will help you pass her exams. There was never a day that I didn't look forward to attending her class and I wish she could teach all of the nursing courses here at UML.
In this course, you learn about the body systems that weren't taught in medical-surgical lecture and trauma. This class is a step up from geriatrics so background knowledge is expected of you because this is a senior level class. The PowerPoints that Professor McDonough uses to teach the class is helpful with her exams so printing them out and writing notes on them will help you retain the information. After taking this class, my desire to become an acute care nurse increased dramatically and feel that the material taught will stick with me throughout the years.
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Advice for students:
I definitely recommend studying after each lecture because there is a lot of materials that she will go over. I took this class over the summer so the pace was much faster than the traditional fall and spring semester but it the amount of studying will be the same. I recommend that you also start doing practice questions in preparation for the HESI because you need to pass it with an 850 or higher. Purchase the NCLEX book 5th edition because there was 3 questions relating to trauma on the HESI.