This class was tough.
First off, it's a nursing requirement. So there's not much choice. However! There is a good chance that you will grow to consider this class one of the most pivotal, life-changing courses you will take as a nursing student. The things you learn in this class set you up to be a great nurse, and you learn so much. With that being said, you cannot take this class lightly. After taking this, I learned you need to eat, sleep and breathe your nursing class.
I gained clinical experience to begin with, from taking out IVs, to learning about IV therapy (giving IV medications, mostly through PICC lines and IV push meds). In this course, most (depending on your hospital) of you will have an experience in the OR (operating room) and with wound care. The OR was one of the more interesting components of my clinical experience because it's one of those specialties you don't learn much about in nursing school. So actually being in a non-traditional nursing setting that we all probably envision was interesting as well. We also learn about common disease processes that affect our population. We learn all about the diseases, from the pathophysiology, to medication treatment, to other therapy, to complications, to nursing interventions, to patient teaching. As I said before, you need to eat, sleep, and breathe the content and don't be afraid to dig deeper for more understanding from your professors.
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Advice for students:
Study every day. Study the material for Monday's lecture Saturday and Sunday. Be ahead of the game so you don't go to lecture learning totally new information. You need time to let the information sink in and refresh on a daily basis so that you don't have to worry about cramming the information. It doesn't matter if you try to dedicate a whole week to studying, don't put your grades on chance, your entire grade rests on four exams, half of which are very difficult. Don't underestimate the difficulty by putting it off to the last minute, that will only give you more anxiety come test time!