Students frequently email me to ask me what the best way to study Medical Surgical Nursing is, and I always give the same answer. So I thought I’d finally share my advice publicly so that everyone can take advantage of it!
The best way to succeed in Med-Surg is to have a solid understanding of Anatomy and Physiology. A lot of nursing students don’t want to hear that 🙂
But there really are no shortcuts. One of the strategies I recommend in the PASS Program is to spend a little bit of time reviewing A&P every time you sit down to study. Just go over whichever A&P system you’re currently learning in Med Surg. For example, if you’re studying Heart Failure, then you would spend 15-20 minutes at the beginning of each study session to review the parts of the heart, and to understand how the blood flows through the hearts and lungs. Don’t worry about remembering every single A&P detail, because you know you’re going to review it again at your next study session. The trick is to review a little bit at a time, but review frequently! You’ll start to remember a little bit more each time you look at the material. Plus, since you’re reviewing the A&P system immediately before studying the disease processes that affect that system, then you will start to gain a better understanding about what’s really going wrong in the disorder, and why that problem causes the common symptoms you see.
Just think of it this way. Studying A&P is learning what is normal in the body. Studying the disease is learning what’s broken in the body. So if you know how “normal” works, then identifying what “broke” will allow you to start making educated guesses about all kinds of useful information you need in nursing school, such as what symptoms you will see, what medical treatments will be helpful, and the type of nursing care you will need to provide. This is a very useful skill in learning to think like a nurse, because it is impossible to memorize every detail you will ever encounter in nursing practice (or even on exams!). Often, you’ll find that you need to use the knowledge you already have and apply it to a new situation. If you have a thorough knowledge of A&P, then you’ll be in great shape to accomplish that!
Nicole Whitworth is the founder of Your Nursing Tutor. She has a BSN and an MA in Clinical Psychology, and has been a professional nursing tutor for over 12+ years. Nicole specializes in getting nursing students through school confidently and calmly so that everything finally “clicks”. She is also the creator of the Silver Bullet Study System, an easy-to-follow study method that automatically trains your brain to become a nurse at the same time that you study for your normal nursing classes.
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How do I join the program need to pass medsueg
I am struggling with how to study for my medsurg final in addition learning a new topic: urinary.
My daughter is doing med-Serg 2 right now she’s really struggling at the moment she needs a 100 in order for her to move on if not she will be out of the nursing program.can You please advise what she can do at this moment to get 100 she needs ..Thsnk Y ou
I’m studying the cardiac system
I am struggling in advance med surg . What is some good material to simplify the information for a better understanding
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I’am enrolled in Med surge II from January 28 -may 20 would like to be assure that i would have all i need to be successfull.
this is the unit we are to study
unit II cardiac
unit III problems of clients with special needs
unit 4 problems related to movementc, coordination, and altered sensory input: NEUROLOGY
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The PASS Program focuses on teaching you the study skills you need to succeed in nursing school, it doesn’t review specific nursing content. So it’s suitable no matter what classes you’re currently taking, because you can easily apply the PASS Program skills to any nursing topic.