Three words had me in such turmoil this past week I can only begin to tell you about.
Those three words are FLUID AND ELECTROLYTES. For any nursing student or nurse for that matter I’m sure we can all agree this is a difficult concept to learn. This past week every day after class I spent until around 9pm at school studying the topic of fluid and electrolytes, including acid/bases and ABG’s with my strong close-knit study group. Very few students in our class don’t seem to get concepts easily and I am one of these people. I tallied up the amount of hours spent on these concepts and in all it came out being 16-18 hours. That equals less time with my hubby and kids that I spent working through these units.
We were advised by one of our instructors that we should focus a good amount of our study time on the fluid and electrolytes because she would put more of those questions on the test. So I didn’t spend as much time on tissue, burns, stomas/ostomies, enemas, or PICC lines.
After finishing the exam for these units the 52 question exam only had two fluid/electrolyte questions. WHAT??? Holy poop what was my instructor meaning that a good amount should be focused on this area if there were only going to be two questions? How disappointing after adding up the amount of questions I got wrong. I still passed the exam but barely. Not only did she lead us astray in that area but she also made a point to mention to us not to bother bringing our calculators because since our med. Calc. exam was the week prior we weren’t expected to do any of those kinds of problems on this exam. Sure enough we had two med. Calc. problems on this exam.
I’m all for the idea of making us well educated on a broad amount of topics but if you, the instructor, tell us, the students, to focus on a certain area there darn well better be more than two measly questions!
So after collecting myself and writing out a lengthy email to said instructor yesterday after class I asked my hubby to edit it for me so I could send it off as soon as I could. Unfortunately because I had to work yesterday she probably won’t see my email until Monday, but I hope my complaint isn’t the only one in her inbox.
Does anyone out there have any helpful hints regarding fluid and electrolytes, acid/bases, and ABG’s? I would take any and all help offered seeing as though these concepts are still foggy for me even after the 16 hours of study.