One of the first things I ask every nursing student is . . . “What are you struggling with the most right now?”
After asking over 40,000 nursing students this very same question, the most common response is: PHARMACOLOGY.
Look . . . I was not exception to this while in nursing school. In fact, Nursing Pharm was possibly the most complicated subject for me during school. I spent hours and hours studying, developing tools, reading, and diving into the material to best understand pharm.
I figured out how to excel at pharm and master the course by developing methods and strategies that I would like to share with you.
After years of working in a Level I Trauma ICU, mentoring students, and working with literally tens of thousands of nursing students around the world I have developed some tips and tricks that will help you demolish pharmacology for good.
With so many students (and practicing nursing) struggling so deeply with pharmacology we had to do something. I am going to share with you 3 resources that will help you demolish nursing pharm right now!
But First . . . . a Caveat
If you have read the blog for very long you know that I can be a bit direct and short fused when it comes to lazy nurses . . . so here it goes.
I have found that with regards to pharmacology nursing students fall into one of two camps:
- Those that say “I will only be tested on a couple meds on the NCLEX®, what’s the point in learning them.”
- And . . . the smart ones. Seriously, those that realize that pharmacology is more than a grade. The meds we give our patients are such a MASSIVE part of what we do. The risks involved with not understanding meds are so huge . . . I won’t go into that here.
If you are like the first student . . . you might as well stop reading now. But I can’t imagine ANYONE that is part of the NRSNG community would EVER think like that . . . so read on.
1. Med of the Day Podcast (free)
If you haven’t yet discovered podcasts . . . what are you waiting for? I LOVE podcasts. I probably listen to 2 per day and subscribe to over a dozen. Podcasts are such an incredible way to learn while on the go. I generally listen to a podcast every morning while I walk, I listen on the way to work, and just driving around town, waiting in line . . . whatever.
I created the Med of the Day Podcast to provide short, concise, detailed information on a different medication a day. Each episode is generally about 5 minutes and covers one of about 140 medications that are the most important for you to understand.
You don’t need an iPhone to listen. In fact you can listen right on our website.Listen Online
2. MedMaster – Online Pharmacology Course
Listen . . . pharmacology is hard. Learning it doesn’t have to be. No one wants to sit down and open another book trying to memorize and cram hundreds of meds.
MedMaster Course is our solution to the epidemic that is insufficient information and teachers to educate students on nursing pharmacology. You aren’t the only person who struggles with pharm. I get so many emails every day from students in your shoes. This course is packed with my tips for not only learning pharmacology, but understanding it as well.
In total there are over 30 hours of video and audio lectures, cheat sheets, and tons of freebies (including 90 NCLEX® style pharmacology practice questions). For a small fraction of what ATI or Kaplan would charge you for limited access to their pharm programs you can get LIFETIME access (including downloads of all lectures).
MedMaster Course Details
The course is broken up into 5 sections:
- Section 1: NCLEX® Must Knows
- Section 2: Math for Meds
- Section 3: Must Know Medication Classes
- Section 4: 130 Commonly Tested Medications
- Section 5: Disease Specific Pharmacology
- Section 6: Handouts and Freebies
- Section 7: 90 NCLEX® Pharm Questions
This really is the course that I WISH existed while I was in school! Every lecture is viewable on any device (including your phone). Oh . . . and there is a 100% 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – – – no questions asked.
Give it a Try
I have no reservations recommending this course with 100% confidence. The course is used by students throughout the world, nursing programs, chiropractic programs, pharmacy tech programs . . . it WILL work for you. Never guess a medication again.Try Med Master Now!
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3. 140 Must Know Meds ($4.99)
Here’s the deal . . . it’s impossible to learn EVERY medication. This book includes the top 140 medications that you need to know in your practice as a nurse, for your pharmacology course, and for the NCLEX®.
While I was in nursing school, I would take TONS of practice tests. During each test I would record every medication that was tested. I then went to NIH and other sites to discover what where the most prescribed medications. With this database in hand I was then able to (with the help of my team) develop out this book.
We cut the fluff, gave you only the meds, and the information that you actually need to know. If you are looking for a cheap option to learn the meds you need to know . . . this is a great option.
The book has an average rating on Amazon of 4.5 stars and has helped hundreds of students. The book is included in the MedMaster Course for free. But if funds are tight . . . this is a good second option. You can pick this book up on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.
What tips and tricks have worked for you in learning pharmacology? Share below in the comments.
Date Published - Nov 5, 2015
Date Modified - May 26, 2016