So unlike most study guides I do, where there’s a question or a topic and I explain all the information underneath like a horrible long boring novel. This past semester with Adult Health II I had to use a different approach after the first exam. So my new approach with help of my professor were what we like to call “gingerbread men”. It’s an outline of a gingerbread man and you can draw and outline each and every disease/illness to help you understand the nursing process as well as the pathway of the disease. You can download a blank copy of the here (Gingerbread man). Throughout the semester I ended up creating several after every lecture. For example when learning about blood disorders make a gingerbread man for anemia and you can group them all into one. Then if you want you can create one for each type of anemia: iron deficiency, sickle cell, hypo-proliferative, and hemorrhage. I will warn you these do take awhile to write out and if you want actual time to study them I highly suggest to write them all out after you have the lecture or even during lecture to stay up on them. After the semester was over I filled an entire notebook of them and binder clipped them off so that each test was one category. I’ll tell you the gingerbread men really helped me prepare for my exams and by the time the final came around I didn’t have to create a study guide because all my gingerbread men were them which is another bonus of using these as a study guide. Below are some examples of gingerbread men I’ve created during the past semester.
Hope these help. Obviously there are more information with other illnesses/diseases than others so if you chose to make these write what you think you need to know about the topic. Think of it as one giant flashcard and good luck!