Adult Health II

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!

AH II Exam I Study Guide Part II


Like I said in the Part I study guide, the first exam in adult health II is on the cardiac and pulmonary systems. I split up the two systems because there is so much information to learn about these systems that combining them would be an endless list that people would get bored or reading.

The attached study guide is about the lungs and different diseases and injuries that could happen to the lungs either due to trauma or secondary to a disease. Most people have either heard of or have had the disease such as rhinitis (common cold), tonsillitis (infection of the tonsils) and many more.

I hope this helps you figure out what you need to read more about and what you already know. Good luck studying and comment if you have any questions!



The first exam is always the hardest, at least that what’s people say. As for this exam its covering the two most important systems in the body, the cardiovascular  system and the pulmonary (lungs) system. The attached study guide is just the cardiovascular system. I will be posting the pulmonary (part II) study guide soon.

The study guide encompasses several cardiovascular diseases, the pathophysiology, prevention, treatment and medications as well as other factors for each disease. Also in the study guide are how to calculate different parts of an EKG/ECG, as well as how to read one.

Hope this helps, and Good luck studying!

Mental Health Exam I


Hello All,

Mental health, a class filled with many different stories. You will never be board in this class, in fact you may learn an entire new side of what nursing could be. Attached is the study guide for my first exam in this class. It includes a plethora of information, but that is like all nursing exams. The topics include: stress, crisis, drugs and their interactions on the brain, neurotransmitters, voluntary and involuntary consent, types of mental health hospitals and what nurses do in each setting. There’s a lot more to this study guide, but I’m not going to list each topic out, instead click on the link.

Hope this helps all nursing students understand what mental health nursing is like, or a glimpse of what a mental health nursing exam entails.

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My pharmacology class started off with learning about seasonal allergy medications and ended with learning about seizures. My course used the book Karch: Focus on Nursing Pharmacology, Sixth Edition. While studying for pharmacology, my professor made lists of the vocabulary and medications we should know. Obviously I filled out the sheets as a way to help remember the terms and medications. Most of the definitions are right from the book, but others I shortened and wrote what was most important for that term.

Each class has a “term to know” worksheet, and this is how I studied for pharmacology, as well as taking quizzes, and going over the PowerPoint’s provided. Pharmacology was a difficult course for me but it depends on the type of learner you are. If you are very good at memorizing this is the course for you, if you are more of a hands on or visual learner this course can be more of a struggle for you than others.

Now let’s say you can’t memorize very well, the way to learn anything in nursing school is to review it after class for at least fifteen minutes. I know every professor will tell you this, to study the class material you learned that day for fifteen to thirty minutes a day and you will do very well in the course. This is true, although you will realize very quickly that your life becomes devoted to studying.

Upon entering nursing school you will learn quickly how you learn and study to get the grades you want. Of course there are people and places to help you learn new study techniques, such as your professors or an academic success center or tutoring center. The tutoring center will help you learn new study tips, help you figure out how you study best, and help you with regular assignments such as essays.

Test #4

Exam 4 study guide

Exam four was another very lengthy exam (thirty-three pages worth!).  It consisted of types of parenteral fluids which includes IV therapy types, IV complications, Blood transfusions and complications with transfusions. Spirituality, religion, nutrition, death, peri-op, and delegation were also topics covered on this exam.

Most of this material may seem like common sense, but for me the test was somewhat difficult. Obviously all of the information is important, but I would say to pay attention to IV therapy and delegation.

In nursing school you will be faced with select all that apply (SATA) questions, meaning there is more  than one answer to a question. NCLEX adores these! The key to these questions is to make sure you read each answer carefully. Key words such as “all”, “never”, “stop” should tell you that the answer is incorrect, because usually a patient shouldn’t stop something, usually everything listed on the line isn’t correct (ex: several medications), and any answer with the word “stop” or “any” because patients should consult a physician first. These words are not just for SATA questions but for regular multiple choice questions as well.




Test #3

AH Study Guide Exam 3

This exam included acid/base (remember ROME!), oxygenation and perfusion, respiratory issues, cardiac issues, types of oxygen masks, GI/GU, and sleep and rest.

Now my professors made a test map, which is how I got my idea for the study guide. It was basically all the information in the PowerPoint’s just rewritten, so if you just want to rewrite your notes after each lecture or a week before an exam that could work as a study guide as well.

**Remember all the material you are learning in nursing school, you will need to remember for the NCLEX so do not throw out your nursing notebooks, or other notes that helped you study because you will want them for studying for your NCLEX after graduation!


Test #2

Exam two in Adult Health was extremely difficult. Not just because of the material, but also because I had two exams that day within hours of one another, so time management was huge for these exams.

The topics for this exam was medicine administration which includes injections, the six rights, and enteral medications. Math was on this exam as well, how to convert mg to mcg, mg to g, mL to L, tsp to mL etc. Also on this exam was pain (remember pain is whatever the patient says it is!) and sensory deficits/overloads, skin integrity and wound healing, as well as electrolytes and fluids.

Unfortunately I did not make a study guide for this exam, but one portion of the exam was electrolytes and I did write out all of those, therefore I provided them to you! The numbers in parentheses are the normal values of each electrolyte.

SODIUM (135-145)

POTASSIUM (3.5-5.0)

MAGNESIUM (1.5-2.5)

CALCIUM (8.5-10.2)

PHOSPHORUS (2.5-4.5)

Test #1


The attachment provided was my first nursing exam in this course. Although it may seem like a ton of information (20 pages worth) it really was all common sense, in my opinion. My friend and I studied this guide for two days straight and we both did very well on the exam. Although studying two days before an exam is not the best way to study during nursing school, which we learned later on, we both felt very confident in the material to begin with which is why we didn’t study a week before hand. In nursing school you will learn quickly that you cannot cram the night before and make it through nursing school, if you do props to you, but you will not be learning the material you will just be memorizing it. The goal for nursing it to learn it and then apply it, which is what skills lab is for, as well as clinical rotations.

The nursing program I am in uses Lippincott CoursePoint for access to books, virtual simulation, and online quizzes to help learn the material. The book for Adult Health is Taylors: Fundamentals of Nursing, Eighth Edition. My study guides are derived from the textbook, and the PowerPoint’s shown in classBy creating these study guides it helped me remember the material, whether it was hand written or typed, and by taking practice quizzes available through CoursePoint all helped me prepare for my exam.

Although you may be learning different material from each study guide and that may be what your professor has for your exam, I am posting these study guides as a way to help nursing students prepare for exams and eventually the NCLEX.