My favorite lower division class was Anatomy and my favorite upper division class is Pathophysiology. One of the biggest factors that led me to nursing was the science behind the function of the body. Anatomy drew me in because of the focus on how structure affects function. I found this idea to be true about many things which made learning more relatable and fun. I think this has also helped me when studying pathophysiology. In Pathophysiology, the dysfunction of organs and body systems is discussed similarly to anatomy in terms of structure and function, except a larger focus is placed on actual diseases and malfunctioning organs in the body. The science courses leading up to upper division are known to be challenging and it’s hard to understand how, for example, knowing the different dips and bumps in bones will be relevant. However, everything comes together as the years progress and the vocabulary used in lower division begins to reappear in upper division. I even catch myself and other nursing students using terminology from past and current classes when helping others and/or making nerdy jokes. AND on a less academic note, now watching medical shows is a lot more engaging because you understand what they’re saying as well as recognize the flaws in their practice and logic!
My favorite class was Med Surg 2. I felt like I grew so much in that semester, and it was one of the first clinicals where everything just seemed to click! It was a compilation of all my previous experiences and a time where I felt really confident in my nursing practice. Dr. Barber was also an amazing professor. She has so much experience in the field and is so knowledgeable. You could really tell how passionate she was about nursing, which made the class that much more enjoyable.
My favorite class I have taken was Physiology (how and why the human body works the way it does). This was the class that really confirmed that I had chosen the right major. I had an amazing professor who was passionate and knew how to explain every specific detail to the best of their ability. I loved Physiology because the human body is just so intricate and amazing. There are so many small specific details that are at play in the human body that one does not even think about. It was this class that sparked my further interest into medicine. Medicine is where we as healthcare professionals can fix and heal the human body. We can influence these specific systems through medicine. As nurses, we are the first line of action and defense for our patients. We have a direct impact on our patient’s health and physiology. With Physiology as my basis of knowledge, I understand why I am using certain nursing interventions to help heal my patients. Still to this day, I am intrigued by what the body can do. It is truly a work of art. This class subject paired with my exceptional, inspirational professor made it my favorite class I have taken so far. The human body is amazing!!!
My favorite class so far has been Med Surg I during Spring of my junior year. I totally remember being halfway through this course thinking, “Wow, this is nursing. This is the real deal.” For many classes it’s easy to think it’s all about the tough science or the redundant safety concepts; while all of those are incredibly important, I felt that Med Surg I brought everything together. The incorporation of Pathophysiology and Intro to Professional Nursing into Med Surg I, for example, taught me to think critically and consider my patient’s state through numerous lenses and multiple angles. Oh and the iPad was in full-force for this course – such a legit way to learn & study! Plus, the clinical component to this course was especially empowering for me. Not only was I challenged during lecture, but also in action in the hospital setting. The person I was in January was most definitely different by May; I finally felt like a confident nurse with an increased eagerness to grow and be better! Junior year is a crazy, challenging time – but so totally worth it!