Concepts is the class I hate least. The ideas you learn are pretty self explanatory, pretty common sense oriented; I don’t have trouble with that. I don’t read the text. I use an online program called PrepU that allows you to formulate NCLEX style quizzes based off the chapters you’re working on. I do those until I reach a level 8ish and I’ve passed all my exams. Book:
What do you learn?
Concepts teaches you just that: ideas. Fundamentals for nursing practice. How things “should” be in the field, what safe practice is, how to ADPIE (assess/diagnose/plan/implement/evaluate), what is legal & what isn’t, how to delegate. There is also a clinical component that teaches you skills such as wound dressing changes, catheter placement, how to give injections, etc. ALSO this class has a hospital component so technically it’s your clinical!
How’s it set up?
There is a 6 hour lab component where you learn skills. This lab turns into your hospital clinical half way through the semester. So you go to the hospital once a week for a 5 hour shift. There is also 2 1/2 hour lecture component. Just like Assessment, you have written tests for lecture and practicums for lab.
What do you like about it?
There’s a lot of fluff (ie, stupid information that is obvious and you don’t really need or care about) BUT there is a big clinical component, which I like. I like skills. I like practicality and implementation. This class allows for that. Much of it is common sense, too, like I said earlier; that always makes it easier for me.