I’m sorry to my high school teachers. I’m sorry for skipping class and saying I would never need algebra, biochem or liquid biology.  As it turns out, I need all these things. Algebra comes in very handy when trying to figure out how many pills my patient needs to get the right dose of medication, or how many drops of IV fluid per minute will get the correct rate for IV medication and fluids. Biochem, well, that was a dumb move on my part, to think that I wouldn’t need biochem in nursing. Turns out that is pretty much what your body is=biological chemistry, the citric acid cycle, the glucose cycle, Blood gases, electrolytes, etc . As for liquid biology, it is essential I understand the difference between isotonic, hypertonic and hypotonic IV solutions in order to make sure my patient gets the fluid exchange they need.  I need to know all about those to understand my patient’s condition and be able to be a good nurse to them.  Truly, the only thing I didn’t really need was English class. 


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