How to Pass Fundamentals of Nursing

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
If you're going to nursing school, Fundamentals of Nursing may be one of the first courses you will have to take. Read on for insight regarding what this course entails along with strategies to help you pass.

Passing Your Fundamentals of Nursing Course

Your Fundamentals of Nursing course will introduce you to the basic nursing knowledge and skills you'll use throughout your academic and professional career. To pass it, you will need not only a thorough understanding of the academic subject matter, but also strong clinical, interpersonal, time-management, and stress-management skills.

Ace Your Course and Lab Work

In Fundamentals of Nursing, you will encounter many foreign concepts and terminology. The best strategies for success are outlined below:

  • Form a study group with your classmates so you may help each other with strengths and weaknesses and keep one another focused.
  • Learn basic medical terminology so you fully understand reading materials, lectures, and lab assignments. A self-paced course is a helpful tool for mastering these terms. See, for example,'s online Medical Terminology course.
  • Use open lab time at your school as much as possible to practice your clinical and lab skills.
  • Refresh your math skills. Fundamentals of Nursing courses typically require students to perform calculations, such as those necessary to determine medication dosages. Depending on your school, your Fundamentals of Nursing course may include a required math exam. Math resources, such as's college math lessons, are helpful for reviewing the steps involved in performing arithmetic operations with decimals and fractions. You can also get a refresher on conversion factors with this lesson on Metric System Units and Conversion.
  • Utilize study guides and other resources to help master the topics you find difficult.'s online Fundamentals of Nursing course, for example, has more than a dozen chapters - each broken down into short, easy-to-follow lessons covering all the concepts you'll encounter during your Fundamentals of Nursing course.

Master Required Interpersonal Skills

Along with academic knowledge and lab skills, your Fundamentals of Nursing class will measure your ability to make decisions, think critically, and communicate effectively. You will have to demonstrate strong listening and interviewing skills along with mastery of both verbal and non-verbal communication when interacting with patients and other members of a health care team. If any of these skills are not among your strengths, you may want to brush up on them by studying the lessons in's Interpersonal Communication course.

Manage Your Stress

Taking Fundamentals of Nursing, along with other courses you encounter as you start nursing school, can be stressful. It is important to manage both your time and your stress level. You can achieve this by taking the following suggestions into consideration:

  • Ask for help from your instructors, advisors, or peers as soon as you realize you are having difficulty with a concept or assignment.
  • Use effective study skills so you maximize the time you spend studying. For quick tips, check out this short lesson on How to Improve Your Study Skills.
  • Take time for yourself and relaxing when you're feeling stressed. This short lesson on Relaxation Techniques can help.
  • Manage your time so you can juggle your various responsibilities. Time management will be critical for this course, the rest of nursing school, and your career as a nurse. For help, see this Time Management for Nurses course.

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