LVN Tips #1 - Anatomy

Get a really good understanding of Anatomy. Anatomy is different to Physiology because as we know Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body. So you want to know where things are, most of us as adults we have a general idea of where things are, some things we might get muddled up with. We know the heart's located in here, the lungs to the side, we can see veins running up and down our arms and maybe our legs and some of us might not want them but they come especially if you're pregnant - we know where our stomach is and we know where our bowel is. We have a little bit of an understanding however when you start studying, you'll find that you'll come across all these new words, and it's like learning a new language and that can be a really confusing part of it but the confusing part is knowing medical terms that surround the organs.

The language of medicine is made up of pretty much Latin and Greek, that sort of thing. That's a little bit hard to get your head around sometimes although a really, really good thing to do is to learn the prefixes and suffixes and the route words, because then when you're reading your text, you'll come across these words and it will prompt you - you'll already know, for example, the prefix epi means upon. So you come upon words like Epidermis with the skin - the outer layer of the skin, is the Epidermis. So immediately when you read that, although it might be a new word to you, you'll recognize that it's got something to do with something upon. It's really good for your prefixes and suffixes and you'll probably find it somewhere in your text book for Anatomy and Physiology and I think mine is at the front.

You can see the list and it goes to the next image and that's by no means a comprehensive list of all of those prefixes and suffixes. It's pretty basic but know things like when we say, cardio - it means heart. When these words come out, you're talking, you'll know what they are and you instantly have a visual idea and imagery - you'll know where it is, you'll know what they're talking about and you'll be able to hang on to the next bit that they talk about - you may be going, "what the hell is an endocardia" so learn the words, learn the structures and learn where they go.

We're beginning a really good basic understanding of Anatomy - you need to read about it and watch videos about it, just a structure, so you need to know about. Particularly organs like the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the pancreas, the liver, the liver is not very hard, and the list is not very hard, the brain, the stomach, just the main organs - read about them and you'll get a really good basic understanding of it and use different study tools to help you.