Medical-Surgical Nursing Flashcards

Medical-Surgical Nursing is at the heart of nursing. Our Medical-Surgical flashcards are designed to help nursing students, new nurses, or nurses studying to become a certified Medical-Surgical RN. They provide all the information you need to know to pass your exams (including the ATI, NCLEX, and HESI exams), and none of what you don't. Our consolidated flashcard format sets us apart.

Our Medical-Surgical Edition 2 flashcard deck includes:

  • Four Hundred (400) 3” x 5” flashcards split into three volumes plus cover cards for each section. Each card is durable, with a glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.
  • Flashcards organized by 10 body systems, including: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nervous, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Renal, Reproductive, Immune, Integumentary
  • Key concepts highlighted in bold, red type
  • An expanded list of topics.

What's new in Edition 2?

Released in 2020, the Medical-Surgical Edition 2 is much BIGGER and BETTER than Edition 1. Edition 2 combines Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pathophysiology, and Critical Care. This "super deck" provides the key nursing concepts you need to know for each of these areas. There is a huge amount of overlap in the subject matter between Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pathophysiology, and Critical Care Nursing; therefore, we combined the material in an organized, easy-to-follow format in order to save you time and effort! Here’s some of what’s been added:

  • Three entirely new volumes
  • More diseases and disorders are covered
  • Many new hints (marked with a Cool Chicken!)
  • Cross-references to our other flashcard decks, including: Pharmacology Edition 2, Pharmacology Basics, Health Assessment, EKG Interpretations, and Lab Values
  • Anatomy & Physiology refresher to help you recall the overall structure and function of the body system, so that you can better understand the pathophysiology of each disorder/disease.
  • Focused, succinct Pathophysiology concepts
  • Complications and Critical Care topics

Which Nursing Exams Do These Flashcards Help With?

Cathy Parkes, BSN, RN, CWCN, PHN in collaboration with a number of other nurses and nursing resources, designed this flashcard deck to help nursing students master what they need to know for Med-Surg and help prepare them for the following exams:

  • NCLEX and comprehensive predictor exams (ex: ATI, HESI)
  • Nursing class exams that cover Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pathophysiology, and Critical Care Nursing
  • Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nursing (CMSRN) exam


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The Legend of Cool Chicken

Have you heard the legend of Cool Chicken? It is our most memorable (and talked about) memory aide. As it turns out, nursing material is a lot more fun to learn when you make up silly stories to "explain" the concepts.

This wacky hint has its origin in our Pharmacology videos!

Colchicine is a medication used to treat an acute gout attack.

HINT: Colchicine kind of looks like 'cool chicken'.

Guy to his friend with a chicken: "Hey man, cool chicken. OUCH! Your chicken just pecked and cut my gouty toe!"

The Level Up RN community loved this hint, and it was the reason we started adding more hints to our flashcard decks.

The Cool Chicken highlights a silly memory device that makes it easier to learn the material you need to know!

See it in action

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Carrie W.
United States United States
Helped me get an A!

Incorporated LevelUp RN flashcards with my new way of studying Med-Surg—my past two tests I had gotten Cs—once I used the flashcards with my new ways of studying, I got an A! Very glad I decided to make the purchase and incorporate the flashcards into my studying.

Precious H.
United States United States
Med-Surg Edition 2

I found Cathy on YouTube. Her videos were very informative, and helpful so I took a chance and ordered her cards. Shipping was fast, & the cards are very colorful and creative (I am a visual learner!) I used the flashcards to study for my med surg exam, and I passed! I am a full time worker & mother of 3 so I don't have a lot of time to write everything out. These cards were very convenient when I had down time. Two other students in my class have already ordered their cards. If you enjoy Cathy's videos you will love the cards! If you're second guessing yourself due to the price they are worth every penny!

Tina M.
United States United States
Love these flashcards

I am getting ready to start an LPN-to-RN bridge program, and these cards are going to be so helpful! I have to repeat Anatomy & Physiology, due to taking it more than 10 years ago, and I just know these cards will be helpful for that as well. I plan on buying more as I progress into the nursing rotations. Going back to school at age 50, so I need all the help I can get! :)

Tamara J.
United States United States
Med-Surg Pack

I used these for my last test and I brought my score up by a whole grade, and a passing grade at that! Just ordered the Peds, Maternity, Pharm & Lab Values flashcards and I am so excited to get them because it might be only way I pass nursing school! - non-traditional student, older than the hills, LPN 25-years ago, thankful for Cathy. Wish me luck!

felicia b.
United States United States
Level Up!!!! RN here I come

Hello, I recently purchased my own combo of cards in the middle of level 3 and sooo glad I did. It helped me increase my grade and leveled up to level 4!!! The pharmacology cards are definitely going to come in handy as I need to start now in my short 3 week break knowing all the pharm things in cardio, resp, GI & renal. I’m ready!!! Let’s go!!

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