Medical Surgical Nursing Flashcards

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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.

  • Edition 2: Released in 2020, the second edition is much BIGGER and BETTER than our previous deck. It includes an Anatomy & Physiology review, MORE diseases/disorders, focused and succinct Pathophysiology concepts, AND more details on Complications/Critical Care topics.
  • Edition 1: Our popular first release with core Medical-Surgical concepts. See the full list of concepts covered, here. 
  • All flashcards have a glossy front and matte back for easy note taking.

Why Edition 2?

Edition 2 combines 3 decks into one: 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: 

  • More diseases and disorders are covered
  • Many new hints (marked with a Cool Chicken!)
  • Cross-references to materials from Pharmacology (Ed 2), Pharmacology Basics, Health Assessment, EKG Interpretations, and Lab Values flashcards from Level Up RN
  • Anatomy & Physiology Review
  • Focused, succinct Pathophysiology concepts
  • Complications and Critical Care topics
  • Follows brand new FREE YouTube playlist (under development)

Our Medical-Surgical Edition 2 flashcard deck includes

  • Four Hundred (406) 3” x 5” flashcards 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, each with its own cover card
  • The 10 body sytems that are covered include: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nervous, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Renal, Reproductive, Immune, Integumentary
  • Key concepts highlighted in bold, red type
  • Click HERE to see the expanded list of the topics covered by this flashcard deck.

Why Edition 1?

Edition 1 is the classic edition of our flashcards. This proven resource has been used and loved by thousands of nurses and students! Here's why you might choose Edition 1.


  • Two Hundred Thirty Four (234) 3" x 5" flashcards divided between two volumes, plus two cover cards. Each card is durable, with a glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.

  • Volume one includes: Nervous System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Hematologic System, Fluid & Electrolyte, Acid/Base Imbalances, Gastrointestinal System

  • Volume two includes: Renal Systems, Reproductive System, Musculoskeletal System, Integumentary System, Endocrine System, Immune System, Peri-operative Nursing

  • Click HERE to see a list of the topics included in our Medical-Surgical Edition 1 flashcard deck. 

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 Pharmacology 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


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!

NOTE: These flashcards are not intended to replace the detail that is provided by textbooks. Here is what is not included in this deck:

  • Detailed anatomy and physiology. The A&P review portion of the deck is just a 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.
  • Detailed, in-depth pathophysiology. Pathophysiology of the diseases/disorders is briefly and simply in ~1-3 sentences. This deck does not replace the need for a Pathophysiology textbook with very detailed explanations.
  • In-depth critical care nursing skills/concepts. If you are working as a new critical care nurse, you will receive in-depth instruction and training from your medical facility. This deck does not replace the need for that kind of instruction/training.
  • Detailed pharmacology information. Cards in this deck DO refer to medications in our Pharmacology Edition 2.0 deck, so you can quickly and easily look up those details!

Save on shipping:  We know, shipping costs are a drag! Order multiple decks with your cohort or add on other decks (like Pharmacology Edition 2) to save money on your total order.

Flat rate shipping is $7.50 on all orders and FREE for orders over $100. Order with your classmates and save! All orders are sent via USPS Priority Mail, which typically delivers packages within 3 days (receipt within 2 days is NOT guaranteed). Packages received after the USPS pickup time will be mailed the next business day. Delays with the US Postal Service are outside of our control, so be sure to order your cards well before your upcoming exam.

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Latrice E.
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Medical surgical

It has helped me with all my tests

Wilfredo H.
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Worth it

It is very helpful and it is worth it

Chana H.
United States United States
Med surg flash cards

These cards are amazing, a great study tool especially when your out. Gives you the basic what you need to know and very useful. Wish there was peds flash cards.

Beverly K.
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Yvena D.

Very good, delivered on time

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