I don't like to give advice anymore since each program is different and has its own challenges but some general ones are....
1. Know how to copy and paste. Save everything you type
Make sure you can copy and paste that. Only download stuff you can copy and paste. You get the picture. Mattsmom is dead on there!
2. Pick pts as early as possible. Try not to work that day. You will be 100% glad you didn't. Picking early gives you more time. More time=more sleep AND a greater chance that you are actually learning something from it.
(Sometimes I wonder)
3. Work on your a**-kissing skills. You will need them. Everday, for everyone. Learn to feel the fear but do it anyway
. You can be pissed off, but stuff it and keep pushing onward. The teacher is always right, there is no use in fighting it. And it doesn't matter if you were right too..The sooner you get past it and forget about it the better off you will be. (goes back to that a**-kissing part). Your nurse is always smarter than you. No matter what, that is how you should act. Even if you learned something different in school. Remember, you are a lowly student and she/he is a competent nurse that has so much to offer you. PERIOD. Acting any other way will get you nowhere.
4. Read everything you can
about medical diagnosis, s/sx, inteventions, lab tests, procedures, anything nursing......you will never feel like you know enough but you should atleast try to pretend to have a clue. You need to know a little
about everything and a lot
about the biggies (CHF, MI, CAD, HTN, RF..etc)
As far as classwork, I am one of those people that can get an A on a test as long as I show up for lecture. DON'T EVER MISS LECTURE UNLESS YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. YOU WILL NEVER MAKE UP FOR IT.
Can't think of anything else right now. I am on break my brain isn't working today....
Most of all.......FEEL PROUD that you made it in!! If I can do it, you can do it! Don't listen to anyone who tells you different. Good luck to you!