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- by Nursing_Student92 Apr 24, '11hi everyone,
i'm a newly admitted rpn student for the september 2011 fall intake. first off, i'm super excited that i was accepted but, now i'm a little tiffed about how to be completely successful within the program. i'm nervous and happy and excited, to be getting into to something i've worked hard for.
i'm going to be living away from home and immersed into a completely new city and school, and also will be living on residence. my question here is if there is any advice on how to do well in an rpn program, i know studying every chance i get, but my question is more so based on any tips that have gotten you through school to help you stay focused and what not ?
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- Apr 25, '11 by Ladyj83What school are you going to?
In university I always tried to:
Ask questions (of instructors and peers)
Keep up with your work
Work in a group when you can, talking about things make them easier to understand sometimes.
I'm just getting back into it too, so thank you for this post. I'm in the same boat.
- Apr 25, '11 by Nursing_Student92I'm going to be in the rpn program at Seneca, i made this post because ive worked so hard to get there and i would never wanna do anything to mess it up, thank you for this advice Im just hoping that everything i worked hard for will be at its greatest potential.
- Apr 25, '11 by Ladyj83keep your goals in sight and take it one day at a time and I'm sure you will do fine. i like to think that people who are this passionate and this committed to their goals are successful in reaching them.
- Apr 26, '11 by SurroDoulaAt the beginning of each semester, write down all your important due dates, and make a list of readings you need to do for each week. That way you know well in advance when you have a heavier week, and can try to get a bit ahead in the weeks beforehand. Don't leave everything to the last minute.
- May 1, '11 by Smith.C74Get organized. In picked up a calendar that had blank pages from Staples that was supposed to be used as a desk pad. I put all of the dates for tests, assignments, clinicals, everything on it and put it where I'd see it all of the time. It was only about $5.00 or so. A great investment. It let me see when assignments were due, which tests were when etc.
Congratulations on getting accepted!
- May 1, '11 by Nursing_Student92Thanks everyone for all the great advice !
- May 2, '11 by CanadianGirl79Practice, practice, practice your skills. Every chance you get. That way, you will know them inside and out. Know why you would do each intervention. Knowing why you are doing something helps you to really understand the bigger picture. So dont just learn how to put in a catheter, know WHY you would put it in, and why each step has to be done in that particular order.
Do your readings, even if they are very boring.
For me, I found that making notes from the readings really helped me. I would read the chapter once, then again, highlighting the important stuff. Then I'd make notes from the highlighted bits. It really helped me to take in what I was reading, and to remember it.
Also, NEVER SKIP CLASS. If you are actually really sick, fine...but if you just have a slight cold, suck it up. Take some kleenex, a cup of tea and a pack of halls, and go anyways. It's too easy to get behind if you miss stuff. (Obviously if you have the flu, or some horribly communicable illness you shouldn't go...I'm just talking about a simple case of the sniffles or the "I'm too tired to go"s).
Good luck! Congrats on being accepted! Being an RPN is great.