I guess I just need some advice, support here guys. I am a new LVN (49 years old) yeah I know. I have three prereqs to do to get into the LVN-Bridge program. This semester I took anatomy and micro together. Well I failed my first lab practical and even though I was at a B in the class I am now at an F. So I'm dropping the anatomy and will concentrate on micro now. But I am so discouraged. I still need physiology and wanted to be done before my 50th birthday in August. This is the second time I have had to drop anatomy. Am considering taking it (alone) over the summer, but so afraid I just cannot do that class. Maybe it's my menopause brain, but I cannot remember all the parts of those bones, etc. and I blank out even after studying 24/7. Has anyone had trouble like this with anatomy. Now I have a fear of trying it again. I think I can pass micro, but the anatomy scares me to death now. I will definiately not take the same instructor. At our college in Lancaster, CA, the science courses are University level and some say they are geared towards pre med students. I just don't feel smart enough to pass this class and feel like I can never become an RN now. My 22 year old daughter is graduating with her RN in June, but her mom is an idiot!!!! If anyone has any thoughts, suggestions. I would appreciate it. I am soooooooo discouraged right now. Thanks guys. You are all my heros. Sincerely, old gal LVN in California
Mar 29, '07
I don't know much about menopause. In one of my nursing classes, I was apparently the only one who thought men don't go through menopause. I, however, was right.
I do have first-hand experience as a middle-aged nursing student. Do not, for a moment, allow yourself to believe that you aren't as smart as you once were. IQ does not change throughout the lifespan, and in practical terms you are smarter than you were in your twenties, since you have abundant life-experience and the ability to apply lessons learned in other areas to problems you face now. In short, you can do this. LVN/LPN school is hard. If you can do that, you can do RN school, as well. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DISCOURAGED.
That said, I think you may be on the right track, taking anatomy by itself. I also agree with taking notes, making flashcards, etc. I highly recommend a study group. If you can find even a couple of people with motivation equal to yours and work together, it can help a great deal.
One thing I found helpful in anatomy is learning what those mind-boggling Latin names mean. I don't mean taking a course in Latin, unless you are so inclined, but just buying a used latin dictionary might help. Somehow, to me, "little vinegar cup" is less imposing than "acetabulum."
My anatomy instructor also recommended an Anatomy Coloring Book. You can get them from online bookstores, if not in your school bookstore. To be honest, I didn't get a lot of benefit from mine--anatomy came fairly easily to me--but others did, and there were times when coloring was fairly good OT to cope with the stress of my other courses.
Good luck. Not that you need luck. You'll do just fine on your native intelligence, perserverance, and sultry good looks alone.
Last edit by nursemike on Mar 29, '07
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