1) Looking back, what advice did you wish you got when you started Nursing School? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
The best advice i got was from a nurse on my 2nd clinical rotation...just get through school. What you will learn in school and what applies in real life are 2 different things, so just figure out how to graduate. Don't sweat the small stuff...school will teach how to be a critical thinker, the rest works itself out.
The advice i will give to you is to just hang in there. There was a lot of stress and anxiety and lots of tears (i was in a night program and most people worked F/T and/or had kids, so everyone was stressed to the max...so this was true for us). Just get through it. I think the beginning may seem overwhelming because you have so much to learn, whereas the later part of nursing school, you will build on the knowledge you have (however, its still stressful). Prioritize. Don't be a follower, but know when to lay low (especially with evil instructors/professors...) Don't be afraid to make mistakes, BUT ALWAYS ASK or/and do your research. Be prepared. When things get tough, have a drink, a good cry, and get back to work
2) If you could change one thing in your Nursing School exprience, what would it be? ....(why?) Do you have any regrets?
I wouldnt change anything. As much as parts of my journey sucked, its what made it unique. And its always amusing how nursing students respond to their challenges....it made for good memories, and lots of friends. Enjoy every moment...i really miss my friends now...
Oh, and graduation is the sweetest moment...ranks right up there with passing your boards and getting your first RN job (i start mine tomorrow)...and, HEY! all these things happen pretty quickly and very close to each other, it will be lots of fun.