Student Nurse with ADHD - page 2

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Should I tell my nursing school I have ADHD??? I have been debating this issue for a while now. I am currently in nursing school and half way through med surg. I have ADHD and on medication. I am a good student and I always... Read More


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    I also have a disability. Anxiety disorder. I have never communicated this to anyone because of fear of being discriminated against. However, its pretty obvious as my hand shakes sometimes when performing some nursing procedures. I just dont want my disability to be the focal point of my nursing career. However, I must say, it affects me more clinically rather than in the classroom. Hence, I havent been in exactly the same situation as you are. What I do know is that when people know you have disability they use it to discriminate against you and they start judging your competence.

    I support what elpark has said. I will start with the disability office rather than the nursing professors. They will be able to guide you. If it is really affecting your learning, you should definately tell someone. However, be very careful who you tell as rumors spread within nursing faculty quite easily and you dont want people to label you as such. About your reading, this shows that you really need support. Once you connect with the disability office, they will be able to guide you on appropriate measures to take. I have also found listening to tapes and watching videos are helpful. Go to your nursing lab and see what videos they have.

    Again, I would say, start with the disability office.
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    I have ADD and I have not told my school. I struggle with studying as does anyone with the condition. However I have to say, I work at it. I have the books and have even been known to read from them. Lecture handouts and powerpoints are not enough, not in nursing! Barely passing sounds like it has more to do with not enough resource material than nursing school.
    Its hard to motivate yourself, I know. Nursing books are dull as ditch water for the most part. They are wordy and take pages to get to the point, I get it! But supplement them w/ NCLEX review books, and your lecture notes and take a breath!
    Then switch off the TV, cell phone, tell your friends and family you are not at home... or whatever you have to do to actually focus. Time when you take your meds.
    I chose not to 'tell' my school, although I don't hide it either. I have discussed it with a lecturer when the subject of ADD/ADHD meds came up in conversation, and even given the name of my neurologist to some one from school. BUT I try to work without extra time because for me (and this is just my oppinion) taking extra time for exams is fine, but when it comes to nursing our patients and colleagues won't... so for me I just better get used to having to challenge myself and my time management and my brain!
    Try working up a more focused study plan as a first step would be my suggestion, but again this is all just my oppinion. I don't mind people knowing but I don't want it to impact my academic career anymore than it already has!
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    After reading your posting I know just how you feel. I also have ADHD and I'm a nursing student. I recently learned some new ways of studying that have become very helpful. Some people have a hard time reading all those chapters including myself but we have to read them. I read where you taped your lectures. Have you ever thought about taping yourself reading each of your chapters. I know it might sound funny but reading those long chapters once is tough and retaining the info is another challenge. So if you record yourself reading them, then you can just keep playing them to yourself anywhere like in your car. This is very helpful and you might find that your an aural learner. Which means you learn best when you hear information rather then reading it over and over.

    GoodLuck
    Renee
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    Canadian, Look into taking a low dose of Inderal, a beta blocker (I don't remember generic name--but I get a break because I am only pre nursing).

    I have a familial tremor which is exacerbated by stress. My hands visibly shake and it is very visible if I am holding a piece of paper or if I was holding a medical instrument. If I am giving a speech or other high anxiety situation it is awful and I get preoccupied with it. My Uncle, a neurologist, suggested inderal and it works like a charm. I only take a low dose and I just take it when I know I will be in a situation where my hand shaking will be a problem.

    I KNOW I will be taking it during clinicals. Look into it. It is a blood pressure medication and does not affect you mentally at all.

    I also agree with Elks advice on ADHD


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