What was your secret weapon for surviving nursing school?? - page 5

:p Hi! I am a new nursing student(I have only been in school for about 3months). With all of the studying that we as nursing students must do to excell in this profession, it can be physically and... Read More

  1. by   liza tamkin
    the secret to survival is being positive. Surround yourself with positive people. Hang out with other students who are really interested in nursing and find a mentor someonen in the next semester up from you or a profeesional nurse ho is positive and willing to give you hints on how to make it in the real world.
  2. by   oneLoneNurse
    I relyed on good friends to pass nursing school. Last diploma my girl friend helped me out. I'm not a rocket scientist and actually never really wanted to become a nurse, just went into it for the money and security.

    I'm happy I made it.
  3. by   reyna
    FRIENDSthank goodness for them! i'm lucky that this is the only peer pressure i've let myself be pressured about! finish school. besides i figure the faster i get it over with, the faster i can be out of school.
  4. by   Dixiedi
    No strategy here, it was a job to be done and I did it.
    I don't think we always need to make everything a "strategy".
    Assigning a strategy to everything and then depending on something other than ones own determination can sometimes slow you down. It's not like that for everybody, but it is for me.
  5. by   BHolliRNMS
    Chocolate chip granola bars and coca-cola...helps you not miss sleeping so much.
    Humour......some of the things we do in nursing school before we know better really is funny.
  6. by   missmercy
    BholliRNMS -- I agree HUMOR is a big part of succeeding anywhere!! I learned to laugh at myself, was dilligent -- but not obsessed. Friends were a huge source of encouragement !! And tons of late nights (MT.Dew), hard work and a boat load of determination (my parents tell me the correct word would be "stubbornness" -- but "determination sounds better)
  7. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Positive music in my car to start the day with some good energy.

    Trying to see the humor in my mistakes or in situations (my very first clinical day I was trapped in a nonworking elevator for 3 hours -- I made the operator call my clinical instructor BEFORE she called maintenance! I was teased for that for the next two years!)

    Relaxing as much as possible; I agree wholeheartedly with not worrying over tests.

    Taking it one day at a time. Looking too far ahead is overwhelming sometimes.
  8. by   GPatty
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Trying to see the humor in my mistakes or in situations (my very first clinical day I was trapped in a nonworking elevator for 3 hours -- I made the operator call my clinical instructor BEFORE she called maintenance! I was teased for that for the next two years!)

    I LOVE it! A true student nurse there!

    Making it through? Ummm....I guess I just did it through LPN training. No special hours or groups or anything. Although I did study at the library once and I still have retained THAT info!

    This time? I'm hoping to study more at the library and away from family. Hubby is more demanding than the kids....(but he's getting better!).
    Thanks for all the great tips! Keep 'em coming!
  9. by   Headhurt
    Starbucks...a venti iced white mocha with a shot of almond. Worked every time!!!
  10. by   MelissaRN
    Fresh air, exercise, 8 hours of sleep most nights and a really good daily planner in order to prioritize assignments.
  11. by   lovinghands
    Quote from MelissaRN
    Fresh air, exercise, 8 hours of sleep most nights and a really good daily planner in order to prioritize assignments.
    You sure you went to nursing school? :chuckle Just teasing - I look back at when I went to nursing school and wish I'd had taken better care of myself. The stress really did a number on my sanity and family life.
  12. by   Kingbandit
    [QUOTE=missmercy]
    Quote from redraccoon
    I was part of a study group. We were "different"... not the agressive get "A's" on everything types nor the "just do what you can to scrape by" types. Our group fed off the strengths of each person and helped overcome weaknesses. It was great. We got together at least once weekly and always a special meeting before tests.
    It definately helped me.

    Same here! After particularily grueling tests, we would occasionally plot our imigined revenge on the horrible test writer -- or else head out somewhere for icecream to celebrate our survival through another test!!

    Sometimes we would study at DENNY's or some other all night diner -- they didn't mind too much -- we drank alot of coffee/soda and ordered brain food on occasion ( mozzerella sticks, fries, pie...). the manager christened the back corner table as "the nurses nook" . He used to get a kick oat how nurses talk when we get in a group!! ( eat and discuss abcessed wounds etc. without any problem, etc.)
    I formed a study group. We met so much the first few quarters that other students labled us THE NURSING CULT. But after we became so strong and powerful that instructors were referring students to us the rest of the students wanted in. I was the "Professor" and we used a local coffee shop to study the owner let us use a private room free as long as we bought lunch or breakfast. When we got to psyche I realized we had a full fledged support group. Without the cult I wouyld not be a nurse today.
  13. by   cd48x
    nursing school was one of the most difficult challenges i ever met in my life!
    i was bound and determined i was gonna make it! (i was divorced, had 2 kids.)
    no one or nothing was gonna get in my way! i prayed and prayed...and took one day at a time. thru determination, fear, and support from above and my 2 boys, i struggled.
    i shot for an "a" and prayed for a "c" lol. i did really well, but it's hard work.
    don't give up, and in the end you will remember this quote:
    "i hung in there!"

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