"If I could do nursing school over again" advice thread - page 3

Re-direct me if this thread has been done before. I'm starting my BSN program in a couple of weeks and I'm looking for advice about study habits, school-work-life balance, any random tips, etc.,... Read More

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    LOVE this thread. I start my BSN program in Jan. Thanks so much!

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    I am going into my senior year and I'll endorse those who say to do those NCLEX questions NOW--I study with my textbook and then look up those same topics in my Saunders and in my review and rationales book (as well as the textbook's study guide) and it really helps me know priorities and be able to stay on top of knowing what to look for in exam questions.
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    This is an old thread, but I just found it. I'll still throw in a few things....
    I'm in my last class and will be done with school in 2 weeks.
    Now, looking back, I wish I would have been able to sort out the "gauntlet". It is my opinion that there are a lot of inconsequential things thrown into the program that, although they may have an intended outcome, were not worth as much of my time as I had given them. Consequently, I'd spend more time on a project that was worth a piddly amount of points toward my grade, and less time studying for a test next week (that was the ultimate factor in pass/fail status).
    I just left a post in another thread about the Nursing Central app. I'm not waving the banner for that specific app, but I absolutely suggest anyone get a similar app that they like or can afford. Some are cheap. Some are pricey (Nursing Central). But I wish I got NC a long time ago. I use it multiple times each day. Saves me going to the computer or a reference book to look something up.
    I'm an old guy. One of the oldest in my class. I don't do well with the younger crowd. I started out trying too hard to bite my tongue. Regardless of your situation... let it hang out. You are who you are.
    Get a backbone and a work ethic BEFORE you come to nursing school. It seems to me that, as I look around my class, it is a prerequisite to be a whiney crybaby. It is SCHOOL. It is a HARD school. For a DEMANDING career where people LIVES will be in YOUR hands. Do you really think your education is something that should be spoon-fed to you? How be you actually try to LEARN some of the info you will be required to use to SAVE LIVES, instead of looking for short cuts or the easy way out? (did I say I'm an old guy?)
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    I would have applied for more jobs faster. A lot of new grad programs only accept applications through February or March for the students graduating in May. I got some applications in before March, but not nearly enough - and I totally missed applying to a couple of hospitals that were in my top 3 of places I'd like to work. Wish someone had told me how early I needed to start applying for jobs.

    Also, apply as soon as the window opens! One of my favorite hospitals opened applications February 15th, I waited to apply the next week because I was really busy that day, but I found out they had taken down the place to apply by February 18th because they'd received so many applications. Don't count on applications being open for weeks! Sometimes they are just open for days or hours. Sitting at the computer and refreshing until the application opens, like you do to register for classes, is not a bad idea.

    I would have also done something other than nursing, but that's a different story.

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