"If I could do nursing school over again" advice thread "If I could do nursing school over again" advice thread | allnurses

"If I could do nursing school over again" advice thread

  1. 1 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., from current nursing students and/or nurses. Looking back on your time in nursing school, what would you have done (or not done) differently?

    Cheers.
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  3. Visit  Summer Days profile page
    #1 2
    I work and attend school; it is not the easiest of schedules. If you are looking to work, I suggest you work part time preferably in a hospital environment. Study tips? Study everyday if your schedule allows and in your study plan to tackle at least 20 nclex-style questions. All the best, cheers
  4. Visit  mclennan profile page
    #2 6
    I woulda dropped out and gone to engineering school

    But if I had to do it again,

    Try not to work at all
    Clear the drama out of your life
    Don't make big life changes during program (real estate, marriage, divorce, babies etc)
    Have a sense of humor
    Enforce your boundaries
    Keep mouth shut but eyes/ears open
    Don't buy into the Superwoman myth, you don't have to be everything to everyone perfectly
  5. Visit  dansamy profile page
    #3 1
    I would have cared more about my gpa. In the middle of nursing school, I had the mindset that a C got me through & I was fine with it. If I'd put forth even a little effort, I could have kept a nicer gpa.

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  6. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
    #4 0
    This thread HAS been done before, but it will take me a few minutes to find the other one. If I had to do nursing school (college) over again, the only thing I would do differently is I would study abroad.
  7. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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  8. Visit  darkbeauty profile page
    #6 0
    Quote from KelRN215
    This thread HAS been done before, but it will take me a few minutes to find the other one. If I had to do nursing school (college) over again, the only thing I would do differently is I would study abroad.
    Abroad?? Wow...plz share why, what it is you know now that could have helped? *interested*
  9. Visit  JBudd profile page
    #7 1
    I would have made more careful notes about what was expected, because I would get toward the end of something and realize I didn't have all the data I would need, or the correct write-ups. Don't depend on your memory alone for assignments and the details about it. If the class agrees to do something a little differently, write it down. Expand on the syllabus whenever the instructor gives you extra hints or ideas.
  10. Visit  NurseNanci1 profile page
    #8 3
    I would have forced myself to take more time for me and my family. I lost my mom in the 3rd semester and I regret that I sacrificed so much time I could have had in an effort to "Make perfect scores" I'd give up my As and take Bs if I could get some time back with my Mom. Don't let it consume you.
  11. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    Quote from darkbeauty
    Abroad?? Wow...plz share why, what it is you know now that could have helped? *interested*
    I feel as though I missed my chance to live abroad. All my friends who studied abroad had amazing experiences and- at least when you live in the US- picking up and taking off for months at a time isn't realistic. I have a full-time job, a mortgage and many other responsibilities keeping me here. Those were things that weren't issues/that I wouldn't have worried about at 21/22. If I didn't have medical conditions keeping me here/close to doctors I would have moved to either Africa or Latin America after working for 2 years. Alas, that wasn't meant to be. Maybe I'll retire in the Caribbean and get my chance to live elsewhere.
  12. Visit  BSNbeDONE profile page
    #10 1
    I would have continued on until I reached the level I'm currently pursuing (BSN), and entered into the military as an officer and be retiring right about now at the age of 48 instead of dreading work tonight, hoping to get out on time in the morning so that I can make that 3 1/2-hour drive home in time enough to get some sleep so that I can wake up and log on as soon as the BSN courses open up on Sunday evening.

    (That loaded sentence is an English instructor's sitting-on-ready with a red marking pencil dream-come-true!)
  13. Visit  chicagoboy profile page
    #11 0
    I'd buy an NCLEX-RN book to coincide with our lectures. I should have done this while i was in Nursing school...oh well.
  14. Visit  vintagemother profile page
    #12 1
    I wish I'd known that, while nursing school doesn't cause breakups, it does exacerbate existing problems because it takes a toll in family finances, responsibilities and roles. It may also change the power structure and affect egos.

    I have a few ladies in my class whose husbands and children's fathers decided that her choice to attend nursing school would be his impetus to kick her out. I've also seem lots of adulterous affairs. And other affairs.

    Ok, what else do I wish I'd known? You need a gas budget. Clinicals could be super far away. Most of mine were about an hour away, which is a lot of gas.

    I had to face the fact that I couldn't be there for all of my children's activities any longer. It was a sacrifice I had to make.

    Nursing school has a tendency to make you gain weight unless you actively work against that.

    Nursing school has been (academically) easier than my prerequisites.

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