1st day, 1st semester nursing student - page 2

Wow.......lol. I've been trying to prepare myself for this first semester of nursing class & I thought I was doing pretty well--until going to class today. She took it easy on us, just went over... Read More

  1. by   leslieRN2B
    I will start my second semester on Wednesday. The first day of the first semester was overwhelming. We got so much information I didn't know if I could keep it all straight. My advice to you is get a binder, divide it up in sections, one for each class, put your syllabi in the appropriate section and any other papers they give you..get organized. Keep up with your reading and learn the equivalents for the dosage calculations.
    We had a Clinical Skills class and labs to go along with it and had tests for each section covered.
    In the Basic Pharmacology class, they gave 10 dosage calculations tests, we were required to pass one test with a 100 and had to take atleast 5 of the tests to get that 100. I got mine on the 4th test and only had to take 1 more. If you didn't pass one calculations test with a 100 within the 10, no matter what your unit test scores were in the other classes, you were out of the program.
    75 is considered passing on tests and final averages.
    I am interested in how many other programs are now requiring drug screens. My school started screening all Allied Health students per request of the clinical facilities. They tested everyone in the beginning and will be conducting random tests.
    Good luck!
  2. by   MIKEY LIKES
    Drug screens. Hmmm...good idea. As far as I know the school I'm going to dosen't do them. But I haven't started yet. Jennerizer, congrats on your first day, sounds like you have a lot of studying to do. Best of luck to you.
  3. by   camkib
    Jen,

    Sounds very exciting!!! I can't wait until my first day...although I haven't a clue when that would be
  4. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Jen,

    Thanks again for such a thorough account of your first day. It enables those of us awaiting admission to live vicariously through you!

    Nessa & NurseWeasel, please let us know how your first days go, too!
  5. by   shelby88669
    wow-- i start my first class on monday-13th--we dont get any info on what to read or anything until the first day of school i wish i could prepare early--but your school sounds alot like mine from what i learned in orientation a month ago--best of luck to you--you will do fine--im sure we will all be on here talking about our new stressful life haha but it will be so worth it in the long run--again best of luck to you jen and to everyone else just starting out and everyone already in the program---:roll
  6. by   Momto2Boys
    Jenn:

    You are scaring me away.....LOL :chuckle

    Wow that seems very overwhelming hang in there and best of luck to you! Oh yeah my English prof. was only 26 y/o that was a huge wake up call for me
  7. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Jenn: Your school sounds very close to the way mine was. Passing grade, however, was 80%. Not 79.9! (Yes, I knew a girl who had 79.9% and was failed.)

    I took the entire ADN program in two years. Took A&P and Micro at the same time I was taking Nursing courses. (Only insane people do that, I swear.) So, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    Make yourself a calendar and each night work a little on what is due tomorrow, and on what is due in 2 or 3 weeks. Because, believe me, that time FLIES and you do NOT want to pull an all-nighter to complete a writing assignment you had known about for three weeks! And also review what you have learned each day...NOT "cramming" the night before. I never studied more than 3 hours the night before any exam because I had reviewed EVERY night. And never think, "Oh, I have plenty of time for that...I can catch up the reading tomorrow." You will NEVER CATCH UP!!! I think you can see that already.

    You will have SO MUCH FUN!!! Enjoy school ... it will be over before you know it! Make friends too. They will always hold a special place in your heart, because you will share so much s---!
    (I will NEVER forget sitting at McDonald's and discussing trach suctioning.......:chuckle

    Debby
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    Originally posted by regnursein99
    Passing grade, however, was 80%. Not 79.9! (Yes, I knew a girl who had 79.9% and was failed.) ... you do NOT want to pull an all-nighter to complete a writing assignment you had known about for three weeks!... Debby
    I also know someone personally who procrastinated on a report she'd known about all semester, pulled an all-nighter to finish it the night before it was due, and ended up failing by .2%. She's out of the program until next year if she's accepted then. Ouch.

    Everyone PLEASE take that lesson to heart, don't learn it the hard way.
  9. by   maire
    I was excited and scared to death anyway, your account just made it intensify! My first day is the 21st, and we have orientation on the 15th. I just called the bookstore to see if they had the syllabus in, and they do (finally). I wonder if I can get my books ordered online and delivered in time for the first day of class or if I have to shell out the big bucks on campus?
    I am taking a math for meds class now (just a two week deal to help students pass the med admin test that's given before every semester of clinicals), and it's a big help.

    To quote Spongebob..."I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready!"

    Good luck to all!
  10. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    GOOD LUCK!!! you'll do great!!!

    Pookie
  11. by   Jennerizer
    Thanks to everyone with the well wishes & advice....I really do appreciate it. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have you all here to talk to. I'm glad I found this board a few months ago so I could get some idea of what to expect. I wonder what it would be like had I not been told in advance. So again...thanks!!

    Day 2 was pretty good. Veryyyyyyy long lecture day though...about 7 hours give or take the couple of breaks that we got. I swear, I don't know how she does it---our professor is 6 months pregnant. I don't know how she can stand there & talk for over 2 hours straight without needing anything to drink or needing a bathroom break. We covered 4 chapters today. One more to do tomorrow & then we get to practice vital signs on one another.

    The last hour of class, the woman that runs our skills practice lab at another campus came to talk to us. She's in charge of student retention. She talked to us about study techniques & also informed us that we can make an appt with the skills practice lab if we feel we need one on one help with anything. This Saturday for 3 hours, they are having some of the second semester students available for us to pair up one on one with & practice the skills we learn this week or if we want advice from someone that has been in our spot last semester. I will definitely take advantage of that. I think professor & lab instructors often forget that we haven't a clue as to what we are doing, plus we are nervous on top of it. So it will be nice to talk to someone who knows quite well what it's like to be where we are.

    Maire---sounds like you are taking a good class there. You definitely need to know the math in order to pass. We won't be starting on that until later in the month...well other than a few math questions here & there to start getting us used to what to expect. But we don't actually open the math for meds book until the 3rd week in January & I think our test is the last Tuesday of the month.

    Debby----I'm starting to understand about getting to know my classmates. We will be together for the next 2 years. Good job on getting through the program along with micro & AP!

    Leslie---I'm only taking one class & it includes all of the pharmacology & math along with the fundamentals of nursing. It's a 10 credit class. I'm going for the ADN.

    Ok, off to go review what was taught today & then heading to bed. Fun, fun, fun!!!
  12. by   luluann
    Jen,
    Thanks for sharing!!! Now I don't feel so bad about being a nervous wreck. Classes start for me on Thursday and I went and got my books today and the syllabus was included with the packet. Unbelievable!! I spent $372 and came home with 9 very large books. Was glad I had my "wheelie" backpack (I know.... NERD!!...but my back appreciates it) Once I got home I started looking at all my stuff and started really getting nervous. WHAT in the world was I thinking getting into this???? But, I sent an email to my family and friends and most of them have assured me that I am NOT crazy and that I can do this. Thank heavens for family and friends to support us!! I am especially thankful for all of you...it's nice to know that I can come out here and post my anxieties and all of you can relate.
  13. by   Vmommyx4_RN
    I start the 21st, orientation is the 15th, I don't have a schedule, yet, and don't know what books I need yet.

    Am I worried, YES!!!

    But, I survived 21 hours last semester (6A's and 1B) so I guess I will live, back to a dirty house and no time to snooze. I figure TV will still be around when I get done, Right?

    Last semester when I would get sick of studying, I would say to myself : I am a nurse, I am a nurse, I am a nurse. Just saying it gave me a feeling of power and surge to succeed.

    Thanks for the insight, we'll all get through it together.

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