1st day, 1st semester nursing student - page 3
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
Jan 8, '03HI :-)
I am in the LPN program in MN and we have to pass with an 80% and then we have tonz of practical test outs (like catheterization, sterile wound irrigation, etc. that are worth almost as much as a test grade and then all the practicals count for 40% of your grade (with a bit of homework added in) and then the written exams are 60% of your grade. I have to tell you though it is very frustrating when your final grade for a nursing class is 93% and thats a B. But to me, my patients wont know if I got an A, B, or C in my nursing classes, but they will know if I know my stuff so focus on that. ONe word of advice, last semester I figured out towards the end, what they tell you will be on the test, it is, but about 25 more questions about various other things. In my classes, 90% of the questions come straight from the review questions at the end of the chapters and then from the study guide. I don't know how it will be for you but Its just a heads up. I wish you smooth sailing in all that you do, just remember if it were easy, tonz of people would be nurses, and I know I don't want just anyone helping me. ) We want it to be hard, so that we as nurses will be knowlegeable and wise.
Jan 8, '03I START MY 1ST SEMESTER OF NURSING ON MONDAY,AND I JUST GOT MY BOOKS TODAY ..AND THAT ITSELF WAS OVERWHELMING ..IM A LITTLE NERVOUS,BUT I KNOW THIS IS WHAT IVE BEEN WORKING FOR.I KNOW IN THE LONG RUN IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE,HOPE TO STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH THE NEXT SEMESTERS TO COME..
Jan 9, '03Thanks for the advice. I made it through my first week. Yay!
Now I have 4 days to study for the test on Monday. They kept warning us all week that the exams are not easy....do not underestimate them or put off studying until last minute. So we're all panicking wondering just how tough can this exam be.
We learned vital signs yesterday & then had 3 hours to practice them on each other. I have to look back & laugh because none of us know what we are doing & it definitely shows. We have 2 weeks to practice & then we have evaluations on handwashing, vital signs & physical assessment. Needless to say, I'm sure all of us will be nervous that day. I need to go buy a blood pressure cuff so I can practice on people around me.
I can't wait to hear from those who started today or are starting in the next week or two. Good luck to you all!