first semester jitters!

  1. Hi, I'm a nursing student who is almost done with first semester. I am searching for a nursing student also in first semester who can share their clinical experiences of what they have learned and also to compare the differences between both our nursing program. Need respond ASAP!

    M.B.(SN@LAHC)
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   tprbp
    Hi, I'm in a 2 yr RN (associate degree) program here in Oregon College. We started clinicals 5 weeks into our first semester, usually with only 1-2 patients. I'm also almost over with first semester. I found it's best to let the "real"
    nurses on the unit know what/need to practice. They will normally let you, even if
    it's not really your patient. We are able, with RN or instructor supervision, to do just about anything except IV push meds. Some things (like foley caths) I don't feel I've gotten enough practice on yet, but it's a small town where I come from so there isn't much population to go around.
  4. by   ltm
    just a reply to your message. sorry i am not a first semester student, but i have just completed my final semester in a BSN program. you don't get mounds of experience in your first semester. it just organizes you and orients you to nursing. my first semester consisted of fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. you have three more semesters to get get a taste of all areas of nursing before you go out into the real world. experience is something that you get either as a patient care tech or once you become a nurse on the floor. so even if you only get to do things once or twice, just remember as a new grad you will be in an orientation program where they will expose you to all the skills that you need. best of luck in your program and have fun, its the only way to learn the things that you need to know. just a little tip: study for your tests by going through either a mosby's or kaplan nclex book. it will help with test questions and prepare you for the grand finale: the NCLEX, which i take on May 22. once again, best of luck.
  5. by   luv-mnm
    Thanks for your response to my topic. I didn't think anyone was going to respond. I think it's great to be able to chat with other nursing students. It may take a while to get a respond but eventually someone will pop up. But anyways the nursing program I attend, the students basically has also 1-2 patient's twice a week. We are also able to pass meds, injections, wound cares, NGT, enemas, and foleys. But these are all under the supervision of our instructors of course.
    A big issue with our instructors is giving bed baths. I know it a very important to keep their skin integrity in good condition. It also helps me assess if the patient has any sores to acknowledge, that can be treated before a stage 2 ulcer occurs. Is giving bed bath's a big issue in your school?
  6. by   lsn
    Hi I also am in my 1st sememster, I work part time and have a husband and a child, it is the physical energy I and my class mates are lacking. We went into clinics 1 month into our program too!! The instructors are great though in being there to assist us. Clinic is great for me. I was an LVN for 5 years, so the icky stuff doesn't bother me. Tests are pretty hard, but I get by, if only I could get more studying in, work, school, the house... very hard. Just to share with you... we have a support group at our school, really helps us gripe and moan, and then laugh about it all...anyways..hang in there... it's gonna get tough along the way..but many before have made it....and we will too.....
  7. by   tblumer
    Hi I just started my second to last semester in a BSN program. We are on the cardiac floor. Actually I had my first day today of actual clinical work. I worked as a charge nurse today because our program is geared towards leadership positions. I was really nervous cause I wasn't used to having critical patients much less keeping track of what was going on with 50 patients at all times. I am glad i did this first week though maybe next week when I do patient care I will be a little more relaxed/ I think every student that comes out of a nursing program feels like they don't get enough experience (clinical skills) no matter where they go to school. We have to remember that the hospital we get to work at after graduation will go through the skills we need to work at their facility when they hire us and that as new nurses we are still learning a lot and others are willing to help.
    Good lulck in your studies.
  8. by   ltm
    just a response to luv-mnm. bed baths are a huge thing in the first semester of nursing school. as the semesters go on you will find that you will hardly ever be able to give them with all of the other responsibilities that you will have. i agree that they are an awesome way to assess the entire patient from head to toe. once again best of luck.

    ltm
  9. by   Elenaster
    I just finished my first clinical semester of a BSN program. We basically learned the fundamentals of nursing and spent the majority of the semester practicing our communication skills on people of all different ages and backgrounds. Our technical skills were practiced mostly in lab on each other. The tests were difficult and they killed us with assignments but, I survived and got the highest grade in my class! I have 5 semesters left (YUCK)and am really glad I have the summer off to take a break. I have a husband, kid, job, and house too so its been rough but I love it and can't wait to be a R.N. Good luck to everyone!
  10. by   TINAM
    I JUST FINISHED MY FIRST SEMESTER IN APRIL. IT WAS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT BUT I ENJOED IT VERY MUCH. THERE IS SO MUCH ROOM TO GROW IN THE FIELD OF NURSING AND I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT BECOMING A NURSE. I HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO - MY PROGRAM IS THREE YEARS. AFTER MY PROGRAM AT CENTENNIAL COLLEGE I AM GOING TO GO TO UNIVERSITY TO OBTAIN MY MScN THEN MY MASTERS.
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN YOUR FIRS SEMESTER. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DID.
  11. by   MES
    Hi!! I have just finished my first semester too and would love to talk about it and compare notes - please email me at mes93@yahoo.com

    Thanks!!!
  12. by   abotes
    Hi, I am a third year BCur (that's our university degree) student in South Africa. I study at the University of Pretoria. I have about another one-and-a-half years of studying ahead of me. That is another 3 semesters. Being in South Africa, we are realy strugling because of a lack of funds in the health department. This causes that we are always under staffed and you literally work your "behind" of when you are on-duty. I find that at the hospital we are working at, a student nurse are simply seen as cheap labor and we are seen as the only labourforce they have. I have to say that I can't wait to finish to get out of the hospital I am working at now, because alot of things are happening there that totally goes against our moral and ethical beliefs.
    The theoretical education we are getting is of very high standard, but alot of us feel that we can't do these things the right way in practice, because there is either no time or the permanent staff tells you that it is a waist of time to do things the right way. I starting psychiatry practical in about a month and I have to say I am very scared, because I feel that I am not prepared enough to do therapeutic conversations and things like that. I have to say that our course have been hectic as from the first day we arrived 12 January 1998. You are forever working, whilst studying for tests, doing assignments, attending classes and ofcourse you have to try and maintain kind of a social life so you won't end up in some mental institution before you graduate. I just wish they would make it a bit more bearable for student nurses in South Africa. Even though we are studying under these conditions, we are trying to make the best of things, and I am still glad I decide to help people in this way, and do something for my fellow man. Sorry that this is like one long note of complaints, but I have to let it out somewhere. It is great to read about other nurses right over the world. I hope you all enjoy this great occupation we are heading into, and although some days are harder to get through than others, remember YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! That's what's keeping me from letting go and hold on.

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