First semester nursing students...how's it going? - page 2

Are you all swamped and overwhelmed too? I have a full-time workload even though I'm in a part-time program. Just had my first two tests last week but haven't yet received grades on them. I am... Read More

  1. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by babynursewannab
    Totally overwhelmed. Things are shown to the group so quickly and then we are told to leave to let the other group come in and we will have to practice outside of class. PRACTICE WHAT??? It went by so quickly in demonstration, I'm still recovering from the whiplash. Plus, when the H### do I have time out of class, work, mommy time, girlfriend time, doggy time, housework time and homework time.
    OMG!! you are so LUCKY.... they actually SHOWED YOU in a demonstration???!!

    HAH! We didn't even get the demo... had to use the book and video's!!! And NO ONE in our program has A's in lecture. NO ONE. PERIOD.
  2. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    originally posted by studentrn
    wow, some of these posts is making me think my lab isn't all that bad. first off we are required to be cna's before we can even apply to the nursing program...i think this is a new state law or something because all the colleges around here now require it.(this is the first year it is required) so our first lab was kinda a review...they set up a bed/patient/room and we had to find things that were wrong and give rational behind it. example would be abnormal b/p or bread written on i & o sheet, folley bag cinked, bed not in the lowest position....etc now every week we have a new task that we will be tested on in both theory(instructors ask questions to 2 to 3 people at a time) and skill...example...lung sounds...how to do it, where what sounds are heard, abnormal sounds, how respiration works...so far i have passed all my skills, but i have been so nervous doing them.

    my problem is this stupid careplan i just got assigned...man these are a pain and take forever!!!
    if i had it all to do over again...i would've most def. become cna 1st! definitely!!
    everybody seems so far ahead of my school...

    i wouldn't know what was wrong w/ a pt room if i tripped over it!!!

    these posts are fun to read!!!:chuckle
  3. by   Vsummer1
    originally posted by bearnwhenigroup
    if i had it all to do over again...i would've most def. become cna 1st! definitely!!
    everybody seems so far ahead of my school...

    i wouldn't know what was wrong w/ a pt room if i tripped over it!!!

    these posts are fun to read!!!:chuckle
    it wouldn't have helped you much. the cna's and phlebotomists in our class failed the practical.

    the post before about the cna requirement and picking out stuff wrong was our written test! we id'd things wrong on the written to be able to progess to the practical, which was going into a fake pts room and doing from a to z every step to insert a foley, from peri care to specimen collection. including bed rails, brakes, gloving, sterile procedures etc. if you broke a sterile field at all, you had better have a 2nd foley or pair of gloves (sterile or clean) with you, and you had better know which pair was needed for which step. looking at something and saying it is wrong is a far step from performing it flawlessly, which is what i guess they were trying to teach us. talk about stress.

    i did it so many times before i passed i don't think i will ever forget! omg bed rails, bed height, pt assessment, which gloves?, and you could finish it and do something as stupid as not knowing that to send your perfectely obtained sterile specimen from your foley cath you had to send it to the lab in a plastic bag (of course, they didn't have plastic bags you had to pretend)...
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by vsummer1
    omg!! you are so lucky.... they actually showed you in a demonstration???!!

    hah! we didn't even get the demo... had to use the book and video's!!! and no one in our program has a's in lecture. no one. period.
    val, are you talking about fundamentals lecture?
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by studentrn
    wow, some of these posts is making me think my lab isn't all that bad. first off we are required to be cna's before we can even apply to the nursing program...i think this is a new state law or something because all the colleges around here now require it.(this is the first year it is required) so our first lab was kinda a review...they set up a bed/patient/room and we had to find things that were wrong and give rational behind it. example would be abnormal b/p or bread written on i & o sheet, folley bag cinked, bed not in the lowest position....etc now every week we have a new task that we will be tested on in both theory(instructors ask questions to 2 to 3 people at a time) and skill...example...lung sounds...how to do it, where what sounds are heard, abnormal sounds, how respiration works...so far i have passed all my skills, but i have been so nervous doing them.

    my problem is this stupid careplan i just got assigned...man these are a pain and take forever!!!
    traci, and welcome to the board! all the best to you.
  6. by   dstudent
    For me it's been stree after stress after stress, but I'm still there I did my first year full time now that I'm in my second I've decided to go part time.
  7. by   StudentRN
    I think our school is worried about the "rational" behind everything so we understand "why" it has to be done a certain way. If you perform it prefectly, but don't know the rational and A & P behind it you fail....Thats where I get stressed studying not knowing what will be asked. Some of those teacher are a pain for failing you guys for not pretending....We have only 3 chances to pass a skill and hen you are dropped from the program....so far in the first 7 weeks we have lost 9 people due to failing lab....they said after midterm which is next Tuesday when people see what there average is they will drop. We started with 100 and are down to 83 now 7 people dropped for other reasons.


    Question do all of you need to learn nursing math by yourself? W have to buy a book and know all the conversions and how to figure not correct dosage ourself...they don't teach us.
  8. by   Vsummer1
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    val, are you talking about fundamentals lecture?
    yep. only the syllabus has "objectives" which are not covered in the lecture. anything in the objectives is fair game for the exam. so, you attend the lecture and then study the notes and the objectives. no one was able to score over 86 in our class of 59 students.
  9. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by StudentRN

    Question do all of you need to learn nursing math by yourself? W have to buy a book and know all the conversions and how to figure not correct dosage ourself...they don't teach us.
    There is an optional course we can take on the math, though I took it and it did help only a little... it is only a four day class! They did give us a math section in our "resource manual" that you can also use, and there is a math book that they have on the required book list. They did go over the math one morning in clinicals though and suggested we work the problems in the manual to prepare for the exam we have to pass...

    That is the next major hurdle!
    Last edit by Vsummer1 on Oct 2, '02
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i am taking basic pharmacology this semester and we will take advanced pharmacology in another semester.

    "question do all of you need to learn nursing math by yourself? w have to buy a book and know all the conversions and how to figure not correct dosage ourself...they don't teach us."
  11. by   mspringer
    I think I am one of the few and proud guys here. I am totally stressed out. I am only taking the first year nursing core courses, too. Yesterday I filled out 300 flashcards with 150 or so to go. That was for the terminology for the first lecture. I have worked on a hospital floor before, and there was quite a bit in that terminology that I did not know. A lot of it was system specific (we are doing physical assessments this afternoon). I am not sure how I am going to ever remember the order and all the questions one has to ask the pt. I have never had all those asked of me before. The chapters are enormous in the Perry and Potter book, not to mention all the other books we have to read. Our program doesn't seem to start with Chapter 1, either. We started at Chapter 31 and 32 in P&P, and Chapter 4 in another book. Does others have this same experience?

    Anyway, I am real glad that I am in the program, even though I am in distress right now. I left 6 years of computer work and a BS degree behind to go an true what I will truely love. NURSING!
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by mspringer
    i think i am one of the few and proud guys here. i am totally stressed out. i am only taking the first year nursing core courses, too. yesterday i filled out 300 flashcards with 150 or so to go. that was for the terminology for the first lecture. i have worked on a hospital floor before, and there was quite a bit in that terminology that i did not know. a lot of it was system specific (we are doing physical assessments this afternoon). i am not sure how i am going to ever remember the order and all the questions one has to ask the pt. i have never had all those asked of me before. the chapters are enormous in the perry and potter book, not to mention all the other books we have to read. our program doesn't seem to start with chapter 1, either. we started at chapter 31 and 32 in p&p, and chapter 4 in another book. does others have this same experience?

    anyway, i am real glad that i am in the program, even though i am in distress right now. i left 6 years of computer work and a bs degree behind to go an true what i will truely love. nursing!
    wecolme, and all the best to you.
  13. by   amblessing
    Oh My! It's been ages since I've posted because I have been a slave to my first semester of nursing school. I'm happy to say that we've had two theory/lab tests so far and I've gotten a 94% and a 92% :hatparty: My only complaint: Needs Assessments and Care Plans! ARRRGGGGHHHH! Need I say more?:chuckle

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