First semester nursing students...how's it going? - page 3

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   amblessing
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    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."
    we had to take a 3-unit math course (16 weeks long) on dosage calculations. the funny thing is that it was taught by an engineer (go figure!). he would mark us off it we did not carry out calculations less than 1.0 out 2 places! well, when's the last time you drew up 0.37 ml of a drug?? our lab instructor was fit to be tied - of course you can't do that - it has to be 0.4 mls.:chuckle
  2. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted 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
    ann, it has been a long time since you posted. it is good to see you and congratulations on your grades!
  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    ann, i don't have any complaints with my program either. i do get overwhelmed at times but expected it to be full-force or should have anyway.
  4. by   happy
    Hey there!!! I sure am glad to have company in my little ccrazy life!!! With 3 kids, 1 husband, 1 dog, and a f/t job I thought I was certifiably insane. Everyone keep your heads up and your minds focused even though that is a challenge, especially when there are so many things you must focus on at once, cross-eyed comes to mind. WE CAN DO IT!!! AND BETTER YET.........WE WILL SUCCEED!!!!!!!
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by happy
    hey there!!! i sure am glad to have company in my little ccrazy life!!! with 3 kids, 1 husband, 1 dog, and a f/t job i thought i was certifiably insane. everyone keep your heads up and your minds focused even though that is a challenge, especially when there are so many things you must focus on at once, cross-eyed comes to mind. we can do it!!! and better yet.........we will succeed!!!!!!!
    happy! i like your attitude. all the best to you too.
  6. by   I1tobern
    Have many complaints about the program, but am determined to just plow my way through. I get so aggravated because we don't have a separate lab class. Instead they just throw the stuff at us and expect us to learn how to do it on our own. I would like to spend a little time practicing to start IVs, but instead I'm on my own until 10/23, when I have to stick my partner (God bless her).

    Pharmacology is easy, if you have an instructor that is clear about what he/she is looking for. We, unfortunately, don't really have that. But, it could be worse, we could be self studying it, like we have to do for the nutrition and the clinical calculations.

    Good luck to all, and just hang in there. Just remember the saying, "That what doesn't kill us makes us stronger!"
    j.lowe
  7. by   Gator,SN
    Pharmacology is easy, if you have an instructor that is clear about what he/she is looking for. We, unfortunately, don't really have that. But, it could be worse, we could be self studying it, like we have to do for the nutrition and the clinical calculations
    OK, now I'm totally jealous!
    I AM learning pharm independently! NO help at all from the instructors! Just 150 new drugs per pharm test and there ya go....
    We had to self study for the calculations exam, but it was alot easier this year since most of us had it all in memory, but pharm is killing me!

    Gator

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