First Semester Nursing Program Jitters - page 2

by Susieq3

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2 long years of prerequisites and preparation. Two years of feeling like it was a lifetime away. It is finally reality. In 5 days I start. Associates program to become a RN. I am so nervous, I am worried. I already feel guilty... Read More


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    I was a navy wife, mother of 4 when I finally after years of pre Reqs started RN school it weighed on my marriage but it was not a deal breaker, it made us stronger. II missed out on a lot of family trips but it was all for my family. My husband cooked and cleaned..the stress made me hormonal and crazy, I had post its with test info all over my cupboards and fridge , in my car. The books went to the beach
    , the park, dinner. It's rough but so worth it. If you want it bad and hubby wants it for you it will happen. I had a great study group, and made at least an hour a day to play with the babies with no distractions. Always finish papers and hw early study everyday if your kids are big enough have them help you study. I ended with my degree and valedictorian. Once you see the corse work and get through the first week you will be at ease. Because its for your family it will be your motivation through all of it. Your children will see what their mom did and will learn from it. It goes by quickly and you will not just have a job but a wonderful career. There is nothing like seeing the BRN # next to your name ...you can do this and the house will get clean eventually and the kids will cheer you on. Good luck and welcome to an amazing experience!
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    Congratulations I am still in pre-nursing and I won't be applying for the program until the fall of this year, however, I am excited and nervous as well. I am an optimist in every sense of the word though, and I know that you will be okay just like I will. Congrats again and break a leg (or maybe not a leg.lol)
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    I started my RN program Monday. I can't believe how stressed my classmates are already! I'm going into it with this attitude/mantra:

    I have complete faith in myself that I CAN DO THIS. I will do whatever needs to be done to be successful. I have complete faith in my instructors. They will teach me what I need to know to be successful. They WANT me to be successful. (The instructors at my school are beyond awesome!).

    I have the strangest sense of calm...I hope it lasts.
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    I know how it feels if others are expecting too much from you, but as much as possible, don't stress out yourself too much meeting their expectations, it's not healthy...I know they can understand you, anyway what you're doing is not just for yourself but for them as well! Since nursing is a very demanding course , it's expected that you really have to make sacrifices. Always look at the brighter side every time you encounter difficulties in your studies. Good luck to you and wishing you all the luck
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    I feel EXACTLY the same way. I start my first semester on Monday and my anxiety is going through the roof. Something good to keep in mind though: "Whether you think you can, or think you can't....you're right." -Henry Ford
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    Hi, all. I am in my second semester so I've been where you're all at and guess what...I survived I have a 3 and 5 yr old who I constantly have to say "I can't play now...mommy's gotta work". I felt really bad and sometimes I still do. But when I start feeling that way I try to focus on the big picture. They are the reason I'm doing this. To give them the life they deserve. If you don't mind a little bit of advice.... 1-) Don't focus too much on the AP part of the chapters. Most of the test questions apply directly to the nursing process. 2-) It's sometimes just not possible to read all of your assigned chapters but at least try to skim them before lecture. 3-) All programs are different...what I have to get to pass is a 77 or above. Don't get too fixated on achieving a specific letter grade because you'll drive yourself absolutely insane. During pre-reqs I was a steady 4.0 and in the nursing program.....2.5. I passed and that's all that counts. 4-) Do not compare your performance or grades to others! A colleague of mine was always achieving high 80s on her tests and it made me feel inferior. However, she is 19, lives with her parents and has much more time to dedicate to studying. I myself have to juggle a job, two little kids, and a household. Just focus on doing the best you can do...and don't get discouraged. Good luck to you all


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