I know, I know...another "OMG" thread by another naive first semester newcomer. I just need to let it out.
I just wrapped up my first week of nursing school. I had fundamentals as a prereq, so this semester is pharmacology and med-surg. My entire first 8-hour lecture day was spent going over the syllabus, ADN manual, and signing and turning in papers and information. Up until about lunchtime that day, I was so very excited about school. I fully expected it to be a lot of information. I was totally shell-shocked in spite of that. One of my instructors actually told us that "all of the horror stories you hear about nursing school are true." I wanted to cry, right then. I have lost sleep all week, and been so depressed. I went from being very excited and nervous, to totally terrified and overwhelmed and questioning my ability to do this. I know that a large part of that is because I am facing something new and unknown. I tend to have great anxiety over things like that. Even so, I have never been so scared and overwhelmed. We have a quiz and paper due next week, and I don't even know where to begin to study. It is SO much! I feel like I'm drowning in the first week. Every instructor on the first day totally beat out of me my mantra of "If they can do it, I can do it too." And replaced it with "haha...good luck."
I don't really have a point to this post besides just venting. I have felt swamped and defeated all week, and nobody else gets it. Nobody else has any advice or tips. I don't know anyone else in my real life who has done this before me. It seems totally pointless, and I know I'm rambling, but it feels good to type it out and see it. Release, I guess? I don't know.
I would welcome any advice on how to begin to study and digest everything. Pharm I find really, really interesting and easy to read. Med-surg makes my head swim, and I don't know where to start. The information is endless and I don't know how to study it. No way that outlining chapters is feasible with this many assigned chapters, and that is what has worked for me all of my college life. We have two main textbooks, a nutrition book, powerpoints, notes, handouts, videos. How in the heck? Is it ALL important and needing to be memorized? Or do I focus on the slides and skim the chapters? I have no clue, and it makes me feel ill to think about it.