Quote from nurse2be09
Ok, here goes. I am a new grad, just graduated on May 16th. I wish someone would have told me how to prepare for the long hours spent studying, the critical thinking skills required, and how to time manage.
I strongly suggest getting a planner and planning out your days, right down to the "naps" you may need to take betweeen clinicals and class. When feeling overwhelmed, go talk to a counselor.
Take one day at a time.
Take time out to relax, read a good novel (non-nursing related) and spend time with family and friends.
Take time out for yourself, join a gym if you havent already.
Oh, and another thing, DO NOT CRAM! There is entirely too much info you have to KNOW (not memorize).
Good luck! The next two years will fly, I swear!
:yeahthat: definitely agree with this! (and
is very stressful and you won't have a lot of time to spend with friends/family/loved ones. Aside from my fellow classmates/"nursing buddies", I didn't see any of my friends outside of nursing this past year, unless I ran into them while walking on campus or something. I think I have lost friends due to this, but in the end you learn who your true friends are and your true friends will realize that you ARE busy and you have little room to mess up while in the program and they will support you 100% of the way. Although I have lost some friends, I have gained new ones since I have started nursing school and these friends are some of the best friends that I have ever had!
Take as much time for yourself as you can before you start your program. And when you're in the program, always remember to DE-STRESS, whether it's practicing some yoga or going to the gym for awhile, etc. Sometimes it is hard with all of the studying that needs to be done or especially after a 12-hour clinical day/work day. Most of us would just come home, eat, shower, then go to bed...that's a bad habit to start developing! Chronic stress can lead to a lot of problems in the body so it is very important to take a deep breath, relax and de-stress yourself as much as possible.
As nurse2be09 said, definitely get a planner or wall calendar or something. You will have 3029679273096 assignments/projects/lab practicals/test-outs/exams/quizzes/papers, sometimes all of them due on the same day or in the same week. The planner or calender will help you stay organized and stay on top of your school work.
If anything, I would start reviewing your A&P. Don't get too ahead of yourself by starting to study pathophysiology of pharmacology...you will get there some day, I promise! And if you have a basis of A&P, both of those classes will be a lot easier.