How much studying do you do?

  1. I'm a pre-practical nursing student and i'm just curious as to how much time you spend studying a day/week for the clinical portion of the program. I'd just like to get an idea of what to expect once I start clinicals. Thanks
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  3. by   nursedaisy
    It depends on the class schedule that week but I normally spend about 2 hours a day studying. Around test time I may spend all day studying.
  4. by   LeesieBug
    It depends on what point in the semester it is... :chuckle

    I am usually gung-ho at the beginning, going full speed, studying my little tail off..then get a bit depressed during the middle, thinking the agony will never be over. Around finals time I kick it up a notch, excited because it is almost over! When it comes to effort put into study, I guess you could say I use the installment plan.

    Overall, I would say I average AT LEAST 10 hours a week...give or take.

    oops...didn't register that you were asking specifically about "clinical" study time. THAT I spent about 6 hours the night before preparing, which included time at the hospital going over the patient chart.
    Last edit by LeesieBug on Jun 17, '04
  5. by   maire
    For the clinical portion? Depends. I do patient research the night before clinical, which can take a few hours, depending on how many patients I have and what I have to fill our for my instructor, but that's all the "studying" I personally do for clinical.
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I studied (which for me included more than reviewing notes and reading the book, it included "googling" stuff that was unfamiliar) until I felt comfortable with my understanding. When I used this method, I got all A's. (No kidding! I was surprised too!)

    For clinicals, we got our assignments the night before, and I always looked up the diagnoses, the lab results, the meds the patients were taking, and I typed it all out (on the computer of course) so that I could take it with me the next day. I hardly ever referred to it, but I still had it with me.

    I guess the neat thing for me was, I was loving what I was learning, so it was a happy experience to go searching for info about it.

    Consequently, I've had a hard time considering it "studying," but that's surely what it is/was.
  7. by   cherokeesummer
    Haven't had to do much studying for clinicals this term because our clinicals were basic: vital signs, physical assessment, health history, etc.

    But I do try to spend an hour a night studying...it seems to me that I just make sure I always always always always have my bookbag in the car. That way if I"m stuck in traffic, at a friends house, at dinner, at doctors office, lunchbreak at work, anywhere - I can pick up my book and read.

    Plus its good exercise, even though my bookbag is on wheels just lifting the heavy books out of the bag is a workout!
  8. by   GPatty
    Quote from maire
    For the clinical portion? Depends. I do patient research the night before clinical, which can take a few hours, depending on how many patients I have and what I have to fill our for my instructor, but that's all the "studying" I personally do for clinical.

    Exactly....

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