How to Survive (and Thrive) in Nursing School - page 3

as a new(ish) nurse, i still like to browse through the "student nurse" section of allnurses.com from time to time. what constantly strikes me is that i see the same questions and concerns over and over again. "i'm failing, and... Read More

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    Great article! Thank you! I'm in my second quarter of nursing school, and I appreciate the words of wisdom!
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    Thank you so much for writing that..and I agree with the comments as well. I would only add a couple of things. They're based on my experience: I graduated in 2009 - when many of the local hospitals weren't hiring new grads for $$ reasons - and just got my first nursing job, a year later, after a 6 month hiring process. I volunteered at a local clinic meanwhile, but it was still an agonizing year. Anyway...
    1) I heard "C = degree" too, but it isn't always true. Two of the best hospitals in our area required a 3.5 cumulative GPA to even get an interview.
    2) Some hospitals now will only hire BSNs, because they are trying for, or have, Magnet status. I already had a BA, so opted for an ADN, but in hindsight a BSN would have been better. Also, there are more programs that offer BSN to MN programs than RN to MN.
    3) Last but not least, try to choose a nursing program that has an ombudsman or other student advocate. It's one of those things that you never think you'll need, but then when you do, they really help.
    Good luck, everyone!
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    i love your article 86toronado! all true, as if you were reading my mind! i did the exact same thing when i was in nursing school and i graduated last december 2010. i took nclex this morning, i hope to see the pass result friday! also, i'd like to add to always keep positive mental attitude (pma) in mind. pma comes in handy everyday for me although i have learned a great big deal on this while in nursing school
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    Hello there, I am happy to read your message. However, I have a different issue. I got my non-nursing courses out of the way. I got into Phi Theta Kappa and had good grades. I applied to the community college I had been attending and also to a diploma school. I chose the diploma school because of the higher NCLEX pass rates. Since I have started, my GPA was lower. First semester, I had a 2.5 GPA and I was dissapointed because I didn't make very good gueses and thought too hard through the questions. Also, I did not think of checking NCLEX books so soon. They did not advise us to do so that early. Now, I am working on Fundamentals of Nursing to get my grade up in the course yet, I am doing exceptionally well in Pharmacology. I am trying to stay optimistic and believe in myself because I feel discouraged that I did not get on the honor roll. I hear voices calling me stupid and saying things like I am not so smart. Can you or anybody out there help to encourage me? I just want to be an excellent nurse. I don't want to feel like I need to compete with other people for grades. People boast and brag and it gets on my nerves. HELP!!!!!!!
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    Quote from mcRN2b
    Hello there, I am happy to read your message. However, I have a different issue. I got my non-nursing courses out of the way. I got into Phi Theta Kappa and had good grades. I applied to the community college I had been attending and also to a diploma school. I chose the diploma school because of the higher NCLEX pass rates. Since I have started, my GPA was lower. First semester, I had a 2.5 GPA and I was dissapointed because I didn't make very good gueses and thought too hard through the questions. Also, I did not think of checking NCLEX books so soon. They did not advise us to do so that early. Now, I am working on Fundamentals of Nursing to get my grade up in the course yet, I am doing exceptionally well in Pharmacology. I am trying to stay optimistic and believe in myself because I feel discouraged that I did not get on the honor roll. I hear voices calling me stupid and saying things like I am not so smart. Can you or anybody out there help to encourage me? I just want to be an excellent nurse. I don't want to feel like I need to compete with other people for grades. People boast and brag and it gets on my nerves. HELP!!!!!!!

    If you are having difficulty in nursing and not in your other classes, chances are you just need practice with the NCLEX-style questions. A good book I will recommend for first year nursing students is called "Fundamentals Success." It is not a review book, but rather full of questions on topics typically covered during your first year. Once you get used to answering this type of question, you will be much more confident on your test days. Most importantly though, don't let your anxiety get to you, plenty of very intelligent people have a hard time with nursing school. Best of luck to you!!
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    I have some advice as well: DONT FORGET TO HAVE FUN! Seriously, our nursing instructors try to scare us and intimidate us especially throughout the first semester. "you wont have a life, you can't work, you can't have fun" I've heard it all! It's easy to get stressed out cause of all the studying and school work that needs to be done but you need to balance your life and make time for fun activities. I've had a couple of close classmates completely burn out because they were just studying 24/7 and worrying about things that were out of their control.
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    If you can help another student out without sacrificing yourself too much then do so. The investment will pay off. Plus you'll feel awesome about yourself.
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    Great ideas! Most of what you suggested I have done while getting my CNA, will continue to do them as they make sense :-)
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    i lovethis post...i am a pre-nursing student and i plan on doing a bsn express program....so i will be taking your advice to be well prepared...
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    If you are just starting, then check out the book 1001(?) Nursing Bullets - that is a long list of simple facts that every nursing student would be well-armed with going into (or coming out of nursing school). Also the How to Survive and Thrive in Nursing School book. Do not go to nursing school without these two books.
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