How to Survive (and Thrive) in Nursing School - page 5

by 86toronado | 77,422 Views | 70 Comments

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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    Quote from blogera
    took me awhile to say but i passed nclex..im a nurse now!
    good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote from harleypinkno15
    good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank you all!!!
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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!!!!!!!
    I have advise for you. First and most importantly do not get caught up in the game of grades this happens in nursing school and just don't be apart of it. If people choose to reveal their grades let them do it. I personally feel it does nothing but make nursing students nervous. When people ask don't reveal, do your own thing. Please stay optomistic. Nursing is not easy. Honor roll? When you are in nursing it is the survival of the fittest. Honor roll does not mean you will be a good nurse. I went to school with straight A students that couldn't pass the state board. There is so much more involved. Don't underestimate yourself. It sounds like it's in your heart. Do your best and do not think about everything and all the talk and grades around you. You will find sometimes find those people make the worst nurses. It's not handed on silver platter otherwise anyone could do it.
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    Thank you so much for writing this article!! I saved this thread until I received my acceptance letter into nursing school.
    I have a question regarding the books to purchase in addition to the texts. I looked on Amazon and it looks like there are three different popular sets: Incredibly Easy series, Davies' Success series, and Prentice Review and Rationales series. Is there one set that is "better" than another?
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    This is so great!! I was admitted to an accelerated BSN program to start this August and I could not be more excited/terrified. I'm always looking for tip sheets so this is fantastic. Thank you so much!
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    Thank you for the lovely and priceless article.
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    Quote from switchingcareers
    Thank you so much for writing this article!! I saved this thread until I received my acceptance letter into nursing school.
    I have a question regarding the books to purchase in addition to the texts. I looked on Amazon and it looks like there are three different popular sets: Incredibly Easy series, Davies' Success series, and Prentice Review and Rationales series. Is there one set that is "better" than another?
    I don't think any one is better than the other. The incredibly easy series has a lot of visual cues, so if you're a visual learner that might be a good one for you. But I've found the questions in the Prentice books to be more similar to the NCLEX style questions you will have on your tests.
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    Thank you!! I bought the Fundamentals Success & have already started reading it.
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    Goodness! God bless you and good luck! I thought I had it bad the last two years, driving 130 miles a day round trip, working and having a 3 y/o at home. Praises to you!

    Quote from heather.f
    Thank you so much for all the great tips... I have been guilty of slumming at the local Barns n Noble at the NCLEX section already, though most was nonsensical to me - I have not started school yet. I am due to start school in Aug and definitly need all the tips and hints I can unearth. I have a 400mile commute and 4 children (all under 7) at home to contend with while going to school. I fully agree about the point of helping others being a great learing tool - 2 semesters of my wait list time I was a cadaver lab TA, great refresher.
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    So I was wondering, I haven't had much of a chance to browse the site to get a good feel of this so I am probably asking a question that has been asked a thousand times, but I an starting school to become an LPN in August, and I want to know what the courses are like and the difficulty for an average/slightly above average student to thrive. Anyone who's been there? I am going to a VoTech school. I am not sure if that makes a difference or not but it is a 2 year program. Thanks everyone!


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