I just finished a 5 year bachelor's degree at a top university and will be applying for an accelerated (2 year) BSN program. I have heard all of the horror stories of nursing school
, and I am assuming these horror stories will be emphasized if the program is compressed (2 years). I did get good grades at an incredible university so do have the study habits down. However, my goal is to become an NP which requires a master's degree. From what I've read, these degrees are EXTREMELY competitive (even more so than nursing school). Although I do plan to apply to every program in the country lol. But this is my goal and I will do anything. Fortunately, the earliest I will be able to start nursing school is September 2018. I am working on A&P pre-req at the moment, but apart from that, I plan to use the coming many months self-learning a lot of theories and parts of the courses that I will need to learn in the program... if possible. I know I won't be able to self-teach the exact course or anything, but I plan to take up a lot of reading to thoroughly prepare myself for the courses so I will be able to get as high a mark as possible. I am insanely determined. And when I have a goal, I need to meet it no question.
So, my question is, what should I focus my education on prior to starting nursing school? Any good books or subjects that I should thoroughly read up on?
By the way, a lot of people have mentioned PA programs to me. I will be applying to one, but there are only 3 in the entire country and I do not meet the requirements for 2 of them so unfortunately this is not super realistic atm.