I start Nursing school In August-Anything I can do now to prepair?

  1. Hi Everyone,
    I start Nursing school full time in August. Are there any books, etc. I can get now to help me get a head start. I know this will be a hard course and I have 5 sons (ages 19, 16twins, 13, 11) so I realy want to do anything now that will help me later in class. Also anyone who wants to e-mail me I would love to have nursing pen pals. I think the support would be great.
    Thanks to all that reply and I hope everyone has a great week.
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  3. by   aerialflyer
    The summer before I started my first year of nursing courses, I bought and read through most of the pharmacology book and fundamental skills book. It was helpful to get familiar with the major classifications of drugs (i.e. antiinfectives, narcotics, NSAIDS, cholinergics, adrenergics, and on and on...). I had never worked in healthcare so I found it advantageous to brush up on medical terminology. Being able to breakdown a word has helped me answer many a test question! Lastly, it is never too soon to start learning the nursing process, Maslow's heiharchy(sp?)and your ABCS (airway, breathing, circulation, and safety).. Sorry I cannot think of more right now since I'm falling asleep at the keyboard, but I wanted to answer your post because Lord knows I would have appreciated a few tips before I started! Good luck and let me know if I can be of any help to you.
  4. by   lalajenn
    I also start nursing school in August and would love to hear some suggestions too. Sorry couldn't help. If you would like you can e-mail me. My e-mail is shown.
  5. by   WendyS123
    I also start in the fall and everyone suggested I buy the anatomy coloring book. There is so much to learn it helps me to remember each part when I color it in myself.

    I got mine from www.amazon.com for $15.99

    hth
    wendy
  6. by   NurseStudentFall01
    I actually have a spare Anatomy Coloring Book if anyone is interested. Only a few pages have been colored.
  7. by   Brown Suga
    I will be start an ADN program in august full time. I have been reading the NCLEX books to see how much I already know. I have also been making flash cards of the questions and practicing while I am at work on a my breaks. I currently work in a hospital as a nursing assistant. When I see a nurse doing a new procedure I ask to help out to learn something new for the day. I have also been asking question on the patient's behalf about their medications because they want to know. The patients these day are taking charge of their health while they are in the hospital. The patient want to know what the pill is called, what it is for, and what are the side effects.
  8. by   Lauryn
    Hi....I just wanted to offer you some encouragement for this fall. It is mostly coming from my own experience. I am starting my third and final year this August. I have a 5 yr old boy, a 3 yr old boy, and I delivered a baby girl six weeks ago. I also travel an hour to and from the college everyday. My baby girl was born on a Thursday April 5th and the following Tuesday she was in classe with me. I only had three weeks to finish up, and I didn't want to blow my second year at that point. My nursing instructors were fantastic, and they invited her to all my classes. I am nursing her, so it made things a whole lot easier. We both finished school two weeks ago, and we made it!!! So, as you can see...anything is possible. Remember to keep focussed, stay on top of your assignments, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. A desire to achieve will take you a very long way! When you are in school fulltime, with small children at home, your homework is always done late at night, or during nap time. One thing I have never done thus far, is to take time away from the kids. I still am "mom" when they are awake, and "student" when they are asleep. If you need some advice or a shoulder to lean on when you think you can't do it.....find me! Good luck to you all...and happy nursing.
  9. by   Elenaster
    First let me congratulate all of you on your acceptance into nursing school! I too am a student with many responsibilities (3yr old boy, self-employed husband, job, menagerie of animals, etc.), but enough about me! I am impressed with your eagerness to begin and I know you all are very excited about starting nursing school, however my advice to you is to enjoy yourselves NOW as much as you can. After you begin nursing school, you will have very few (if any)opportunities to take time for yourself. So take this time and read books for pleasure, see movies, spend time with your families, or whatever it is that you enjoy because it may be the last time you get to do these things for 2-3 years. Trust me on this one!

    I hope that each of you has a wonderful summer and wish you great success in nursing school!
  10. by   Grooveyjoy
    First I would like to thank everyone who has answered my post. I feel so lucky to have so many others to give me and all student nurses so much support. I think that helps so much. I think we will all do fine even though I am sure it is going to be very hard at times since most of us do have families. And also someone e-mailed me, I feel so terrible but I read the e-mail quickly since I was very busy and planed to answer at a later time. When I went back to answer I had deleted the message. I feel awful. I would love to hear from her again. She mentioned a site that she started. I am so sorry I had to read the e-mail so quickly.(I have 5 boys---need I say more??) Please write to me again!!
    Thank you so much to everyone and I do appriciate all replies and hopefuly there will be more to come. I think everyone has helped in a different way.
    Take care, JOY

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