Is the first semester really the hardest? - page 3

I'm nearing the end of a very rough first semester mentally, emotionally and physically drained (literally sick with pneumonia from trying to push myself when I got bronchitis). I've lost 20+ pounds... Read More

  1. Visit  Sunnyrah profile page
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    In our program, I would say first semester was the hardest. We had a total of 7 classes, the most in one semester (they were a variety of credit hours) so that was a lot to juggle, plus yeah I would agree that it really is learning a NEW WAY to think. Although the content gets more challenging later, it's easier to manage because you know what to expect and there are fewer classes. Also we had the most papers of any semester so far our first semester.

    Regarding the clinical experience getting better --> it depends on your program and your individual instructor. During our fundamentals clinical first semester I felt like I was learning nothing, but later I came to think that that first semester was really all about getting oriented to the hospital environment and getting comfortable touching/assessing and interviewing patients. (Our program is a BSN that requires you to get general ed & pre-req classes and get a CNA license before starting the 2-year "nursing" program. so we already knew ADLs and vitals.)
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  3. Visit  Sunnyrah profile page
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    In our program, I would say first semester was the hardest. We had a total of 7 classes, the most in one semester (they were a variety of credit hours) so that was a lot to juggle, plus yeah I would agree that it really is learning a NEW WAY to think. Although the content gets more challenging later, it's easier to manage because you know what to expect and there are fewer classes. Also we had the most papers of any semester so far our first semester.&nbsp;<br><br>Regarding the clinical experience getting better --&gt; it depends on your program and your individual instructor. During our fundamentals clinical first semester I felt like I was learning nothing, but later I came to think that that first semester was really all about getting oriented to the hospital environment and getting comfortable touching/assessing and interviewing patients. (Our program is a BSN that requires you to get general ed &amp; pre-req classes and get a CNA license before starting the 2-year "nursing" program. so we already knew ADLs and vitals.)
  4. Visit  RNEMT-P profile page
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    In the program I went through, each semester had a compelling argument for why it was hardest. In first semester, you are adjusting to a new lifestyle. I had been a paramedic for years, so the knowledge at that point was nothing new, but I was so unaccustomed to having a patient more than maybe an hour at a time. At one point in first semester, I had a talk with my clinical instructor about dropping out because I thought I was completely lost in the hospital setting. Fortunately, she convinced me to at least hang on for the semester. The very next clinical went awesomely and I did a complete 180.

    Second semester was very heavy with pathophysiology. We were warned to pay attention because that semester was going to be the foundation of everything in 4th semester, and they were right. In our program, if you did well in 2nd semester, you were likely to do well in 4th semester, and they were right on about that.

    3rd semester was our specialty rotations. Everyone in my class had at least one of the three that they struggled with. In peds, I was 1 question away from failing the class altogether on my final.

    4th semester was a very high-level of knowledge. This was mostly critical care topics as well as leadership. On top of this, our instructor was a retired Army Colonel who expected a lot. She told everyone that we got 30 seconds of whining for the semester, and she actually kept track of the couple who did whine. But, she was awesome to learn from, so she ended up being my favorite instructor.
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  5. Visit  tigerlogic profile page
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    It sounds like you are in the reality of balancing your health with school. If you can make the sacrifices necessary to keep yourself healthy, the next terms may indeed be easier. Prioritize. If your health isn't in the top 5, try again. It's the cornerstone to everything else that you are working to achieve and without it, you'll continue to be in miserable survival mode.
  6. Visit  ameliagal profile page
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    I sure hope my teachers will be like yours


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