It's actually NOT so bad! - page 4
I should preface this by stating that I'm all of one week into nursing school, so I can't profess to be an expert. However, this is going to be do-able. I also work full time and have three kids, so... Read More
0Sep 8, '10 by ShantheRN, BSN, RNQuote from dcaradonI dunno maybe its bc i didnt read every post but from briefly reviewing everyones post it im surprised. some of you make it sound easy like the prereqs were. i breezed through my prereqs with all high A averages. I never once felt stressed over a test. i am in the middle of my second week of an ADN program, our first test is on friday.
This has been my schedule for the last past 2 weeks.
Monday- process 1 9-12pm than Pharmacology from 5-7. In between the two classes I study.
Tuesday- clinical 7:30-3 then i study from 4-9 at night with no breaks except to eat dinner.
Wed- same as tuesday.
Thursday no class so I get up at 8:30 start studying at 9 and only stop for food until around 9-10pm.
Friday- process from 9-12pm then i study till no earlier than 7 no later than 9.
I don't know if it's easy, so much as it's manageable. The class schedule you have is pretty typical of my program's. Only difference is I took pharm before starting clinicals - thank goodness because that term would've been absolutely terrible! This term I get the luxury of having class only 3 days a week
Downside? 13+ hour clinical day. But that extra day of sleeping in is totally worth it. My alarm going off at 5:15 makes me grumpy
0Sep 8, '10 by guiltysinsI'm only finished wth my first week and I'm not saying that it's easy but I mean I'm not in a fetal position crying my eyes out. With the exception of fundamentals, all of my other nursing courses are once a week, so I feel that gives me optimal time to read. Sometimes the way a nursing program is structured is how people deal with it. Not to say a program is easier or harder, but even the things people have mentioned like giving out a book list and syllabus before class can make a big difference. We all have the same syllabus regardless of professor. So why their teaching styles might vary, they're teaching the exact same material, all students are responsible for the same amount of work, we have the same amount of homework assignments. Our exams aren't packed in together, they are all departmental so unless you're the course coordinator, the professors don't even get to see the exam. We get an exam blueprint the week before the exam to know what areas we need to have covered.
My fundamentals professor told us today he thought that the first semester was actually most difficult because you don't know how to take critical thinking exams with application questions. All of our tests are set up this way from the very beginning. Yes the content does get more difficult as you go on in your semesters but you've got the foundation of thinking critically. In first semester, you do not have that, you're so use to knowledge questions that you don't even know how to answer an application question (quoted from my pharm professor). The clinical skills may not be difficult but that's only for one class, we're still responsible for the other three classes.
These are the most elaborate syllabi I've ever seen to be honest lol and can honestly say it's the first time I actually paid attention to all the content on one. None of them are under 10 pages and they explain what we were suppose to read, what we will do in class, readings for next class and then there's a section of questions we should be able to answer by the time we're done reading. If we can't, then we need to reread. We're not required to lug our big giant books around because we're expected to have be responsible for the work at home so there's no need to look at a textbook in class.
Oh and also remember that not everyone is taking the same courses in their first semester. Some people only have classes that last for a certain amount of weeks (not even talking aout accelerated programs), people are using different textbooks ect, so many factors. I believe someone posted their first exam is like 15 chapters, the most chapters on any of my exams are about 6 or 7. Just remember, your experience, isn't the only experience. I've also made personal changes to help me keep better track like typing notes while reading instead of handwriting them.Last edit by guiltysins on Sep 9, '10
0Sep 9, '10 by krazykchanI this thread! Seriously. I started reading these forums about a year ago and I just started Nursing school two weeks ago. It won't be easy but definitely more manageable than other students on here were making it out to be. Nursing school is NOT my life. I will still be able to catch my favorite tv shows, and watch football on Sundays. I even had time to play a video game for an hour the other day!
The only thing different that I'm still struggling with a bit is the reading. I could always skip on the readings in my pre-reqs because tests were based on lectures. I only read the textbook if I was having problems understanding a topic. I'm not used to all this reading but I know I can manage.
0Sep 9, '10 by LuckyinKYI am so glad to hear from others who worked full time while going to school and managed to do well. I am working 40 hours and have 2 kids on top of a full time schedule. So far it hasn't been too bad, but I expect it to get worse. I am behind on my reading, but it is mostly the common sense stuff. We did not have any reading assignments over the summer nor did we have access to the syllabus, so you really couldn't read ahead.
I did take a required nursing pharmacology class ahead of schedule this summer which already has given me a step up since the head professor for my Fundamentals class taught that one and knows me well already (and seems to like me, lol). I also gained experience writing care plans and working with nursing diagnoses.
Reading on here for the last several months also gave me a good idea of what to expect.