Just getting started, a little intimidatedRegister Today!
- by oklahomagal Aug 20, '11Wednesday was my first lecture, Thursday was my first lab, and Friday was my second lecture. I am a little intimidated because the instructor seems to talk about so many things so fast. First I was trying to take notes, then I realized she was going over material in the book, but just summerizing it thats when I started highlighting.
I guess the most intimidating part to me is just what do I remember? What she talked about, or whats in the book? I read the chapters and stuff but not a whole lot is sticking with me. I think its mostly because its history stuff, like who clara barton is and dorthea dix. I am terrible with history type of facts.
Is there anyone else that dislikes this part? I cant wait to get a little deeper into it :-) Oh and dosage calc isnt as bad as I dreamed it would be!!
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- Aug 21, '11 by 1uvakindmomA lot of my classmates use tape recorders. I never have...I have kids and no time to listen to the lectures. I take notes on my powerpoints. A lot of people also bring in laptops.
- Aug 21, '11 by oklahomagalI wish a tape recorder was an option. They are very strict on not having one.
- Aug 21, '11 by Pneumothoraxdo they give you a notes packet? our instructors do, we take any additional notes on that. then what i do is read the notes packet along with the readings we have to do for that chapter or whatever. Im finding that its very similar and just focus on what the notes have down b/c thats what they want us to focus on.
Its literally impossible to read everything in the textbook thats required...& if u ever have troubles, make an appt to talk to your instructor and they can clarify things for you too
- Aug 21, '11 by NurseB_I agree with Pneumothorax. If your teacher have powerpoints definately print them out and take them to class. Right down as much as you can & read the chapters in the book. I'm the type of student that has to read the textbook because that helps me process the information. Some people don't read and it works for them so just find the style that's right for you. Flashcards might also be helpful.
One other thing that I do that helps with studying is asking the teachers about what to study. Some teachers say just focus on the powerpoints and others say read the book. Just them where most of their test questions will come from and usually they are very good at helping students when it comes to things like that. Good luck!
- Aug 21, '11 by oklahomagalyes they give us the option of printing off a power point. I will give that a shot. I am so worried that I am going to get behind. I have difficulty listening accurately and taking notes at the same time. Im not giving up though! I have worked to hard to get to where I am :-)
- Aug 21, '11 by PneumothoraxQuote from oklahomagalwrite down things that the teacher kinda harps on, if they keep mentioning the normal Na+ level is 135-145..you might want to write it down and know it bc they will probably ask it on the test..ya know..yes they give us the option of printing off a power point. I will give that a shot. I am so worried that I am going to get behind. I have difficulty listening accurately and taking notes at the same time. Im not giving up though! I have worked to hard to get to where I am :-)
- Aug 21, '11 by an2onSame here...the first lecture is boring. It gets just a tad bit better when we talk about health promotion and learning the new skills. I can't wait to start Medical Surgical Nursing in October!
- Aug 21, '11 by NCRNMDMTake your laptop, if your professor allows it, and type your notes during class. That way you aren't frantically trying to keep up with everything they say. I'm in my second week of the nursing program and it gets better. In my program, we have a lab class on Friday from 4-7 PM, and then we have to do return demonstrations of the skills on Saturday from 8 AM-5 PM. It's really scary and stressful to learn the skills one day, have to memorize them that night, and then do them the next day. Our first skills were bladder irrigation, foley and straight catheters, sterile field, asepsis, donning and removing PPE, sterile urine sampling, clean catch urine sampling, and routine urine sampling. I was really overwhelmed and afraid, but take it from me, it gets better. I checked off on the skills no problem. Our first lecture was very overwhelming too, but it has gotten better since then. Once you get into the groove and figure out what works best for you, things should settle down a little bit. It's going to be stressful, but the initial stress should pass soon. Good luck and stay calm!