You hear the phrase " You'll have no more life" - well it's really close to
the life you knew is OVER. You will have a life, only it will consist of massive amounts of very foreign material, presented in a seemeingly foreign language,
which you will be expected to show your knowledge of within a week.
You will have to learn to learn differently - the material is presented to Nursing Students differently from "regular" calsses, my guess is to, once again, to teach us to think like nurses. (liken it to the instructor tossing all the pieces of a puzzle up in the air, you are expected to catch, understand, and apply before it gets past you.)
The old adage "see one, do one, teach one" is the speed of which the material is presented.
Then there are the "rules" while each school is different, there will always be plenty of them. Soon you will be happy with arriving at clinical on time, little or little makeup, as long as your hair is in the prescribed syle, and you are ready to learn at that ungoldy hour.
Your instructors may or may not do the Good cop, Bad cop thing, one seeming soft and one tough and strict, but make no mistake, they are hear to teach you,
get you ready to interact with patients. They are required to cover the prescribed material in the alotted time frame. it's a tight schedule, and at least at my school, well adhered to. Your personal life, probelms....... need to be put aside each day while you are at school so you can get everything, As should any drama, you simply don't have the time of enegry for it.
The biggest piece of advice is to choose you study partners wisely- be friendly with everyone, and observe - they can help you to"get it", be your cheerleaders, boost you up (and you the same for them) OR they can drag you down, confuse you, and make things harder. They can point out the weak spots, and pat you on the back for all of the little victories that come along.
My class is on week 6 of 16, have bonded well, are laughing together, helping each other, sharing resources, and cheereing for each others successes. There is always going to be the "suck up" who wants to get ahead by being teacher pet, the class clown, etc - but the bottom line is you get out of it what you put into it, work hard, study hard, you'll be Ok -