My first week of school was brutal ..... how's yours? - page 2

Man oh man. I thought that the first few weeks of Fundamentals would be a breeze because I learned this stuff in my CNA class. DURRR We had a 3 hour lecture that covered 3 WEEKS worth of... Read More

  1. by   MMARN
    I'm in my second semester and there is so much to learn that it's a bit overwhelming. However, I voted that it was okay and I'll be fine. I just have to study my butt off and I'm sure it'll pay off.
  2. by   Jules A
    I hope you don't mind me posting. Even though I've graduated I can vividly remember the horror of my first week in the LPN program. It went something like this,

    Tuesday long, boring all day lecture

    Wednesday got my first gander at the hermaphrodite manikin that would be the recipient of my first bed bath

    Thursday on the phone in hysterics (crying, snot running etc) with my Mom "I don't want to be a nurse" fortunately she talked me in off the ledge

    Friday wasnt so bad after all.

    Hang in there, if I made it so can you!
  3. by   JennyRN09
    my first week was a bit overwhelming. i know it is going to be hard, but, i'll make it through. i'm sure i will have some great times, but, more often than not, i'm sure i'll be stressed and have my breakdowns, tears, questions of 'can i do this?', etc. but, i feel once i get this all in some sort of organized system, i'll be able to get a handle on it. the reading is pretty daunting. there is so much of it!

    like the person from the first post said, although i am a cna, all the fundamentals were covered at a pretty fast past and i too, felt really bad for the people who didn't have any previous medical background. we had two people who didn't return the 2nd day. i think for me, all the stuff i know as a cna is valuable, but... its breaking the habits i have formed working as a cna. you know, the short cuts you develop to get your work done and make it possible to get done with a heavy patient work load. that's the real challenge for, at least for right now. i know in a few weeks there are going to be even bigger challenges.

    as for supplies, i had a rolling book bag, but, i didn't much like it; going through doors, corridors, it was just awkward for me. so, i found a great backpack that worked out for me. but, word of advice, don't leave any of your books behind in your lecture rooms or labs, or anywhere unless the door to classroom will be locked during a break or lunch. i don't know if anyone has this problem at their school, but, our instructors told us that nursing books were like gold in our college and a lot of times the books are stolen by non-nursing students and sold for about $50 vs. the $200 you'd have to pay in the bookstore. our instructors actually encourage us to leave our books at home or in the car and only bring in the books we'll need for the day. whatever i bring in with me, stays with me wherever i go, which is a pain in the butt. but, i'd rather be a little inconvenienced than to have to shell out that kind of money again to replace the books.

    anyways, back to the point, i had a good first week. a little crazy, a little confusing, but, i think we'll all do fine as long as we keep focused! good luck everyone!

    janet
  4. by   Boltthrower
    Heh heh, our first day of actual classes....... we gave eachother bed baths in lab.... :uhoh21:

    Talk about breaking the ice!!!

    Everyone here is really cool though and I am having a great time.

    Have a great semester everyone.

    Bolt
  5. by   Kiringat
    This is going to sound really strange, but I am BORED out of my mind. :spin: Seriously. For three years on the waitlist, I've been hearing about how wonderful the program is and how hard its going to be. But the only thing we've done so far is sit in a classroom listening to the teacher read the same exact info in the book off of powerpoint slides. And we spent an entire freaking lab on restraints. 5 hours on how to tie a slip knot! Granted, we're only 2 weeks in, but still. ****!
    I keep telling myself that I will look back on these past to weeks with great longing in the near future, but all I can say for now is: bring on the clinicals!!! (At least we'll get out of the bloody classroom).
  6. by   Lilluv117
    I start class tomorrow... I'm really nervous. I'll post how it went and what we did tomorrow but I'd like to hear what some others did in class on their first day or week of school.
  7. by   RN1263
    Quote from Kiringat
    This is going to sound really strange, but I am BORED out of my mind. :spin: Seriously. For three years on the waitlist, I've been hearing about how wonderful the program is and how hard its going to be. But the only thing we've done so far is sit in a classroom listening to the teacher read the same exact info in the book off of powerpoint slides. And we spent an entire freaking lab on restraints. 5 hours on how to tie a slip knot! Granted, we're only 2 weeks in, but still. ****!
    I keep telling myself that I will look back on these past to weeks with great longing in the near future, but all I can say for now is: bring on the clinicals!!! (At least we'll get out of the bloody classroom).
    i'm in 3rd semester.....don't worry second semester is MUCH harder! i thought 1st sem. was a breeze also, but then they slam you in 2nd sem.

    we had 15 people either drop or fail in 2nd semester!...my advice- get your skills book out and start reading up on the skills you'll be doing in 2nd sem. like- ng tubes, dressing changes, iv's, inj., foleys, ect. (and you'll be skills tested on them also). this way you'll be ahead of the game!:wink2:
  8. by   Kiringat
    Thanks digmart. Good to know things will get harder. (I actually just said that....?)
  9. by   RN1263
    Quote from Kiringat
    Thanks digmart. Good to know things will get harder. (I actually just said that....?)
    LOL.... like i said though you can get ahead of the game by studying skills out of your skills book NOW so that you are at least familiar w/ them by next semester. i think it would help!
  10. by   Kaiserstudent
    As far the backpack issue. I used to care alot about how cute it looked...thats over. I found a "Crate on wheels" literally at office depot. Ugliest thing you ever want to see! BUT IT AWESOME for nursing books. You have fit EVERYTHING in it. I highly recommend it. I think they have it at target also...its alil smaller there though...

    First few weeks of school have been overwhelming but certainly fun.


    They unleash us on REAL patients next week =)

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