My Semester in Review - page 2

by OKNurse2be 6,232 Views | 24 Comments

I started out this semester with a lot of confidence. After all, I was pretty much a straight A student up until now. I had heard how nursing school is totally different from other classes but I don't think that really sunk in... Read More


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    Thank you for sharing your experience. I will start my ADN program in January and am excited. Good luck in your journey!!
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    Great post!! I hope to use your tips when I finally get into nursing program. Study tips are always helpful, and yours are very clear and concise!
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    Thanks for writing this!
    I am now a Year 2 student. Reviewing all your notes frequently helps so much. Our instructors provide power points of lectures. I find it helpful to use these and my course objectives and go through the text for what I need and I type my own set of full notes for each topic. I think of it as preparing study material for the test- it helps me get through the sometimes overwhelming amount of material. I have had a lot of trial and error experience with how to study. My problem is that I try to learn everything about everything. It is just isn't conceivable when your exams covers cardiac, metabolism, and immunity. Just get through everything once and it gives you so much direction. Not EVERYTHING- just the basics, then go from there.
    Reading about test-taking strategies helped me a great deal, too. Along with any practice tests that provide rationales.
    In my first semester I had hand-written paperwork- now I do everything on a computer. It helps a lot when it's 2:30 AM and you have clinical at 6:15 to be able to go back and reference the last total hip replacement PT you had. Especially if you are working a particular floor- the same meds and standing orders are likely to come back for each PT.

    Don't waste time on study groups if they are not FOCUSED. If you aren't coming to the study group with an understanding of the material, expecting to learn the material by attending the group is a huge mistake. I fell into that trap once and it cost me a whole semester. The student conducting the group got a lot out of it- but I was not prepared.

    Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Ask for help!

    These books have helped immensely- I hope it's okay to post them here:

    Med-Surg Success (the Mat/Child version is good, too)
    Saunders Strategies for Test Success (helpful info for those of us who read too much into the questions)
    Last edit by doomsayer on Dec 14, '12 : Reason: Add some reading!
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    Thanks for the advice and sharing your story. I have not started nursing school yet. I am on my last two classes of the pre reqs and I have never been an A student. I always end with B's and C's and I know that is not acceptable for the RN program. I am trying to figure out different study skills that will work for me so I can get A's in my last two classes. Thanks again for sharing
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    Thank you so much and may the rest of your schooling go just as you plan. Merry Christmas!!
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    I loved reading this article! I responded to your why I want to be a nurse article too. It sounds like we have a lot in common. I play World of Warcraft too with my husband. I'm still a pre-nursing student though, waiting to get into a program here in Georgia, but I can't wait. I've definitely worried about how to deal with studying and tests in Nursing school too. I also worry about whether I will take the dummies seriously as real people and I'm really looking forward to clinicals. I've seen so many articles now on how recording lectures has been very helpful for studying and now I'm definitely hooked on trying it when classes start again. Your idea of listening during Wow time is awesome, I will definitely give that a go. Thank you for taking the time to write your article
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    Sorry OkNurse2Be, it's not letting me respond to your private messages because I haven't posted many of my own I guess, lol. My battletag is Tanalore#1280, see you in Azeroth
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    Quote from tanalore145
    Sorry OkNurse2Be, it's not letting me respond to your private messages because I haven't posted many of my own I guess, lol. My battletag is Tanalore#1280, see you in Azeroth
    Funny, I still got your PM. Silly AN.
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    You are "Spot On".....I just finished my first semester and totally agree with everything you said! The only other thing I would add according to my nursing program.....prepare to not cook or clean; prepare to NOT be informed about what is going on in the world; prepare to read nothing but your text book!

    I thought people were exaggerating when they talked about our nursing program....NO!!! They were NOT! And I cannot force the point enough....the WAY you study will be completely different than anything you have done before!!!
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    Thank you, OP, for this post! I am starting my RN program in January, and I, too, have been a straight A student.... but "book-learning" is my forte, and I am nervous about the practical aspects and critical thinking.

    I will re-read this post after my current finals for tips on the proper attitude for me to take. I know I need to let go of wanting straight A's on tests... but I have been looking for constructive suggestions on attitudes/habits to add.

    Thanks for your suggestions, and I think I may run out and get a voice recorder!!!


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