New here with questions

  1. Hi
    I am new here. My name is Kelly. I am hoping to start my pre reqs for an adn program in spring. Any advice or info you have would be greatly appreciated because I am clueless and between work and my 2 small kids have not been able to find much info. The school I will be attending only has chemistry/or biology and psycology as pre reqs is that normal or is there probably more in the way of math or other academic classes usually? I am trying very hard not to be overwhelmed by everything but it isnt really working . Thanks in advance for any posts.
    Kelly
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   ucandoit
    OKAY, NUMBER 1- WHAT EVER YOU DO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD SOLID RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ADN FACULTY.
    2-TRY NOT TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY DISTANT RELATIVES, TRUST ME IT CAN HAPPEN. I HAVE 4 KIDS AND A HUSBAND AND IT HAPPENED TO ME AT ONE TIME.THEY WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST FORM OF SUPPORT IF YOU LET THEM.
    3-DONT GIVE UP!!!!!IT WILL SEEM VERY TAXING AT TIMES BUT IN THE END IT IS A REWARD.
    4-MAKE FRIENDS IN YOUR CLASSES BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.
    5-GET YOURSELF A GOOD ADVISOR WHO CAN MAP YOUR CLASSES OUT FOR YOU.
    6. IF YOUR NOT A FLEXIBLE PERSON, GET THAT WAY.NX SCHOOL REQUIRES ALOT OF MENTAL FLEXABILITY, BUT REMEMBER BEND; DONT BREAK.
    AND IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO JUST EMAIL ME.GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   Hidi74
    WELCOME!!!!! Ok first off RELAX! Be excited, Go to the school and talk to an advisor/ counselor.If they can't answer all your questions, talk to someone else at the school. Get on the schools web site and check it all out. I know at my school they are always more than ahppy to help or find someone who can. Try and get all of the classes that are not actuall nursing classes out of the way first( like math and english) All of these classes that you will need should be on a tentative outline that your school can supply you. Always use your school as a resourse since every school is different. MOST IMPORTANT congrats on making the decision to go to school. That was the hardest for me!!!!! WELCOME TO ALLNURSES> you will learn sooooooooooo much hear!
    Hidi74
  5. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Welcome to the world of Nursing
    Your base will start with some math, anatomy, psch, and biology and other additives like speech and the arts. Onward from there you will go a little further into each area for a deeper understanding of gibberish.
    Once you get into Nursing is where its more intense on the studys of each area listed above.
    You will need a strong support system because your time will become someone elses' the books. You will just about sell your soul to become a Nurse but if its what you want in your life you will have it.
    Take your time in making your choices, take on only what you can handle and you will do fine.
    Like all things in life it will have its ups and downs, its best to be about half nuts when you start so by the time your graduate you will be completely nuts and you will fit right in with the rest of us.
    Other than that you will do just fine, remember Humor is your best friend and so is Mosbys.
    Zoe
  6. by   renerian
    Hello Kelly. I can't say more than has already been said.

    renerian
  7. by   BellaTerra2002


    I'm new here myself, only a couple of weeks, and will start my pre-reqs in the fall.

    This is a GREAT place to learn A LOT about nursing school, nursing itself and working conditions before you have to find out all on your own. As I've joked (somewhat) before, all of my illusions have been shattered. But better to have them shattered now rather than while in nursing school or when I get my first job. At least I have a good idea of what I'm going into. And not only do I still want to be a nurse, but I'm considering doing the LPV/LVN program first, because it sounds like it will help a lot.

    The women and men here are a GREAT group of people. They are good souls, and they will always try to help.

    Welcome and Merry Christmas!
  8. by   Mkue
    Welcome and Merry Christmas !


    Marie
  9. by   Dazedgiggle
    Welcome!! Everyone has given great advice! I think the only suggestion I can add is if you decide to take more than one pre-req at a time, you might want to consider making just one of them a science. Once science a semester was enough for me!! LOL As far as feeling overwhelmed, just remember to take things just ONE DAY AT A TIME!! Honestly, that's what saved me through this program, when I thought about everything I had LEFT to do I would just cry! LOL Congratulations on your decision to go to nursing school, I'm sure you'll find it very rewarding!
  10. by   NurseShell
    WELCOME! I have one piece of advice to add: if you do not have any prior medical experience...get a medical terminology book or take a class. I worked for 5 years as a med. secretary/transcriptionist before I started nursing school...I had no idea what a HUGE advantage that would be!!! The students who struggle are those that do not have a grasp of the "language" It's almost as if the instructors forget that some students do not have that knowledge base. And, you know what they say about having a solid foundation!!!

    Also, stick around and read everything you can on this site...there are TONS of nuggets of wisdom to be found!!!!

    Happy Holidays!!
  11. by   Vsummer1
    Someone already mentioned it, but I will restate it anyway:
    Take only one science class at a time, and fill the rest of the schedule with others!

    The science classes will be hard, and you really need to do well in them to succeed in your nursing program. Try to get as many of your classes out of the way as you can, because once you are in the ADN program most of the people who failed out of my program did so because of other classes, or they ended up dropping the other classes. While they let students take microbiology along with the first semester of nursing, those are the students who had the most trouble. I know of a few who either failed the nursing or dropped the microbiology. Without the mciro, they cannot advance to 2nd semester so they are stalled. Take it and any other heavy duty classes before ADN starts!
  12. by   kjseam
    Thank you sooo much for all the advice and support. I have become an allnursed junkie reading all the things I can on here and I just love it.
    Thanks again!
  13. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by Vsummer1
    Someone already mentioned it, but I will restate it anyway:
    Take only one science class at a time, and fill the rest of the schedule with others!

    The science classes will be hard, and you really need to do well in them to succeed in your nursing program. Try to get as many of your classes out of the way as you can, because once you are in the ADN program most of the people who failed out of my program did so because of other classes, or they ended up dropping the other classes. While they let students take microbiology along with the first semester of nursing, those are the students who had the most trouble. I know of a few who either failed the nursing or dropped the microbiology. Without the mciro, they cannot advance to 2nd semester so they are stalled. Take it and any other heavy duty classes before ADN starts!
    Val brings up some very good advice! Also, because of the shortage of faculty nurses on staff at many schools, getting into nursing school is much more competitive and by having all of your prereqs done, particularly the science and math components, you will move ahead of those students without having taken these classes. Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you feel that science, particularly A&P is going to be a hard class, don't take a heavy courseload. Better to do well in this class and take a little longer to get into nursing school on your first application than doing poorly, getting rejected and possibly having to retake the A&P.

    Wish you luck!
    Kris
  14. by   wishingmary
    All great advice. Listen to the suggestion to learn the language. Having medical transcription as a background has been great for me. Get your non-nursing courses out of the way but one that has not been mentioned is to join SNA and invest in NCLEX books (CD's are best). Nursing theory exams are nothing like you have ever seen before. The buzz word is "critical thinking". NCLEX will help prepare you for your exams as well as for the ultimate goal of a nursing student NCLEX. I'm starting my final year next month, work 20 hours a week in the MICU, raising a 4 & 7 year old who are doing well in school, and am in the middle of a divorce but I'm maintaining a 3.1 GPA. Granted I am relying on my nursing courses and sciences to bring up bad grades from 20 years ago but I've got my eye on grad school. I owe it to taking physiology by itself, anatomy by itself, my parents, having ADHD, and NCLEX. Also it helped to really get to know my nursing instructors. Being connected to excellence, and being active in SNA have been great sources of support. Note the NSNA convention in Phoenix, AZ this April.

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