Nursing Fundamentals

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    Hi everybody,
    today we had our orientation for the upcoming term. Obviously the first course will be Nursing Fundamentals and I got seriously intimidated by the faculty members and graduate students. They were telling us how tough the program is and that many, many hours of studying are required to pass the course. They said approx. 40-50hours per week!! So, on top of that it doesn't include the lecture, lab, or clinical time that we have to invest into it. Also, I have to take my A&P II at the same time to get that out of the way. I heard it is much easier if you have that kind of background for all the nursing classes. So, I was wondering if anyone has tips on how to study for nursing fundamentals and how you organized your time for that? Any advice wis appreciated
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    I found nursing fundamentals to be one of the easier classes. My advice is to stay on top of the readings.
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    Yes. Do the readings. I found that I had to break up my reading into smaller chunks. It is a mind numbing amount of information to take in and if you trying to read too much at once you won't take anything in.The words just swim before your eyes.
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    Nursing Fundamentals in my program is a 3 credit course that teaches the non-clinical aspect of Nursing I to prepare students for what a nursing class is like and to give a background to nursing before throwing you into clinical. With that being said, it is an extremely easy class in comparison to Nursing I- IV. They key is to stay on top of the readings and nursing school exams are unlike other exams in that many are situations or scenarios. Always remember to think "What would the nurse do" and DO NOT read into the question, that is usually how people choose the incorrect answer.

    Nursing school is challenging but not impossible, When people tell you its so hard or this class is a weed out class think about it like this any school is a business. If schools constantly fail students or set standards so high that many cannot attain then they will not be in business for much longer. Graduation rates speaks volumes for schools and most nursing schools I looked at had rates in the high 80's to 90's so certainly a lot of people made it!

    Best of Luck!!!!
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    Thank you all for your helpful advices. I am planning on reading as soon as I get my books. Only problem is I cannot concentrate for long periods. I always get distracted, so hopefully I will do better once I start the fundamentals. At my school the Nursing Fundamentals is a 7 credit course and the faculty members told us because of the study time required it is seen as a 10credit course. I think I would feel much better if I had my A&P completed. I was wondering if there is a lot of A&P background necessary for this class?
    @Happyloser, the NCLEX passing rate was 100% at my school but only 8 students made it through the program. This might be a reason the rate is so high!
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    Where do you go to school?
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    Florida Keys Community College (FKCC), I am at the lower keys campus...
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    The amount of work can be overwhelming, the difficulty of the work is not necessarily if you have any background in healthcare at all. Stay on top of your assignments and you will be fine.
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    I never studied that much. I'm a cram the night before the exam kinda gal and I did fine. Just try to stay ahead with assignments and clinical paperwork and it'll be alright.
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    Also remember that nursing school isn't like any other education you ever had. You can't take a course, pass the final, sell the book to someone in the next class, and forget it. All the classes you take will have a direct and immediate use in all the courses to follow. You will constantly refer back to the books you used in prior semesters. You have to really understand the whys of everything they teach you, so you can apply them to the novel situations you will encounter in a later semester.Your faculty-- and the NCLEX-- will expect that you will be able to do that, and if you can't/won't, you will fail.

    Therefore the minute something doesn't make complete and total sense to you and you can't think why it would ever be useful, find out immediately. (I used to ask my students all the time, "Why do we care about this?") Those moments tend to pile up if not cleared away, and before you know it, you're in too deep. Always know why, and you'll have the tools you need for problem-solving (what they call "critical thinking") later.


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