Nursing student struggling, needs tips on how to pass classes and succeed.
this is a nice forum by the way, i'm glad i found this page.
i'm a second semester nursing student, 21 year old. i'm on the BSN program at my university here near the bay area which is a 6 semester deal, and i'm on my 2nd semester.
Basically I am now feeling the pressure of how hard the classes are and the amount of "outside of the class assignments" that needs to be done especially the large amount of care plans
that we need to do per week on clinical per patient.and i'm working 18 hours a week.
i'm actually thinking of quitting my job for now during the school year. when i get home i usually watch tv coz i am so tired to even read the books.
sorry if sound like i am whining here coz i know i am whining
. I just started the 2nd semester this week. and everything is just orientation so far. but from what the teacher said what we needed to do, man i feel so swamped.
everytime i go do my skills test, the teachers check off to see if i did it right. but whenever i go up there to do it on the mannequin, i get so nervous that i forget some key steps and i get tachycardia and i get dizzy, and depressed afterwards coz i didnt do too well.
and i have no medical experience prior to entering the program never worked on a hospital whatsoever, i dont even know what certain medical supplies, materials are called. so whenever i do my clinicals a the hospital, i get nervous.
i just finished last semester, which is basic skills and i forgot half of what i learned in skills in the first semester.
for those who graduated already or are still nursing students, i just need some tips on how you got through the program. did u read all the assigned readings? what was your study style to do well in the class.
i got into the nursing program by fluke, somehow i got a lot of 87% on the prereqs, but the teachers let me slide with some A's. if it werent for that, i wouldnt have made it to the program.
also, any tips on how to improve communication skills? i am from asia and i got a strong accent and bad grammar
that makes it difficult for my patients, or other nurses to understand me, plus i am a quiet person who cant start conversation and keep it going. i get a lot of "moment of silence" during a conversation with classmates or patients.