School's out for summer!!!

  1. Hi everyone:
    I just took my last final for the semester!! I am so glad this A&P stuff is over lol. I signed up for summer classes so I go back May 30, but from now til May 30 seems like a long time with no bio homework to do.
    Yippeeeee!
    Oh, I should probably tell you who I am. I'm a 24 y/o student in Maryland who has been working on prerequisites... I start the nursing portion of my program this fall. Before that I just need to finish up these 6 credits I'm taking this summer and take the dosage calc test, and get the physical, and all the paperwork that goes into a healthcare program.
    I'm really excited to be out for a little break and to be starting the "meat and potatoes" nursing part of it.
    Anyway, good luck to those of you who are still toiling away. How long do you folks have left? Is anyone still working on their prereqs?
    I'm in an ADN program, but plan to get a BSN through an RN-BSN outreach program Univ of MD has.
    Thanks for listening to me shout my fool head off.
    Take care,
    MsP
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  3. by   jwhiz
    HI,I WILL FINISH THE LVN PROGRAM IN AUG.2001.I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A FEW WORDS OF ADVISE. WHEN YOU GET INTO THE MEAT AND POTATOES CHEW VERY CAREFULLY! YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF STUFF HITTING YOU AT ONCE YOU WILL THINK THAT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MIND. JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND REMEMBER YOU WILL NOT BE IN SCHOOL FOR THE REST OF YOU LIFE!
  4. by   delirium
    Thanks for the tip. I have heard that the entire nursing program is just like A&P... SO MUCH information in so little time... just try to keep your head above water. I've made it this far, I'll make it through school.
    I've heard that the LPN/LVN program is even more stressful, because its so much shorter... they only have a year to complete their nursing portion, while we have two.
    I'll be glad to get in it and get it done. Do you have any other tips?
  5. by   SherryM16
    Hi MsPurp! I am also starting my clinicals this fall. I am very excited and scared as well. I have all my pre req's done and am currently taking classes that will transfer towards my BSN. The school I attend has an articulation program for the RN to BSN with a local 4 year college. When I finish my 2 year clinicals, I will transfer to ETSU for 3 more semesters and then I will have my BSN, provided I live through clinicals! I am 39, work full time, carry a full class load and have a 16 year old daughter. I am taking a Sociology class and a History class this summer and am looking forward to getting on with the real stuff; the clinicals. Good luck with your summer classes!
  6. by   berry
    Whats up, be careful what you wish for(lol)and get ready to read more than you ever cared to. I am in a BSN program I just finished the first clinical semester. All I can say is enjoy the break because once it starts coming at you it does not stop. I struggled a good bit this semester and it was not anything like A & P. Most of your prereq classes test your ability to recall the lessons taught (ei the systems of the body), but starting in clinical class the test switch to around 50-70% application questions. They killed me the first couple of test and in the end some people still could not answer them correctly. I think we lost 3-4 students this term. I guess I will see when school starts back this summer. I don't mean to scare you just giving you a heads up.
  7. by   tattoochick
    Man, some of you guys need to lighten up! It's summertime and nursing should not be that anxiety-ridden. I have 1 year left to go in the BSN program, and yes, it's a lot harder than the prereqs, but you do what you have to do to get through. Keeping a positive outlook on things helps too. I look towards the big reward...graduating. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the last summer before I graduate laying out by the pool, turning 22, going to as many concerts as possible, doing an ER elective clinical in July, and getting my next tattoo! Take care guys!
  8. by   delirium
    Let me just say that I appreciate everyone's input for the positives and negatives of nursing school. Its nice to go in with your eyes open and not be so shocked... I am confident that I will do well. I think anyone can do anything, if they really want to, and I really want to be a nurse.
    Thanks for the real life tips, though. I've heard that the first few exams are always a little difficult for everyone to make that shift from memorizing to application. I just hope I'll have some good instructors and work with some good nurses.
    Do you have any advice on how to communicate/interact/get along well with the nurses you work with on clinicals? All the posts about senior nurses 'eating' student nurses has me a little anxious.
    Anyway.... I'm off to work.
    Everyone take care.... I'm doing the exact same thing as you, Sherry, sounds like. I'm doing an outreach RN to BSN program offered through the University of MD after I graduate and get my license. We should be email buddies once school starts up!
    Everyone have a fantastic day.
    Love & light,
    MsP
  9. by   NurseStudentFall01
    Well, I think several of us are taking the same route to nursing. I will finish up my pre-reqs this summer (A&P 1 and 2 and Dev. Psych) and start clinicals in the fall.

    I've also been taking classes that will meet requirements for the RN to BSN program. Hopefully, by the time I graduate the ASN program, I'll be well on my way to a BSN as well.

    I'm nervous about starting A&P this summer, everyone goes on about how difficult it is. Also, since it's a summer course, the semester is only 6 weeks long. So I'll have to learn everything in half the time. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    [ May 11, 2001: Message edited by: NurseStudentFall01 ]

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