Simple Nursing course turning out to be a complete nightmare.......help! - page 2

Hi everyone, I am currently in my first semester of nursing school. Some of my prereqs were taken over the summer. Right now I am taking the following courses: Anatomy & Physiology II Organic... Read More

  1. Visit  AKreader profile page
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    Be prepared for many chapters. Know the *important* stuff, not all of it.
    This will continue for your entire nursing school career - I have never had a test with less than 10 chapters covered.
    It's unfortunate that your professor doesn't want to give you direction, but surely you have power points or some form of outline/notes from lecture. Use those tools as your study guide. Read over the chapters looking for the things that match your notes/slides.
    Only one of my professors gives us study guides, and he writes a disclaimer that there will be material on the test not covered by the guide. The rest of my professors expect us to know what information is most important.
  2. Visit  Mattie2012 profile page
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    We have no study guides or power points. We get 4 lectures at 2 hours each to get everything covered. We make whatever notes we can, the lecture is very fast. Our last exam was over 26 chapters, the next one is 22. It is indeed stressful to try and figure out what and how to study. I am happy just to make the 78% needed to pass. Some days I want to just give up, but as long as I am passing I will keep on trying to do my best.
    Hang in there, and good luck!
  3. Visit  ScottE profile page
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    Welcome to college. The quality of lecture will vary from professor to professor. You just have to learn to go with the flow and adapt to various teaching or well not teaching styles. Ultimately your success or failure depends on you.
  4. Visit  EP10 profile page
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    I'm not sure how similar nursing programs are but your description of your program striked me as extremely similar to my own. Especially when you mention your 129 course. I don't know how many other programs have the same course numbers for their classes but I feel as though we might be in the same school.

    Do you by any chance attend a small-ish private college in Long Island NY?
  5. Visit  Nursing2102 profile page
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    Thanks again for all the responses!

    I realize that I could have summed up the thread in about 1 paragraph so sorry again for making it so long. I guess I was just on a rant because while I don't expect to be spoon fed what will be on every test, it just really aggravates me when I pay THOUSANDS of dollars in tuition to LEARN, only to have a nursing professor teaches absolutely NOTHING while spending the entirety of every class talking about her own personal accomplishments and her frequent trips to Paris.....

    I ended up getting an 80 on the test. I thought I failed miserably but I guess I was just worrying a lot cause it was the first test and the questions weren't remotely familiar to the text. I know I will do better on the next one though.

    In response to EP10, you are right! Specifically in Rockville Centre.
  6. Visit  Nursing2102 profile page
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    In response to nurse2be13, I never said I wanted the instructor to tell me verbatim what would be on the exam, a little help on what to FOCUS on out of 60+ pages of useless information from the textbook might seem reasonable. Sorry it was too long, no one told you to read it.
  7. Visit  EP10 profile page
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    Looks like we are in the same nursing program

    I took Nur 129 last semester.

    Maybe we had or have some of the same professors?
    Last edit by EP10 on Oct 24, '12
  8. Visit  OB-nurse2013 profile page
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    Quote from Nursing2102
    Thanks again for all the responses!

    I realize that I could have summed up the thread in about 1 paragraph so sorry again for making it so long. I guess I was just on a rant because while I don't expect to be spoon fed what will be on every test, it just really aggravates me when I pay THOUSANDS of dollars in tuition to LEARN, only to have a nursing professor teaches absolutely NOTHING while spending the entirety of every class talking about her own personal accomplishments and her frequent trips to Paris.....

    I ended up getting an 80 on the test. I thought I failed miserably but I guess I was just worrying a lot cause it was the first test and the questions weren't remotely familiar to the text. I know I will do better on the next one though.

    In response to EP10, you are right! Specifically in Rockville Centre.
    I think it is wrong I think a lot of students that have been in the program for awhile just get used to this. I graduate next semester and I remember my shock and irritance my first semester of nursing school. It just doesnt change and you get used to it. We never ge study guides or even told what to focus on. You just kinda figure it out and it get better. Just hang in there
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  9. Visit  Nursing2102 profile page
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    Thanks iluvpatho. I gotta get used to this since this is only my first semester!

    EP10: Cool! We might have the same professor....So you're taking clinicals now? I have to wait until the summer to take them since I still haven't taken microbio yet (taking in the spring.)

    Hopefully I will be able to get into the summer NUR209, 229 & 239 classes (they only have one class for each -209,229,239- unfortunately.) This nursing program is set up so you can only take a certain/small amount of nursing classes at once. Ugh!!!!!

    Feel free to pm me on here if you want!
  10. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    Remember that you aren't just learning stuff because it might be on the test. You are learning this stuff because you need to know it. Stuff that will not be on the test still needs to be learned.
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  11. Visit  RN1485 profile page
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    This is my first semester too. We have 6 tests in 2 months and they cover about 20+ chapters each and then a cumulative final in December (we break for clinicals, thank God)...we don't get a study guide or anything either. It's also one class that's 9 credit hours long so if you make a C in it, it brings your GPA down a lot. I guess they are trying to weed out the weaker ones but I'm hoping it gets better....or at least more adaptable.
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  12. Visit  Nursing2102 profile page
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    Wow, and I thought my class was a lot.... good luck this semester, and yes hopefully it does get better!
  13. Visit  BKCherry profile page
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    Well, I am surely in your program too and from your description in the same class (maybe chem too). No worries though, your anonymity is safe. No idea who you are. lol

    I totally agree though. I am taking basically the same classes as you. This is my first semester and the NUR class is the hardest in my opinion even though the material itself is not. I am worried about the next test too. I did well on this one but I don't know how. I had no idea what to study. The last few classes she has continued to talk about practically nothing and showed that dumb video/slideshow. I think we are just going to have to have to work hard to pick out what seems important and try to take good notes from whatever she mentions in class - even if it seems irrelevant (like how many languages Nightingale spoke).
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