SN inbetween 25 & 35 LOL we need a spot to - page 4
I see chats for all of you under 25 and those of you over 35. now those stuck in the middle have a room to..:chuckle... Read More
Jun 21, '02I copied this from a web site I found, The site was called Student Nurses R us, but I can't seem to get to the page, says it was moved & new link does not work. I can send a better copy to anyone who wants it in email
It all starts with ATTITUDE.
COMMITMENT. While some students really, really, really want to be
a nurse, they are not prepared to give what it takes to succeed.
Success requires sacrifice--not a "send us your virgins" kind of
sacrifice, but a sacrifice of your time and the ways that you are
accustomed to spending that time. Nursing school requires many many
hours of studying, and a weekend of playing vs. studying will probably
be the difference of passing or failing your next exam. Often, this
means having to tell friends and family "NO" when they want to spend
time with you, which may make some of them feel angry. But don't
worry, your true friends will be patient. Your family doesn't really
matter because 1) they'll get over it, and 2) they are family...you
couldn't get rid of them if you tried.
RESPONSIBILITY. Ok...I am stepping up on my soapbox on this one. I
don't know how many times I have heard students complaining about
the instructors--their tests are too hard, they grade too harshly,
they don't like me, they don't lecture well, etc.--and I've heard them
make several excuses as to why they were late or missed class or
clinicals. STOP WHINING ALREADY!!! The majority of the class is
doing well enough to pass--follow their example. It is your
responsibility to get to class on time, to get help if there is something
you don't understand--and who cares if the instructor likes you or
not--get over yourself. There are times when you may have to miss
class or clinicals, but they are not excuses for you to not do well on
your exams--you should work twice as hard to make up that
time--getting notes from another student (or even a couple of them),
listen to tapes made by another student, get together and discuss
what was lectured about. OK--stepping down off my soapbox now...
DETERMINATION. It's no secret that nursing school is difficult and
stressful, and you have to be determined to get through it all. There
will be bad days, bad exams, embarrassing moments, family stress,
financial stress, you might get chewed out by your clinical instructor
once or twice, etc. But don't give up, and don't sweat the small stuff.
Put everything in perspective and take it day by day--each day brings
you one step closer toward graduating.
2. Getting the most out of lectures...
Show up for class. Believe it or not, actually showing up is conducive to
Outline the reading. Most instructors expect you to read the assigned
chapters before you go into lectures. While this is a wonderful idea in
theory, most of us never get past the previous chapters we are
studying for the exam given before the new lecture begins. I have a
shortened method that helps me out--I outline the chapters. To do
this, I skim the main sections of the reading and write down the main
points (skip over the details). This usually takes me about 10-20
minutes to do, depending on how many chapters are assigned. It gives
me an idea about what material we will be covering in lecture so that I
don't feel completely lost.
Bring a tape recorder. Most instructors do not mind you taping their
lectures, but you should ask them before you do. You'd be surprised
at some of the material you miss just taking written notes.
Recopy your notes. This may not be helpful to some people, but it
helps me immensely. Rewriting the material not only helps to organize
my notes for more effective studying, it also helps me to retain the
material better when I write it a second time.
Take note of information the instructor emphasizes or repeats. There
is a good chance you'll see this material on the exam. I often put
stars along side my notes that I feel might be good test questions.
This is partly intuition, but mostly it comes from careful listening.
3.Getting the most from your reading...
Use highlighters effectively. I've known several students who like to
highlight with a rainbow of colors, but the colors have no rhyme or
reason. While this makes your pages look pretty, it is not effective
for studying. When you do use different colors, make sure that each
color has a meaning. For example, highlight main concepts in yellow,
definitions in orange, statistics in green, etc. After a while, your eyes
become trained to the colors, and you can pick up information more
Take notes as you read. This is probably the most time consuming task
for me, but it is well worth it come exam time. After I have
highlighted the chapter, I take notes (in my own words) on what I
highlighted. For those of you who are visual-tactile learners like me,
this is a wonderful way to get material to stick in your brain.
Compare notes. Compare your reading notes and your lecture notes,
and write down any discrepancies between them or anything you do
not understand, and then ask about it. If a classmate can't help you
clear it up, go to the instructor. Most instructors welcome students to
call or visit their office during assigned hours--take advantage of
4. Start a study group
Limit four per group. More than four in a group is way too busy for
A committed group. All members of the group should be committed to
studying. This should not be a social event. It's really easy to want to
use this time as a stress release and a time just to hang out with your
friends, but this isn't productive.
Be focused. Have a plan for the study group--then split up the
material evenly among the group. You'd be surprised how differently
people see and interpret things and even how one person catches
something that another person totally missed. It is a great
opportunity to discuss and get a better understanding of the material.
5. Don't sweat the small stuff...
Give up an emaculate house. This boils down to priorities. Would you
rather do well on the test, or have clean baseboards. Though, this
shouldn't be an excuse to live like a slob either. My best advice is to
do a ten minute clean up each day... and then DELEGATE, DELEGATE,
DELEGATE. (that is, if there is someone in your house to delegate
Take a break from the books. You know that saying, "All work and no
play makes Jack a dull boy." This may be true, but more than that, it
can make Jack go crackers...excuse me, I should be more politically
correct: It can make Jack mentally ill, or is it reality challenged?
Anyway, give yourself a break.
Bad day. If you have a bad day, brush yourself off and start anew the
next day. Holding on to anger, frustration or embarrassment is really
counter productive. It really is as easy as making a conscious decision
to start over tomorrow.
Jun 21, '02Shanzo89: Wow!! I'm all the way from Canada and I'm glad to know we are using the same manuals, with the exception that mine is the sixth edition.
Lisa1970: I couldn't of said it better myself. Although the only course I seemed to lack in was my Chemistry class.
And I blame his teaching methods....he would write and explain chemistry at his level instead of ours then tell us 15 minutes later that we didn't need to know this because it was too advanced.
Talk about confusing.....so to turn that B into an A I just found some extra excercises and reading materials to supplement my class. It worked.
I'm 28, married with 3 children aged 9,7 & 4.
I already completed my first semester of Pre-Health last year but am seriously thinking of redoing because I missed my finals last year and my GPA took a dive. Good news is I still passed it thanks to all A's that I had before my finals came along!!
Jun 21, '02Someone mentioned that the book Math smart by princeton review would help with my algebra. I just wanted to say thanks. I just started it, but already I have learned something......:-)
Jun 22, '02
I also wanted to put my two cents in!!! I am 32 and I have been married 13 1/2 years with 5 children. I have 3 boys ages 12, 11 and 5 and two girls ages 8 and 20 months. My husband is a police officer and has totally supported me going back to school. I SUFFERED AND ENDURED for 7 years while he got his degree and now he says it is my turn.
He is just so awesome, sorry to brag but he is. Whenever I need to study, he just takes over. Now granted his cleaning abilities are somewhat lacking but I guess I can deal with that. Well, not really but I am trying to learn.
I just started my first nursing class last week (with two others from this board - but I still didn't get a chance to meet you guys! Send me a note!) and it is so amazing and exciting to finally be getting somewhere. We have 8 chapters plus pharmacology math calculations on an exam this Wed. Can you believe that? Just three classes and already an exam....at least it'll be over soon.
Good luck everyone!:roll
Jun 22, '02Lisa, Thanks for the refreshing and encouraging post!! I haven't had Chem since junior high. The class I'm taking is an accelerated course and I'm scraping my nails along the rails of a wild ride. I've found a couple of study buddies and my roommate, who is very good at Chem, has offered to host "Chemistry Jeopary" for us before the midterm and final.
Thanks again ~ I'd love to find that site! I coped the test of your post, in the meantime and am going to print it out to put on my wall.
Jun 22, '02Lisa ~ Wonderful guidelines!! Thanks for the encouragement :kiss
I copied the text from your post and am going to print it out and put it on my wall! I'd love to find that site too ~ let me know if you come across it again.
I've found a couple people in my class to study with. The class is accelerated and I'm digging my rails into the rails while riding on the ride.
Jun 22, '02http://allnurses.com/jump.cgi?ID=1240 This is the student nurses R us website. Some of the links still work, but some don't. I think the guidelines are great. I printed them have them on the wall.
Does anyone else have any good informative nursing sites that they use & would like to share?
Jun 22, '02Here is a List of some sites that I like to use. Some even have practice tests in them
http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/kozier/ (sample Nclex tests)
here are some, have LOTS more if anyone is interested
Jun 22, '02I'm new here but thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 31yo mother of two (8.5yo dd and 3yo ds) married to a great guy for the last five years. I've always wanted to be a nurse, but a highschool counselor convinced me that I wasn't smart enough. :angryfire Well, I just earned a 3.9 in Microbiology and I aspire to one day be a CRNA (so there, Mr. Howard!!) I just wish it hadn't taken me 12 years to figure it out!!
I am currently taking pre-reqs at the community college and I have 2 quarters of A&P before I start the program next spring. I also work full time as an NAC in a LTCF lock-down dementia unit. I absolutely love it! I have actually been doubting my CRNA aspirations because I really enjoy the patient interactions more than I imagined. We'll see. I have a long way to go and a ton of things to experience so I may change my mind between here and there.
I love this board and hope to get to know everyone!!
Jun 23, '02Welcome longtimecoming. We are a good group of people who are tryig be support one another as we all struggle to acheive the same basic goal. We welcome questions and any comments that you have to offer
Jun 23, '02Hello, well my birthday is next month and I will be 25- does that count? I am married to a wonderful guy, we have 2 children, a boy 22 months and a girl 33 months, I am currently in Chemistry, it stinks! I am a horrible studier myself, but I am getting better!
Oh and my hubby is definitly in the supporting but irritating group, only because from 7:30 on I study, from 7:30 on he wants to talk! OY!