Struggling to meet the bare minimum in one class...need support - page 4

by EmilyEmily

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I'm doing good so far in every class but ONE. The crazy thing is that the class is really not that hard but for some reason I keep changing my answer to the wrong one, which results in me receiving an overall lower grade than... Read More


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    I don't really know, what is going on here? The OP was asking for a little support and all she gets is advice to rethink her path and that nursing school may not be for her. If it is not for her, she will figure it out. But some people just need a little longer to understand things or utilize the tools they were given. Of course, she has to work on it but I think she knows that. Would you all give up a future career just because of one problem that might not even be a real problem? Sometimes it just had to click and the problem is solved.
    Don't you think that famous musicians struggled at one point of their learning process, or scientist. Albert Einstein failed his math classes in school and he still became one of the best and well known physicists of all times.
    OP, I just want to say, don't get discouraged. Work on your weakness and get help from somebody. It is definitely not the time yet to give up.
    Good luck and all the best...
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    Quote from ElenaTx
    I don't really know, what is going on here? The OP was asking for a little support and all she gets is advice to rethink her path and that nursing school may not be for her. If it is not for her, she will figure it out. But some people just need a little longer to understand things or utilize the tools they were given. Of course, she has to work on it but I think she knows that. Would you all give up a future career just because of one problem that might not even be a real problem? Sometimes it just had to click and the problem is solved.
    Don't you think that famous musicians struggled at one point of their learning process, or scientist. Albert Einstein failed his math classes in school and he still became one of the best and well known physicists of all times.
    OP, I just want to say, don't get discouraged. Work on your weakness and get help from somebody. It is definitely not the time yet to give up.
    Good luck and all the best...
    Thanks so much for posting this.....I am stunned by the one's that are basically telling the op to give up on her career.... instead of telling her to work hard to improve in the areas that she's struggling with!
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    EmilyEmily, we would like to give you great advice, but I think we don't have a whole lot of information. What has you so stressed and unsure of yourself during these questions that have you changing your answer? Are they priority type questions? Are you reading into the question? Please don't get discouraged. I have a friend who is in his 50's, recovering alchoholic, and was never educated properly. Plus it didn't help that he works in a place where he used to come in for treatment, so he was constantly discouraged by coworkers telling him he couldn't. He's pulling a B average. You can do this too.
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    So sad that whether student/ nurses encourage is scarce...stop with the discouragement but EmilyEmily no one can accomplish your goals but you....it you dream it you can acheive it...the nursing school journey is far from easy!....I too went through the phase of changing answer.....about 90% of nursing students do...but always follow your gut....to me your testing skills have nothing to do with how of an expert nurse you'll be....just because someone was A 4.0 student doesnt mean that would be a SUPER POWER NURSE....STUDY STUDY...STUDY...THE WORLD IS YOURS!
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    Ok...now that you have the "you can do it cheerleaders" lets get down to the bare bones solution...

    This info is coming from someone who failed nursing school in their first semester almost 12 years ago who went on to pass her boards as a Bachelors prepared nurse 11 years later, a notorious answer changer with horrible test anxiety, who was able to pass her boards the first time TWICE (as a LPN and RN).

    Seek out help with your instructor...(GASP). Yes, find out what tips, etc would be beneficial for you to help with struggling with test anxiety.
    When I went to nursing school the first time, they saw I took good notes, able to apply the theory in clinical, but OVERLOOKED my anxiety. It wasn't until I went to PN school the theme was "Critical Thinking"...they wanted to help a lot of us who had test anxiety to focus on that process as a way to improve decision making, and apply it to testing.
    Since I don't want YOU to wait until PN school
    Like me, Here's the book: Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre. Best book that helps me when I backslide into anxiety on test, and even nursing in general. I'm reading and finishing the book as I enter a PICU as a new grad RN. Although I have experience, it is a HUGE learning curve. This book is helping me cope, along with meeting with my preceptor has as well, lol

    Another book I have received when I hit that brick wall in my BSN program for my Critical/Acute Care Med-Surg class was TWO books:

    Prioritization and Delegaton by LaCharity and

    Lippincott's Alternative question format

    My instructor suggested these books after I went to her. She saw me changing questions, and her assessment of my test taking pattern was of test anxiety base on the answers I changed them to. I bit the bullet and paid for those books, even though they weren't in my budget, but my grades turned around the next test...I thought it was a miracle, lol! Those books were really valuable in answering the questions, as well as the "Success" book Series. They are NCLEX prep books as well.

    Sooo...

    To sum it up: Critical thinking book, LaCharity, Prioritization Lippinicott book- the LaCharity and Lippinicott you can start on NOW, just make sure you can get that Critical Thinking book as well. The other book will go over them, but you also need the nitty gritty as well.

    You did not say you had issues in studying or if you had an issue grappling with the information, so utilizing these books can be incorporate into your studying-I made it work to turn my grades around, and I worked 30+ hours/week-and seek out your instructor and work with them.

    Most-scratch that- ALL instructors want you to be a competent nurse...they have different quirks, personalities, internal issues on their own, that is their own "world"...extract that info and use it to your ultimate benefit...you will learn that about nursing period-the personalities and the art if pulling valuable information to assist you in becoming an optimal competent nurse, you have learned it on this thread...you may have not like the comments; however they are from a place to encourage you to do self-reflection because nursing is HARD, and that hard is an UNDERSTATEMENT.

    The push to be a competent critical thinker is 98% of your practice; 2% is skills...your thinking drives how well your skills can transfer over, and they get better as you evolve, they will, I promise if you want to be in nursing for "the long haul"

    I hope these tips help you along the way. Hope you are able to have access to them, utilize them, and help improve your grades. Good Luck!!!
    Last edit by LadyFree28 on Feb 17, '13
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    Quote from LadyFree28

    Lippincott's Alternative question format


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    What is this Lippincott business?
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    Quote from EmilyEmily
    I'm doing good so far in every class but ONE. The crazy thing is that the class is really not that hard but for some reason I keep changing my answer to the wrong one, which results in me receiving an overall lower grade than what i should have gotten. Everyone else in the class is passing but me. I received two mid 60s on the first two exams. The next couple I will need an 85 or higher to meet the bare minimum in order to pass. I am very stressed out and cannot afford to retake this class over. I am under a lot of pressure from my family to pass. I know there is nothing you all can do I just need some support. I talked about this with one of my classmates but she didn't seem to care at all. Everyone is just worried about themselves
    I was in the exact same position as you Emily! It was my OB/ Pedis class. I just couldn't not get it- I would study and knew the information,but once I started taking the tests, it was a extremely different story. I think I the more I stressed and worried the worst I did on the test. I was a vicious cycle. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to recover my grade enough after taking my final in the class, so I had to take the class again at the end of my program. I know that is not helpful to you, but maybe taking a step back from the stress might help, since stressing about it just made me do worst. For the next time around, I just use all the resources available to me- videos, pictures, online quizzes, anything and I did excellent. So in your case maybe doing that now will help you. Some people do well when studying with others, not me, but you can try that. All you can do is keep studying and do your best.

    P.s even after repeating the class, I passed my NCLEX the first time and am now a working RN, so everything will fall into place- don't give up!
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    Quote from Stephalump

    What is this Lippincott business?
    Lippincott's alternative question format gives you techniques on SATA, prioritization, etc. Great book on how to approach questions. Most of my cohorts and I used this book, especially at the senior level. It was recommended by our instructors as part of our "Recommended Reading"...a lot of those recommended readings help boost application to the material, as well as grades, in my experience...if its a book that helps with critical think approaches, question and answers that help gear you to that nurse think and passing the boards, don't pass it up...just giving anyone who questions "Recommended Reading" BUY those books and rent your text books...helps out in the long run!!! Never failed a nursing course AGAIN!
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    Quote from LadyFree28

    Lippincott's alternative question format gives you techniques on SATA, prioritization, etc. Great book on how to approach questions. Most of my cohorts and I used this book, especially at the senior level. It was recommended by our instructors as part of our "Recommended Reading"...a lot of those recommended readings help boost application to the material, as well as grades, in my experience...if its a book that helps with critical think approaches, question and answers that help gear you to that nurse think and passing the boards, don't pass it up...just giving anyone who questions "Recommended Reading" BUY those books and rent your text books...helps out in the long run!!! Never failed a nursing course AGAIN!
    Oh, that's cool! I may look into it. I have an obsession with resource materials (my stack of non-required books is 3xs as high as my textbook stack). Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) our elderly professors aren't very technologically advanced and haven't figured out to test us using SATA format, much less any fancy audio/video type things. Good for me, but I don't want it to affect my NCLEX ability.
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    Emily,


    Also, if the critical thinking questions are getting to you- think ABCs in every question! I took the Kaplan course and it was fantastic, if you the know the material and you are just having problem taking the test, buy an NCLEX book and focus on whatever Nursing topics you are studying now. There are multiple ways of answering critical thinking questions so studies those strategies- again buy a NCLEX or do research online, as well as ask your instructors for specific tips on how to answer questions.

    Again don't give up and stay positive.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Feb 17, '13 : Reason: TOS


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