Tips for surviving the 1st Semester of Nursing School - page 2

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I can't believe I made it through finals week and my first semester of nursing school is done. I was totally exhausted with several days of 3 hours of sleep and 5 straight exams. Anyways I'm like a straight B student, that's not... Read More


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    #6 is oh so true! If we had to miss a lab or clinical we HAD to have a doctors note stating we were sick (or accident report, jury duty paper, whatever the reason you were absent for has to be accounted). My second semester, first test of the semester, I was in an accident! Just a small fender bender, but still took forever. I was late because of it. You get an automatic 3% deduction for missing lab/clinical (or fail for the test). We have this thing called APG committee that I had to go to with my accident report so I could take the test.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    Oh I forgot an important one....

    8. Back up your papers. There nothing worse than pushing the power button and finding out that your computer, ipad or what ever has now crashed and your paper is due tomorrow and you got no way to get it. Well that actually happened to someone in my class. Keep a flash drive handy and back up those large papers onto it or if you comfortable with the cloud, you can use a free cloud based service like microsoft skydrive, or icloud as a back up. Sometimes I would backup papers to skydrive at home and then I could continue working on them at the school library. This is a great way to get access to your work from anywhere, in addition to keeping a safe copy in case the main computer crashes.
    I use flash drives as a last resort now. What I have found that works is copying and pasting my work into a "draft" e-mail and saving that draft. That way, I know it is not going anywhere. I have had a couple of flash drives just up and stop working over the years and learned the hard way.
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    I use flash drives as a last resort now. What I have found that works is copying and pasting my work into a "draft" e-mail and saving that draft. That way, I know it is not going anywhere. I have had a couple of flash drives just up and stop working over the years and learned the hard way.
    Yup! Great idea!
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    Dropbox is an absolute life saver. I have my stuff with me no matter where I am! And it makes group projects almost bearable
    Once I emailed myself a 20 page care plan, went home, opened it up, and it was BLANK. I nearly cried.
    Last edit by Stephalump on May 5, '13
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    Quote from Stephalump
    Dropbox is an absolute life saver. I have my stuff with me no matter where I am! And it makes group projects almost bearable
    Once I emailed myself a 20 page care plan, went home, opened it up, and it was BLANK. I nearly cried.
    Dropbox is an excellent resource for you to use. I save all of my nursing school related stuff to dropbox. There is plenty of storage space, so I do not have to worry about running out of room. This way I also have access to everything that I could possibly need from any place that has an Internet connection. This includes using my laptop through my wireless connection and my cell phone…
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    Man-nurse 2b, congrats on finishing the first semester. For me, it helps to hear from those who have experienced it and are honest about what to do and not to do, thank you.

    Thank you for all the great tips. I start the program in a week and need all the advice I can get.

    What are the most useful apps?

    Great idea about Dropbox, I have one but never use it. I will now.
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    I recommend getting all of your books used. Sometimes the school has a used book program (I preferred to shop online with the ISBN # from a reputable company-I don't believe I can advertise for them on AN Saved me a ton of money. Even though I got student loans, paying $75 for the book now rather than $150 plus interest for the same exact book, makes more sense. BUT, never ever get books that someone highlighted already and ensure the seller is reputable, also. Nothing sucks more than starting your class still waiting on your book!
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    1. Drink lots of alcohol on the weekends to relieve anxiety
    2. Never read your textbook(waste of time)
    3. tell your teachers what they want to hear. Nursing instructors will trash your grades if they don't like you.
    4. pretend like you are interested in things that you are not(great for clinical grades)
    5. definitely buy a NCLEX book! My number one suggestion. I bought nclex 10,000 and the Brunner and Suddarth's prepu software from LWW.com
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    The best advice I can give besides what is already mentioned is DON'T SLACK OFF AND DON'T CRAM!! There is just too much material to keep putting studying off, before you know it you will have an avalanche of information that you will have to learn. We lost a lot of people first semester because of this. I don't care how smart you are, nobody will make it through nursing school if they study everything at the last minute.
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    Thanks for the advice this was great


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