Tips for surviving the 1st Semester of Nursing School - page 4
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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
- 4May 15, '13 by KittythestudentnurseAwesome tips, I have two to add:
1.Make friends! I went into school with the intention of going it alone, but I made a lot of friends and it helped for many reasons:
a. Studying together paid off big time for tests (make sure you have friends that study on their own like you do before meeting up )
b. When you're halfway through the term, bombarded with work, pulling your hair out, crying and asking yourself what you were thinking going to nursing school, it's great to know that you're not crazy and your friends know what you're talking about (although you're sad to picture them crying, holding fistfuls of their own hair)
c. Nobody else understands what you're going through better than fellow nursing students...not family, not friends, no matter how supportive they are.
2. If your school has counsellors (therapists, etc), take advantage of them if you feel stressed and overwhelmed...I did. I felt like I couldn't think clearly, I didn't know how I was going to write my nursing theory test because I was so stressed out and I had struggled with studying and absorbing any info...I talked to a counsellor, she put things in perspective and it cleared my head and eliminated a lot of stress, so much that I ended up getting 99% on that test!
- 0Jul 4, '13 by ArrowRNI notice lots more people getting acceptance letters so I'm bumping up this thread. If you have not read it already it may help you out with planning for the 1st semester of nursing school. My second semester is winding down. For me, Fall (semester 3) begins with maternity, and med-surg feel free to ask me any questions and thanks for liking this article. I also got some great tips from those who responded...thanks guys and gals!
- 0Jul 4, '13 by DalekRNQuote from dlashonYou should maybe consider putting off starting until the winter.... First semester is killer, content heavy and you gotta be there physically for those clinicals. It was all consuming for me.I start in the fall and am really terrified. I have a husband, a 4 year old, and I'm pregnant. Due a month after school starts so luckily my classes are online but I have to go to clinicals. This is really good information, thanks so much. Will do them all.
- 3Aug 26, '13 by brujacakesI am in my third semester of nursing school, graduating in May.
My tidbits of advice:
Do a little bit ALL the time, cramming does not work, too much info. to try and cram it in last minute.
Ace the easy stuff: professionalism points for punctuality, turning in assignments on time, uniform rules followed to a "T". Those few points might make you or brake you if your grade is borderline at the end of the semester.
Treat clinicals as if they were a job interview, do as much as you can, stay busy, ask questions, listen, be interested. The only people who have problems in clinicals are ones who try to "get away" with doing very little, or try & hide all day.
Surround yourself with positive influences, classmates doing well, classmates with a good attitude. It will help by osmosis ;-)
Focus on the concepts you do not understand and nail them, ex...ABG's, EKG's, Med Math. You will see them over & over again, might as well get it the first time and not let them haunt you.
Google is your best friend. Terms you do not know, nursing careplans, Tutorials on concepts u donot understand, just Google it.
Good luck & you can do it. Many people have and many more will.
- 0Aug 29, '13 by ArrowRNQuote from brujacakesLearning by osmosis? lol There's a new concept. Great advice. I tried once to literally absorb my textbooks by balancing it on my head...it did not work, just ended up with a headacheSurround yourself with positive influences, classmates doing well, classmates with a good attitude. It will help by osmosis ;-)