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  1. I AM A FIRST YEAR NURSING STUDENT AND I AM FINDING THE CLASSES TO BE TOO HARD. I AM AT A 4-YEAR SCHOOL AND I DRIVE 1 HOUR EVERYAY TO GET THERE. THIS I A LOT OF THE PROBLEM BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS SO TIRED. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   CEN35
    Get lots of sleep before your drive in, and study like hell at home. I would come home after my classes, take an hour to hour and a half nap. Then eat, then study for 3-4 hours, and go to bed. It is very time consuming. from my own personal experience, when I was in school, your persnal life will have to take a beating.

    CEN
  4. by   D.Johnson
    Dear Jenn;

    You didn't mention if you went to school days or evenings. Do you go full-time or part-time? Do you also work? Do you have kids at home? My point is to take (and make) time for yourself. Before my last semester of nursing school, I had 4 children (3 in diapers), a part-time job as a home health aide, and college work study! Of course the kids came first. I had help from my family, so part-work and college work study was enough. What I did (to keep my sanity), was to go to an evening program for nursing school. And as the classes progressed (and got harder), I lightened the load and took less credits (classes). This helped alot. Another thing that helped was to not study at home. Even if I had no classes, I went to the school (about an hour away) to use the library. I studied at home when the kids slept. Which meant I was up at 1, 2, and 3 a.m.
    All these things helped me a great deal, and I hope they help you.

    P.S. Guess what shift I work!
    Keep studying!
    Keep at it!
    Keep smiling!

    DJ,RN,CARN.
  5. by   Suey
    Your story sounds way too familiar! I am also in a 4-year program. I drive 40 minutes to get to school. My classes seem so hard, I sometimes wonder how I am suppose to retain all the information! I am taking 17 credit hours and working 25-30 hrs. a week.
    My only advice is hang in there! I know EXACTLY how you are feeling so if you need someone to talk to just email me at mmaple@othello.ucs.indiana.edu
    Meanwhile try to get some rest and just keep trying!

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  6. by   Luanrmoonsky
    I also drive an hour. Nursing school is tough. Probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. I have found that having someone to push me helps me when I feel like giving up. I found that in one of my instructors. She is something else, but great.

    It takes a lot of sleepless nights studying, memorizing and practicing. Oh and a lot of Mt. Dew. It seems that there are many of us that have taken up a Mt. Dew addiction to get by in school. It's better than any alternatives.

    It will never be easy but it is worth all that you put into it. I eat, breathe and sleep (when I do) nursing. If I go to a restaurant, I have my books or computer with me. While I'm watching tv, waiting for class to start or at just about any other time it is nursing.

    If its not my son its nursing. I have no personal life, but I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Luanrmoonsky
    I also drive an hour.
    I would assume that the original poster is no longer driving one hour to school. After all, he/she originally created this discussion in 1999, about eleven years ago. I would hope that the original poster has graduated by now.
  8. by   CT Pixie
    To add to the fact that this post was originally posted in 1999, this post was the OP 1st and ONLY post on Allnurses
  9. by   Sendana
    So, back in 1999, somebody came to this website, posted a short message in all caps, and was then never heard from again?

    Wow. Nice necro.
  10. by   Moogie
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I would assume that the original poster is no longer driving one hour to school. After all, he/she originally created this discussion in 1999, about eleven years ago. I would hope that the original poster has graduated by now.
    Well, you never know. My former brother-in-law took seven years to complete a bachelor's degree. His major was chemistry, his minor was Coors.

    It is pretty amazing that someone was able to unearth a thread from the last century!
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Moogie
    It is pretty amazing that someone was able to unearth a thread from the last century!
    I agree. Random searches turn up some interesting things.

    You never know what has been hidden in cyber-space!

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