Trying to survive.......

  1. hey,

    I am junior at Rutgers and trying to survive my first clinical semester. I was wondering if anyone had any tips making it through this program. I feel like so much of the stuff is dry and boring. I am also looking for some words of encouragement to myself and fellow students. I am the president of my class and I am starting to feel all the pressure of school, clubs, and work. I try to do my best to help all my classmates and give them all the support they need. Unfortunately, I dont have the support for myself. PLEASE HELP!!!

    Kevin (desperately in need of support!)

    :kiss
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    the best 2 things to do are 'breathe' and 'prioritize'.

    then jump in and do what needs to be done. i know the overwhelming feelings. i'm the president of our SNA and at times the extra's that comes with the title seem a bit much. that's when i step back and get what needs to be done first. then second and so on.

    if you are thinking that things really are getting to be too much then i suggest you look at your ultimate goal. getting through school. ditch the things that are holding you back from that.

    oh, and i wanted to say that i'm sorry for the cold shoulder you recieved initially in the general nurse forum. sometimes the 'compassion' from others amazes me.
  4. by   xantha31669
    Kevin,

    I know where you are coming from! I have the nursing curriculum, microbiology, am a class officer, work part-time and am a mom of a 3, 5, and 8 yo. The first thing I did was to get a planner and go thru all my syllabi(?) and record all pertinent info(exams, papers, practicals,etc) I then filled in all the family stuff (birthdays, kids school things) This gave me a good idea of how to plan my study time. I also bring my with me in my car whereever I go, I manage to squeeze alot of extra studying in while I am waiting for the kids to get out of school or in line at the drive thru (I do everything drive thru I can, bank, pharmacy, and yes food!) I always work on what is due first, then move on from there. I also try to plan my research so I only have to make one or two trips to the library at our hospital (it is a teaching hospital and has alot of info and journals) I use that time to do the research for everything at once. I don't know your situation but maybe these things could help.

    Lori
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    lori and rena have given great advice. again, welcome!
  6. by   colleen10
    Hi Kevin!!

    Just wanted to send my best wishes to you and welcome you to the board.

    You are ahead of me as I have not yet started my clinicals but I have heard lots of people say the first semester is boring. I think because it is a lot of "Fundamentals". I think things will get more interesting for you.

    Take care!
    Col

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