I attend NS in CA, I just finished my first semester and I was wondering what opinions are about which semester is the hardest. I thought first semester was tough but i did pass all classes with some breathing room, I am hoping that the difficulty stays the same, but I doubt thats the case. What do you think?
I thought after one semester of school I would have very clear understanding of why people fail but I have heard conflicting stories. The reason being, those who fail LIE about is/her real reasons (understandable, it is honestly no one's business but thier own). Although they usually tell the thruth to a close friend. So, I have been able to compile reasons from students who know those whom have dropped/failed and who looked at his/her friend impartially:
At my school 2nd (Med Surg-Med Surg-Med Surg) and 3rd (Med Surg, Peds, OB/GYN, Fam) are the toughest semesters. Both second and third semester classes this past spring lost between 20-30% of their remaining class and this is consistent every semester.
What I am told is that students that drop/fail are usually the students that got past the previous semester by the skin of his/her teeth (a history of low exam grades, poor assessment skills, poor clinical abilities, etc.). Other students that fail or drop usually have some personal devastation outside of school (this I am finding is a minority but you will hear that it is the majority since the failed students will not tell you the entire story... again understandable) or act in an egregious manner during the semester that caused the drop/failure (again, a minority of students).
Thus, there is no sense in worrying. The best thing to do is study, practice, ask questions, and learn as much as you can from every resource possible. Plus, be sure to create a support system that can handle disasters/changes in your personal life when you can not!!!! GL! :spin:
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Jun 22, '07