Originally posted by wishingmary
You nailed it. I printed out your comment to hand to people who ask.
Thank you, I think my instructors would be happy that I got their basic theory down! :chuckle
Anyway for me, the hardest part is learning how to budget my time as a nursing student, mother, and employee. Nursing school really isn't that hard, it is just a lot very quickly, everything is due tomorrow... lots of paper work. I found I couldn't be perfectionistic. I had to learn to do the best I could in a given time frame and let it go.
I think they are teaching us to get ready for the real world. We will never be able to do everything we want with a patient, so we have to decide the priority issues.
At my school, theory exams have to be passed with a 76% before any paper work grades would be averaged into the final grade. However a failing grade in any of the paper work could also flunk you. So studying for theory exams got weighted higher in my time allocations but I made sure what I turned in was acceptable. I hear stories of students getting by without reading their texts. At my school, the instructors lectured but test questions came from the text more so than lecture. Granted, it is hard to read everything word for word but you have to look at the content and make that decision as to what may be rambling and what has a lot of content.
Same thing here. The way our program is structured you can fail either clinic (the paperwork along with the patient care) or theory (the exams). You must pass both, then at the end your final grade is both sections together. If you fail one, you fail both.
As for the part about the reading, I think those people who say they never read the text are stretching the truth a bit. It would be impossible to pass the program I am in without at least reading the background material. Maybe they don't read all the text (we are assigned thousands of pages from 5 different books!) but if they don't read the basic parts forget it. They may not "study" the text, but if they do not read it all no way could they pass our exams.
The most important is ask yourself what would the nurse do? Why? and how would you prioritize with emphasis on most important. I loved my anatomy class and physiology classes. They made sense to me and yes I took them alone so I could devote my full attention to them because I knew nursing school depended on my understanding.
I too am taking my core nursing alone. It is enough! I am all done with everything for the degree EXCEPT them. The syllabus says we are in school 16 hours a week, but that is baloney! We are in school (including clinical) more like 19 hours a week, including the time spent the day before an assignment going over the patient's chart for our next days assignment. That does NOT include the study time, the careplans or the reports we write. Careplans take hours, and we have 6 due (each is 2 pages) in this 5 week session along with a "mini careplan" due every day on each patient we see. Then there is the 5 page research paper also due.
Sounds like you are about the same place I am~ how long do you have left?