How much studying is required during nursing school? - page 2

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I am considering becoming an RN. It's really hard for me to study for more than a few hours. So how much studying per night is required to succeed in nursing school? I really want to be in the medical field, but I don't have the... Read More


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    More than you ever studied before. Its not easy either. If you are basing your decision on whether or not to go to nursing school on the amount of studying; you are going about it all wrong. I had no social life for three years of my BSN. Not just from studying, but from writing unhumanly long papers. I graduated with honors. I work in the specialty of my choice. It was worth it.
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    you have to find your own way and different subjects require another method of studying. I was able to memorize med/surg information by understand its patho and concept. on the other hand, I had to create charts to memorize pharmacology and carry it with me constantly -> always looking up drugs on clinical sites and the drugs of the day that I saw.

    what is true for all subjects: break up your time effectively. study for 1-2 hrs than take a break 15-30mins/grab a bite to eat. keep going for 1 hr and see how you feel afterwards. if you start losing focus, switch to another course subject. being tired, you will not retain anything. its better to wake up earlier and study fresh. try different methods of studying! good luck!
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    Quote from boricualuv4ever
    you have to find your own way and different subjects require another method of studying. I was able to memorize med/surg information by understand its patho and concept. on the other hand, I had to create charts to memorize pharmacology and carry it with me constantly -> always looking up drugs on clinical sites and the drugs of the day that I saw.

    what is true for all subjects: break up your time effectively. study for 1-2 hrs than take a break 15-30mins/grab a bite to eat. keep going for 1 hr and see how you feel afterwards. if you start losing focus, switch to another course subject. being tired, you will not retain anything. its better to wake up earlier and study fresh. try different methods of studying! good luck!
    Everyone is different. Everyone studies differently, absorbs information differently, recalls information differently, and processes information differently. Nursing school is very different from anything else that you will ever do. One of the things that is very different about it is that you have to be able to recall and synthesize instead of just recall information. What that means is that you are given a situation and you happen to recall information about that situation and then come up with a new plan based on that information. Most other educational programs simply wants you to learn the information and be able to recall it at exam time.

    I have a very extensive education and medicine prior to coming into nursing and I have found that it does help a lot, I don't have to study as much because I am not having to formulate or create a new body of knowledge rather I am adding to the body of knowledge that I already have. I still have to study quite a bit, but I study what need to as opposed to studying everything from scratch. My experience in nursing school will be very different from yours, and yours will be very different from your classmates, even though you will be sharing similar experiences along the way.
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    Like everyone has said before, it depends on the person and the instructors teaching styles. Some people can study the night before- it just clicks. Other people just focus on the instructor's notes and not read the textbooks (which can be good or very bad. I had a professor that tested us straight out of the book and nothing on her lecture notes!). For me, I studied a couple hours a week for my pre-req's, but for clinicals I had to study everyday. the first few semesters of clinicals I studied about 3-4 hours a day. The OB/Pedi semester I studied with my study partner 13 hrs/day. That semester was my biggest challenge so I had to put that much effort in it. The last two semesters, I haven't had to study that intently- maybe the weekend before the test for a couple hours each, because you progress with critical thinking since you started.

    Study tip: Don't study for more than a couple hours at a time. After two hours, get up and take a 10 minute mind break by going outside, chat with a friend, walk around, etc. If you don't, you will be overwhelmed and mentally fatigued.

    One more study tip: Visualize the patient who has the condition you're studying about. What are they coming in with/Complaining about, how is the doctor going to diagnose it, what can you as the nurse do to alleviate the symptoms/concenrns.

    Good luck on your education journey into nursing! It's a lot of fun and very rewarding- especially after all the hard work you put into it!
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    In all honesty I never studied in my nursing school experience. I got b's and c's. The way I learn is by hearing or seeing. So if u saw it on a powerpoint and heard the teacher talk it stuck. Some of my classmates studied 5hrs a day and did not work so it really depends on how you learn and how familiar you are with the medical field
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    Quote from bubblejet50
    In all honesty I never studied in my nursing school experience. I got b's and c's. The way I learn is by hearing or seeing. So if u saw it on a powerpoint and heard the teacher talk it stuck. Some of my classmates studied 5hrs a day and did not work so it really depends on how you learn and how familiar you are with the medical field
    Needless to say, everyone is different and learns at their own pace and method... just saying... Aloha~
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    I agree nursing school is no joke. I donít have a photographic memory as some of the students do, so anytime I have available to hit the books I do.
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    As others have said everyone is different in their study habit and needs. I find if I go to class and participate in the class discussions I need much less study time. My best tip for not being able to sit and study for hours at a time is don't =) I generally scheduled myself 3 hours of study every night (I didn't always use it but it was time I set aside routinely so it was in the plan if I needed it) then I studied for 45 min and got up and walked away from the books and tried to do something mindless and physical for 15 min (Almost always folding laundry) and then went back to the books it gave my brain a great break and allowed me to study for longer stretches

    Steph
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    I start Nursing School next semester (Spring 2013) and I must say that these are great strategies and study tips that are being shared. Can't wait till I begin nursing school!


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