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  1. Hi My name is Melissa

    I am so excited after years of taking prerequisites and a long waiting list at my college I was finally accepted into the nursing program. :hatparty:

    If anyone can be of some help if you have any suggestion as to what may make my life a little easier i would appreciate it.
    I also am looking into purchasing a stethoscope if anyone has a suggestion as to which one would be the best to purchase.
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  3. by   sirI
    and welcome to allnurses.com

    you will really enjoy it here.
  4. by   weetziebat
    Congratulations, Melissa, on your acceptance into nursing school!
    And welcome to Allnurses. Think you'll find a lot of support here.

    As far as advice, I'd just say be prepared for just how very difficult nursing school is, and how much time it is going to take. Between classes, clinical and studying, you'll be lucky to have time to say HI to your family.
    I know you'll be glad you got the pre-reqs out of the way!

    No advice about stethoscopes. I find everyone seems to have their own preferences. Perhaps wait till school starts and find out if the instructors have any suggestions.

    Anyway, you're on your way, and that must be soooo exciting!
    Last edit by weetziebat on Nov 27, '05
  5. by   Simba&NalasMom
    YAYYYYY Melissa! Way to go.

    I think the best advice I can give you is to find as much support as you can for when things get tough (and believe me, they will!) I haven't been posting here very long, but it's an invaluable resource and there is a forum for nursing students. That would be a great start. Also, network with your fellow classmates; arrange study groups, etc. I would not have made it through school myself without the awesome group of people who were there along with me (although by the end we were about ready to kill each other at times LOL).

    Also take care of yourself to the best of your ability...try to take time out every day (even if it's only 15 minutes) to do something that brings you happiness and helps you let go of stress. Of course also eat right, get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, yada yada yada...you've heard that a thousand times, I'm sure.

    The one thing I wish I would have done better while I was in school is staying organized: that includes planning ahead and not leaving things to the last minute. Since I'm good at retaining info, med-surg and pharm were a breeze for me in the beginning and I was able to get away with relying on my memory of what I heard in lecture, but when they got more complex, I was already in the habit of reviewing/cramming last-minute and I regretted not getting myself in the habit of spending time every day studying. I was so disorganized that one morning I totally forgot that we had a test in nursing arts that day and I had not done any reviewing...needless to say I falied that test!

    Make a point to get along with the instructors so they don't have any reason to make things more difficult for you. Of course, every program is different, but based on what I went through and what other nurses have told me, several if not most programs have at least one instructor who tries to make examples of students.

    OK after having said all that (hope I didn't paint too scary a picture for you) remember to have fun! For the best quality of life we need to have joy and laughter. In our profession, especially, it is so important to keep a sense of humor to avoid being overwhelmed.

    You have found a wonderful source of support coming to allnurses. You'll be awesome!
  6. by   Simba&NalasMom
    As far as stethoscopes go, there are a couple different schools of thoughs...some advise buying a cheap one so you're not out a lot of money if it gets lost or stolen. Others contend that you should get the best one you can afford because you don't have a lot of experience listening for stuff, so it'll make it that much better.

    I'm pretty sold on Littmann myself; bought myself an $80 Littmann for clinicals (I have the same one and use it a lot for my assessments on the job and love it) but felt that I would have done OK with a cheaper model, mostly because when you have to check off on labs/clinical stuff, you have to use a dual steth so your instructor can listen in...in that respect, an expensive steth won't make it any easier to get checked off on stuff but it will still come in handy because being able to hear good sounds will be one less thing to worry about. Overall, from what I noticed in school, cheap vs. expensive steths didn't seem to make that huge a difference.

    What did make a difference for most of us were good, supportive, comfortable shoes, because when we first started clinicals there was a lot of standing around which is much harder on your feet/back than constantly walking. Personally, I love my Dansko Professional clogs but at $110 not something most students can just run right out and buy...others swear by Crocs which are only about $30, but check with your school to see if they allow them because they have holes in the toes and open heels.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  8. by   Thunderwolf
    congrats on your acceptance!!!!

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