Accepted! Now what? - page 2

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Alright guys, help me out.... I've been trolling these forums for so long, and it dawned on me: I know everything there is to know about how to get accepted to nursing school.... And that's about it! So I got my acceptance letter... Read More


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    I have 3 semesters left in my part time program! The thing that works for me is that our teacher does podcasts and we listen to them before each class - the way she gets us to listen to them is by giving us pop quizzes on the podcasts. Very effective study tool. While listening to the podcasts I write down everything the teacher says on to my printed ppt slides. Then while the teacher is lecturing I make more notes and if I still have questions I ask her for help! I also like to read anything I can't understand in my nursing books! I make flashcards and more flashcards on my Phone with the flashcardlet app (I have an IPhone). If you don't know a word when reading look it up. I have Nursing Central on my phone with the handy Tabers, Davis Drug, Diseases and Disorders, diagnostic tests which makes it easy to look things up! I also spend a lot of time studying with fellow classmates! We send each other flashcards, study guides and the like! It's beat to work as a team:-)
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    Be ready to in an environment where the ratio is 8:1
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    Here are things you will need to know from anatomy, physiology, and med/surg i-iv.

    1. Cholinergic/anticholinergic

    2. Parkinsons vs Alzheimers

    3. Diabetic medications. All of them. Every last detail.

    4. The endocrine system. All of it. Every last detail.

    5. Blood pressure. All of it. Every last detail.

    6. Diuretics. See above.

    7. CHF

    8. MI, medications, interventions, BLS through ACLS.

    9. Stroke

    10. Mini Mental Status

    11. Decubitus ulcers

    12. ABCs

    13. Optional, but critical for your career. Advanced directives, signed consent paperwork, allergies, adverse medication reactions, assessment for the same, prevention of UTIs, nosocomial infections, blood transfusion adverse reactions, Pyxis procedures, assessing a patient without the paperwork.

    14. Not optional. The spine.
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    As a fellow male student about to start the nursing program this Fall, I would like to thank you all for answering this gentlemans question and giving us a good foundation to start on.

    Jason
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    Quote from algebra_demystified
    The endocrine system. All of it. Every last detail.
    Woah don't freak the guy out he isn't going to medical school to become an endocrinologist.
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    Find people at your institution one semester ahead of you for inside tips and tricks.
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    Quote from malestunurse
    Woah don't freak the guy out he isn't going to medical school to become an endocrinologist.
    You know what, though... if you know a lot about cardiac, respiratory and endo, you're pretty set.
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    Quote from cHaNkStA
    Be ready to in an environment where the ratio is 8:1
    high five!
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    Quote from malestunurse
    Woah don't freak the guy out he isn't going to medical school to become an endocrinologist.
    Sad thing is...HE IS RIGHT...Endocrine is one of the hardest systems in my opinion. I took a few Kaplan Nursing Exams and a lot of the questions had to do with Endocrine. Mostly diabetes. If you should know inside and out of one specific endocrine disorder...It would be diabetes mellitus type I and II. Pathophysiology, meds, insulin onset, peaks and durations, foot care, PVD, and all the secondary characteristics.
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    Quote from veggie530
    Find people at your institution one semester ahead of you for inside tips and tricks.
    That is some AWESOME advice. I know a few people in the class ahead of me and they have helped me soooo much They just graduated today...I will miss them
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