New Male Nursing Student. Any Pointers? - page 2
by StntnInMyChallngr 3,432 Views | 17 Comments
I am a new male Nursing student in Jacksonville Florida, going to Jacksonville University. I start the transfer Nursing program on the 27th of this month, with orientation on the 22nd. I was hoping to get information from anyone... Read More
- 0Aug 29, '12 by StntnInMyChallngrQuote from Murse2013PMIThanks for the pointers and thanks for your service! I will try to prepare the best I can for the drama ahead, hopefully none. In my total class there are only 9 men total, so chances are I'll end up like you with a very few guys in a class. It may be a great learning experience as most of my coworkers will be female, it'll be interesting for sure!I echo the same sentiment, timebennifit management is essential. I'm not big on group study session but I acknowledge the benefit of participating, just seek out those who are dedicated and commited. My program strongly encourages team work and a underlying emphasis on resolving problems amongst each other. Which leads me to the next topic...DRAMA. I really hadn't expected the nonsense which "can" take place, so I think I further facilitated my own irritation as this occurred. Don't go in with the blinders on as I did it you will do fine. My class has 7 other guys and 3 of us have military backgrounds. In all an interesting mixture exist within the group and I return for the third semester on Monday. Congrats and best of luck to you.
- 1Aug 29, '12 by tamadrummerI don't know if anyone recommended buying the Saunders nclex book but if I had it to do all over I would have had that book from day one. I used that book to study for finals and hesi exams every quarter. Helps immensely!
Other books I was glad to have are: Merck manual, all-in-one care plan resource (swearingen) and the both the Davis drug guide and Davis lab and diagnostic test book.
Use the online resources With them so you can do your careplans anywhere without having to carry all your books.
- 2Sep 14, '12 by tamadrummerQuote from KbmRNThis guy gives excellent advice with the incredibly easy books. I have the med-surg and the OB books and they both along with the Saunders book helped me pass. Fortunately for me our regular assigned textbooks were the books the Saunders nclex book was based on so all the pics and stuff matched perfectly.Stay focused & Organized. The incrdibly easy books are awesome for med surg. I personally like Saunders q/a i bought mine on the first day of school, and knew it from front to back. Free time is obviously gone, but it is worth it in the long run! GOOD LUCK!
- 0Sep 17, '12 by StntnInMyChallngrQuote from tamadrummerWow that's great, I'll definitely look into those books, I have a year and a half before I have to take the nclex, but getting an early start is not a bad idea. I was also curious about the nclex itself, specifically the multiple multiple questions and how you went about answering them.
This guy gives excellent advice with the incredibly easy books. I have the med-surg and the OB books and they both along with the Saunders book helped me pass. Fortunately for me our regular assigned textbooks were the books the Saunders nclex book was based on so all the pics and stuff matched perfectly.
- 0Sep 17, '12 by StntnInMyChallngrYea free time now, isn't so free LOL. I am not looking forward to the med surg classroom part, but am looking forward to the clinical portion of it, I was hoping to go to ED, so I thought it would give me a feel for the environment. Thank you much, best of luck to you as well!!!!
- 0Nov 2, '12 by KiwiguyMate the only advice i have is get stuck in and be yourself. Another thing i have found as being very important is when you are on clinical placements, be nice to the staff, especially orderlies/reception staff as it really goes along way and they really appreaciate it. you nver know when you might need to ask a favour, and word does get around if your a nice person in hospital environments
But yeah go hard buddy, im nearly at the end of my second year here in NZ and i am amazed at how fast the year has gone
- 0Nov 2, '12 by PatMac10,RNCongrats on starting nursing school dude! I can honestly say that I have had a great experience as a male student nurse. No one has ever made me feel as anything other than a valuable member of a team. I started at 18 years old and have learned so much. I am 20 now and will graduate in May of 2013, and I have found that nursing requires flexibility on the students part. Know your learning style. For example, I am multi-modal learner, but learn best from auditory input and writing. So I record lectures (if allowed by institution) and listen to them in the car, while waiting in the doctors office and I write out outlines and concepts maps on the material i found difficulty to understand. I also learn well by discussing the information reviewed in class in study-groups that are small (3-4 people). If i go to a study group I make sure I don't go to it as a empty vessel, I try to study and bring something to the group, as all study group members should try to do.
If you have a smart-phone, put it to good use and download apps like micromedex, epocrates, RN Mentor (ATI) app, and various other nclex and nursing apps. Also, the Nursing Made Incredibly East series is great for brief summaries of difficult concepts, they have a fundamentals, med-surg, pharm, critical care, and various other versions of the book.
Finally, I suggest getting a Tarascon pharmacopeia classic for Nurses book. It gives good nursing specific information regarding medication administration.