Coppin State University Nursing Students

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    Hi all! I am starting the nursing program at Coppin in the fall and wanted to know if there are any other students out there starting in the fall or are in the program as we speak. Those who are starting in the fall congrats. Those who are in the program already, any advice? Please share all of your experiences and if possible to help us newbies! Oh and congratulations to all the students who graduated and good luck on the NYCLEX. Thanks!
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    I'm a junior nursing student at coppin. The best advice I can give you is to read, take good notes, get an nclex review book, study (they'll tell you it's better to have a study group, but I find it better to do my own studying). I'm telling you this because this spring semester I started studying with a few people and now next spring I'll be repeating a course. I was actually supposed to be starting the senior year of the program. Keep that in mind because the nursing courses are only taught once a year. This program is not going to be a piece of cake, you have to work hard. Stay focused and be determined, you can do it.
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    Quote from jenawade25
    I'm a junior nursing student at coppin. The best advice I can give you is to read, take good notes, get an nclex review book, study (they'll tell you it's better to have a study group, but I find it better to do my own studying). I'm telling you this because this spring semester I started studying with a few people and now next spring I'll be repeating a course. I was actually supposed to be starting the senior year of the program. Keep that in mind because the nursing courses are only taught once a year. This program is not going to be a piece of cake, you have to work hard. Stay focused and be determined, you can do it.
    Thank you for your great advice! I think it sucks that you have to wait a year if you have to repeat a course. I wish you all the best and hope to hear more about your progress and the program. I already know I study best alone and now I definitely do not plan on changing that. I am starting as a sophomore because I knocked all the freshman classes out(except for the nursing one). Is the sophomore year the hardest? What are the pros and cons to you?
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    The sophmore year is actually the less intense of the 3 years. You shouldn't have too much difficulty in the first year. Just keep in mind that coppin has some excellent nursing professors (for lecture), but all of them don't teach clinicals. Then there are clinical instructors, some of them are the best, others like to make students feel so nervous and intimidated that they make mistakes. Those mistakes can add up to unsatisfactory grades. I had one of those clinical instructors for med/surg and it was like nothing I ever did was good enough for her, but despite it all I passed. Good luck!:spin:
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    Thanks! I am excited as well as nervous. The Nurs 211 Intro to the nursing process 1, how is that class? The only reason I thought the first year was hard is because of the spring semester having 4 nursing classes and MICRO. I am also reading that care plans are hard. Tell me about everything when you have time. Thank you!
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    I just graduated from Coppin in May. I am studying for the NCLEX.I can tell you that it does not start getting hard untill the fall of your Junior Year when you have Medsurg 1 and Patho. I would strongly advise you to get a NCLEX book and use it for study questions starting from fundamentals 211. Remember the questions will be in scenario, not the type that you may be use to...and it will never be word for word out of the text book, you must know how to apply the material. I would suggest a study group for the purpose of review before exams. Each person can bring a different nclex book and just ask questions on the topic that you will be tested on. Care plans are not hard, just time consuming and you will be up all nite typing your care plan and memorizing your meds.As you get adjusted you will find what works for you, but if I had only one thing to tell you it is to allways make sure you do nclex questions on the topic you are studying for. The nclex book should be your best friend. I did not fail any classes and graduated as a member of Coppin's Nursing Honor Society. Goodluck on your journey
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    on group studying just remember you may be good at a certain topic but lack at a topic that one of your study partners are good at. For example there were many times when I took a test and something that one of my partners stated was on the exam. The info is so much that you can not do it all or read it all. Fall of my senior year we had an exam the second week of class in Critical care on around 8 chapters out of the Medsurg book, that was only one class, you will still have 2 other nursing classes.I thought I was gonna die but I read what I could and talked it out with my study group.Coppin will teach you how to work well under pressure
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    Quote from Cute09
    I just graduated from Coppin in May. I am studying for the NCLEX.I can tell you that it does not start getting hard untill the fall of your Junior Year when you have Medsurg 1 and Patho. I would strongly advise you to get a NCLEX book and use it for study questions starting from fundamentals 211. Remember the questions will be in scenario, not the type that you may be use to...and it will never be word for word out of the text book, you must know how to apply the material. I would suggest a study group for the purpose of review before exams. Each person can bring a different nclex book and just ask questions on the topic that you will be tested on. Care plans are not hard, just time consuming and you will be up all nite typing your care plan and memorizing your meds.As you get adjusted you will find what works for you, but if I had only one thing to tell you it is to allways make sure you do nclex questions on the topic you are studying for. The nclex book should be your best friend. I did not fail any classes and graduated as a member of Coppin's Nursing Honor Society. Goodluck on your journey
    CONGRATULATIONS and good luck! Thank you for the great advice and I do appreciate it. I will be purchasing the book over the summer. Do you have one that you prefer? Also 211, are you just practicing at the school's lab or do ou actually have real patient clinicals?
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    Quote from Cute09
    on group studying just remember you may be good at a certain topic but lack at a topic that one of your study partners are good at. For example there were many times when I took a test and something that one of my partners stated was on the exam. The info is so much that you can not do it all or read it all. Fall of my senior year we had an exam the second week of class in Critical care on around 8 chapters out of the Medsurg book, that was only one class, you will still have 2 other nursing classes.I thought I was gonna die but I read what I could and talked it out with my study group.Coppin will teach you how to work well under pressure

    I am better at studying on my own but I will probrably pay attention to those that are serious about passing class and may meet up with them. I do agree with jenawade25 about the study groups but I guess it depends on who you are studying with. I have taken most of my non nursing classes and I have met people who just want to piggyback on others and not want to work hard and still don't understand why you got an A while they received a C or D . I will definitely be staying away from them cause they expect you to work hard while they goof around. Thanks again for all the advice.
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    All I Ican say is study!! study!! failed out the program and all I got was a letter in the mail.


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