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Hi NurseLoveJoy! So, you are finishing up school at HCC? Congratulations! I hope to be where you are eventually!
Well, I'm afraid that I really want to pick your brain to know all about your experiences and what to expect.
Right now, I am super curious about what to expect the first semester and if you have any advice, tips, etc.
Also, I do have one specific question for you. I have about a month until school starts and I am wondering what type of preparations or reviewing I should be doing. One student told me that I should really review my A and P. Do you have any other suggestions of things I could do to get a jumpstart? Or, at least be prepared?
Any thoughts/suggestions at all would be super appreciated!
Thanks for congrats ! First let me say that HCC has a wonderful nursing program. I graduated from their LPN program in 2009 and I will be done the RN in Dec They really prepare you for the NCLEX and the working world.
The first semester for some people is the hardest, just do to adjusting to the amt. of time and effort you must put in. There is a great book I used prior to starting called " Test Success for begginning nursing students" Read that book and you should have a great foundation. After the first class you will be able to become a CNA, I strongly encourage you working as a CNA while in school, maybe even if its just per diem, this will also have help you strengthen your skills in school and you will basically have a greater foundation when coming out of school.
Other tips: Relax.
Please take time for friends and family. Don't be so consumed with school that you don't have a social life. Always read before each class to know what questions to ask the instructor. Going to class with out any background knowledge about a subject will cause you to be totally lost. Form a study group. Your study group will become your lifeline throughout the program. Go to the study circles given by the staff. If you are falling behind don't wait until the last minute to meet with your instructor or tutor. Get help right away before it is too late. After every exam I ALWAYS stay for the exam review and sometimes meet with the instructor. It is important to know what you get wrong on exams and why.
So far as clinical: Arrive on time and prepared. Take initiative. Don't do ANYTHING without the knowledge of the instructor and the patient's nurse. Always remember that patient care comes first and your learning comes second. This mean that if s*&% hits the fan at clinical , please don't take the time to ask the nurse in charge a 1000 questions, be there to help if needed and get clarity later. Sometimes it can be very overwhelming for a nurse to have students especially if the nurse is super busy. Always ask questions by all means but have correct timing as well. Your instructor is also always there for questions.
I actually enjoy nursing school at HCC, the instructors are great and really supportive. Good luck and feel free to ask more questions.
Another person asked me about the schedule for clinical. We don't know our schedule for clinical until 1-2 days before class starts. It sucks because alot of us work and we basically have to plan our life in 7 week increments.
One more important tip: PRay ! I could not have made it through this far without God standing with me all the way. :heartbeat