Well for starters congratulations on being one of the very few to have been accepted into the program, I hear last year they had over 1200 applicants.
I could probably write a book, with all the stories there are to tell about the program some good some bad.
However I don't feel this wold be an appropriate place to share some of those stories.
1. Get a Saunders NCLEX book, and start practicing, one of the hardest things you will find is learning how to answer the questions they ask. Learn how to answer the questions, and read them VERY carefully as they will seem very tricky and DO NOT read into the questions. Use the CD's in the books, and remember what the instructor teaches or has on their handouts, will rule over the books.
2. Find yourself a study group (2-4) people work best. Try it, some people learn better in groups others don't, but this is not something you will want to wait to find out.
3. Do know and understand that these will probably be the most Miserable, frustrating 2 years of your life, and yes you will probably cry, and want to quit/give up...just remember out of all the students applying here your where one of the chosen ones, and ones these two years are over you will be an RN! You've worked so hard to get to this point why not put forth a little more to go out with a bang!
4. I'de be lying if I said it doesn't get much harder. It is EXTREMELY CHALLENGING, and the best thing you can do is SUCK IT UP! No matter how much you whine and cry to your instructors and the higher up people, things will most likely NOT change. And always keep in mind, that people have done it before so its NOT impossible.
5. Along with all the stress and challenges you will encounter on your journey through try to make the best of everything. Clinical's aside from the care-plans, should be a lot of fun, especially as you learn more.
6. Try Not to listen to people who are negative, and say that Med-Surg is the hardest semester, and that this is where you will loose a lot of your classmates. Yes it is Hard...BUT NO..IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE. Listen to your instructors, and read your books, note, and study every free minute you have!
7. Basically you will be devoting your life to this program, but the feeling of accomplishment as you progress through it is of no-other. And when you get to your last semester, the light at the end of the tunnel shines a LOT brighter.
8. Remember if this is something you want bad enough, and you are willing to work hard enough for... you will make it through.
9. When in clinical if you do not know how to do something or don't know what something is or what to do...ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR... you are practicing under their license.
Always try to find the positive side of things, such as..
your going to be an RN in two years rather then four,
BCC costs less then any other school,
BCC may be more challenging now, but you will be four steps ahead of everyone else when you graduate,
No matter how bad things get...they can almost always be worse.
If you have any questions feel free to ask,