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  • May 24

    As you begin your first semester of nursing school, it can be TERRIFYING and OVERWHELMING with information thrown at you. I am a third-semester nursing student and tutor first and second-semester nursing students. While tutoring, I have noticed a few things. So let me give you some advice on how to be successful in your first semester and remaining semesters thereafter.

    Buy a planner or use the planner on your phone.

    This will help you stay organized with all the assignments and exams you'll have.

    Record your lectures.

    I have found that recording lecture is very helpful and it allows you to go back to the class to fill in things you may have missed. *tip* glance at your recorder when starting a new page or topic so that you can write down the time and quickly reference that part of the lecture later.

    Take good notes and read your textbook.

    This is not high school or your pre-requisites anymore. You need to read and think outside the box, make yourself critically think throughout the material. Do NOT just try to memorize, this will come back to haunt you later when you're in the second semester and the professor assumes you already know the basics.

    Join/Form a study group.

    This will help you tremendously. Study groups should be small (5 people at the most) and they should be treated like class. Don't invite people who are distracting or people that will slow you down.

    Use your book resources.

    Do the online practice questions that come with your textbook, they will help you get a feel for how the professor may present questions on your exam.

    Have fun and make new friends.

    Don't stick to yourself and be a loner. Nursing school is tough, and you and your classmates will need each other. Trust me.

    Review your test.

    This will allow you to see what you missed on the exam and will help you guide your focus for your cumulative finals.

    Learn your pathophysiology!

    Learn your pathophysiology! Learn it! Understand it thoroughly! Whatever you do, do NOT slack in this class. It is the foundation for every other class you'll have and doing well will help you so much when you're in MedSurg and you are trying to learn interventions. It just makes everything easier, to understand the disease process.

    These are things I've noticed students slack on or didn't do their first semester and now ultimately they struggle in the semesters thereafter. Read your book, study every day and you'll do great. Do not expect the professor to teach you every little detail, because there's not enough time in class for that. Hold yourself accountable and learn as much as you can! Good luck. Hope this helps someone!

  • May 24

    Wow, this is about me!! OMG. Everybody thinks I ignore them or ask me if I miss them. I don't have time to think about you, sorry! You could add - COFFEE is our new best friend

  • May 24

    UPDATE time!!!! You guys are funny, I loved reading over some of these comments! It's almost over, only one more hurdle (NCLEX) which I am doing early July. Starting a job in the LTC facility where I've worked for a year and a half. And continuing school in the Fall towards my BSN.
    In retrospect, all of the things I said were true, at least for me, for two years. Especially that the world doesn't stop turning while you are trudging through nursing school. My mother's health began to fail, three of my dogs passed away, and to be perfectly honest, when I look back on the nursing school journey and factor in those outside events, I don't even know how I did it. But if I could do it at my extremely advanced age with neurons as dry as Ghandi's sandals, and all these emotional events, then I am quite sure all of you can do it too. Wish you the best successes in life.

  • May 24

    Glass of wine. = necessary at times while in nursing school . Lolol



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  • May 24

    Thank you so much, Lori! Good luck on your NCLEX - (have you taken it yet?!) I start my AAS/BSN program fall 2015 through Northern Arizona University and Phoenix college. I will graduate 12/2017. To say the LEAST, I am completely overwhelmed. Nervous. Scared. Anxious. Excited. You name it, I'm feelin' it!

    I wasn't a straight A student in my classes before. I had mostly A's but some B's and even a few C's.

    I have been trying to start a roll call for the program I've been accepted into and I haven't had any responses or luck connecting to fellow students! So, I have just been hoping and praying that my cohort has an amazing group of disciplined and motivated individuals that are friendly to make this journey with the next couple of years!

    I hope everything goes well with your NCLEX and that your new job is awesome!!

    Thanks again for the post!

    -Krys


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  • May 24

    Quote from AcclrtdBSNstudent
    Glass of wine. = necessary at times while in nursing school . Lolol



    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.
    True for first semester, as well as third (2nd to last semester)!! 😀

  • May 24
  • May 24

    Love the humor in this post! I'm currently wrapping up my first semester of upper division in my BSN program (first semester junior). I have two children and husband who only see the back of my head as I'm running out the door to class at 6:30am. I also suffer from Crohn's. This whole term has been the toughest thing I've ever done in my life. I found out the hard way about the whole "If you're an A student, get over it" thing I had a 4.0 in lower division. That is LONG gone. I am now in agreement with the fact that B's are good! Going into finals next week with two A's, one B and one C (sigh). I'm just lucky to be alive at this point LOL!

  • May 24

    Wow I'd forgotten about alot of this, but reading through these comments I actually remember some of this! So where is everyone now, two years later? I am a hospice case manager and I absolutely love it, and never would have thought I'd end up in hospice. Hope everyone is well!

  • May 24

    Lori, I just read through the entire thing. I am so glad to hear you are happy & doing well -- AND that you had forgotten about a lot of this! There is light at the end of the very long tunnel.

  • May 24

    I love this post! I will be starting my first semester of nursing school in January! I'll be taking Human Physiology in January as well! I'm very excited and nervous!

  • May 23

    I had forgotten all about AllNurses. It was linked to my old email. Thank goodness I have remedied that. I miss this group. It is nice to be able to talk to people of intelligence. Most people here can relate when you are having a bad day. There is more to nursing then passing pills and writing notes.

  • May 23

    I'm an aspiring nurse! So trying to see everyone's points of views in the profession. But I must say, it is scaring me a bit :/ there has been quite a bit of negativity which worries me :s

  • May 23

    To learn new things, ask questions and get NO ******** answers from those in the field. I'm a 2nd yr student, 45 and while I LOVE this field, I want to be REALISTIC about my expectations haha.

  • May 23

    I posted a review but now think I would like to have done so anonymously. Is there a means to change my selection?


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