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  • Aug 12 '16

    I agree with the above poster. I started nursing school in February and I was soooo intimidated by "critical thinking." It's not so bad. Critical thinking is something that you do every day.

    To oversimplify things a bit, when you are cooking or baking something new, you have to follow a recipe. The first few times it's more time consuming, and mistakes are easy to make because they are unfamiliar. (the learning process). After you've cooked/baked the dish a few times, it becomes intuitive, and steps are second nature. So if you decide to bake a cake one day, you assess your pantry, do you have all of the ingredients and supplies? What if you are missing some items, what do you do next, etc.

    So the theory you learn in class and the procedures you simulate in lab are kind of like the recipe. Clinicals is where you are attempting to bake. LOL!

    It's always nerve wracking to be watched, especially when you know you are being evaluated. If your clinical instructor hasn't given you any negative feedback, then you must be doing ok. Heaven knows if you mess up, someone will tell you!

    Just try to relax and trust your instincts, and do your best. Good luck!

  • Mar 2 '16

    Waiting is agonizing, I know! Congrats to those of you who got in, and good luck Lilygirlie, I hope you hear back soon.

    I am a PLU nursing student, I'm in the Spring 2010 cohort, and just finished my first semester.

    I have a piece of advice for those of you coming into the program. PLU is very different from the community college experience. The website says it's an academically rigorous university and they aren't kidding! You will be doing a LOT of reading and writing papers.

    You will only take one actual nursing class the first sememster in, but if you are on financial aid, which is super likely, you will have to carry a 12 hour load. Make sure that you have lots of time to do your studies/readings, etc. I worked part time and carried a 12 hour load, and I as an A student am mostly making B-'s at this point.

    Not saying this to scare you, but to prepare you. Hopefully you kept your science textbooks, because you will need your A&P book to help prepare you for pathophysiology. I have been told by students ahead of me in the program and instructors alike that it is wise to refamiliarize with anatomy before taking patho.

    That aside, you will love it at PLU, the instructors and advising staff are wonderful and helpful and encouraging. You will bond tightly with the members of your cohort. There's only 40 or so of you per semester, and you will get to know each other very well, especially the people you are in clinicals with. I love my clinical buddies to death. By the time you graduate you will have gone through 1000 clinical hours, and when people hear I'm in the PLU program, they always say that it's a great program. So if you guys are like me and didn't make the cut at UW, don't despair or feel bad about it. You surely won't by the time you finish Nursing Competencies I