I can only speak from a nursing student perspective. I think most nurses will agree with me when I say that nursing school, no matter if you are in an associates or bachelors program, is difficult. Here is a little of my background: I am a 26 year old male, engaged with no children. The only experience I had with the medical field was when I got my EMT licenses, about 5 years back; I decided to go back to school for my RN because I loved the science of medicine but disliked the extremely short duration of patient contact that being an EMT offered. In my mind nursing was the right choice, so I started working on all the required courses I had to take in order to apply to the nursing program at my local community college, it is called CNM.
For me the anatomy and physiology classes were by far the hardest required courses I had to take. Although, if you learn how to study the right way it is a great prep for the nursing courses itself. Then when I took the nursing assistant course (this was the last course I had to take before starting the nursing courses), I was shocked at the difference between nursing and EMS; since you will not have the issue of "unlearning" pervious training, I will not go into it. Here are some tips that will help you get through the academic part of the required and program courses:
1) Buy a Latin to English dictionary because most medical and anatomical terms are based in Latin. Instead of memorizing each phase, you can just remember what each word part means. For example the hyperglycemia has three latin word parts: hyper- high or elevated, glyc- glucose, or sugar, then emia (which happens to be greek)- of the blood. When you throw all of it together you know that the phase means high blood sugar.
2) Flashcards are your friend! I know that everyone hates flashcards but they will help you learn so much! Plus they are a great thing for a nursing student on the go to have
3) Take the free online test called the VARK(here is the link http://www.vark-learn.com/english/pa...=questionnaire
). Remember that just because read/write may not be your best style doesn't mean you should not study like that! Learning theory and my personal experience shows that the more senses you use to study the better you remember it!
The very soul of what defines nursing... patient contact! This is something that I still struggle with to this day, and most likely will until I have a good amount of experience, but here are some useful hints I have gotten or come up with myself that have helped me with patient contact:
1) Learn to relax
2) You will not be perfect your first day as a student nurse, we are human and as such are prone to errors!
3) Strive for learning and understanding, not an A in a course
4) Always, look for points of improvement
5) Focus on delivering safe care first then start tweaking your certain style of delivering care
Well I think I have covered all the major things. If you want to know more of my experiences or anything else please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Good luck and best wishes!