(a) let's say that i am getting in for example, if you have all your preq. in how difficult is the first semester then?
i don't want to lie and say it was easy, because it wasn't. it was probably the most stressful thing that i have ever done in my life. we had five classes and two days of clinicals. the information wasn't that difficult, but the amount of information that they expected you to learn and retain was the hard part. there were several weeks when we had 3 or 4 exams at a time. it really was all about time management. there were many days that i thought about quitting because i just couldn't handle it, but i stuck it out and am glad that i did, because so far 2nd semester seems to be a lot less stressful. we only have 2 classes and 2 days of clinicals. not that it's easier, i just feel that i have more time to learn the material.
(b) there was someone that before you replied to and that person had to retake the program do you remember? i am in the same boat but in the lpn course, and i have until jan 30th to decide which way i what to go. it's either i reapply and hope to get back in the lpn course or go on the hopes of getting into the rn program (you can't apply for both at the same time).
i do remember, and in her case she had failed skills, which is incorporated with principles and clinicals. so basically if you fail any of the three you have to take them all over again. i don't know anything about the lpn program so i cant really give you much advice on which one to pursue, but for me i just want to get it over with.
(c) my main intentions were always to go for my rn but where i am from it just seemed a better idea to go lpn than on to rn. now that i been to the campus last semester for classes and also this semester, i don't have a problem with the campus scene. how hard is pharmacology your first semester? i taken the one for the lpn course but when i looked at the schedule for the rn it's 2 credits hours but 5 contact hours. this only makes me think that it's got to be the hardest and most time demanding subject of all.
i personally didn't think pharm was too bad. but i did study a lot for it. i went into the final with a 91% and ended up with a 90% as my final grade. i am a note card studier. i know that they take a lot of time to make, but they really help me. actually the class is only 2 hours long, and i feel that it could be double that with all of the information that is presented.
just to let you know, most of the people that failed first semester (we had 13 fail) failed because of principles, not pharm.
(d) when you start your clinicals just how would you rate it from the start of the program to where you are now as in difficulty.
clinicals are not that difficult. although there is a lot of paperwork involved that is very time consuming. i felt very comfortable with my patients, but i also was very comfortable with my clinical instructor. she was great. by the end of first semester, you are able to do quite a bit at clinicals, including giving injections, inserting and removing catheters, and anything else that you've learned and passed in your skills class.
(e) my advisor said that with my 85.4 total score is good as compared to what the cutoff point was last year. have you heard about what students are attaining this year? my grade point aveg. was 3.57 with phy 220, patho. , and health care missing from my preq. ( i will have these in by fall), my hesi was 94.31.
i have no idea what the scores are like this year. are you currently in these classes. they advise you not to take anything else with first semester. there are many nursing students that have patho right now, second semester, and for them this semester is probably a little more stressful than for those of us that were done with all of our prereqs. so what i am saying is try to get everything done before the program starts. it will make it a lot easier for you come second semester.
(f) how would you advise a person that is not in the program yet to start getting a head start on pharmaclogy. what was the best way that you or some other students in your class studied for it.[/quote]
what i did was read the chapter before lecture. and then after lecture i would make note card based on the lecture and syllabus. that really helped me. i know many students recorded lecture and would relisten when they got home. but i didn't feel like i had time to do that. so the notecards worked for me. plus when it came time for the final, i really just reviewed my shoebox full of notecards and ended up doing ok with that.
as hard as the nursing program is, it is very doable. i have a husband and kids to take care of and am still maintaining my grades, so i am proof that it can be done. just be prepared to accept that this is your life. obviously besides for what had to get done (like feeding and bathing my children) i really didn't do much else first semester. and although i'm only going into my third week of second semester i definitely feel like i have more free time to do stuff for myself (or clean my house, which was neglected for the last 16 weeks before christmas). if this is something that you want then don't give up and the best advice that i can give you is to just take it one day at a time. you will hear that a lot first semester. do not look at what you have to do next week or even tomorrow, because you will get very overwhelmed.
good luck and i hope that i helped. let me know if you have any more questions. i will check back regularly.