Quote from MySimplePlan
Ok, I'm starting the program this To here that almost half the class didn't pass it the first time is getting me a little freaked out! How many questions are on this test?
Sorry to make you nervous. I guess I just want to warn you since I HATE to see someone do badly in their nursing classes.
Pharm test - as another poster stated, it's a web-based pharmacology module that is pretty long. (Well, for us it was.....I hear they shortened it this year.) It had a ton of material in it, and it took a long time to get through. The test was based on this website stuff, and not anything the teacher taught. So, you had to study for it entirely on your own. I don't think people studied enough for it, thinking they already had Pharm, what more could it contain?? Half of MY class failed it once, then 5-6 failed it the second time, and were tossed out of the nursing program. (You do get a retake.) Now, Amybeth's class did much better on the pharm test, so my class of 19 first-time failures does not represent every class. The college did revise this module a bit this year, but I don't think they have all the bugs worked out yet. They had to do something - it was awful last year - people were so upset.
I mentioned 'the 155 tests' to another poster - sorry to use lingo you might not know yet. I forgot you haven't started the program yet. 155 is the MedSurg class you take your second semester of your first year. The tests there are pretty hard. You'll do OK if you develop good study habits for 126. Then, 155 prepares you for your second year, which doesn't seem so hard - probably because we're used to the difficulty and the high expectations from the nursing program. The material isn't hard -there's just so much of it to know.
I apologize if I am worrying you. I want to help you, not make you a basket case. I want everyone to do well![/quote]
My Simple Plan is 100% correct. She's an asset to allnurses and has been tremendously helpful to me and I am sure many other nursing and pre-nursing students. The nursing program is incredibly demanding, if u thought A&P was tough, u haven't seen anything! We are not trying to discourage or worry you but this is reality and u must stay motivated and form very good study habits. It moves at a very fast pace and falling behind is not an option if u want to pass. I want to MOTIVATE u not scare u!
And heed the warning about the pharm test. Do not take it lightly. I think I printed 200+ pages to study from off the website. If u study hard u will pass. There is one retake but still some couldn't pass. My section lost 4. So u DO NOT want to add more undue stress to yourself having to do a retake. Being in a position to fail out of the program when retaking a test on top of studying for the other stuff is not a position u want to find yourself in at all. So just take everything very seriously and manage your time wisely and u WILL SUCCEED! It's also a lot of fun meeting new friends and being a student nurse. I have loved all of it so far. Sure it's hard but if I can do it and so can u.
Good luck and be positive; u are about to embark on a personal journey
that will teach u how to be a nurse. My Simple Plan told me that no one who truly works their butt off has ever failed and she's right. It's not just brains, it's more tenacity than anything. It is what u make it.
So start strong and stay strong.