Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been out of school for three years, going back to get my RN. This is my second week and I am so overwhelmed. I am beginning to doubt myself on returning. I want to become an RN, I know that it comes with great responsibilities. I just can not grasp a study plan, being older than my peers, i feel very intimidated. Any words of advice for beginning this study plan?
Dear Intimidated by Younger Students,
It can be intimidating to feel as though your fellow students are grasping the information and you are struggling. You have earned your right to be in this class, you have met the criteria, and you've passed some very hard pre-requisites. What study plan worked well for you then?
You feel your problem is due to age. That may or may not be the case. You may be painting the picture with a broad brush, and it's entirely possible some of your younger classmates are also struggling.
It is important to get on top of your studies. Check out the Study Tips for Nursing Students
forum here on line. Everyone learns differently, and here are the top three tips that worked for me:
- When you are in lecture, pay attention to what the instructor feels is important. This is the information that will show up on exams.
- Review regularly. This hard-wires the information.
- Use a highlighter to force you to recognize the most pertinent information.
Related: Age Discrimination in Nursing
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!