Can you guys give me an example of a day in the life of a nursing student?

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    Like a first year nursing student? Just to give me an idea of how my schedule may be when I start soon. Thank you!

    --Also can you tell me what it was like your first couple of days, what to expect, what to carry with me at all times? What you do to destress? To stay healthy, and fit? Do you stay on campus, or off? How did you work that out?

    Thank you again!

    xoxo
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    I'm a second year nursing student and in my first semester I had fundamentals clinicals once a week where I went to the hospital. I also had skills lab twice a week in which we practiced our skills on mannequins and dummies...I pretty much had class every day of the school week. The first couple of days are more like orientation and learning about the syllabus. You should always carry your pda with you and at least one small notebook for notes. To de-stress I learned to love the gym. This helps to kill two birds with one stone. You relieve some stress while keeping fit. I stayed on campus without a car. I made friends in nursing school and got rides to clinical from my friends while offering to pay for parking, gas, etc. Hope this helps you and congrats on getting into nursing school
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    I just finished my first year. We only went over the syllabus for half a day. We had clinical 2 days a week from 0650 to 1400. We had lecture one day a week from 0800 to 1400. I always carry my syllabus in the car, lots of pens, something to write on, and snacks. When not on campus I was studying with my new study partners at restaurants such as panera, dennys or barnes and noble because they had coffee and long hours. =) I literally studied every hour of every day. Do de-stress I went to work lol. But lucky for me I'm a dance teacher and only teach 6 hours a week. If my mind is truly overloaded I stop and either veg out on tv or use that time to take a shower. Your hygiene will suffer, you may gain weight, possible pressure ulcers for sitting for long hours jk lol. There were periods I tried to eat healthier by packing my own lunch etc. and by taking out time to work out, but that ended up taking too much time away from studying. I lived with my parents to save money and eliminate some financial stress. It's only two years of your life and very do-able! Not easy. Exhausting. Totally worth every single bit of time you don't spend on yourself.
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    Well my situation is a tinyy bit different.

    I am in an advanced RN program, meaning, it is EXTREMELY fast paced. A normal college class is 16 weeks, our classes teach the same amount of material that is divided between 16 weeks, but instead it is taught in 5; SO...every 5 weeks I start a new class. My total program is meant to be completed in 16 months. I have 5 classes left

    When I first started, GOOD LORD I was overwhelmed (who am I kidding, I still am!). Unlike many of the other students in my class, I came with no previous experience (many of them were working LPNs). So here is what it was like for me...

    I had little to no sleep, still don't. Every waking minute your mind is cranking out scenarios. Exams are insane, especially the ones that fall in that time where you switch from "puke" questions to "NCLEX" style questions (they make you actually think, not just regurgitate information). My social life became non-existent. I had lecture every other day from 0800-1430 or 1630 with every other day clinicals from 0630-1700. I always had all my books for the class, even reference books, in case I needed clarification. HIGHLIGHTERS ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS. Don't get liquid ones...you will be using them far too much and the liquid does not have the endurance you are looking for (especially at 9.00 a pack!). I learned how much I loved a good pen. NURSES LOVE PENS. Most of my spare money went towards 5 hour energy and coffee. I've gained a total of 25 lbs since beginning the program because I have no time to eat healthy; the school vending machine is my personal chef. Because of the nature of my program I was only able to "destress" on the weekends in between modules...aka...every 5 weeks haha! I DID manage to get married in the middle of my program <---STRESSFUL! haha.

    So here is my advice to you:
    INVEST IN A GOOD STETHOSCOPE <-- cannot stress that one enough. Littmanns are a God send (I have a cardiology III, its amazing-- I can hear your thoughts with it! but it is heavy...and it was $200.00 that I didn't have lol). Invest in some good shoes. Everyone swears by Dansko's...I hate them. They are not the same Dansko's as they used to be ever since the dutch company sold the Dansko line to a chinese company (no body does shoes like the dutch). Nurse mates are great. Get a GOOD penlight, because after inserting your first foley catheter, you will learn not every vagina demonstrates textbook anatomy! LOL. Set a study schedule for yourself for each class and STICK TO IT, this will help you beyond reason! If you don't know how yet, learn to laugh. There will be times you are so frustrated you could fling yourself from the highest building, but lauging it off can make a world of difference! CLINICAL LABS ARE THE PLACE TO MAKE MISTAKES; DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED IF YOU DON'T DO SOMETHING RIGHT. It's meant for that! It is way better to kill a mannequin than a patient (: GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. If you don't know something, look it up! Look up anything and EVERYTHING. Knowledge is power! You can't perform patient education if you don't know it yourself! MOST IMPORTANTLY: Hold on to who you are. Nursing programs will make or break you; I am serious. Have confidence in what you are doing! Instructors AND patients smell fear. Don't sweat the small stuff (:

    If you ever have questions, my facebook is linked to my account on here! Shoot me a message!
    GOOD LUCK
    <3
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    Quote from Nursing_Mamacita
    Well my situation is a tinyy bit different.

    I am in an advanced RN program, meaning, it is EXTREMELY fast paced.
    Curious, is this an accelerated BSN? Or an direct APN MSN?
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    First days are pretty slow. Instructors tell you what you'll be doing, where you'll be going, and that they own you for the next semester.

    You'll have a break where some of your fellow nursing students run outside to smoke.

    Then you come back and inevitably someone will ask a series of questions that was covered before the break, yet will forget the answers to in a short 15 mins. At some point during the day you'll hear about someone/everyone's children and what adorable thing they did this past summer. There will be some posturing as people gleefully announce their past patient care experience.

    You'll have at least one girl in your class that could pass for a playboy model. She'll outscore you on every test.

    The instructor will go over the books you'll be using. About 10 or so mins into this speech something shiny out of the window will catch your eye. You'll start daydreaming about an ice cream cone, only to look over at playboy model girl and reconsider. At this point you will have missed something important.

    You become that person that asks the question that was just stated.

    You kind of feel like a jerk.

    You'll write some notes, maybe utter a few sentences to the person next to you.

    You'll leave, lay out your books on the floor and possibly cry.

    You'll eat ice cream.

    ...

    The nitty is - I have a clinical bag. My clinical bag contains the following:
    A nice Littman
    A BP cuff
    Blue and black pens
    An iPod touch (drug guide, lab values, wifi for looking up things on the go)
    Little note pads that fit into my pocket
    Breath mints
    A book that has nothing to do with nursing
    Alcohol wipes I forgot to take out of my pocket at some point
    Water

    My lecture bag contains:
    Whichever of the 85 text books we're currently using.
    My nursing diagnosis book
    A binder I always intend to keep neat but looks like my 6th grade locker midsemester
    Sharpie gel hi-lighters
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebooks
    Gum (I have a paranoid tick about bad breath I think)
    Gum wrappers
    Water
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    Quote from de2013
    Curious, is this an accelerated BSN? Or an direct APN MSN?
    it is 0 --> ADN
    (:
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    Whichever of the 85 text books we're currently using.
    My nursing diagnosis book
    A binder I always intend to keep neat but looks like my 6th grade locker midsemester
    Sharpie gel hi-lighters
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebooks
    Gum (I have a paranoid tick about bad breath I think)
    Gum wrappers
    Water
    My binder looks the same
    and omg about the gum, I am CONSTANTLY paranoid...
    but then again I smoke
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    Quote from Crazed
    First days are pretty slow. Instructors tell you what you'll be doing, where you'll be going, and that they own you for the next semester.

    You'll have a break where some of your fellow nursing students run outside to smoke.

    Then you come back and inevitably someone will ask a series of questions that was covered before the break, yet will forget the answers to in a short 15 mins. At some point during the day you'll hear about someone/everyone's children and what adorable thing they did this past summer. There will be some posturing as people gleefully announce their past patient care experience.

    You'll have at least one girl in your class that could pass for a playboy model. She'll outscore you on every test.

    The instructor will go over the books you'll be using. About 10 or so mins into this speech something shiny out of the window will catch your eye. You'll start daydreaming about an ice cream cone, only to look over at playboy model girl and reconsider. At this point you will have missed something important.

    You become that person that asks the question that was just stated.

    You kind of feel like a jerk.

    You'll write some notes, maybe utter a few sentences to the person next to you.

    You'll leave, lay out your books on the floor and possibly cry.

    You'll eat ice cream.

    ...

    The nitty is - I have a clinical bag. My clinical bag contains the following:
    A nice Littman
    A BP cuff
    Blue and black pens
    An iPod touch (drug guide, lab values, wifi for looking up things on the go)
    Little note pads that fit into my pocket
    Breath mints
    A book that has nothing to do with nursing
    Alcohol wipes I forgot to take out of my pocket at some point
    Water

    My lecture bag contains:
    Whichever of the 85 text books we're currently using.
    My nursing diagnosis book
    A binder I always intend to keep neat but looks like my 6th grade locker midsemester
    Sharpie gel hi-lighters
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebooks
    Gum (I have a paranoid tick about bad breath I think)
    Gum wrappers
    Water
    This cracked me up!!!!! Thanks for the laugh
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    Quote from jacelynn
    This cracked me up!!!!! Thanks for the laugh
    Thanks. By the way you look eerily familiar if that's you in your avatar picture.


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