:spin: HEY! ok well i just started my first semester of nursing school about 3 weeks ago and seriously I FEEL TIREd! :angryfire
i feel more overwhelmed
than by the end of last semester and i had 5 classes! now i have 4 (nursing) i know they are harder but i never thought this hard, guys i really need suggestions on how to keep going i know i want to be a nurse and i know i can but its just that sometimes i feel so tired that i can even lift my eyes up, what got you guys thorugh nursing school? energy drinks:biere: ? study tips? anything that can help me to learn the material and get energy and dont fall asleep. please help this future nurse:mortarboard: !!!!!! ooo if u guys ever want to e-mail suggestiong email@example.com
everything is very mych apreciated!
Jan 21, '07
well, I didnt work while I was in school, which allowed me to focus my time and energy specifically on school. It will feel overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, it wont be as bad...I promise. I almost quit several times in the beginning. Nursing classes are so different than the core classes. I took a small recorder with me to the more difficult classes and would listen to the tapes whenever I could. I also would make note cards and tape them in places where I could study them while doing other things, like over the kitchen sink while I was doing dishes, over the bathroom sink while I was getting ready, etc. It will take almost all your time, but will be well worth it. Its good also to form study groups. We would make up our own tests with answers on another sheet and we would "take tests and see how well we did." We would also discuss things we didnt understand. Once you get your mind into the "nurse class mode" it will get better. I got so used to it, it felt STRANGE to be at home with no homework. I even caught myself telling my husband, I have to go study, then realize NO I DONT. lol. Keep us posted on how you are doing. YOU CAN DO IT, DONT GIVE UP.
Oh yes, and EXERCISE. Nothing benefits the body and mind like exercise, even if only 10 minutes a day doing stretches with at least 2 days a week of a good cardio workout to help stimulate the chemicals that give you energy and aid in memory.
Last edit by chenoaspirit on Jan 21, '07
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Jan 21, '07
I never study at home. I go to a special place on campus that is my study zone, no tv no phone no computer so you can focus. Also make your study area as much like the classroom as possible, same lighting same chair ect. that will help you recall the info come test time. Also I use the CD roms that come with the book, they usually have test questions at the end, take them and see how well you are doing. Also never memorize anything in nursing, learn why instead then on the test you will know the answer cause you know why. for example left sided heart failure means less blood to the body so less tissue perfusion ect....
Last edit by ann945n on Jan 21, '07
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Jan 21, '07
Get a good sleep routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. While you are getting ready to go to bed drink some warm milk or cammomile tea (natural sleep aids) and read a chapter out of your pharmacology book (nothing puts me to sleep faster, but the info is always good to review).
You NEED at least 8 hours a night, so make it a priority to get it. I made a promise that I just will not get up early to complete homework or anything else. I get all my stuff ready for the next day the previous night so I get to sleep in as much as possible.
Get rid of your TV. I haven't had one in 5 years and I know it saves me so much time. I don't miss it at all. Instead of watching TV you can go for a walk (bring flash cards to get some studying in), read, or do something more productive. TV is such a time suck it's not worth it for you to have one.
If you need to, take a nap in the middle of the day. It's amazing what 15 minutes will do. I've got some secret spots on campus that are nice and quiet where I can snooze for a few while everyone else is at lunch.
Try to get all your homework done before leaving campus for the day. That way home is a relaxation area for you. Also find a good multi-vitamin and make sure you eat well. You could be so tired b/c you're not getting the nutrients you need.
Last edit by wildmountainchild on Jan 21, '07