Thank you so much!! I am starting nursing school in one week and I have major anxiety. Your tips were definately helpful. We already have about 6 chapters of reading assignments before the first class. How can I prepare for the first class, if I don't know what the instructor will cover yet? Should I start reading or wait till class? Also, I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions on a few other things:
1. What do you think are the best/most essential books (besides the ones that are required) that will help me get through nursing school? I need all the help I can get, as I've been out of school (besides the pre reqs) for over 8 years now. I've already ordered the Saunders NCLEX book, but what about drug books, med/surg, nursing care plan, pocket guides, reference guides, etc. There are so many good books out there, I'm sure, but I can't buy all of them, unfortunately.
2. What are your recommendations/suggestions for keeping organized and what strategies seemed to help the most for notetaking, organizing, etc.? I already bought a few 3 subject notebooks and lots of expandable folders, but that was before I started reading all the posts on here. Now, it seems as if one 3 ring binder or multiple binders (separated by each class) seem to work better for most people. If it doesn't make that much of a difference, then I will just use the notebooks I already bought, but if it makes a huge difference in being organized and prepared, then I will use the binder instead. Would you mind telling me exactly what you used to take notes and organize everything? Do you think index cards would be beneficial as well? Any ideas, strategies, opinions would be greatly appreciated. I'm stressing already and I haven't even started yet!!
3. Did you work while in nursing school? What is your opinion on it? Would you recommend not working and just living really poorly, if you can do that? I have a lot of bills, but I would hate to have work get in the way of my study time, which is way more important. I'm not good with time management, so I'm a little worried.
I'm so overwhelmed already, yet so happy and excited to start school!
Thank you so much!