I'm sorry if this question has already been asked, but I SERIOUSLY need some sound advice!!! I am a first semester Nursing Student and I have never been so overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, tired and scared in my whole life! Even though I seem to be spending ALL of my time reading, taking notes, watching skills videos and studying, I just can NEVER seem to get ahead of the game.....much less feel secure and ready each day for class/skills lab. We start our clinicals next week and I am already freaking out about the vast amount of work that is required before and after we care for our assigned patients each week. I am only working about 10-15 hours per week (part-time) and I rarely do anything NOT school-related because I just feel guilty and feel like I need to be dedicating ALL of my time to school. In fact, I went to lunch with my husband today and then felt extremely guilty for doing so because that was a couple of hours that I could have used for studying! I know that as each semester passes, the workload is only going to get worse, so is there a trick to getting it all under control????? Can any of you practicing nurses or later semester students please offer some suggestions/advice on how to get a hold on everything that is occurring right now so that I don't make myself crazy? What is the best way to read all of the massive amounts of reading assigned each week and be able to understand/comprehend the material? What is the best way to approach care plans for my new patients each week at the hospital? Any suggestions on the best way(s) to prepare for skills lab and the VERY important check-offs? ANY advice you guys could give would be greatly appreciated! Please help before I go crazy!!!! Thanks so much!!!!