First, what is your schedule? Do you know yet? They like to switch things up every now and then, so you might have a different arrangment than my class. That said, we had Clinical 1, Health Assessment, Human Experience, and Intro to Professional Nursing (online).
I will look to see if I have anything and I will check with some classmates. Whatever the case, you will be assigned a senior buddy your first day of class and he/she will most likely provide you with study guides etc. I have a few things, but I don't know if I have anything from last summer.
The summer is hectic and I do recommend prereading for Human Experience (HE) and maybe Health Assessment (HA). However, try not to freak yourself out and take a deep breath. Everything will seem overwhelming at first, but you will get used to it quickly. And we (the seniors) will be around to help you cope. Just remember that the University wants you to do well (as it reflects well on them). This translates to a much more nurturing learning environment than what most of us are accustomed. You will get to know your professors very well and they will do their best to make sure you learn the material. Ask lots of questions, stay proactive, and try to keep your stress to a reasonable level.
I will email you the reading list for the first couple modules in HE and HA. HE is the theory course of the summer and can be reading intensive. If I remember correctly, the ppt presentations were very detailed for these first few courses which cut down on a lot of the reading time. That said, HE requires traditional study habits and the grade is based on 4 exams and a final. HA is more task oriented, but still requires quite a bit of study time. You will have quizzes, exams, a practicum, and a couple written assignments. Your first graded patient assessment will take place at the culmination of this course. This is weighted heavily and can be a great source of stress. We did our assessments on real patients during our first days of real-world clinical (which took place in nursing homes). Once again, just remember that they want you to do well. As long as you study/ practice hard, you should have no trouble. Don't slack off, but try not to freak out.
Clinical is time consuming and has a lot of graded assignments, but it is also a blast! You will have fun getting to know your classmates and making memories. You do have to read the material for this course ahead of time if you want to get anything out it, but you should have no trouble finding motivation. This is when you learn your most basic nursing skills. It is vital to pay attention, read, and most of all, have FUN!
There isn't much to practice at this point. I would just suggest learning to take things one step at a time. They will throw a lot at you in the first few days. The only way to keep from being overwhelmed is to just remain organized and don't look too far ahead. Believe it or not, you will have plenty of time.
Also, your classmates are your greatest resource. Don't be shy. You will be with the same group of people every day for the next year. Help each other.
This program is fast and, at times, difficult. The Summer is just the beginning. Each semester will bring its own challenges. Just know that you CAN do it. It is a year of late nights, puffy eyes, pimples, and tense shoulders, but it is completely doable. A little over a year from now, you all will have your BSN. Get excited!
I am not sure if any of this helped. I'll send you what I find via email. Take care! I look forward to meeting all of you!