Helloooo fellow MONTCO students!
I' m currently in the Nursing program at Montgomery Community College & as shocked as I am right now, I will graduate this May
I have three children as well, and I work less hrs than Kathy. 15-20 biweekly & as each semester progresses I work less & less. I have gone straight through the program & have found it to be a fabulous experience. Enjoy each moment! Soon it will be all over; for me the count down has started.....117 days left.
Advise?? Do your readings! Ask questions & form a study group. I couldn't have passed any of the tests if I didn't read the assigned chapters. Granted, I didn't read page by page, I highlighted key points, looked up meanings of terminology I was unsure of & utilized the internet as a resource as well.
Use your journals to ask questions that you're too embarrassed to ask during class ( I hate the feeling of asking a question I feel I should know the answer to!). So I use my journals for just those questions. The instructors have been wonderful and are there to support & guide you to the right path. You would be surprised at that fact if you stop listening to everyone's horror stories. I think that Nursing students love to share "war" stories of the "enemy" and "evil" instructor! I've had many of the instructors others warned me about & have had a great relationships with each of them. They are there to support you, you're failure is a reflection of their teaching skills. That's how I see it.
Well, all this positive stuff! It has been a challenge as well. I have a very demanding family & I still work. I think that if you manage your time well, take your vitamins, exercise (that's for the me time) & focus on your goals, you will enjoy nursing school as much as I have.
In 211 Seminars become intense. I loved it because it was similar to a clinical experience. It's worth 20% of your final grade & they test you on the material that was covered in seminar. So be wise & take your time with seminar. Don't take it as lightly as your 111 & 112 seminar.
If you have any specific questions I will be happy and honored to assist you. I will be on campus this Wednesday in the lab going over skills. I'm quitting my job in February so if any one needs any help with skills, I'll be happy to meet you there.