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- Aug 19, '12 by boisern84You will certainly be very busy, just starting out I wish some would have told me that your gpa will be highest at the beginning of your college career so keep it up! When your friends are enjoying the college scene stay focused! Once that GPA goes down it is so tough to get it back up and nursing school definitely weed you out by a low gpa. Good luck!
- Aug 19, '12 by zoe92Stay organized, don't get behind in classes, and be sure to block out study time every day! This will prepare you for your future nursing classes!
- Aug 19, '12 by MrsCuocoYour A&P classes are going to be the most important, but overall you need to strive to have the highest GPA possible as sometimes, this is a top determining factor. In our university, the top cut is made according to GPA and then they go from there with life experience, certifications, and an interview process.
Aside from academics, do yourself a HUGE favor that will greatly benefit your nursing school experience AND improve your chances of acceptance if your school takes into account health care experience: get certified as a nurse aide/hospital tech/personal care provider and get some job experience doing that while you're doing your prerequisites. I am about to start nursing school tomorrow, and looking at the first rounds of clinical skills we will be covering in labs, nearly ALL of them are things I learned to do as a CNA! All of us who have that experience definitely have a leg up on those who don't. Plus I feel that having been a CNA, I will have a greater sense of appreciation for the CNAs who I will be working alongside when I am a nurse.
- Aug 19, '12 by SlaveHeartI agree with becoming a CNA to give yourself some prespective on what you are up against. As for academics A&P is the most important and will be built upon in future classes like micro and patho. I would review any notes you have from high school bio, chem and physics before the class starts. Physiology is mostly chemistry and physics of the body. I am not sure how you can take intro to psych and developmental psych in the same term? Isn't intro a prereq for developmental. Good luck!
- Aug 19, '12 by 1futurenurse12Thanks so much for all the great advice. I will definitely be looking into getting my CNA license. How long does it normally take to become a CNA? Also I'm starting classes tomorrow! Wish me luck
SlaveHeart-The intro and developmental psych is one class. I guess maybe they combines the two?!
- Aug 19, '12 by RNsRWeIt's a CNA certificate you'd be getting (yes, it's a license in a couple of states, but mostly...a certificate). And six weeks is common for the duration.
If you want advice, etc, all you have to do is read threads on this forum....it's LOADED. Doubt you'd even have to ask a single question, as I wonder if it's possible there's one left that hasn't yet been asked?
- Aug 19, '12 by 1futurenurse12Thanks
- Aug 20, '12 by Misslady113READ THE BOOK!!!! I can't tell you how many students I saw that thought they could get past by just reading the power points and the notes. In my A&P 1 class I read the book and finished with an average of 99.7. In A&P 2 I was swamped with micro and stat, so I just read the notes and finished with a 93 Its still an A, but goes to show you how reading the book makes a difference. Although becoming a c.n.a is truly helpful, be careful. I have hurt my back in ways I didn't think I could. The job is backbreaking and sometimes I wonder how many years of stress on my back I could have taken away if I didn't become a c.n.a. I start my program on the 27th. Super excited, wish me luck
- Aug 20, '12 by KaeliFI don't have any advice for the prereq classes, but once you start your actual nursing classes the biggest thing I wish I would have known is to PAY ATTENTION TO THE BASICS. Trust me, the things you'll feel like are "common sense" tend to be what trips you up later. Fundamentals is the section that costs people the most points on the NCLEX, because with all of the new interesting things we learn we tend to ignore the basic, boring stuff. So all I can say is make a CONSCIOUS effort to really memorize your fundamentals.