First Semester of Nursing School!!

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    Whew!! I haven't been on here in a long while but rightfully so because nursing school is no joke. I know many other people are expressing their feelings about their first semester of nursing school and so I thought I will share my experience. I have one more week left. I take my final on Tuesday! (Wish me luck!!!)
    I knew nursing school was going to be hard because like many others, I came to this website for guidance and what to expect! All the stories you are reading are TRUE....LOL!
    A couple of things I want to hit on:
    1. As many people stated, being a A student doesn't mean a thing. I was a straight A student throughout elementary, middle, high school and college. But in nursing school, you will find yourself "settling" for a 75 on all tests.
    2. No matter how much you study, you will still be a little under prepared for those tests
    3. You will find yourself crying A LOT, so stack up of tissue!
    4. By the end of the semester or even mid way down the semester, MANY people would have drop out but you will survive..... hopefully
    5. Mentally prepare yourself for clinicals because its not for everybody, one of the students in my class drop the day after her first clinical. Speaking of clinicals, you might as well get use to care plans, you'll find out about those when you get in nursing school.
    6. Say goodbye to your family, friends and weekends.
    7. You will make alot of friends in the nursing program. They will become like family. You will car pool, study, share and many other things with these people.
    8. Never give up and most importantly make sure that you are doing nursing for the right reason because trust me you will be tested on whether you really want this or not!!
    Whew!! Got that off my chest! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ON THEIR FINALS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!- Chiquitap
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    What studying style worked best for you?! I'm starting nursing school this January and #2,3 and 6 of your list I'm most fearful of :/

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    Lol. I haven't started nursing school yet (Fall 2014 hopeful) but I believe everything in your post. But one thing you can say is when you graduate it will all be worth it. Good luck to you!
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    Good luck on your finals! Do you have any tips/suggestions on how prenursing students can prepare themselves for nursing school?
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    Good Luck to those going into the program!
    Last edit by msnursecp on Dec 4, '13 : Reason: repeat
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    @martina238612 Don't be fearful! You will gain alot out of the nursing program. Your first semester will be over whelming and you will feel like you are lost.....LOL...but trust me that you won't be the only one. I learn best by writing everything down. I like for things to be organize into charts and tables, but I know alot of my classmates are auditory learners and will record each lecture. I would say to look online for learning style quizzes to determine how you learn the best! Good Luck!!
    bluesky94 I would say for now to continue to do well in your pre-reqs and enjoy all the free time you have for now!
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    I also learn best by writing everything down and making charts/tables. I took one of those online learning style quizzes, and I'm a visual learner. And thanks for the advice, I'll enjoy my free time now and try not to worry about nursing school!
    Last edit by bluesky94 on Dec 5, '13
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    If you are settling for "75"s you need to study more. Thats not to say it doesnt happen in a great while but you should be up and close to the A range in your courses otherwise you need to change your study habits. Cheers
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    *fixing popcorn* Your turn! Be prepared for the fallout! LOL P.S. I for one am so glad to wrap this semester up. My exams are next week. Good luck on yours!!!!
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    Wait..... 75? Dang...... I'd fail if I got 79 on exams. 80 is a C. Below that is failing.


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