How to prepare for nursing school??! - page 2

by mariaberry19

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Hello, Nursing School acceptance letters will be mailed on Monday of next week. Hopefully, if I get in, I was wondering what can I do to get prepared for the first semester? What subjects should I do a quick overview on? A&P?... Read More


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    Quote from stefanyjoy
    I just finished my first semester. I'd say... just rest. Take naps. Watch TV. Spend time with your family, your friends, drink wine, enjoy yourself. Pretty soon you won't be able to enjoy that as much anymore

    Every nursing program is different, but for mine, I guess reading up on patho would have helped, especially on things like diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD... maybe review medications that you'll see a ton in clinical, like morphine, dilaudid, lasix, lovenox, insulin... read nursing care plans, see what they are, what common nursing diagnoses are and their interventions. Good luck to you.
    GOD BLESS YOU!!
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    Quote from stefanyjoy
    I just finished my first semester. I'd say... just rest. Take naps. Watch TV. Spend time with your family, your friends, drink wine, enjoy yourself. Pretty soon you won't be able to enjoy that as much anymore

    Every nursing program is different, but for mine, I guess reading up on patho would have helped, especially on things like diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD... maybe review medications that you'll see a ton in clinical, like morphine, dilaudid, lasix, lovenox, insulin... read nursing care plans, see what they are, what common nursing diagnoses are and their interventions. Good luck to you.
    I start too end of jan and this is my plan. I figure we won't have time to do leisurely things after we start so I will relax and do fun things now while I can!!! I also plan on doing a little nursing related reading as well though.
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    I start too end of jan and this is my plan. I figure we won't have time to do leisurely things after we start so I will relax and do fun things now while I can!!! I also plan on doing a little nursing related reading as well though.[/QUOTE]

    Great idea!
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    Honestly just enjoy any free time you have. You'll start in Jan and they will tell you what you need to learn just spend time with family and friends and SLEEP like you've never slept before !
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    If you start classes in January, it's right around the corner! If you were on a waitlist and had quite a bit of time before nursing classes started, I would give more suggestions on things to review/study in the meantime. But since you don't have much time left before you start, I agree with what other posters have said, spend some free time with your family and friends! You won't have much free time to see family and friends once classes start so I would enjoy the time off. Take advantage of a little leisure time! If you are dying to studying though, I would brush up on the A&P. A solid foundation of A&P is very helpful. Patho and dosage calc are things you could take a look at during the break too. Although, I wouldn't overwhelm myself with studying. You will be overwhelmed enough once classes start! But get excited! Nursing school is awesome! I just finished my second semester of nursing classes. I love it! The material itself isn't super challenging.. it's just the amount of stuff you are expected to learn in a short time. Nursing school takes up a lot of your time, yes, but it's very doable! Best of luck!!
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    It's so hard to relax when I'm nervous...(sigh) I'll try my best.
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    Quote from mariaberry19
    It's so hard to relax when I'm nervous...(sigh) I'll try my best.
    I'm starting in the nursing program this Jan 2013. And you know what I'm doing? Taking a break! Taking the time for myself after all the stress with prereqs and the teas I think deserve a great Christmas breAk. And I'm gonna review by reading the nursing books like a week before nursing school starts.
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    You can start reading about physical assessment and start practicing. And maybe make flash cards for some basic labs like WBC, rbc, platelets, hemoglobin, hematocrit, bun, creatinine, ast, alt.

    I wouldn't go much further than that. But physical assessment and lab values are going to be used throughout school.
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    Honest to goodness, any prepping you will do right now may give you an edge for about 2-3 weeks, and then everyone ends up being on level ground.

    My advice: prepare your household with cleaning, organizing, and throwing away any junk. Start crossing those honey-do's off early. Enjoy your Christmas, and make some verbal agreements with your family about how responsibilities will change while you are in nursing school.

    The material in NS was never incredibly hard to understand, but it was all the other commitments that made it hard. You will be so busy with clinicals and paperwork and theory, it's good to have a game plan in advance on who will cook dinner.

    Congrats on NS! Merry Christmas.
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    I start in January, and we were giving like 10 chapters to read before January 22.

    My last class in micro is December 18, I'm working a lot I'm a LPN so working Christmas eve, day and new years eve , plus the normal stuff.

    I need to get a physical, but not before December 27th per school, get book, uniforms and read said chapters.

    Also see family, decorate for Christmas, then put it all away.

    Believe me, it's going to fly.

    I would get all ducks in a row, and check for reading assignments


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