I don't think I'm smart enough

  1. So I was so excited when I found out that I got excepted into my nursing program for Fall 2018 even though I had my doubts. I'm just finishing up A&P 2 this semester. I got a C in A&P 1 but I feel like I'm doing a little better in A&P 2. But I'm on a chapter about blood vessels and I feel like I have no idea what any of this stuff means in my A&P book. Now I'm wondering if I'm smart enough to actually go through this nursing program. I don't have any medical knowledge, I just work in an emergency room doing registrations. I know it's going to be harder. I just don't know what to do or if I'm just going to be making a fool of myself. Thanks for listening!!!
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  3. by   MyDream RN
    Hey, Congrats on getting into your program. First, I have the medical background and I'm just finishing my first semester and still feel like I haven't grasped a lot of the materials. I just remind myself that I'm a student and I have 3 more semesters to go and just soak in as much as I can and do my very best to become the best nurse I can be. Good luck on your new career.
  4. by   akulahawkRN
    Sure, nursing school is hard, but it really isn't all that difficult either. Seriously the hardest part of nursing is learning to think like a nurse. Doing A&P is difficult in and of itself but remember that they're going through systems and how they work. Over time you'll start to see that the systems and the underlying physiology is interconnected so that something that has an effect on one system often affects other systems.

    If you're having trouble grasping a concept in A&P, I suggest you get with someone that understands the system and can teach it to you. Then here's what makes things solid: teach it to someone (or something) else. I'm sure that there are thousands, if not millions, of educated cats, dogs, rats, and chickens around but since they're who they are, they just can't. The major benefit of the teaching was that the teacher was able to put together coherent thoughts about A&P and verbalize it in such a way that it all made sense.

    The same thing happens with nursing too. You'll be presented with parts of the whole and, at first, it just doesn't seem to fit together quite right. That's because it's missing some things that will be filled in later. As you progress through the program, those missing pieces will be provided to you and as long as you recognize that you were just given it, the whole begins to take shape. It's not going to be until near the end that everything pretty much fits together and you can see the whole, even with missing bits. Your "lightbulb" suddenly gets lit and things just make sense. Same happens with A&P. It just takes time for all those pieces to be put together.

    If you're getting grades sufficient to get you into nursing school, chances are pretty good that you'll be able to get through nursing school. I pretty much guarantee that just about every program around tracks student performance and matches that up with program completion rates and NCLEX pass rates and they adjust their prerequisite grades/scores accordingly. Yes, it' does mean they've got a lagging indicator, but over sufficient time, they develop a very good understanding of what is necessary for a student to succeed.
  5. by   AnnieNP
    There are many learning styles. One suggestion I have is to get an Anatomy and Physiology coloring book and a pack of colored pencils. Make extra copies of the pages and when you have a few minutes work on them. You can probably find free printable pages online. Good luck to you.
  6. by   JyRn18
    First off, congratulations on getting into a nursing program! I definitely can relate to your post. I too doubted myself when I was taking A&P as well. My previous degree was completely unrelated & everything was new to me. However you did get into the program and once I got into nursing school I realized that many of those pre-requisites were designed to weed out those who didn't possess the academic skills to get into a program. You will see once you begin taking your first nursing classes the focus won't be so much on the details of the anatomy & physiology of the body but how you would intervene as an RN in the disease process.

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