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  1. 1 Hello everyone,

    I am about to start a 2 year RN program this Fall and then on to my BSN. I was wondering if anyone had any pointers on what I could do or study up on this Summer to help prep me for the program. I am pretty nervous and would like to be as prepared as possible!

    Thank you for your time!
    Sarah
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  3. Visit  2bEQNurse14 profile page
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    Relax while you can. You will learn what you need to know!


    If anything, pick up a simple medical terminology book to browse through in your spare time.
    setownsley and MMahan4291 like this.
  4. Visit  swansonplace profile page
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    Learn to speed read, or masterread. It definitely helps when in a pinch. Also, would recommend a study skills course.
    setownsley likes this.
  5. Visit  Jessicainsantafe profile page
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    Unless it all came easily to you, review your A&P. I am constantly saying the bones/muscles/insertions/origins on my CNA patients. The ones who can, laugh!!!
    setownsley likes this.
  6. Visit  exhaustedstudent profile page
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    GIrlfriend!!! I just finished my RN program, and I am going to tell you what I wish someone would have told me.....

    1.) learn the groups pf drugs and their main effects on the major systems ex: Betablockers end in "lol" like Metoprolol and slow down the heart rate and drop BP (this will help you a lot)

    2.) learn about NCLEX style questions such as the words to narrow in making it the right or wrong selections.

    3.) Review you conversions and drug calculations because this will be used every week, in every semester.

    4.) Start learning pediatric illnesses early!!! There is too many!

    5.) Get your fundamentals book and start learning therapeutic communication, teaching styles, learning styles, ECT. You will use this and its a lot to learn!

    6.) Skills... watch videos on youtube

    and that should do it before you start!!! Goodluck we are here for you!
    RN2BE83, Kandy83, setownsley, and 3 others like this.
  7. Visit  illusion9376 profile page
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    Congratulations! I have no tips for you, but I wanted to wish you congrats! And good luck!
    setownsley likes this.
  8. Visit  LoriBSN2b profile page
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    Quote from exhaustedstudent
    GIrlfriend!!! I just finished my RN program, and I am going to tell you what I wish someone would have told me.....

    1.) learn the groups pf drugs and their main effects on the major systems ex: Betablockers end in "lol" like Metoprolol and slow down the heart rate and drop BP (this will help you a lot)

    2.) learn about NCLEX style questions such as the words to narrow in making it the right or wrong selections.

    3.) Review you conversions and drug calculations because this will be used every week, in every semester.

    4.) Start learning pediatric illnesses early!!! There is too many!

    5.) Get your fundamentals book and start learning therapeutic communication, teaching styles, learning styles, ECT. You will use this and its a lot to learn!

    6.) Skills... watch videos on youtube

    and that should do it before you start!!! Goodluck we are here for you!
    Thanks for the advice! I start in August and I'm nervous too!
    RN2BE83 likes this.
  9. Visit  aspiringparamedic profile page
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    Hey all the best to you! I just started nursing school 2 months ago! Working towards diploma in nursing(3 years).
    setownsley likes this.
  10. Visit  setownsley profile page
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    Thank you all so much for your advice, especially exhaustedstudent!
    exhaustedstudent likes this.
  11. Visit  Nurse_Diane profile page
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    Welcome to AllNurses. We are happy to have you
  12. Visit  nurse2783 profile page
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    Thanks for the question and advice given! I'm starting out in August too, and a bit nervous. Are any of you planning on working or did you work during your programs?
  13. Visit  LoriBSN2b profile page
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    Quote from nurse2783
    Thanks for the question and advice given! I'm starting out in August too, and a bit nervous. Are any of you planning on working or did you work during your programs?
    Our program advised us not to work during the program if we could help it. I am planning on volunteering at the hospital that I hope to eventually be hired at! And finally my college posted the books we need for first semester so I went ahead and got my Fundamentals of Nursing textbook so I could start reading it. We haven't even had orientation so I have no idea what to expect.
  14. Visit  exhaustedstudent profile page
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    you are very welcome!!! Nursing school is hard, but do-able with the right attitude, advice, motivation and heart! You are on the right track! Let me know how it goes! :-) We are here for you!
    setownsley likes this.

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