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    I am starting my pre required classes in the fall. I want to be a nurse. As soon as I get my grades up, I will apply to my schools nursing program. Any advice ? What should I expect when starting nursing school. I am extremely nervous about school over all.
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    I'd say just try to do best in your prereqs and get good grades. Also, keep a positive attitude. I have finished all of my prereqs and been accepted to the BSN program. Although, I don't start nursing school until the fall I know it'll take hard work and dedication, but it's not impossible. A friend of mine who's finishing up her last yr of nursing school basically told me that once you get into nursing school, when you learn and take tests you aren't learning just to get that A or B, you have to be able to understand and apply the material. Of course, you'll need to pass with the score that your program sets. Critical thinking will be very important in nursing school too. Good luck with everything.
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    Quote from YELY
    I am starting my pre required classes in the fall. I want to be a nurse. As soon as I get my grades up, I will apply to my schools nursing program. Any advice ? What should I expect when starting nursing school. I am extremely nervous about school over all.
    Do the best you can in your pre-reqs, especially the science ones. Ask for help if you feel you are starting to drown in your classes, the sooner the better. Really try to enjoy what you are learning, even if you aren't enjoying it. I find, it is much easier to learn something if you have a true interest in it and you'll absorb so much more info that way too.
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    I would talk to the nursing school! Do you know their requirements? Do they normally admit students after the first year (like Pre-Nursing) or are they a direct admit type program? My alma mater, for example admits freshman directly into the SON (school of nursing) when they apply to the university. It's not like Pre-Pharmacy where you do 2 years of Pre-reqs and then apply to Pharmacy School. If you are doing Pre-Nursing, get the best grades you can. And ask the SON what they think you'll need. At my sisters school the Pre-RN cut off GPA was 3.97 because it's so competitive and with so few spots. If you are hoping to get into nursing at a place that does direct admitting, then you need to make yourself as valuable as possible because they will have very few spots. At my school, I knew a girl who was majoring in Health Sciences freshman year but then wanted to change to nursing. She had a 4.0 and got rejected because there's just not enough spaces or faculty to teach. Lack of faculty is a big part of the nursing shortage IMO. All in all, talking to the SON is your best bet!!
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    Thank you all for the encouragement. I will work hard for my grades, and to understand the material. @Bec I will ask at my school was is expected. Thanks again!
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    My biggest piece of advice (besides studying and doing well) is do not try to cram in your science pre requisites. I tried to take Anatomy and Chemistry together during an 7 week summer session so I could apply to NS a semester early... big mistake! Take your time with your classes so you can do your best. Good luck!
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    Unfortunately, we have to get as good of grades that we can. It sucks because you need to learn the material more than you need to get a good grade. But, it's a part of our lives. We have to do as well as possible so we can get in. Just try not to let yourself get too stressed. Make sure you take plenty of time for yourself. Maybe even get yourself a massage every once in awhile!
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    Quote from zoe92
    My biggest piece of advice (besides studying and doing well) is do not try to cram in your science pre requisites. I tried to take Anatomy and Chemistry together during an 7 week summer session so I could apply to NS a semester early... big mistake! Take your time with your classes so you can do your best. Good luck!
    I could not agree with this more! I know it's easy to want to get it done but take your time, focus on each class, and do your best. Nursing school is not easy but it's more of a different style of learning and testing. Good luck!
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    I suggest sitting in the front and center of the classroom, in order to avoid distractions. It really helps me keep focused. Also, if you don't understand something, ASK! Don't feel incompetent, it is likely that others in the class have the same question as you and just didn't ask. Also, stay AHEAD on homework. It isn't enough to just stay caught up, it is really helpful to get ahead. Also, get involved in lectures. When a professor asks a question during lecture, answer it. Even if you're wrong, its better to make the mistake and be corrected in class than making the mistake on a test. Plus, doing this helps drill the material into your head. These are some things I do on a regular basis that have helped me be accepted to a BSN program starting in the fall. Hopefully they do you some good as well! Good luck


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