I just wanted to share my progress. I am a 26 year old non traditional student. I started out as a pharmacy technician after having gone to trade school. then worked for almost 7 years for a big mailorder pharmacy. I got a lot of experience with medicine. meanwhile, I was also a single mom and worked and took classes since 2008 part time. I had no idea how I would ever finish or how long it would take.
There were SO MANY NEGATIVE PEOPLE especially other prenursing students who spoke about how hard and competitive it is to make good grades in the prerequisites.In highschool I didn't even have the best grades. Well here I am on my last and I am a straight A college student. You have to block out the negative people. They are everywhere!
Do you know what the secret is? STUDY STUDY.
All the time.
Be an active learner. When you go to lecture retain what you can WHILE in lecture. Write notes in your textbooks. Use colored pens. Make things bright! Use post it notes on top of notes! Be enthusiastic
about learning and think about how bad you want to be a nurse.
I wish you all luck.You can do this no matter what the obstacles are if you work hard.
Oct 25, '13
I also love the positive encouraging words CarefulCare. I agree with your logic in taking notes and using color to bring attention to certain things. I would add to go over what you are studying and come back again later to go over it again. This indeed works, I know, because this is what I did, and I was just accepted to a very competitive BSN program
. You have to be serious and you have to want it and you have to stay focused and never let anyone else's attitude corrupt your own positivity. Remind yourself that you can do this; even perhaps looking into the mirror to say this. Let it become a part of who you are. You can do it!
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Oct 25, '13
Your positive attitude & inspiring words are very much appreciated. I'm a secretary at a state mental hospital and am VERY interested in getting my LPN within the next year and a half and possibly applying for a LPN to RN bridge program in the future. Giving advice is one thing but I have gotten A LOT of negative feedback from several people when I say I want my LPN first because I already have a bachelor's degree in another field (I majored in History because I wanted to teach when I was younger but I'm not using my degree, nor getting paid for having it.) I know that LPNs aren't as in demand at hospitals nowadays as they once were but fortunately I won't have that problem and will be able to start as an LPN I at the hospital where I work now as soon as I complete the LPN program so I'm not worried about getting a job when I (finally) finish. I work with LPNs & RNs and some are positive about no matter what I decide but some are like "Are you crazy? You have a bachelors! Don't waste your time with that LPN, go straight for your RN!" But what they don't understand is, I've been out of school for 13 years and I have to pace myself slowly with all of that science and the time I'm gonna have to dedicate to studying. I didn't have the best of grades in math or science in HS nor college so I KNOW myself and don't want to get overwhelmed. I also want to get into the Nursing field as quickly as possible and EVERY traditional RN program I've researched in my area has LONG waiting lists and are VERY HIGHLY competitive. I'm willing to try however but I'm also being realistic since I have to work full time while in school. I'm gonna have to take baby steps (like only 1 or 2 classes at a time) so that I can pass each one with a good grade. I know everyone means well but I am not gonna let the negative voices discourage my plan. Thanks for the encouragement either way about the pre-reqs because I admit Ive been feeling a little afraid of those types of science classes after being out of school for so long, but since I was recently accepted at a community college in my area I'm gonna give it a shot in the spring. Keep up the great work & keep inspiring others!
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