Advice for my first semester please


I have finished all my pre-req classes except

-College Algebra

-BIO 137 w/lab

-CNA Course 75 Clock hours.

This is my fall semester and I am really struggling because I've never looked at myself like someone who could become a nurse. Even though I have done great this far, I just have a lot of insecurities. I have three children and am a SAHM. My oldest is seven, my other daughter is four and my youngest son is 2 will be 3. I have devoted the last six years to being a mother full time. As they get older though, I know I need to get my degree and be able to bring income in. Plus my mother is a R.N and it is always something I have dreamed of doing myself. I just need some advice on how to get organized, any tips for studying and not getting behind. Are these classes extremely difficult? Anything helps, thank you :)

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I wish you success in your program!

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Hi! First of all congrats on getting into a nursing program. That alone shows you're competent enough.

Secondly I would HIGHLY recommend getting an NCLEX review book. I use Saunders faithfully. It's a bit pricey but you will utilize it throughout your entire program so it's worth it.

Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination: 86�12��591446: Medicine & Health Science Books @

It has over 6000 questions once you register it on Evolve online.

If I would have used this in the beginning I wouldn't have had such a hard time in fundamentals but now I'm in pharm and it's a breeze with Saunders.

Thirdly, learn your learning style now & take a deep breath. My clinical instructor compared nursing school to Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. "You're not in Kansas anymore."


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Hi Kristinn239!

I'm starting nursing school in like 3 weeks (í ¾í´¤) I, like you, have been a SAHM for a long time. My kids are 9, 6 and almost 3 year old twins. It's kind of terrifying gong back to school AND doing all the mom stuff, BUT that's what we've been doing!

You got this! Congrats on getting into a program and in a couple of years we'll be nurses and our kids.... will still be our kids: bugging for fruit snacks and watching cartoons.

Good luck!

talk to your mom, being that she is an RN she is who will be able to help you the most especially when it comes down to studying and retaining information