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I wanted to take some time to share some of my helpful hints that got me though nursing school. This is going to be one of the biggest challenges of your life so get ready.

Advice for the New Nursing Students: What to Expect

Here are some tips for nursing school:

1. First block and most of second is learning the basic fundamentals of nursing.. READ YOUR BOOK...it will never fail you.

2. While you read your book annotate the chapters highlighting the important material. This will help you in 3rd and 4th block.

3. Take good notes in class, write, circle, and highlight things in your book that you should focus on.

Tip: Don't record your lecture and depend on that because it will not help you!! Trust me you will learn more if you focus on the lecture and read the whole chapter + annotate. This is extremely time consuming and may seem unnecessary but you will be extremely happy you did this when 3rd and 4th block comes around and you have more time to focus on other things then reading again.

4. Do NCLEX question – 1&2 block focus on basic skills, safety, and procedure.

5. If you get a chance to take the summer LPN.. do it.. its helpful and will make 3rd block a bit easier.

6. 3rd and 4th block: here comes the hard part. Now you take everything you have learned and start applying it. It sounds easy but IT'S NOT.

7. Take your annotated notes and use them. While you review ask yourself "WHY?". Don't just know how or what to do, but WHY you are doing what you are doing.

8. Do more NCLEX questions. Focus on comprehensive and analytical ones.. READ THE RATIONALES! Understand why.

9. Don't sweat the HESI exam, if you do everything I tell you it won't be a problem... I scored pretty high on them.

10. Hint: know your math. If your struggle with it practice it... a lot. It will kill your HESI score and cause you to fail the NCLEX if you mess up on math, med errors are not looked kindly upon.

11. Sim lab. I'm gonna warn you... everyone is scared of sim lab. Don't worry... take a breath and use it as a learning experience.

They will put pressure on you and make you feel rushed... don't. Take your time. Ask other nurses for help. Look at the whole picture – trust me, it will seem like you suck but you will do good.

Also, sim labs get harder and harder and the expectations increase. Know your math.. CHECK YOUR PT ARM BAND ALWAYS!! Check the order. Follow five rights. Even if you have to say it out loud, do it. "Okay what are my patients' five rights?" If things get crazy, ask for help.

That's all I have for now.

I hope this helps. Good luck!!

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Thank you for these helpful hints. It can sure help those nursing students to be better prepared. Great way to share!

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sugarmagnoliaRN specializes in Cardiac Critical Care.

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My personal tip: don't pretend you know something if you don't. It's ok not to know everything, that's why you're in school! :) Always ask rather than potentially make a mistake.

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boywork has 12 years experience.

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we all come form different backgrouinds, belief systems, perceived expectations or attitudes, or education levels , as well as peer pressure which may affect our clinical judgement, however if not sure always ask , its better to be safe than sorry. i have alot experience 12 years in fact but is till ask or clarify if if not sure, i also learn alot from students, hey i was a student once still, i have not forgoten that either.

take care students and newly practioners we need you.

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My pro tip, something that i should have done.

If you want to be a better nurse, AND if you want a job after nursing school, become a PCA and try to work on the floor that you want, and become indispensable.

Seems to work like a charm!

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Thank you!!!

Wanted to take some time to share some of my helpful hints that got me though nursing school. This is going to be one of the biggest challenges of your life so get ready. Here are some tips for nursing school:1. First block and most of second is learning the basic fundamentals of nursing.. READ YOUR BOOK...it will never fail you.2. While you read your book annotate the chapters highlighting the important material. --- this will help you in 3rd and 4th block.3. Take good notes in class, write, circle, and highlight things in your book that you should focus on.Tip.. Don't record your lecture and depend on that because it will not help you!! Trust me you will learn more if you focus on the lecture and read the whole chapter + annotate. This is extremely time consuming and may seem unnecessary but you will be extremely happy you did this when 3rd and 4th block comes around and you have more time to fucus on other things then reading again.4. Do NCLEX question -- 1&2 block focus on basic skills.. safety, and procedure.5. If you get a chance to take the summer LPN.. do it.. its helpful and will make 3rd block a bit easier.6. 3rd and 4th block.. here comes the hard part.. Now you take everything you have learned and start applying it.. sounds easy.. IT'S NOT.7. Take your annotated notes and use them.. while you review ask yourself WHY.. don't just know how or what to do, but WHY you are doing what you are doing. 8. Do more NCLEX questions. Focus on comprehensive and analytical ones.. READ THE RATIONALES! Understand why.9. Don't sweat the HESI exam, if you do everything I tell you it won't be a problem... I scored pretty high on them.10. Hint.. know your math.. if your struggle with it practice it.. a lot.. it will kill your hesi score and cause you to fail the nclex if you mess up on math.. med errors are not looked kindly apon. 11. Sim lab.. I'm gonna warn you.. everyone is scared of sim lab.. don't worry.. take a breath and use it as a learning experience.. They will put pressure on you and make you feel rushed.. don't... Take your time.. ask other nurses for help.. look at the whole picture.. trust me, it will seem like you suck but you will do good.Also, sim labs get harder and harder and the expectations increase. Know your math.. CHECK YOUR PT ARM BAND ALWAYS!! check the order... Follow five rights.. Even if you have to say it outloud.. do it.. "okay what are my pts five rights".. If things get crazy ask for help.That's all I have for now..Hope this helps.. good luck!!

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thanks for the advice!

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Thank you for providing clean, strict advise for the graduate nurse. It is vital forthem to know that even the most basic skills are needed to provide safe nursing care as medication errors are zero tolerable. Yes, it is scary to work with a simulation mannequin, however, those you cannot kill. Show respect for the mannequin and you will just do fine. Utilize critical thinking and you will survive the business of nursing. It remains the best profession in the world.

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