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First day of A&P. Will it get better? Please say yes..

I feel discouraged. Not sure if I will be able to handle 17 units this semester. A&P was fast paced and I did not know a single thing, I have a chem class coming up this week etc etc and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Going from not doing anything productive for three months into this is driving me crazy. SIGHHH.

There seems to be so many easy ways out of nursing, but what good will an AA degree at a community college do for me? Only the ADN is worth going for and the pre-reqs are definitely not easy. Oh man the joy of starting nursing school in the future...

and then the joy of nurse orientation + trying to find your niche at work and so on and on....how many years of experience will it take for a nurse to feel "comfortable" at work? How long will it take for a nurse to finally feel ready?

First day of A&P. Will it get better? Please say yes..

I feel discouraged. Not sure if I will be able to handle 17 units this semester. A&P was fast paced and I did not know a single thing, I have a chem class coming up this week etc etc and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Going from not doing anything productive for three months into this is driving me crazy. SIGHHH.

There seems to be so many easy ways out of nursing, but what good will an AA degree at a community college do for me? Only the ADN is worth going for and the pre-reqs are definitely not easy. Oh man the joy of starting nursing school in the future...

and then the joy of nurse orientation + trying to find your niche at work and so on and on....how many years of experience will it take for a nurse to feel "comfortable" at work? How long will it take for a nurse to finally feel ready?

Just take it one step at a time...a&p is a hard class...ugh...i was accepted into nursing school and my first semester i took a&p 1 and life span and my nursing...second semester i took a&p 2 , micro , and the nursing...i was crazy with all labs and the clinicals...best to get it out of the way before doing the nursing...go figure...as if i had the time..lol...i got pregnant during my second semester of nursing school ( maybe stress relief?) . Finished the second semester . I knew that i could not go into my second year being pregnant...i just wanted to sleep .

Don't be too worried. You just have to be on your toes if you are taken this and chemistry together. I wish you the best of luck :)

First day of A&P. Will it get better? Please say yes..

I feel discouraged. Not sure if I will be able to handle 17 units this semester. A&P was fast paced and I did not know a single thing, I have a chem class coming up this week etc etc and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Going from not doing anything productive for three months into this is driving me crazy. SIGHHH.

There seems to be so many easy ways out of nursing, but what good will an AA degree at a community college do for me? Only the ADN is worth going for and the pre-reqs are definitely not easy. Oh man the joy of starting nursing school in the future...

and then the joy of nurse orientation + trying to find your niche at work and so on and on....how many years of experience will it take for a nurse to feel "comfortable" at work? How long will it take for a nurse to finally feel ready?

I feel your pain. I started A&P lastnight and it is definately a lot of material to cover in one semester...we'll get through it! :uhoh21:

suzy253, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

Yep--I remember thinking when I took Anatomy saying to my classmates something to the effect of 'they've got to be kidding'. Really a lot of info. But we also took it one day at a time and we all made it through. Wasn't easy but we did it. Then we took Human Physiology.....ugh

First day of A&P. Will it get better? Please say yes..

I just finished my first semester of nursing school (with clinical on a tele unit) and found that A&P is vital to surviving clinical. It's very hard to learn new stuff if you aren't sharp on A&P. It all builds, so even though it's difficult, learn and stuff as much into your head as you can! One day at a time.......

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live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Yep--I remember thinking when I took Anatomy saying to my classmates something to the effect of 'they've got to be kidding'. Really a lot of info. But we also took it one day at a time and we all made it through. Wasn't easy but we did it. Then we took Human Physiology.....ugh

:rotfl: I remember thinking the same thing as I sat through A&P I many moons ago. :rotfl: I, too, said they've got to be kidding! How can my body have so much to say? :rotfl: The nervous system and the "BOOK" of stuff to learn about the KIDNEY was AHHHHHHHHHHHH....excrutiating to say the least! :rotfl: But...I got through it just fine........by the sweat of me brow. :uhoh21: I got a 86 in A&P I, and an 88 in A&P II. I did a "happy dance" once those two classes were over with. :D

Was physiology better than anatomy? I really thought that people who were complaing about anatomy on this forum were making no sense, but after the first day of class I'm feeling nervous. It's not the lecture that's making it hard, it's the lab. I go to lab once a week for three hrs :uhoh3: Too much materials to cover and the teacher uhh makes things more coplicated. She's not really clear on some things and she seems to confuse herself sometimes which makes everything more difficult. I thought about dropping and I might just do that so I can take just one science class a semester. This will delay myself from applying to nursing schools by a semester. What should I do? If I go ahead with all 17 units right now (chem and anatomy included) I think I will pull it off with good grades, but on the other hand I don't think I will. I also need to work part time. Everything might be possible, but I feel stressed out right now and wish I can use a break already. But I had pretty early registration at my college and I was only able to get on the waiting list for anatomy and I got it so I guess I was lucky. What is I'm not so lucky next semester? Should I just keep my anatomy class that I have right now? I hate the uncertainties of pre-nursing. You don't know if you will get into the science classes that you need to apply for nursing school since so many students need science classes and you don't even know if you will get into a nursing program due to the loooooong waiting lists. I'm afraid that I might suffer from anxiety :rotfl: Please read and give me advice. I think I was lucky that I got into an anatomy class because there were students who were asking my instructor to be added into the class but were turned away because we were full.

Do you guys think that I'm just shocked by the sudden amount of studyings that I have to do after long months of summer break and that is why anatomy seems like a hard class? And does anatomy get better? Do I just have to get used to the fact that I'm learning the human body?

A&P was exciting for me, didnt even think of taking chem with it though. My only suggestion (only because it worked for me), put your notes in outline form. Makes life so much easier. Other than that, study, study, study.

Good luck

Fun2, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room.

I loved A&P 1 and 2!

I did put my notes in outline form after each class. Then I recorded all the notes on a CD. I listened to that all the time in the truck (to/from class..on the way to take a test, etc.) I constantly had my notes with me. If hubby was driving, I was studying! If I was waiting to pick up the kiddos, I was studying! If I was on the way out of town with hubby & kiddos, I was studying! Once it got too dark to read, I'd play the CD in my headphone/CD player.

http://www.nursingjourney.com is my site, I have powerpoint quizzes, etc.

Also try: http://groups.msn.com/AnatomyPhysiologyTests/quizzer.msnw

There is a quizzer you can e-mail the retired teacher and ask him for. I used that quiz to study as well.

GOOD LUCK!!! :)

hikernurse

Specializes in NICU.

17 credits is a lot. You may be better taking fewer hours and doing really well in them--but only you can decide. I really liked anatomy, but it took many, many hours of study a week. Physiology was hard, but fun to see the many pieces of the body work together. Way cool.

If your school has long waiting lists, only take the classes you need to get in and then you can knock the rest out while you're waiting.

Whatever you decide, just take it one day at a time; the future has a way of working itself out :).

I feel your pain. I started A&P lastnight and it is definately a lot of material to cover in one semester...we'll get through it! :uhoh21:

and that is exactly what you have to remember! IT'S NOT FOREVER! :lol2: now you need to get organized and start highlighting and making flash cards that you can take with you any and everywhere. Honestly, once you start improving your memory techniques, it will help you immensely. Get into the habit of studying everyday so that you will retain more information. Are their any practice tests available or students that have their old tests? If so please study those and try to answer the questions yourself and, if it is multiple choice, know what all of the choices mean and relate to. This is a great way of learning information that you know is relevant and important to the teacher. Also in your book there may be some practice tests, and online other colleges have tests on their websites for practice. Good luck and just think of the huge sigh of relief you will have when this is over.

Thanks for all the info. I've decided to take an online sociology class instead of going to school once a week for three hrs at night. I think that would help a bit. I've decided to keep my science classes since I did get in and there are people dying be added. Science classes (the ones that I'm taking at least) come with labs so it's the same as taking four classes instead of two in my case. So instead of five classes, I attend seven :zzzzz It's hard to focus on Anatomy because first I don't find it interesting and second the class starts at 7pm and ends at 9:30-45pm ish. Good thing it's only once per week, but that means more material to cover during each class meeting. I went to my chem class yesterday and it was better than anatomy. Much easier and it's not all science since it has math. I took a chem class in high school so right now the topics that were discussed in class seem very familiar.

I need to study for an Anatomy quiz, but I don't even want to get started on it. Is it bad that I'm going to be a nursing major and I don't find Anatomy interesting? :cool:

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