New to nursing and need some help please...

  1. Good morning fellow Alabamaian's!

    Thank you for reading this. I am a 41 year old father of an amazing 7 year old little lady. A few weeks back, we went through some major changes (mother left) and it made me want to completely review my life and make some changes for the better of my future and the future of my little girl. I decided to go back to school. I have always wanted to have a career that is challenging and after much thought, I decided to become an ER/RN.

    Currently, I have enrolled @ Jefferson state community college and will be taking refresher courses for the summer 11-12 and then move onto nursing school there in the fall semester. I am reaching out for any and all advice from you all. I am very determined and have never failed at anything I set out to do. I do not quit and I do not take this class or career change lightly. The plan is to find someone here who could possibly tutor me and help guide me as I want to allow myself all the necessary tools and knowledge I can.

    I went out last week and purchased two books:
    1) Peterson's "Mastering the nursing school & allied health entrance exams"
    2) Lippincott's "Q&A review for the NCLEX-RN"

    Looking over these books is arcane...confusing and somewhat imposing.

    If anyone here could please offer any knowledge, enlightenment and guidance, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 16, '12 : Reason: spacing
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  3. by   UnicornRN
    Congratulations on choosing nursing. I am graduating in a few weeks after making a career change as well. I finally feel like this is where I'm supposed to be, and I'm excited to get my career started!

    Put away the NCLEX review book, for now. You won't need that until later, and until you get some time in nursing school under your belt it won't do you any good anyhow. Once you are in nursing school, I recommend the Saunders NCLEX review book. It will help you every semester.

    The most important thing I learned in nursing school was time management. If you don't have it, you need to learn it. There's much to do, and often it feels like there's not enough time to do it in. The other thing I learned, is to READ the material. Amazingly, it shows up on tests, and if you don't have an understanding of the basic concepts it's much more difficult to understand the details of everything else.

    Get involved in your Student Nurse Association if there is one. That has helped me land interviews where many of my classmates are not having any luck. I am not a straight A student. I'm a B student, but I was involved and I have real life experience. It matters.

    Enjoy the journey. I learned so much about myself throughout my time in nursing school, I feel like I am coming out a better person. You can do it!
  4. by   bernikitty
    i'm a single mom of 3 currently in my 4th semester at the jefferson campus, i have a few bits of advice:

    do all of your prerecs before starting the nursing program. the nursing program is very
    tough when you are only doing nursing courses, i really don't know how people to that and
    prerec courses. we've actually lost people in our class, because they did poorly on a prerec courses.

    find out the modules you will be studying for the up coming semester, and try to do all the reading during the break. it's almost impossible to pass the exams without doing the reading, and during the semester it's almost impossible to find time to do the reading. it's much better to spend your time studying and learning the material.

    the lipp. book you got is great. i have that one myself. after you have done your reading, and studying doing the questions for that module help you to start getting in that critical thinking mode.

    nursing school is different in that your reading and lectures are on theory, the exams are on the critical thinking application of that theory. alot of people have a real problem with that.

    best of luck to you
    email me if you have any other questions.

    almost forgot, get your hands on a "calculating with confidence" book and start working your way thru it at such a pace that you will have the book completed before starting your 1st semester. passing the calculation test is the first hoop you have to jump thru each semester. i did the whole book and was the only person out of over 50 who got a 100 on a practice test given at orientation. trust me, it's one less thing for you to worry about, and you will be happy for that!
  5. by   jonathanrisko
    Thank you both for the advice. Look forward to seeing you on campus
  6. by   HM-8404
    The best advice I could offer is don't get your heart set on nursing school at Jeff State. What I mean is don't put all your eggs in one basket. When the time comes apply to several nursing programs to increase your chances of getting into one. Your chances of getting in will depend mostly on how competitive you are compared to others that have applied.

    I agree with what was said earlier, put the NCLEX book away. That is like studying a book on passing the BAR exam while a pre-law student.

    Good luck.
  7. by   lass311al
    I was just curious if you are in the Nursing program at Jeff State or have you applied yet. Looking for advice and information about the program.