Block 1: Maricopa community college

  1. I am starting school at the begining of next year and I want to get a head start on studying. What would you recommend I study for block 1?
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  3. by   mrsboots87
    Nothing. While you are obviously excited about starting, take this time off so you don't burn out before completing the program.
  4. by   rachaelofcourse
    Quote from mrsboots87
    Nothing. While you are obviously excited about starting, take this time off so you don't burn out before completing the program.
    Ditto!
  5. by   rac1
    Quote from megster871
    I am starting school at the begining of next year and I want to get a head start on studying. What would you recommend I study for block 1?
    I agree that you shouldn't worry about studying yet and this is why:

    It does not help to read and study the material without understanding the context. Being able to apply the information, even on paper as an assignment, gives the material context and helps you to retain and comprehend the material. Everything in nursing school is cumulative. Once you reach the end, it is like an epiphany and you hear the angels singing "OoohhhhH!!!" in that high pitch ring - because Eureka! It has all come together after two years.... finally! No, but really.... there is no reason to begin studying - it is a lot of material for two years, and there are other things you could be doing right now to "get ready" for school. Like.....

    Organize your house. Purge your clothes (your kids clothes). Purge your garage, your kitchen cupboards, your junk drawers. Get rid of all the paper piles you already have - make a bill organizer out of a binder...put your mail to keep in folders so you can find everything easily. If you do have a family, you are going to skip things that are not most important (like purging clothes over the seasons) because spending time with them is more important - when you find the time. So doing your Spring cleaning right now is an incredible way to get ahead. Seriously....trust me on this one.

    Create a walmart.com grocery account. Students always laugh about how they gain weight in nursing school - and it's because we let all things go that aren't school. There just doesn't seem to be time for "other." The thing is.... as a nurse, our health is pretty much the most important thing we have going for us (as people really). So taking care of yourself should be your foundation. Create that walmart grocery (or fry's, whatever) account and add your favorites to it. You can shop for your favorite healthy foods and have them shop for you and you can go sit in your car and pick it up. It is the best thing since sliced bread. Similarly, if you can come up with meal plans - if you cook regularly or have a family - create a list of go-to meals..crockpot...healthy quick meals and snacks, so you always have an idea of what is for dinner. It's not fun to have to buy new scrubs in the middle of nursing school because honestly, maricopa teal is kind of ugly and who wants to buy another set in a bigger size?? Plus, you know...getting fat is not good for your long term metabolic health.

    Spend time with your family and friends. Right now. Every day. Just after you purge all your old clothes from your closet, when you're driving home from Goodwill or Savers, go stop at your moms house, or your BFFs, and just say hi. GO hang with your people because while your whole life is not going to stop, you really aren't going to be spending the same amount of time with those people that fill your time up now.

    If you want to fill up some extra time - go get a tech job at your favorite hospital. Maybe you'll start as a sitter, and move up after block 1 to a tech - but as long as you're a good employee you're pretty much guaranteed a nursing job after you graduate (so go research your companies and pick well).

    ALso:
    Download the Starbucks app. Your coffee made while you drive. Oh - you don't drink coffee? Now you do, my friend, now you do.....

    Good luck!
    Last edit by rac1 on Jul 26 : Reason: typoooo
  6. by   megster871
    Thank you so much for all of that. I do have kids and I guess I'm just worried I'm not going to retain all the information so want to start studying now. You have great advice, though. I do have a job at an Assisted living community but thought about finding a hospital job to volunteer at
    Last edit by megster871 on Jul 26 : Reason: Typo

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