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Do nursing student feel like they may fail EVERYDAY ?

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I was talking to two students today that are about to enter Nursing 3 in the Fall,

I am starting Nursing 1 ( of a 4 semester ADN Program).

Their advise was

1. Dont work ( or work as little as possible)

2. Tape lectures and put them on CD

3. Study Study Study

4. Prepare to feel EVERYDAY like you just may Fail

:bowingpur Is it that bad ??????????????

yesdog, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU.

No, it's not bad, it's the truth. A little bit of fear is good. It keeps you motivated to study hard! You can do it! Good luck!

Thanks yesdog...

Yes fear is motivating, Ill give you that, but now Im PETRIFIED !!!

Thanks for the words of encouragement

yesdog, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU.

Don't be petrified. That is not productive. if you stay motivated, keep organized, and study hard, you will do great! Good luck!

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

stay motivated, try to keep up on the reading, but read to understand, not just to get through it. Not as scary as I thought it was. I bought a recorder and never used it

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine. Has 2 years experience.

i just feel like everyday is my first day of class, so i pay attention, and record, take noted and what not, just as if it was my first day!!!

it keeps boring lectures interesting!

RNDreamer

Specializes in acute care.

The experience is different for everyone. I haven't had to tape letures so far, but I pay attention in class and take great notes. Works for me. Watching the people around me drop like flies just motivates me to keep working harder.

Stay positive. Don't waste energy being worried. Going into this with the attitude that you WILL pass, then take the necessary steps to make sure that you do pass. Good luck!

PatiencePlease

Specializes in Emergency Room. Has 5 years experience.

That was all just ADVICE! :) The first class is meant to be a "Weeder" course (I'm in my 4th semester now in an ADN program) so yeah, you might see your class shrink.

The first unit is your time to experiement with studying techniques. You're first test is a great indicator of what works and what doesn't. In our program you're allowed to tank one test and not fail. You fail more than one, better kick it into super high gear.

I do as much reading as I can, but I take really good notes. I've never recorded a class, and I won't lie I've never done ALL the reading. I do have friends in the class that do ALL the reading, make their own outlines of the chapter, all before lecture. I also have friends that just type all their notes during class on their laptops.

It's whatever you're comfortable with.

Good Luck!!!!

Everyday won't be cherry pie, but everyday is a learning experience.

Don't forget YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! It's only 2 years, and you will make the best friends you've ever had during those two years.

shann106

Specializes in Case management, occupational health. Has 5 years experience.

I think it is more accurate to say, feel like no matter how hard you work you will never feel like it is enough.

I don't agree with the no working thing. I am a single mother, work full time at one job, part time at another, take daughter to dance, girl scouts etc, cook, clean and am a full time nursing student and am an almost straight A student (one B by one point last semester) you can work and do just fine.

I do not find that taping lectures to be helpful.

The biggest tip is to do ALL your reading, do not get behind.

When you study for a test do it in 3 different sessions (each one can be as long as you want but take a break every hour)

Session 1- vocabulary- learn all the vocabulary, what it means

Session 2 - concepts

Session 3- anything you still are having trouble with

These sessions are not part of your reading, that should have already been done.

Ms.TinyRN

Specializes in RN. Has 6 years experience.

Stay focused i am a single parent work part time and have an A-B average...and I'm almost finished if this is your calling the learing will be great but it may be difficult at times but you can get through

nkara, CNA

Specializes in Med/Surg/Pedi/Tele. Has 2 years experience.

I hate people that say "Don't work" during nursing school. That just isn't possible for some of us. I personally plan on studying my A@@ off and working my 40 hour night job and getting my license.

YOu can do it! don't let anyone discourage you or make you nervous.

:w00t::w00t:

JulesRN10

Specializes in Pediatrics/Adult Float Pool.

you can do whatever you put your mind to...including nursing school! is it hard? heck yeah! i was something close to a nervous breakdown when i went back to ns (i was 35 and one of the oldest in our class). i was scared to death that it was going to be too hard, i wasn't smart enough, i was too old. i prepared everyday the best i could because i wanted that "cushion" just in case i didn't do so great on the next test...the result? almost straight a's. had a couple of b's, but i had 2 kids, worked, studied and participated in life as best as i could through that year...the bottom line? if you want it bad enough, work for it! it is so worth it in the end! good luck!!

It is hard but not impossible. The first couple weeks I started school in my first year (now starting my last year of a 4 year program) I hated it. I was terrified every day, stressed to the max and just so overwhelmed with the work. But with hard work and good classmates ready to help you get through it too (because we're all in the same boat), you'll survive and be an excellent nurse.

Good luck!

I think that is a completely normal feeling. I know I feel that way daily. I really struggled in the first semester. The 2nd semester was a little easier. I work full-time (thankfully telecommuting at home). I'm also a stepmother of two teenagers and my husband has full custody. If I can balance all of this almost anyone should be able to. It isn't easy but you will find what works for you in regards to studying.

I found that the material is not hard. What makes it difficult is the sheer VOLUME of information you have to cover! Our first Pharmacology test was 18 chapters! :eek: I am working FT and am oncall 24/7. Although I am a mom of 5 and stepmom to 4 more, most are adults so it isn't as challenging for me as it is for the mom's with young children. I am the second oldest in my class @ 47. (The oldest is only a month older!)

The first Pharm test had so much material that I "knew" I was not going to pass it. I did!:D The really stressful event was our second simulation exam. It was the sterile dressing change and foley insertion. It doesn't sound hard, but if you broke your sterile field twice, it was an automatic failure. 1 of every 2 students coming out of the sim room before me failed that sim! I was nervous as heck going in, but passed with flying colors! Because I allowed myself to be so overstressed that day, I was totally wiped out when I got home.

Honestly, the farther into the semester we get, the more confident I have become.

You'll do just fine!

Nepenthe Sea

Specializes in PICU/Pedi. Has 5 years experience.

The first Pharm test had so much material that I "knew" I was not going to pass it. I did!:D The really stressful event was our second simulation exam. It was the sterile dressing change and foley insertion. It doesn't sound hard, but if you broke your sterile field twice, it was an automatic failure. 1 of every 2 students coming out of the sim room before me failed that sim! I was nervous as heck going in, but passed with flying colors! Because I allowed myself to be so overstressed that day, I was totally wiped out when I got home.

Honestly, the farther into the semester we get, the more confident I have become.

You'll do just fine!

Yeah...practice, practice, PRACTICE those sterile techniques!! I could have done them in my sleep, and I still thought I was going to fail my final skills sim because my Foley equipment was defective, and I had to start the whole thing over three times. I about had a nervous breakdown! But I still got my overall 100, so it turned out fine.

goodstudentnowRN

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 10 years experience.

Oh boy, those skills check. I like to talk while I am doing my skills, it makes it easier.

I hate people that say "Don't work" during nursing school. That just isn't possible for some of us. I personally plan on studying my A@@ off and working my 40 hour night job and getting my license.

YOu can do it! don't let anyone discourage you or make you nervous.

:w00t::w00t:

I AGREE! The other day I went to meet with a rep from a hospital that's partnered up with my nursing school that offers financial assistance in return for a 2 year work commitment after we graduate. She told me how hard it going to be and how I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I explained to her I had a job that I worked 10 hours a week and that its extremely extremely flexible. And when I explained to her that I would be able to handle nursing school and my part-part time job she responded with "that's cute. you have no idea what you're getting yourself into" I WAS ******!!!!!!!!!!! She was condescending the whole time while speaking with her and the little insults just made it that much worse. I don't know how thousands of nursing students could possibly not work for 3 years while in school. I know they're trying to scare us and weed out the week but its really getting on my nerves.

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