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First day of class

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Hello everyone,

I just started my nursing classes today and it was a very exciting time for me. The reason why I am posting this is just to hear about some similar experiences from the seasoned RNs, or even some newbies like myself! It was definitely an eye opener, believe it or not we had two medical terminology tests given to us for the beginning of the semester. As if that wasn't enough we also have required readings and a bunch of modules to complete. All of this work does not bother me though it actually gives me a sort of "high" knowing that everyday from here on out ill be one step closer to becoming an RN. Comment below with tips, previous experiences, or even funny stories im sure im not the only one who would love to hear about it.

I just finished my first week of ns and I am still just trying to absorb it all in, I guess. It's was a lot of information thrown in different ways by four instructors for classroom, lab, and clinical and I still scratch my head as to why the school considers this just a 8 credit course (part time). lol. My plan is to focus on no more than a week or two at a time because if I think about everything our instructors went over on the syllabus, a meltdown will be the least of my issues. Hopefully I can find at my YMCA a nice yoga or meditation class because I really need it. Good luck to everyone starting, in the middle, and finishing nursing school this semester. We will make it. :yes:

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

I just finished my first week of ns and I am still just trying to absorb it all in, I guess. It's was a lot of information thrown in different ways by four instructors for classroom, lab, and clinical and I still scratch my head as to why the school considers this just a 8 credit course (part time). lol. My plan is to focus on no more than a week or two at a time because if I think about everything our instructors went over on the syllabus, a meltdown will be the least of my issues. Hopefully I can find at my YMCA a nice yoga or meditation class because I really need it. Good luck to everyone starting, in the middle, and finishing nursing school this semester. We will make it. :yes:

This is so important. I could never focus too far ahead. I had to tackle the few things going on a few at a time. Small bites helped keep things manageable.

One thing that also helped me was writing out all of the assignments (IN PENCIL) in a paper calendar. This way, I could really see what needed to be done and when, and as things got changed around, which they inevitably did, I could erase and change as needed.

I also started reading what I could on the treadmill. Walking slowly at an incline is better than sitting on your butt! It also helped me retain the material. I have comical photos my husband took of me with my laptop propped on the screen, textbook on the handle, headphones on, walking along.

Take time off where you can get it. Nursing school is a lesson in time management!

I just finished my first week of ns and I am still just trying to absorb it all in, I guess. It's was a lot of information thrown in different ways by four instructors for classroom, lab, and clinical and I still scratch my head as to why the school considers this just a 8 credit course (part time). lol. My plan is to focus on no more than a week or two at a time because if I think about everything our instructors went over on the syllabus, a meltdown will be the least of my issues. Hopefully I can find at my YMCA a nice yoga or meditation class because I really need it. Good luck to everyone starting, in the middle, and finishing nursing school this semester. We will make it. :yes:

I think that's what I'll be doing too. The program is very rigorous but taking it a couple weeks at a time might help in my case. I hope everything goes well for you!

I graduated in May and just received my RN license. I still remember the first day of school. I was nervous because I'm over 50 and was concerned my classmates would not want to interact with me or include me in their groups. I was so wrong! Our cohort became very close very quickly and that closeness made my entire nursing school experience very special. I truly hope you have a great experience!

Thank you! Good for you going through nursing school and being over 50 thats an accomplishment on its own.

Had my first week this week that just passed. Ppl are already stressing, I'm still in the excited stage and trying to stay ahead and start off on the right track. I say don't get anxiety from other ppl experience, what might of been hard for one person might not be as hard for you! :)

My first day is tomorrow and I'm freaking out! I've started my readings and I'm trying to take notes to be as prepared as possible, because by the sounds of it we just kinda jump right in on the first day! But I've been receiving e-mails for Nursing 3 evening students and now I'm afraid my e-mail is on the wrong list or something and I'm supposed to be receiving important information, but I'm missing out... I've tried e-mailing one of my professors, but no response yet! I'm afraid I'm going to go in with nothing and look like an idiot! Any advice to ease my jitters too?

I'd say you have nothing to worry about its not like it's something you did wrong. But I would contact the school so the secretary can leave a note on the professors desk. Trust me the first day of class has to be identical in every nursing school. It will consist of gathering unfinished paperwork, syllabus, assignments, and possibly testing access to some online material. There's not much they can do besides introduce instructors. Just ease up a bit and if you are still worried remember this is new to ALL OF US.

missmollie, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuroscience. Has 4 years experience.

This will be an experience like no other. I wish you all well, and I hope you still have the excitement going into your second year of school. Best of luck with the exams, study, and find at least one good friend whom you can work together with to get through nursing school.

A's are not the most important thing. Learning and comprehending for future patients > A's.

Best of luck!

I graduate next year in December. The best advice that I have for you is to find a nursing buddy. Someone that you can trust and all study with. Nursing school can become extremely stressful and you need someone that understands what you're going through. Other then that study, study, study!!!! Good luck to you :-)

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

If that is your picture & your username is your real name, please change them so that your AN 'presence' is anonymous. Social media anonymity is important, but for potential nurses - & here on a nursing forum - it is absolutely critical!!! Don't run the risk of ruining your nursing career before it even begins.