Published Feb 6, 2014
I just wanted to post and give my experience for my first semester so far in nursing school. (All nurses has really helped me and maybe I can help someone out there).
Right now I'm taking fundamentals and pharmacology. Last week we had our first fundamentals test and I bombed it. I got a D. I was really upset and thought that if I failed the first test that it was only going to get harder and that I would probably fail at nursing school. I studied really hard, but like everyone says nursing tests are unlike any other test.
I was being so negative on myself. I was even looking at other options (becoming a surg. tech) but I had to get those thoughts out of my mind. Becoming a nurse is my dream and I worked very hard to get in my program.
I had to stop beating myself up. I spent the next week studying for my next exam and doing a ton of practice questions. I made an A. I am so proud of myself. The only person standing in the way of becoming a nurse is yourself.
Basically, I just want to let other nursing students know that one bad grade doesn't mean your not good enough or your going to fail. Thinking like a nurse is something that comes with time. And everyday when I leave class I learn something new.. And I learn how to think like a nurse more and more.
Once I started thinking positively it seriously helped me pass the next exam. If I can do it you can too. So if you fail a test don't best yourself up just learn what to do different and grow from it.
pmabraham, BSN, RN
Thank you for sharing, SarahStoddard14 and good job at turning the situation around!
Where are you getting the practice questions from?
The CD that comes with my book.. And I know it sounds kind of different but I "google" the section I'm working on and take practice tests that pop up on the internet. There's not a specific website I go to. I also started studying with someone and sharing and comparing notes. That really helped me as well.
SopranoKris, MSN, RN, NP
Congrats for not giving up and striving to do your best. That's a well-earned A :)
I do the same thing and I ended up making a B overall in Fundamentals. It really works :)
Thank you so much for posting this. I needed to hear that this morning!
Hi! I've felt like that before as well, thanks for sharing that it's very encouraging. Keep up those positive thoughts!
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