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First week of NS. Any misconceptions?

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by jennabean55 jennabean55 (Member)

jennabean55 has 5 years experience and works as a CRNP.

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Hello Everyone!

Just finished my first week of NS and boy was it exciting!

I had another nursing student from another school tell me her experiences while in NS before I started, and she was really scaring heck out of me. :eek: Therefore I had this immanent fear that NS was going to be incredibly terrifying and the professors were going to try to scare us out of school. Here in lies my misconception...NS is the total opposite! The professors are super positive and want you to be successful by graduating NS and go on to bigger and better ventures. Don't get me wrong, I know that school will have its rough patches and there will be difficult tests, patients, etc.

So here's my question....Anyone else go through the same thing?

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Rocketeer works as a Mom/student.

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I've had a very positive first week too. I know it will be demanding, but I have positive instructors who have made us aware of all the resources we have to succeed, and who make us comfortable and excited about nursing. The other Nursing 1 students are very friendly, and I think we'll work together well. Maybe it helps that my ADN program seems to skew a little older- lots of people in their 30s with work, families, etc. so I don't think there will be a lot of drama. All in all, I feel less scared of nursing school now than this time last week. :)

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Nepenthe Sea has 5 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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You have to be careful when listening to peoples' stories about NS, because they will get you all kinds of freaked out for no reason. I remember in my first semester that I listened to all these people talking about how hard the exam we were taking that day was, and I literally made myself sick because I was so worried about it. I took it and it was no big deal, but I was still sick for hours after that.

I wouldn't say to ignore people, but just take it with a grain of salt. I have been pleasantly surprised at how NS has not been NEAR as bad as I had been lead to believe.

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KristeyK works as a Wife, Mama, Adolescent Psych RN- hopefully getting.

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I'll admit that I was scared to start. My lesson? Don't read too much into what is posted here. I know it'll be HARD and there is a ton of work, but our instructors really want to see us succeed. We were all told up front to take school VERY seriously, but not so seriously that we scare ourselves into failure.

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Kaychell works as a Student.

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After our first two weeks, I've learned that my program must be extremely different from most of those on here. Our instructors have been wonderful and they seem like they genuinely care about us and not just as students, but as people. My classmates have all been pretty great. We had our first exam last Friday, and we were all told that it would be hard and scary, etc. It wasn't nearly as bad as the second year students had made it out to be.

I'm sure the tests will get harder and classmates will have their fusses, teachers may lose their cool, however, I don't think this is going to be NEARLY as bad as a lot of stories I've heard!

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