Hello fellows, I've created this thread for anyone who is joining the fsw nursing program for the fall. I think it would be nice to just get to know some of our future class mates. I'm a little anxious to understand the workload of nursing school. My end goal is to become a nurse anesthetist and currently working hard to do so. I am a CNA at Lee memorial and hold a 4.0 gpa for the classes I have taken so far. Just signed up for the TEAS, so I don't know what to expect out if it. From mometrix I scored an 82 overall in my first practice test, yet a 60 in the English section :(. I don't believe I will have trouble getting in, although I really wish for Lee campus since they do clinical at the place I work. If anyone else has interesting stories or questions, post away :).

Hi! I just finished level 1 at FSW so feel free to ask any questions about what to expect from the workload :)

Hi Dan thanks for being there í ½í¸„. I have 80/100 points on the fall application so the lee campus looks promising. I would just like to know how the workload differs from prereqs. For me, I can stick to power points and lecture, study it for a bit, and ace exams. However, I know this will change in nursing school. Do nursing professors utilize power points and lecture materials over the books? In other words, is it necessary to read everything in the books for the exams? I hope the key to straight As in nursing is power points, lectures, and practice questions.



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Hey I just finished Level 1 at Collier Campus. I gotta say that studying is definitely different in this program than prereqs. You see, most of this material is more than just memorization. You have to study to understand the material. I mostly used the powerpoints to study, but my teacher always referenced the book. There are things like tables and charts and she would be like "Look at this page and know this chart" so we would do just that. I don't think it's necessary to read EVERYTHING but I would say to skim through it, at least for Level 1. If you see something you don't understand in the powerpoint, look for it in the book because the book provides a more in depth explanation.

Also I would suggest study groups. Study by yourself beforehand and then study with the group on the weekend (We usually studied Sunday for 6-9 hours for our tests on monday). Study groups provided lots of insight and can help you understand things you didn't before. So always come in with some questions you have to see maybe someone else gets it and can explain it to you.

Practice questions are definitely helpful, I would say if you can go to a library and rent out a fundamentals of nursing book (or buy it if you have the money), use those questions. The only issue is that there are some topics that we didn't touch up on in Level 1 that some of those fundamental books go on about. I bought Saunders NCLEX RN Comprehensive Review book and it's really great; but same issue with it, it touches on some things we didn't go over in Level 1.

All of the above is fantastic advice ^

My professor was the same exact way as far as letting us know exactly what material to focus on. The tables and boxes that were pointed out were always on exams. I never read the assigned reading start to finish. The way I would study is to go through the power points the night before lecture, then during lecture I would take notes on things that were pointed out as important, and then I would go through the book and elaborate on the power points and key points made in lecture. I also quickly leanered that the lifespan considerations in each chapter were EXTREMLY IMPORTANT to know like the back of your hand.

I ended up .37 percent away from an A for lecture ( it doesn't get rounded up). While I was of course very disappointed that I missed my A, I do feel like I left level 1 having really learned the material (rather than other classes where you memorize and then forget).

Also, I forgot something I wanted to point out about workload. In the first half of the semester you will have a lot of busy work between lecture and pharmacology (pharm homework load doesn't end throughout the whole semester as it is online). The hardest part at first was having to figure out all of the assignments, when they were due, what was expected etc. The syllabus was not black and white with all assignments and due dates in a nice little table. You will definitely benefit from spending your first free day making a calendar for the whole semester and really looking through all the syllabi, canvas, etc to make sure you're not missing anything.