RN School is tough !! - page 2

Hello Everyone. Now I am 6 weeks into RN classes. I am forced to be succesful at: clinicals, lecture and labs. The other students are all nervous, like me, and it's tense. Often I feel sad... Read More

  1. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    Thank you all for the comments and suggestions and empathy. I guess I got all hurt inside when I showed up at one of the lab (the day of the shootings) and didn't have my written homework on asepsis and sterile field when the instructor spot checked it. She told me to leave. Everyone had theirs done but me, even though I was ready to test on it. That really bugged me out, but I can't complain; she was correct to eject me, but I am stubborn and want to be shown something visually by a real person too. Thats a baby talking, and some things you just hafta imagine and do yourslef until the real person comes. I didn't like being ejected in front of everyone. Others have been ejected, so it wasn't like she zeroed me.
    Another thing I learnt about myself (revisited) is that you can not steal from the sleep bank. If I only get 4-5 hours of sleep, because of work after school, then I am shot for the day. Throw strong coffee into this mix and what I have done to myself is wrong. Not enough sleep + coffee + no exercise + decreased nutrition (- a life) = low self esteem. A baby cries. Thanks for listening.
    Mario, this stuff happens to everyone; don't be too hard on yourself, ok?

    I skidded on an oil slick on the way to an exam in my last semester, spun around, and wound up in the median. I stopped and checked myself and the car, but by the time I got to the school, I was late; they wouldn't let me take the test. No excuses. I was ticked, I can tell ya. My adrenalin was so UP, I still believe I coulda gotten 100% if they'd let me take it. :chuckle

    Point is, STUFF HAPPENS. You are doing the best you can, and that is all anyone can do.

    I know you're going to make an excellent nurse. You'll get more efficient with your work/school schedule as time goes on, and you'll really learn to cut to the chase and slog through it, no matter what the circumstances.
  2. by   Lela RN
    Keep going Mario, you'll be done before you know it .

    I know exactly how you feel, I still have the "flash-backs". I can remember how some of my nursing instructors were mean and discouraging at times, but for every remark they made, it made me try harder. As far as the test go, a lot of the scenario questions you get, any of the choices could be right and you sit there pondering the answer. Something I learned to do early on was to get a NCLEX book (since I was going to need one anyway) I would study things that were at my level, and do the questions. The ones I got wrong I would look up the rationale.

    I also agree with an earlier post that said to form a study group. This is helpful, you and the people in the group can help strengthen each others weaknesses. You can also keep each other sane:spin: Hang in there you and all the other soldiers in nursing school right now - we need you guys.
  3. by   Jenny P
    Mario, yes, nursing school is tough. So is nursing.
    Back in the Dark Ages when I was in school, we had 6-8 hours of clinical followed by 4 hours of classes (or vice versa with 6 hours of classes followed by 6 hrs. of clinical). That was 5 days a week. I worked my way through school, but worked only on weekends because I couldn't do the class work, homework, and sleep if I tried to work during the week. Maybe that would help you; check and see if your Head Nurse will be able to arrange your hours so you could do that. If they do 12 hour shifts in your hospital, you could work just Sat. and Sun. and have your 24 hours done (many hospitals call it the Baylor Plan, just find out if it is 2 or 3 12 hour shifts each weekend if you sign up for it).

    You can do it if you put your heart into it. Don't allow yourself to be distracted, no more "pity parties;" get your priorities straight: you want to be an RN, not a CNA, right? Then adjust your work schedule to allow for studies and sleep. And eat right and exercise too. YOU CAN DO THIS!
  4. by   ceecel.dee
    Definately not for the faint of heart!

    You can do it!

    You are ahead of many with your CNA experience, so chin up!

    You can do it!
  5. by   deespoohbear
    Mario-keep at it!! You will survive. There were some days I was ready to give up, but my husband kept telling me I could do this. I am so glad I went through with it. There were times when I would look at a test and think, did I miss a lecture? I sure don't remember this stuff. The key for me was to study/read a little every day, no matter what. That way I didn't get bogged down as much. Look over the syllabus to see what is ahead. Any major papers? Learning all the bones and muscles? Then work a bit on it each day. Don't give up. Make up your mind you are going to do this come hell or high water!!! Let us know how you get along the next few days.....
  6. by   hoolahan
    Yeah nursing school is tough, but you're tougher!!!

    I think the advice from the kids is right on the money. I also strongly agree w study groups. I was in several in school, and we used to take turns taking the notes, and split the modules up into sections then share the info with the rest in the group.

    I have some very good advice for you that I wish someone had given me in nursing school.

    I assume your studies are based on a syllabus, or an outline of the year. Concentrate on the objectives. What are they actually hoping you will get out of this chapter. Objectives are at the beginning of each chapter of your nursing books, and are usually given with lesson plans. My school divided all the lessons into sets of modules, ie the resp module, cardiac module, peds module, ob module, etc... Look at the objectives...that is what you will need to be able to answer for your exams.

    BTW, one day you will have a nasty person who criticizes your every move, and you will have the pleasure of giving them an injection. I like , no LOVE to give injections!! 1. Instant gratification, pt always says, "You gave it already?" Give it fast unless otherwise noted in drug book. 2. It takes away their pain, usually. And 3, if I could put an 18g needle on it for a mean pt, I would fanatsize about it, and feel better! Tee Hee!!

    RE all the meds?? Geez, you don't think we actually know all of them do you? No real nurse goes anywhere w/o a current drug book nearby. There are too many new drugs everyday to know them all!!

    Hang in there baby! It will be OK. BTW, I enjoyed the socializing in my first semester, but by the third, when I went to the library, I went to the farthest corner so no one I knew would find me and distract me with chit chat. There is no time for a social life period!

    You're gonna be a great nurse Mario, becasue you care, truly care!!!
  7. by   StrugglinStuden
    I totally know what your talking about... I just started my first semester in an RN program. Talk about tough!! Im struggling with classes (p.s., I'm a double major, set to graduate in May with a BS Criminal Justice), 2 small kiddos, and an army husband who is never home!! I really dont have any family support, because we are stationed pretty far from home base.
    I knew it would be difficult when I signed up. Im getting through, barely, but getting there. For me... it just takes a lot of dedication, late nites, and staring at my kiddos (so that I remember why I got into this in the first place!)
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If RN school is tough, it is for a good reason. You will know that pride on pinning day, that you indeed toughed out . I wish you luck Mario. One day at a time is the only way to go.
  9. by   OB/GYN NP
    I have a few things to add. First of all, exercise is one of your greatest defenses against depression while in a (long-term) stressful situation. Whatever you do, DON"T GIVE UP YOUR EXERCISE!! Even if you have to give up 30 minutes of sleep to exercise, it's worth it. Think of it as investing in yourself. Lots of things take it out of you. You have to give it back to yourself!

    Secondly, I'll never forget what one fo my first professors in Nursing School told me. The first year of Nursing School is all about "weeding out." Translation: If you can't make it through the first year of Nursing School, you shouldn't be a Nurse. Tough pill to swallow, so to speak, but OH so true. In Nursing practice, you will face highly stressful situations every day, and I guess schools figure that you have to go through highly stressful situations (like 1st year nursing students do) in order to prove yourself. When I heard that, I took it as a challenge. I'll show YOU who can be a nurse!! And you can do it too. You're right, it's tough. But that's why you get paid the big bucks when you get out of school. :roll

    And from a purely clinical standpoint, I would recommend that you have some friends help with telling you when signs of depression are popping up. We often don't notice clinical depression in ourselves, but our friends will notice. It will be good research for you...What are the early signs of Clinical depression? Have your friends help by watching for these signs in you.

    I wish you all the best in Nursing School and beyond. This too shall pass.
  10. by   hapeewendy
    in times of great struggle and stress I have turned to quotes,inspirational poetry and yes occasionally an old cliche or two.......
    I happen to believe in you and your abilities immensely and I know I'm not alone.
    from someone who never stressed too much in any aspect of school life from kindergarten to grade 12 I just breezed along doing splendidly. And then the cold cruel reality of nursing school set in, wasnt easy, wasnt neat, wasnt fun all the time but would I have gained all that I did if it was easy , didnt challenge me to think or examine my beliefs about some very tricky subject matter? no I wouldnt have, and same goes for you, now enough of this mushy stuff and on to the aformentioned quotes and cliches!

    We judge a man's wisdom by his hope. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. - Chinese Proverb

    How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver

    The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide

    Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. - Les Brown

    although they are not hapeewendy originals I believe in them , and I believe in you too Mario, and everyone else who is going through this roller coaster ride of nursing right now!
  11. by   Scavenger'sWife
    OMG.....you just described my 1st semester of nursing school. As you can tell by my ID, I just became an RN in 1999. I was an older student, was 44 when I started and was 144 when I graduated. (Oh it only felt that way!!!) I went to an AD program and completed all the studies in 2 years, which means I took Anatomy & Physiology at the same time I was taking the Nursing classes with clinicals. I joke about it now & say only insane people try to do that. BUT....I did it! AND YOU CAN TOO!!!!! I have read your many messages on this BB and from them I can tell what a WONDERFUL nurse you will be! You are intelligent and compassionate and it shows in all your messages.

    Try the group study thing...but don't be discouraged if it doesn't help. Some people (like myself) are solitary learners. It did help me to study with just ONE person. We asked questions back & forth, and tried to anticipate what would be on the exams. We would also compare class notes to see that we had gotten all the info that was given out.

    I tape recorded the lectures and played them back when I was in my car. Be sure to ask the professors...sometimes they won't let you do this. (The secret them is to hide in the back of the classroom...heehee)

    I made flash cards with questions on one side & answers on the back. They were easy to carry around and were useful to review when you just have a few minutes, like sitting in the lunchroom, at the doctor's office, or at a train. You can use them in study sessions with your friends, too. Lots of times reviewing this way with friends brought up discussions that really helped me recall the info later on when I took the test.

    DON'T NEGLECT YOUR PERSONAL TIME!! One-half hour a day even...to meditate, pray, exercise, whatever! YOU NEED THAT!!!

    Yes, all the meds ARE overwhelming. And I used to think I needed to know them all. Just learn enough about them to understand WHAT they are used for, and then learn enough to pass your test FOR NOW. You will forget a lot of it almost immediately afterwards....don't worry about that. When you begin working, you will rely upon the med book a lot and will gradually learn a LOT of meds and will become amazed at yourself and what you know.

    Using the NCLEX book to study is an EXCELLENT suggestion. I did not discover this until my 2nd year and wished I had found it sooner.

    ABOVE ALL: HANG IN THERE! Others have gone before you and others will come after you...together we will all survive and prosper and support each other!! Nurses are a special group of humans. We are like soldiers in a battlefield. We need each other. Only another nurse understands what it is like to do this work we love. Come here to AllNurses and get your daily dose of LOVE & SUPPORT!!! :kiss

    Sorry this is so long.....I hope it helps. I want you to know I BELIEVE IN YOU and so do all your friends here at AllNurses.
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    I read your responses, and I know yall know what I am talking about. Empathy is so warming to me at this time. No more pity parties. Even though for the next three days i work and do clinicals. Maybe I want so much to be a nurse, the concepts of diagnosing, ADPIE, nursing assessment, Injections, cardio, it's taking me some time to chew it all up; kinda like savoring. No pity. Can't pity Mario. Mario under pressure is a temporary thing. At school my anti-negative energy forcefield gets drained hard. People just get all zombied out when they are under stress. I can't say anything about my fellow students, and most are really nice people, I can tell.

    Oh - I exercised this evening anyway when I coulda studied. But I have been sitting in the car for an hour plus a day now, going to clinical and work...i couldn't do it on the bicycle. Honestly it effects me to sit in the car. I don't like having to drive, and miss the days when I just worked and stayed out of the car all week/months. I fear slowing down as an older adult if I become inactive. More pity about my own mid-life crisis. Tahnk you and I love you, in a friendship way, a comrade
    and a firm grip handshake for the guys and slaps on the back
  13. by   psychonurse
    Being an old broad, it is has been a long time since I went through nursing school and the one thing that drove me nuts during school is that one of your prerequist classes could make you flunk out. I had trouble with my A&P instructor but I finally made it through. I am sooo glad I didn't give up. I worked my way up through the ranks CNA, LPN & RN and I think that it helped me immensly. I already knew how to give an injection when I got into RN school but then there was IV.

    I worked part time on evening shift while I was in my last year and it was grinding but it was worth it. I am really glad that I made it through and I love my job and what I am doing. Just keep your chin up and you will make it. Sonya