Do nursing student feel like they may fail EVERYDAY ? - page 2

I was talking to two students today that are about to enter Nursing 3 in the Fall, I am starting Nursing 1 ( of a 4 semester ADN Program). Their advise was 1. Dont work ( or work as little... Read More

  1. by   mrflynn0907
    I think that is a completely normal feeling. I know I feel that way daily. I really struggled in the first semester. The 2nd semester was a little easier. I work full-time (thankfully telecommuting at home). I'm also a stepmother of two teenagers and my husband has full custody. If I can balance all of this almost anyone should be able to. It isn't easy but you will find what works for you in regards to studying.
  2. by   FLmomof5
    I found that the material is not hard. What makes it difficult is the sheer VOLUME of information you have to cover! Our first Pharmacology test was 18 chapters! I am working FT and am oncall 24/7. Although I am a mom of 5 and stepmom to 4 more, most are adults so it isn't as challenging for me as it is for the mom's with young children. I am the second oldest in my class @ 47. (The oldest is only a month older!)

    The first Pharm test had so much material that I "knew" I was not going to pass it. I did! The really stressful event was our second simulation exam. It was the sterile dressing change and foley insertion. It doesn't sound hard, but if you broke your sterile field twice, it was an automatic failure. 1 of every 2 students coming out of the sim room before me failed that sim! I was nervous as heck going in, but passed with flying colors! Because I allowed myself to be so overstressed that day, I was totally wiped out when I got home.

    Honestly, the farther into the semester we get, the more confident I have become.

    You'll do just fine!
  3. by   Nepenthe Sea
    Quote from FLmomof5
    The first Pharm test had so much material that I "knew" I was not going to pass it. I did! The really stressful event was our second simulation exam. It was the sterile dressing change and foley insertion. It doesn't sound hard, but if you broke your sterile field twice, it was an automatic failure. 1 of every 2 students coming out of the sim room before me failed that sim! I was nervous as heck going in, but passed with flying colors! Because I allowed myself to be so overstressed that day, I was totally wiped out when I got home.

    Honestly, the farther into the semester we get, the more confident I have become.

    You'll do just fine!

    Yeah...practice, practice, PRACTICE those sterile techniques!! I could have done them in my sleep, and I still thought I was going to fail my final skills sim because my Foley equipment was defective, and I had to start the whole thing over three times. I about had a nervous breakdown! But I still got my overall 100, so it turned out fine.
  4. by   goodstudentnowRN
    Oh boy, those skills check. I like to talk while I am doing my skills, it makes it easier.
  5. by   Seyma
    Quote from nkara
    I hate people that say "Don't work" during nursing school. That just isn't possible for some of us. I personally plan on studying my A@@ off and working my 40 hour night job and getting my license.

    YOu can do it! don't let anyone discourage you or make you nervous.

    I AGREE! The other day I went to meet with a rep from a hospital that's partnered up with my nursing school that offers financial assistance in return for a 2 year work commitment after we graduate. She told me how hard it going to be and how I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I explained to her I had a job that I worked 10 hours a week and that its extremely extremely flexible. And when I explained to her that I would be able to handle nursing school and my part-part time job she responded with "that's cute. you have no idea what you're getting yourself into" I WAS ******!!!!!!!!!!! She was condescending the whole time while speaking with her and the little insults just made it that much worse. I don't know how thousands of nursing students could possibly not work for 3 years while in school. I know they're trying to scare us and weed out the week but its really getting on my nerves.
  6. by   CrufflerJJ
    I luckily didn't have any daily feelings of impending doom. In our program, the instructors (for the most part) tried to help their students succeed.

    Yes, there was plenty of stress from the volume & pace of course material in my accelerated BSN, but it was manageable.
  7. by   LeesG
    WOW...thanks so much for the advice and encouragment.

    I know Im not the first nervous Nursing Student, and I wont be the last either !!
    I do have incredible support at home. I have a wonderful boyfriend who wants me to succeed, even if that means he does dishes, cooks and runs my kids all over town !! ( hes one of a kind) and although I have 3 kids, 2 are teenagers so they do leave me alone when I have asked through all of the pre-reqs, even going so far as to text me on the phone before a test just to say good luck mom !!! so thats helpful, I do however find my kids repeating my own words back to me like " is that B the best you could do mom?" " dont you have a test coming ? shouldnt you be studying?" HAHA All things I have said to them through the years.

    Im also lucky enough to live 1 mile from my school ( sorry for those that drive far ) so that means if the house gets crazy( kids and what not ) I could take a quick few hours at the library where its quiet.

    I guess that as the time nears closer Im as scared as I am nervous. I was sharing my feelings with my boyfriend this AM and he of course encouraged me OVER AND OVER...then said to pick out the stethescope I want and hes going to get it for me as a good luck gift

    Thanks for everyones advise
  8. by   curlylights06
    Quote from mrflynn0907
    I think that is a completely normal feeling. I know I feel that way daily. I really struggled in the first semester. The 2nd semester was a little easier. I work full-time (thankfully telecommuting at home). I'm also a stepmother of two teenagers and my husband has full custody. If I can balance all of this almost anyone should be able to. It isn't easy but you will find what works for you in regards to studying.

    Hi I will be entering the nursing program soon and I am currently looking for a job that i can do while in school ... I was wondering what is telecommuting at home ??? Sounds like something i could do Thanks
  9. by   ciph2009
    How many students could get A in your class? In my program, although I am almost the top one, I only have two "A"s so far. I have finished two semesters. I feel worried about my GPA bc I wanna apply for RN-MSN program.

    Quote from PatiencePlease
    That was all just ADVICE! The first class is meant to be a "Weeder" course (I'm in my 4th semester now in an ADN program) so yeah, you might see your class shrink.
    The first unit is your time to experiement with studying techniques. You're first test is a great indicator of what works and what doesn't. In our program you're allowed to tank one test and not fail. You fail more than one, better kick it into super high gear.
    I do as much reading as I can, but I take really good notes. I've never recorded a class, and I won't lie I've never done ALL the reading. I do have friends in the class that do ALL the reading, make their own outlines of the chapter, all before lecture. I also have friends that just type all their notes during class on their laptops.
    It's whatever you're comfortable with.
    Good Luck!!!!
    Everyday won't be cherry pie, but everyday is a learning experience.
    Don't forget YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! It's only 2 years, and you will make the best friends you've ever had during those two years.
  10. by   jdub3
    I just studied alot. I never tried to memorize anything, I just read my notes relentlessly. I also talked to previous grads about the particular instructor and how they tested. I never recorded anyting. I lived through the doubting wife "you don't need to study that much," I buried myself for a year and a half in my notes. I would make 96 on one test and a 76 on another. I came out w/a B avg though. I never said "I am going to graduate, I just would say I am going to do the best I can." I was extra nice to the instuctors too. I never went off on anyone or tried to doubt there opinion or questions. I stayed under the radar and just made myself a good student. I got to where I could critically think through some of the instructors notes after I got to kow em some.

    Study hard, everyday is a study day. And when you think you have studied enough, study some more.
  11. by   mrflynn0907
    Quote from curlylights06
    Hi I will be entering the nursing program soon and I am currently looking for a job that i can do while in school ... I was wondering what is telecommuting at home ??? Sounds like something i could do Thanks

    I work for Travelers Insurance company as a business analyst. I worked for the company for many many years before I became a telecommuter. Basically, I do all of the same work that I did in the office, only at home in my jammies if I so wish.
  12. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    Different strokes for different folks. All the advice here is great however you need to find study habits that work for you. Be optimisitic you can do it !
  13. by   muskylounge
    I was also told not to work or work < than 10 hours a week. (haha) My wife and I both joined ADN program at same time with three kids under 10. We have some grandparent help with babysitting but I have to work.

    I do record lectures mainly to listen during own times. This would be considered to be used when its inappropriate to drag around 50# books. Like soccer games or practices or sporting events etc. I only live 1 mile from school and 15 minutes from work but would listen to lecture every time I got behind the wheel of a car.

    In short I gave up an "A" to spend some time with my children/wife but I decided that I would be as efficient with my study time as possible. Reading all the material was not efficient for me. I am sorry the amount of reading material given for each test was sickening. I could only read bold faced and first sentence of paragraphs and title to subjects when reading text. We bought 3 different NCLEX study books each with thousands of questions with rationale. This was great practice for removing pre test anxiety. Especially for "all those that apply" questions that we all love.

    Having a good study partnet is key. Study groups can be counter productive. My wife is awesome study partner we both strive for right answers and sometimes on the competitive side. Some of our friends didn't make it to semester 3 , but we hope to see them next year make it.

    Make your study time effective. Pay attention in class,take good notes,create flash cards (and study more often the ones you don't know) find a good study partner one who is positive too! Spend a few bucks and buy at least one NCLEX study guide full of questions and rationale. These can be worth their weight in gold.

    Then buckle your seatbelt and think positive! You can do it!

    Last edit by muskylounge on Jun 27, '09 : Reason: spelling error

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