Dear Overwhelmed Student,
I remember my first year in my ADN program. After that first day at school, I proceeded to drive straight to the gas station and get a pack of cigarettes ( I had not smoked in almost 2 years)...that bad...Yeh, they really try to overwhelm you in that first year with assignments, scare tactics (ie."some of you will end in divorce;your family will have to take care of themselves for the next couple years..etc.)and intimidation (hands furiously shaking just to demostrate hand washing to your instruction-it is hard to believe).
Anyway, hold tight this first semester.You are a single mom. The house might not look as good as it used to, the kids meals won't be four course( appreciate hamburger helper), and you might not be able to make those weekly phone calls that you used to.
I found a time that I was best at studying, when I was most alert and able to soak in (in the very early am-too tired at night).
But hang in there, it will be worth it. OH yeah, figure out what info you can get along without here after the first tests, like watching all those videos that demonstrate what you learn in clinic/lab.
Thoughts are with you,
Deb Brown RNC,BSN (Masters student-first year..eek-just as intimidating)
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