First week over....I MADE IT!

  1. Ok, so the first week of nursing school has come and gone (we get Fridays off), and I'm actually still alive. LOL! Monday-Wednesday was all orientation stuff like how to use blackboard, student handbook, red rules etc.We also rec'vd our lab bags which have all kinds of goodies including foley cath, butterfly needle, gloves, mask, lab specimen kit, and some other things. Today was our actual first day of class, we had pharm and dosage calculations introductions. We learned about the Five rights, factors that affect medications, drug interactions, advers effects, side effects, legal aspects and a bunch of other important things about the nurse's role in administering medications. In dosage calc. we went over the five rights and 55 medication abbreviations that we have to know. One of the things that I think will be a challege is the fact that we are responsible for doing ALL of the reading BEFORE class. I had no problem with that this week because it wasn't a dizzying amount, but I'm sure it will be in the future.

    Another thing we did was start using meds-pub? Do any of you use this web program at your school? I like it, it's basically a nclex prep online that goes hand in hand with what were learning at school.
    Clinicals off campus start in October, until then we have skills lab at school practicing on dummies (which starts next Tuesday).We also have a peer-mentoring program in place, so I signed up to have and upper-classman mentor me

    Well, that was my week, it was exciting, scary, wonderful, and horrible all at the same time. I look forward to sharing more of my experience as we move along!
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    L&D Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Labor and Delivery

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  3. by   RNsRWe
    Congrats on surviving Week One! You're headed for a wild ride!!
  4. by   Imafloat
    Keep that enthusiasm up and you had better get reading for next week!
  5. by   LadyT618
    What are you doing online? You oughta be reading... Just kidding...congrats on a great start!! Sounds like a great goodie bag by the way....
  6. by   WindyhillBSN
    Quote from Nursecadet
    Ok, so the first week of nursing school has come and gone (we get Fridays off), and I'm actually still alive. LOL! Monday-Wednesday was all orientation stuff like how to use blackboard, student handbook, red rules etc.We also rec'vd our lab bags which have all kinds of goodies including foley cath, butterfly needle, gloves, mask, lab specimen kit, and some other things. Today was our actual first day of class, we had pharm and dosage calculations introductions. We learned about the Five rights, factors that affect medications, drug interactions, advers effects, side effects, legal aspects and a bunch of other important things about the nurse's role in administering medications. In dosage calc. we went over the five rights and 55 medication abbreviations that we have to know. One of the things that I think will be a challege is the fact that we are responsible for doing ALL of the reading BEFORE class. I had no problem with that this week because it wasn't a dizzying amount, but I'm sure it will be in the future.

    Another thing we did was start using meds-pub? Do any of you use this web program at your school? I like it, it's basically a nclex prep online that goes hand in hand with what were learning at school.
    Clinicals off campus start in October, until then we have skills lab at school practicing on dummies (which starts next Tuesday).We also have a peer-mentoring program in place, so I signed up to have and upper-classman mentor me

    Well, that was my week, it was exciting, scary, wonderful, and horrible all at the same time. I look forward to sharing more of my experience as we move along!

    I start Monday the 21st. I'm so scared, please keep us posted!
  7. by   Daytonite
    Wow! A lot of information, huh? Summer's truly over now! You've got a lot to keep you busy. Happy studying!
  8. by   nrstob08
    thank you for sharing your experiences. I am really looking forward to hearing more of your experiences at nursing school, do keep us posted!!

    All the best with all that reading.
  9. by   JoshuaC
    Quote from WindyHill
    I start Monday the 21st. I'm so scared, please keep us posted!
    You're not the only one! I just want to get the first day over with. The only part I'm really nervous about is seeing my classmates for the first time and getting everything organized. I think when I'm comfortable in the classroom I'll be fine. I'm not really scared of the hard work that I'll be doing. Anything worth while takes hard work. Plus I want to learn, so I can't really wish for anything to be easy.

    But good luck to everyone starting.
  10. by   hlfpnt
    Congrats & good luck!
  11. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    Thanks for sharing! And lots of luck to the rest of your schooling!
  12. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Yeah, I use Meds Pub. I think it's a pretty good program.
  13. by   NICU_nurse2b
    Congrats on your first week! Mine starts Monday. I'd like to get one of those goody bags!
  14. by   Lynnsey017
    Congrats on your first week!!! Hang in there, it will seem like you have a ton of studying to do (which you will), but you will eventually learn to manage your time. I wish we had mentors during our first semester, you guys are very lucky. Good luck!!!

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