Nurs2b, In January I will have gone through 1 year of a BSN program. I have had good days and bad days. I cried, I laughed, I was depressed, and now I am happy. I had a shaky start personally. This is my personal story. Not everyone have a shaky start in nursing school. Some make 4.0's all throught nursing school but that is NOT the most important thing as I have come to learn. My first semester which was back in Spring 2001, I was failing patho. I got a note from the dean at mid-semester saying that if I did not pass patho I would get the boot and I would not continue. Well after that note I got so motivated that I started studying my rear end off. I ended up with a B in Patho after a mid-term grade of an F. It was not because I was not smart because i am very smart. It was because I was going through a lot of things, I did not put enough effort into it and I had a health condition that is easily curable. My iron levels get really low to where I am anemic but if I take my Iron pills like a GOOD girl then I am fine instead of wanting to sleep all the time.
Now this semester I am doing really, really good have not received any F's or anything lower than a B so far. I am with it because now I have wonderful organization skills, I study hard and I take my Iron along with taking care of myself. Before I would always neglect myself, I would not take out the time for myself and it was really hurting me.
I have had a rough clinical start this semester but it has gotten much, much better because My clinical group is proving that we are really dedicated and serious students. The first week of my clinical I had the worst nurse ever she was a total witch but last week I had this nurse he was really nice and even though he was busy he attempted to take the time out to help me out. I never seen a male nurse in action until I met him and he deserves an award for being the top nurse for a nursing student if their is such an award. I will give all the nurses a thank you note at the end of the semester on that unit even to the mean ones. I feel that if nursing students show appreciation to the nurses no matter how mean they are maybe the mean one's will wake up.
The good nurses outweigh the mean ones even though at times it may not seem like it. Sometimes you need to assess what is going on that day, did something happen, is something about to happen at the hospital. Sometimes even the good nurses have bad days but Most really do care.
Nursing school has given me challenges I never thought I can meet as a single mother to an extremely active daughter who is almost 4 but I am proving myself wrong each and every day. It takes determination and motivation. If you tell yourself I can't do this, I can't do that, I am going to fail more than likely you will because you are setting yourself up for failure. However, If you tell yourself I am not sure how to do this but I can learn and I will give it my all and I am going to succeed or at least come close to, and if I don't succeed the first time I will keep trying until I do then you are setting yourself up for success.
Find those in your class who are serious students who want to learn and not try to slack off and slide on by the easy way. Stay away from those who are not serious, who want to slide on by, and who wants to learn off other people instead of pitching in. Students who are not serious will get you into trouble.
Here are some more websites:
1.Pharmacology Math-Drug calculations
2. student nurse resources
3.snurse links for students
Take care and good luck