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I start the rn program at my school in 2 days, after being on the waitlist for 2 1/2 years. I have taken all my prerequistes and took all the classes towards my BSN as well and have a 3.5 GPA. I am so nervous. We were given an assignment of reading a large drug calculation book and a practice test, plus around 100 pages of reading and I feel good about most of it but still feel unprepared.I never have had to do any work for a class that has not started yet. I am not complaining, I am just nervous about how hard nursing school is going to be. I have never been much of the studying type, I am trying to change that. I breezed through the science and statistics, are the nursing classes really that much harder then those classes? Is the first week the hardest? I am just so anxious.
I hate to generalize and say that it's "harder", but I will say that the core nursing classes and clinicals will be different from anything you've ever done before. The type of thinking required for tests (commonly called "critical thinking") is quite different from the usual science tests where there is only one correct answer (and you know it because you memorized the material). Nursing tests frequently have at least two "correct" answers per question, but the ONLY question that is truly "correct" is the one that is the BETTER of the two. So it's not a matter of memorizing material, like in A&P, but in understanding how to achieve the best outcomes.
All that said, it's not uncommon at all to have reading assignments due prior to your first nursing class meeting. There's usually SO MUCH reading to do, you've simply got to start early!
I wish I could tell you that it all gets easier as you go along, but the reality is that you will always maintain some level of anxiety: if you are conscientous in your studies and truly wish to do the very best work you are capable of in clinicals, then you are likely to always be battling some anxiety related to that. Anxiety=Nursing Student
Find a study partner (or two). Learn to prioritize your assignments and your life, if you haven't already done so. Make time to breathe and relax as well! Do your best always, but understand that your best may not always be an A. And that's ok!
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