Help!! I have always been a good student (GPA 3.8 w/my bachelor's in MIS) and good learner...however....
I'm finding in my 9th week of my first semester that I feel like I'm not really retaining a lot of information....it feels like so much has been thrown at us, and I don't have a healthcare background, and while I'm more than holding my own on tests and checkouts, there's a part of me that thinks I should be able to spit out more knowledge than I feel like I know...for instance, when administering drugs, my instructor asked about each drug as she removed it from the pyxis, I referred to my drug cards as we are allowed, then we gave the pt the meds.
At post-review, something came up about meds that day, and I could NOT remember what one of the drugs was for or even its name...it seems like a lot of little details I'm having trouble holding on to also...it's like my brain is on overload or something!! It also feels like there's not enough time in a day to look up new terminology or other foreign info that comes up...
Anyone having similar problems or is this just normal NS reaction to a TON of new info that I'll grasp as time goes along?!?!?
Oct 15, '06
yes, it's perfectly normal.
Remember that the best learning happens when you connect a piece of new information to a piece of old information that actually exists in your brain. (this is why vocabulary is an predictor of success in school; large vocabulary = well read = large body of knowledge). As time goes on, you will remember the clinical where you had a cardiac patient with a heart rate of 60, that you held the Toprol - and then you will learn about beta-blockers and it will make more sense because you have a piece of information to connect it to.
I have years of training and experience as a paramedic, and I still feel the same way.
Last edit by jov on Oct 15, '06
Oct 15, '06
You are not alone!
There is just WAY too much nursing knowledge to be retained in nursing school! Concentrate on the basic fundamental nursing knowledge that you will need to provide safe patient care and don't be so hard on yourself when you forget a drug, etc. The more experience you gain, the more concrete the information will become.
Last edit by nurse4theplanet on Oct 15, '06