Nursing school is stressful

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  2. Arrgggghhhhhh! Let it all out! Breath...

    We all know that nursing school can be stressful but it seems that some are coping more than others. What are your secrets?

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    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 26, '18
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  4. by   bookworm78910
    You could add inappropriate/dark sense of humor to that list of S/sx, at least in my case.
  5. by   tothepointeLVN
    Sleep! If you have a choice between an hour's extra studying and an hours sleep take the sleep every time. You need time to encode that information. Also on encoding write notes in your own hand. Throw the laptop for note taking out the window
  6. by   Rose_Queen
    That wouldn't just apply to students! Looks like me today after what's been a really rough week so far and still another day to go. Fortunately they were able to find someone to cover my shift today because I was totally not safe to be working.
  7. by   sashah01
    I'm new to this site...i was looking for info on the nursing program and came across this forum. I think im going to find all the answers to my questions here I'm thinking about starting nursing program at ncc and i have NEVER taken any chem/bio I & II because i didnt do high school in USA. I came here as a transfer student and did my bachelors in hospitality mgmt. Now that i have to take all the pre reqs for nursing program, do i need to take chem/bio I & II to take human A & P? And i graduated in 04 and all my psych,eng & math courses are over 10 yrs old, do i need to retake everything?
  8. by   RED1984
    Sashah- probably not the right forum for your questions to get the best/most responses, I would search the school in the search bar at the top.... And then find the best suited forum. Also- the school you are considering probably has all that info on their website. WELCOME TO ALL NURSES
  9. by   Jennybrie
    i agree with tothepointelvn. if you try to cram before thetest and not sleep then you really aren’t learning anything and nursing examsare about critical thinking not memorization. i try to take a day off notstudying or working on projects. eat right and exercise (yes this is possible)and do something for yourself when you start feeling stressed. readingsomething other than a text book helps too. if i really start feeling the stress i get some cheesecake and pig out.
  10. by   Catzilla
    Balance! Easier said than done I know! I do think that if one gives up 2 hours of studying for a nice lunch with friends things will be OK. In fact, the stress relief that one gains from a break will probably help you do better on the test!

    Remember that there is likely going to be life after nursing school.
    After nursing school I can worry about the stupid pounds I packed on from "therapy chocolate" and "Exam wine". Right now I need the damn chocolate and wine to keep me sane, and that's perfectly OK!
  11. by   Catzilla
    Oh, and if you've not started nursing school yet, go with the larger sized uniform. You will appreciate this bit of advice come senior year!
  12. by   pinaytoh
    @ Catzilla,

    I agree I gained 15 lbs in 1 year, and I thought Im not eating most of the (esp while reading my 8lbs book)
  13. by   NJprisonrn
    Nursing school! (shudder) I remember it well. You can do it! It was admittedly the hardest thing I've ever done. And I'm about to do it all over again as I am applying to grad school. It is worth it. You learn so much and actually transform into a knowledgeable, more useful person on this planet. I agree with most of these comments. Get some sleep. Tape your lectures and re-listen to them while driving or doing laundry. It's amazing how much you miss. Also, take the harder patients in clinical. You'll be glad that you did. Good luck to all.
  14. by   Patti_RN
    Yes, nursing school was the hardest thing I ever did, too! (I also went to law school and when students complained to me, I told them law school was like kindergarten compared to nursing school! --admittedly, that was an exaggeration, mostly for shock value and effect, but nursing school was much harder than law school!) I'm also going back to complete my MSN (nurse practitioner) so I'll be using all my effective stress relievers I learned the first time around.

    As many others mentioned, sleep is crucial. Your brain processes information while you're sleeping, so sleep is effective for information retention. Besides, being sleep deprived causes people to make mistakes. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found a direct correlation between the one hour loss of sleep after Daylight Savings Time begins in March and the number of traffic accidents; in the fall when an hour of sleep is gained, the opposite happened and accidents the Monday after standard time went down. (MMS: Error ) Think about this when you stay up until 1AM writing a care plan when you'll be passing meds early the next day.

    The other really effective stress reliever is exercise. In nursing school a group of us took walks each day before classes began and during the breaks between classes. Even a brisk walk around the block makes you feel energetic, refreshed and alert. The endorphins released during exercise are what makes the difference in mood, but the cardio-vascular benefits are equally as important. (Exercise and stress: Get moving to combat stress -

    Make sure you eat healthy food and you keep yourself hydrated. You'll feel better doing both. I make sure I have some kind of healthy snack with me when I'm in class or at work. Feeling really hungry and having only access to the vending machines forces you to make some really bad decisions. Carry fruit that travels well--if pull out a squished banana you'll end up at the vending machine, anyway! In addition to the perishable fruit, I always have a little bag of almonds or nuts, dried fruit, packaged cups of applesauce and a water bottle I fill at the cooler.

    Some people report that music works for them in relieving stress. Probably depends on what you listen to, but quiet soothing music works better for me.

    Socializing with others helps, too. But, I really have to put limits on how much time I spend hanging out with friends. People without the burden of nursing school really have no idea what you're going through; I usually tell friends, "I'll meet you for lunch at 12:30, but I have to be in class at 2PM..." It gives you a break but they won't have you hanging out all afternoon.

    I'm not obsessed with cleanliness, but I try to keep up on the laundry, the dishes and the clutter. I have a '10 minute per room rule' that works amazingly well for me. Between studying, I'll spend 10 minutes cleaning one room--without distractions and set my cellphone timer to let me know when to stop. I can usually get a room looking really good in 10 minutes then I go back to studying. An hour or so later, I do another room for 10 minutes. Before I had this method the house was either a mess or I'd spend all day cleaning (the effects of which never lasted long so it always seemed futile). The 10 minutes limits me so I'm not on my hands and knees cleaning the corners of the floor with a q-tip. It forces you to prioritize the cleaning and walk away when time is up. Then when you get back from class you're not overwhelmed with the condition of your living space. Having some order and cleanliness in your house really reduces stress.

    I've also found that doing something dramatically different gives you a huge break. I try to participate in a sport that requires concentration or lots of activity. In the winter I ski and in the summer I swim, play tennis, or walk in the woods. These things make me feel like I went on a mini-vacation, and really help relieve stress.

    Some of the things I don't do... I don't watch TV (my mind wanders to pathophysiology or pharm... I'm not really learning, and I feel guilty for not being productive). I also don't spend much time on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. Before I broke my Facebook habit, I could easily waste an hour--or more without realizing how fast the time was passing. I also don't drink much alcohol--a glass of wine with dinner, maybe... but that alcohol fog doesn't do much for information retention!
  15. by   eatmysoxRN
    I miss nursing school.

    I lived in a dorm at my college. Followed the usual routine of a night out with friends at least once a week. I didn't really study like I should have. Some people in my class spent every hour studying. I found that sometimes the more I studied, the less I absorbed.

    I took everything one thing at a time. If I had a good grasp on the subject, id usually read NCLEX study books to ensure I really got it.

    Study groups helped me a lot. It mixed the audio and visual aspects of learning. That was priceless.

    Also, I did as much as I could during clinical. I'd make sure my instructor knew at the beginning that I wanted anything that came up. Usually they would grant my request because I'd follow them when I was done with my patients.

    I'd also help my classmates with assessments. Really, it just let me see more stuff. I do remember one time during my first semester I asked my instructor to help because i could not hear an apical pulse on the A&O pt. LOL. But I learned from it.

    Ask questions. Seek advise. If you don't understand something, don't ignore it. Find out the answer. Don't be shy. Clinicals taught me so much theory.

    I miss nursing school because I had fun. I was a partyish college student. Now I feel old-even though I'm only 21 :-P