Nursing student survival tips - page 5

Many will be starting nursing school for the first time this year. Do you have any tips to share? Macaroni and cheese and hot sauce?? Yikes! Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share... Read More

  1. by   jchristner
    sewnmom -

    What is the name of the app you used on your cell? Thanks for sharing all of that amazing advice and I will keep it in mind when I start this fall!
    Last edit by jchristner on Apr 1, '14 : Reason: Directed a question to someone
  2. by   eternalbride
    There is one thing that I always tell others and that is that if others before you can do it, you can too. Anything is possible if you are determined to succeed.
  3. by   SeattleJess
    sewnmom, you sound like an incredibly competent woman! Thanks for the tips.
  4. by   ShelbyaStar
    My crock pot is my best friend. Get one that has very adjustable settings- my first one only had a few so I still had to rush home if whatever I was cooking wasn't either 8 hrs low or 4 hrs on high. My new one lets me set the time and temp separately and automatically goes on warm when it's done so I do not have a thing to worry about once I start it.

    It's so easy. Take a couple minutes to throw some stuff in in the morning, have a meal that is decent and healthy ready to go in the evening, have leftovers for lunch the next day. Plus it makes cheap cuts of meat taste good and tender! And crockpot liners make for easy cleanup.
  5. by   ToyaB
    Just get organized. Set aside time to study and time to do all of your other stuff. Don't let people tell you it's hard because truth be told, IT'S ACTUALLY NOT!! I know some heads are going to spin on that one, but it's not hard. It's just different. You have to pay attention to lecture, don't get crazy with the readings if you don't have to. There is a lot of reading. It's perfectly okay to summarize. The test are different. you have to get used to Select all that applies, and Best answers when there are more than one option that fits. Don't start sweating bricks before you're butt's in the seat. If you apply yourself, and seek help if you need it, you really can't mess this up. Just get your head in the game and brush up on your A&P before you get there. You'll be good to go. And this is coming from an actual factual passing nursing student. Don't be overwhelmed! I swear, I spent my first month trying to do every single reading they assigned, but when I realized that wasn't going to happen- because I am a working mother of two and my life can't just stop- I made a new game plan that was realistic for me and I excelled. This isn't your first go round with school. You made it to your nursing program and you know how you study- that's not going to really change. Once you see how the tests are, you'll adapt! Be confident and PRAY!
  6. by   ToyaB
    And also eat Oodles of Noodles! Funds will be tight, but you'll survive!
  7. by   ColorGreen
    Oh boy, reading through these comments is just too funny.
  8. by   ColorGreen
    I am the type that never cooks too much. I mean I love to cook , and do so like two or three times a week. But through nursing school, I think I like the idea of cooking a whole week worth of meals on a day like sunday and packing them neatly in zip lock bags, so I can hopefully save some bit of time for studying throughout the week.
  9. by   tacorn1
    I am so proud of you for completing and rewardeing yourself with a nice paycheck, BTW!
  10. by   MaleNurse14200
    I ate Subway just about everyday. Then I switched to the off brand Mac & Cheese. Everyone at school either brought a sandwich or bought one of those 5 min microwave dinners.
  11. by   ladedah1
    Coffee – yes, it will definitely become your best friend

    Take vitamins – because chances are, you’re on the “eat anything that comes in a package” diet.

    Buy disposables – now I really hate myself for this, because I would normally try to be more friendly to the environment, but disposable plates, bowls, cups, utensils ( you name it) will save you a crapload of time. As busy as you’ll be – especially if you don’t own a dishwasher – dishes will either pile up or cut into your study time.

    Two words: DRY SHAMPOO – I’m not talking for clinic here, but when it comes down to doing homework all night or studying up until the very last minute, dry shampoo can work wonders if you want to save time and not show up looking like you just walked in from the homeless shelter down the street.

    Keep an extra set of scrubs in the car – I guarantee (especially with all that coffee) that the one day you don’t have an extra, something will happen to your uniform… either you’ll spill coffee down the front of yourself, sit on something weird, or one of those ball-point pens will decide to leak a puddle into your pocket.

    Set multiple alarms – yes, with that lack of sleep, it is really easy to shut it off in your sleep or just snooze right through.

    Do not sell back your books. Ever. – Every book I’ve owned (from my prereq’s down to my nursing classes) has come back out of the closet to save my life at some point or another. Keep your resources.

    I’ve got a whole bunch more, but I’ve got to start getting ready for class…

    Which leads me to another tip… Plan out a schedule. Know when you have time for yourself and when you don’t. Know when you have to start getting ready, when you have to leave, and plan in extra time for unseen issues. If you’re on time you’re late and if you’re early you’re on time; be super early for everything.
  12. by   SeattleJess
    Quote from gokce78
    As a senior BSN student, I can say that DO your reading and assignments on time. We have 7-8 chapters (some times even 13) for each test. If you procrastinate, it will be very frustrating. For me and my classmates, there is no social life at all. I don't want to sound negative, but that's the reality. However, it is definitely worth it after all. Once you start your clinicals and see the smile on your patient's face just because of your caring approach to them, you'll know it's worth it. Nursing is not just about hanging IV's or doing assessments. The therapeutic communication you will establish with your patients will also affect your social life. You'll become a better listener and much more patient than you were before.

    My surviving skill is recording the lectures and listening to them over and over again while my book and power points are in front of me. My school is using ATI. Reading from ATI is also very helpful. About the caffeine: Most of my friends are having palpitations at the age of 21! I try my best to avoid caffeine. Good luck everyone!!!!
    How are you able to record your lectures? I wish I could do this so I could listen to them during my long commute five days a week. My school forbids recording and expulsion is the potential penalty. An instructor said this was because of "confidentiality concerns."

    My state does have a law that makes recording someone without his/her consent a civil and criminal offense so maybe it's because of the difficulties of getting permission from all the students. Although this was never an issue in any of my prereq courses. Everyone knew some students were recording.

    I'm not sure I'd even listen if I recorded. I think it would be more of a security blanket that would let me put down my pen and listen better.