Thoughts from a graduating SN. - page 2
Nursing school for me is officially over. Our pinning ceremony happens this afternoon; with plenty of alcohol and finger foods to follow. I thought I would share my experiences in nursing school to... Read More
Dec 17, '06Occupation: Med Surg/Telemetry Specialty: Telemetry/Med Surg ; Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 8,773; Likes: 1,503Congrats! Our ceremony was actually a bit anti-climatic as well but I was so proud to get pinned and wear my pin every day when I go to work. Good luck on the NCLEX.
Dec 17, '06Joined: May '05; Posts: 45; Likes: 1What a great post. I'm still trying to find a study style that will work for me. I was able to pass my first semester with a B, but I was always struggling and unsure. Thanks for the tips, I'm going to try it this next semester ob/peds. I hope it works for me, it would be nice to get an A on a test for once. Congratulations on doing so well and attending your pinning ceremony.
Dec 17, '06Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 4First off, congrats!!! Nurse your hangover...consider it practice.:wink2: Second, you metion your grandmother (I believe) pinning you. I didn't realize that the pinning was done by someone other than a faculty member. Is that the norm for pinning ceremonies or just your school? If that's the norm, I better get to thinking about who I want to pin me....
Dec 17, '06Occupation: MICU/SICU Specialty: CCRN, TNCC SRNA ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 133; Likes: 13I got pinned by my mom and my favorite niece when I graduated. My school allowed two family members on the stage with you. I think many schools do that
BTW, congrats on your accomplishment
Dec 17, '06Occupation: ortho neuro detox nurse, new tele nurse Specialty: ortho/neuro/detox, tele ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 2,449; Likes: 1,251I've heard that it is usually a family member/close person to you who pins you...myself, I've got a toss-up as I've got mom, dad, and stepmom to consider. of course, I've still got 1.5 yrs to think about it....
remember...hangover = you need water & another beer, not to mention a bag of chips....lol.
Dec 17, '06Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Psych ; Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 241; Likes: 31Thanks for sharing that. I love it when we get real advice. I would agree with most of what you said, except we had a screwy instructor this past semester for Med-Surg II that failed more than 50% of the class. Her deal was that she would take test questions completely from the book - things she never even mentioned in class. For example, one was that it's critical to empty the bladder before having paracentesis done. Never mentioned it in class. To be fair, she warned us to read the book in advance, but I think most people just couldn't manage all that reading (you know what I'm talking about, literally 6 chapters for a single lecture at times) and at the same time pick out what was important with so little guidance by her. It was truly tough. I got an A by the skin of my teeth, but I'm an older student so I have more to draw on. We started with 48 in my section and about 15 passed by my calculations. Most dropped with an "Incomplete-Failing" at mid-term. Amen to attending every single class. I haven't missed a single class yet and I have only my last semester to go. I don't make notecards, but I may do that for OB, I've heard it's the uber class.
Dec 17, '06Occupation: Freelance Nurse Writer Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in PACU, perioperative ; Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 246; Likes: 125Thanks so much for this post, EnigmaticParadigm. It's given me a lot of confidence because what you describe is pretty much exactly how I got As in all my pre-reqs. I feel much more relaxed about starting NS now, knowing my study style will get me through. Thanks for allaying my anxiety!
Dec 17, '06Specialty: OR Internship starting in Jan!! ; Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 2,890; Likes: 49Congrats! And thanks for sharing your study methods. I made so many flashcards so far in pre-reqs that I feel like I need to buy stock! I must say that flashcards really work for me. I suggest them to everyone.
Dec 17, '06Occupation: Medical-Surgical Specialty: Heme/Onc/Cardiac Stepdown ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 100; Likes: 5Congrats! I completely agree that reading the textbook is waste of time--unless you don't understand a concept. I always find that the lectures cover everything, and reading the book only boggles my mind down with information overload.
Dec 18, '06Joined: Dec '04; Posts: 1,144; Likes: 137I agree with 90% of what you said.
Then I got to this part lol
Study for two hours the night before each test -
Go to bed around 6 or 7pm -
Wake up at 3:00am -
Drive to school and stand in front of the classroom with the flashcards and a large source of caffeine -
Memorize the material -
Take the test -
Get an A -
Wash, repeat as needed.
Go to bed at 6-7? LOL! I had night clinicals and day lecture. Meaning I am getting HOME at 10pm and have to be in lecture at 9 am. Get up at 3 am? More like going to BED at 3 am.
Otherwise......I hear ya....I study the same way...for the most part.
Dec 18, '06Occupation: NICU RN Specialty: NICU Level III ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '04; Posts: 1,813; Likes: 501congrats on graduating!
my study habits were so different, though. i never studied ahead of time - i would do an all-wkend and all-night the night before of the test cram. i'd never go to bed before 3am on nights before tests, even finals. no flashcards and i did read pretty much everything because our profs would take the tiniest and most insignificant thing out of the text that was never discussed in class. study groups did nothing for me but give me a time to bond w/ fellow students. of course, my way definitely won't work for a lot of people!
Dec 18, '06Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 1,306; Likes: 243Thanks for the advice! You do have a point there on overstudying, Sometimes nursing is about being able to KNOW HOW to find the resources instead of memorizing them
Dec 19, '06Occupation: Registered Nurse Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 387; Likes: 107Loved your Post,very inspiring.......I will be entering my fourth and last semester in January.....and graduating May 2007. Thank God!!!
As for you Congratulations.!!!.....I wish you all the best in your new career as an RN.
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