WANTED: Nursing student tidbits of advice - page 33

hey guys, I start this fall in my nursing program and Im extremely anxious!!! Im looking for any advice that will help me in school. Whats the thing you can NOT live w/o during nursing school? What... Read More

  1. by   chansen
    If you are a visual learner, learn to mind map. It has transformed my note taking and my test studying from a linear dump of information into a linked doodle that remains in my brain. Not sure what a mind map is? Check out this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlabrWv25qQ
  2. by   zhockeymom77
    Just wanted to post so that I can continue to follow this thread. I have been accepted but will not know when I will begin until the end of June - my school has 4 start dates each year - August, October, January and March. Most likely I will start in January or March of 2011 but I am extremely anxious and have enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I am a planner and have already made notes on so much advice. Thanks to all of you!
  3. by   carolinapooh
    Suggestion - any study books or study guides you buy that you either plan to keep or sell to someone in the next class once you take your NCLEX or complete that class, take them to Office Max or Office Depot and have them spiral bound if they're not already. Believe me - being able to fold that sucker back is a huge help. You can then study anywhere - you don't need a desk.

    Sounds like a small thing (and it is) but I found it very useful. Costs about $5 a book. I even know folks that had a few of their textbooks done the same way - you can spiralbind some hardbacks. The folks at Office Depot or wherever you take it can help you out with that.

    Also - if you're lucky enough to own an iPhone - there are HUNDREDS of useful apps on iTunes. Wish I'd had THAT when I was in school. And as an added bonus, if you download enough of them (ten seems reasonable), you can deduct the cost of the apps AND the cost of the iPhone as an educational expense!
  4. by   studentinnursing
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Suggestion - any study books or study guides you buy that you either plan to keep or sell to someone in the next class once you take your NCLEX or complete that class, take them to Office Max or Office Depot and have them spiral bound if they're not already. Believe me - being able to fold that sucker back is a huge help. You can then study anywhere - you don't need a desk.
    That is such a great idea! Thanks!
  5. by   wannabenurrssee
    i have my orientation on june 29th!!! and i am starting on sept. 7th!!!! i am sooo excited to start!!!
    I really love this post!! thanks everyone who posted all of their wonderful knowledge! it is so helpful!
  6. by   SRMorales
    I have been accepted into nursing school starting August, 2010. I am worried that I won't do well and at the same time excited because I have worked very hard to get to this point. This is an opportunity to become a part of something that I've always wanted and now here is my chance. I know all of us students don't want to blow it.

    Thank you for these thoughtful words of advise. It set my mind into the proper perspective of the whole experience. This will help me get through some of the difficult times during the nursing school journey.
    Please do continue to give us more insight in the future.
  7. by   angelgreg
    Congrats on getting into NS That is so awesome.

    I am starting in the fall my last year of NS, of a two yr program. The only advice I can really give to you, is take 1 whole day to yourself each week. If you don't you will go insane. Make sure you take breaks while you study and lots of H2O!

    Good luck to you!!! Your going to be great and if you feel at any point that you have had enough, just think at it this way, you are one day closer to having your dream come true then you were the day before, or even the week before. DON'T GIVE UP!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!
  8. by   ruaalien2
    I read all 43 pages of the thread today. Yay for an afternoon to read! Some amazing advice and tips in here that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Thank you all for sharing!

    I start nursing school in Sept, my orientation is in Aug. I heard we don't get a list of what we need till then I'm going to try to get it before.

    I'm so excited, yet nervous. I can't help but wonder what if I can't do this? At the same time, I know I can. I have a BS but chose a regular 2 year ADN program due to cost.
  9. by   emtoh17
    For clinicals, I suggest taking a clipboard that has a cheatsheet on it, so you have a quick refernce for lab values common dosage calculations and other tidbits of info that will help you during the clinical day.
  10. by   Newbiestudent
    ~wow~

    This thread is very informative!
    i actually read everything from the start, and i have written advice and tips in my notebook

    i will have my orientation tomorrow! i dunno what to expect yet, but i hope i'll find a friend that i could stick to throughout the program. i don't wanna suffer alone. lol

    anyways, hope everyone who is in nursing would keep on posting new tips and advice!

    btw, what i'm worried the most is the Clinicals, i dunno how well i will do.
    i'm afraid of making mistakes.
  11. by   leekun2010
    Quote from SRMorales
    I have been accepted into nursing school starting August, 2010. I am worried that I won't do well and at the same time excited because I have worked very hard to get to this point. This is an opportunity to become a part of something that I've always wanted and now here is my chance. I know all of us students don't want to blow it.

    Thank you for these thoughtful words of advise. It set my mind into the proper perspective of the whole experience. This will help me get through some of the difficult times during the nursing school journey.
    Please do continue to give us more insight in the future.
    THINK POSITIVE! If there is one word of advice I would tell any nursing student starting, that would be "kickass"
  12. by   stripec30
    If it hasn't been said already: Grab an NCLEX book and follow along with what you're covering in class (eg. peds, maternity, cardiac, pharm).
  13. by   Newbiestudent
    EDIT: just came home from orientation...

    omg, sooo tiring...we were there from 9 to 5. geez.
    so many information, but the clas was really small, maybe 30+ students?
    anyways the instructors and dean was really nice, it felt really private and like a family.

    hope i'll get close to atleast one of my classmates though. LOL

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