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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   jenniedennise
    Thank you so much to everyone who has shared tips and ideas. I've been addicted to this site for a while now, but felt like such a poser because I wasn't even in a program yet...but I just got accepted this week!! I start in the fall and I'm SO excited!! All of the advice shared on this thread has been so useful!!:wink2:
  2. by   KellRrn2b
    Quote from jenniedennise
    Thank you so much to everyone who has shared tips and ideas. I've been addicted to this site for a while now, but felt like such a poser because I wasn't even in a program yet...but I just got accepted this week!! I start in the fall and I'm SO excited!! All of the advice shared on this thread has been so useful!!:wink2:

    congrats on your acceptance!!!!!!!!!!! are u anxious like I am????
  3. by   AOx1
    I'm an instructor and the seniors and fellow posters here on AN have recommend the following for a new student:
    4-color pens, a flash drive, lots of notecards, highlighters, and post-it flags for marking chapters, key points, etc. I personally used flash cards for each test, would put a rubber band around them and label them (ex- test 1- cardiovascular and respiratory), then at the end of the semester, it was easy to go back and study for finals. I also could make note of any concepts I missed on the cards after an exam. You can download lectures onto MP3 and listen to them in the car if your instructor lets you record. Folders with lots of tabs/dividers. One poster in a previous thread (why can't I find it now?) had a great suggestion- he or she removed the binding from books at Kinko's, and then would take the relevant sections to class and clinical vs lugging the whole book. For clinicals- a good all in one care plan book, or one specific to the area you are studying, retractable sharpie, black pen, and highlighter, a retractable name badge holder, hand sanitizer, and GOOD shoes.

    Good shoes and a good stethoscope are well worth the investment. I always feel sorry for the students who buy the cheapest shoes possible then limp their way along after only an hour in the clinical setting. Don't be tempted. Buy something decent. I see a lot of people recommend Dansko clogs, Merrell, or new balance.
  4. by   Lilme04
    Gigantic, enormous, huge thanks to everyone who put their two cents in! I'm starting school in about 6 weeks, and as it gets closer, the more reassurance and advice I need to calm down!

    This website has helped so much, and this thread as been great!
  5. by   cursedandblessed
    ita about the good shoes. i also have some socks made for diabetics, extra thick, they don't rub the feet good support. even with great shoes, don't be surprized when at the end of the day your feet are killing you. the chairs around the desk and computers are for the nurses and docs 99% of the time. you don't sit down except at lunch. you must immediately give up chairs to the docs is our rule, don't wait for someone to tell you, if they have to tell you or ask you it's not a good thing.

    if you want to sit down for a few minutes, find a patient who has to have sitter and let the sitter have a bathroom break. not only will the sitter appreciate it, but you will too.
  6. by   KellRrn2b
    Quote from Lilme04
    Gigantic, enormous, huge thanks to everyone who put their two cents in! I'm starting school in about 6 weeks, and as it gets closer, the more reassurance and advice I need to calm down!

    This website has helped so much, and this thread as been great!

    so glad this thread has helped you!! Congrats on starting NS
  7. by   LiveZen
    I just graduated with my BSN this morning. I'm a traditional age college student, 23 yrs, no spouse or kids but an awesome and supportive family and boyfriend.

    Find out what works for you. Yes, it takes some trial and error (and errors will happen along the way, and that's ok. We're all human.) A lot of my professors really emphasized the study groups and pretty much said that's what you needed to do well in the class. I'm very outgoing and social and find that i get very sidetracked in study groups so that never worked for me. Same with my best friends from school, we each just did our own thing and might quiz each other in the five or ten minutes before the exam.

    A lot of profs also insisted on reading the chapters in each book. I tried that, in and some classes it was helpful, but more it was more helpful to review my notes from class.

    My best study/nursing school tips were:

    1) Break it up into small sessions. I would do 1-2 hours a day, MAX. I started on the very first day of class. By the end of school I was studying only Mon-Fri and taking weekends off for myself. Some of my classmates did the huge cram sessions the couple of days before the exams and that worked for them.

    2) Be organized. Keep a notebook/binder for each subject. Helpful for in class notes/printed powerpoints/syllabuses, etc.

    3) Use your class notes. The profs emphasize certain stuff for a reason!

    4) Make yourself a priority took me till almost the very end of nursing school to start getting the importance of this! Go for a walk, hang with your family, read non-nursing books, watch your favorite show..whatever helps you be YOU and relax! SO important!

    5) Have fun! Enjoy getting to know your fellow nurses! I've met some wonderful people (lots of aquaintances and two awesome close friends) and we are all looking forward to the new phase in our lives as nurses! My close buds and I are going on a "We're Done With Nursing School" trip next weekend and are hoping to make it a yearly tradition.

    (Every nursing class has "groups" mine didn't have cliques per se but everyone knew which group the other 100 belonged to! lol for the most part the groups were very nice and accomodating to one another. I tended to float between groups more than a lot when it came to lunches between class, chatting before class, etc.)

    I'm happy to answer PM's from nursing students!

    Best wishes to all of you. Nursing school is the most awesome, challenging, growing experience you will have!
    Last edit by LiveZen on Jun 13, '09 : Reason: still getting the hang of smilies, then wanted to add something
  8. by   mlo4567
    Thanks so much for all the advice! I realize I am just a pre-nursing student, but I am always thinking ahead. With going back to school at age 38 & having 3 kids ages 15-21, I have to stay on top of things. Between keeping my schedule straight & all important dates & events for my daughter's college; I'm always busy
    I am already so glad I found this site. It's nice to talk to like- minded people who have similar goals as mine.
    Keep it up, I', sure I'm not the only one who's been helped & put at ease. Thank you one & all
  9. by   KellRrn2b
    CONGRATS live zen!!!!!!!
  10. by   LiveZen
    Awww.. Thanks! Soon it will be all of you! I can't believe how fast nursing school really went!
  11. by   stripec30
    This thread ha some great info! Some things I've found that work well are:
    • Use the tutor center... even if you don't need it. You can often compress a few hours worth of reading into a half-hour conversation.


    • See if your school offers a free subscription to a drug-database (we were offered Lexi-Drugs for our PDA's and Blackberrys)


    • Go in and see the instructors during their office hours... and don't be afraid to ask about the material you should focus on for the exam.


    • Don't be cheap with your shoes--you'll end your career before it begins.


    • Buy a fanny-pack or a set of scrubs with lots of pockets and fill it with supplies.


    • Stethoscopes are overrated... you'll find that 5% of nurses have top-end Littmans, 70% have the entry level model, 20% use the generic supply-cart stethoscope and the rest fall somwhere inbetween.


    • For the love of everything holy... take your shoes off before walking inside your house...
  12. by   beth66335
    Quote from stripec30
    • For the love of everything holy... take your shoes off before walking inside your house...
    This is funny...but true! I knew nurses that kept lysol in their cars and took off their shoes sprayed them and put them in the trunk to dry after work each day. I kept slippers in my car to put on to drive home...they felt so great after 12 hours ( or more) on my feet!:heartbeat
  13. by   chuckz
    Congrats on getting in. I remember that feeling. You should be proud of yourself. That being said, you asked what you can do to prepare?

    First, a lot of nursing students in your class are going to be trying to do route memorization on everything. Trust me, this does not work. You have to UNDERSTAND concepts, not memorize. Sure there are lab values that you should know and other simple things, but when it comes to pharmacology, I want a nurse that is going to understand what cardiac meds are doing so they can look out for the sides instead of thinking, "What was a beta blocker for?"

    Take each day at a time. I can't tell you how much work it's going to be. You will see when you get there.

    The only thing that I really use everyday is my ipod touch. I keep drug guides in there and it does save me some time, as well as allow me to schedule things with the planner. It's really important to stay organized.

    Last thing, when you get into study groups, if you find yourself supporting somebody too much, drop the weight. This is about your career and yourself. You need to find people that you can study with that all contribute to your learning, not take away from it.

    Again, good luck and congrats.

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