There's no such thing as TOO excited! you have every right to be excited. I gradated a year and a half ago and I'm STILL excited! LOL
Every now and then I lok at my husband and say, "Do you realize that I am a licensed and certified NURSE responsible for the lives and safety of my patients?" and he rolls his eyes and says, "Get over it already! That's OLD news!"
Of course, I should probably stop saying it when he asks me to make him dinner, but still...
In our first semester, we got all the tools, but you'll get the most use out of your stethoscope for sure. We had our uniforms, an we began clinicals right away, but our first half was entirely in a LTC facility and we did more assessment and talking than actual care (though there was certainly care involved). We were split between street clothed with lab jackets and our horriblyo utdated ruffly uniforms (I'm SO glad that's over! Yay! for scrubs
Basically you'll be focusing on disease pathology, so you can understand what's happening to them, as well as learning to identify what's normal. It may sound simple, but knowing what's considered normal is very important. You'll have patients with slightly off vital signs or other physical signs or symptoms, and though you may not be able to pinpoint exactly what is happening (out of a myriad of choices or problems), you will definitely be able to say, "Hey, this isn't regular; something's not right here." and that's the first step to determining what IS going on.
Congratulations! Have fun!
This kind of sums up your first semester: