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How to prepare for first term of ADN?

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by danya danya Member Student

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Hello all-

I've been accepted to a nursing program at my local community college, and I was wondering what those of you who've already been through it would recommend to prepare. What sort of gaps did you encounter between prerequisites and beginning nursing-specific courses? I have four months before classes start and was planning to at least start reading the textbooks ahead of time. Are there other good resources I should be looking at?

Thanks in advance to anyone who has advice!

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Natasha has 1 years experience as a CNA, LVN and specializes in Psych.

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Congratulations for getting accepted into nursing school. That's a huge accomplishment!  I've attended a LVN program which is equivalent to your first year of nursing school and what I would recommend to prepare for nursing school is you want to study like you are making the transition from student nurse to working RN from day one.   That means taking what you learned in A&P and problem solve like a nurse.  The gaps I encountered was taking what you already know and applying it to nursing subjects.  For example you've learned about blood pressure in A&P.  When you get to nursing school you are going to learn about taking a patient's blood pressure. Then you will learn that there are classifications for blood pressure like normal blood pressure, prehypertension, stage 1 hypertension, stage 2 hypertension. Also, when you were in A&P and you learned about blood pressure, you also learned about blood pressure from the different ages (infant, child, adolescent, adult , elderly) That can be a challenge at first, but it's not impossible to learn. Just be a person who is always willing to learn. 🙂

Other resources ask your professor for help.  Youtube RegisteredNurseRN is a great resource and Mark Klimek audios as well as Saunders book 

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Rest your mind.  Seriously.  The next few years are going to be crazy.  We didn’t even get the list of what our textbooks were until a couple of weeks ahead of time.  Your mind will be in overdrive because now, you are going to have learn a new way of thinking.

Just relax and enjoy your Summer!!  Good Luck!

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Enarra has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Ambulatory Primary Care.

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Relax and enjoy life a bit because once school starts you won’t have time.  

Make sure you’re solid on your A&P, Where stuff is and what it does and such.  and the rest your prof will assign.    You can always order a fundamentals of nursing textbook if you want to read ahead. 

CONGRATS and good luck 

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- Definitely enjoy your Summer. You are going to be super busy once you start Nursing Classes.

- Buy the Saunders Book!! This will help with various nursing classes.

- Fundamentals Success book is also a great buy.

- Youtube videos helped me as well. Even watching "Nursing School Vlogs" helped me to understand people's perspectives.

 

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Sindoriel has 1 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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I'd say the only thing worth doing before nursing school is identifying your learning style and how to study effectively for yourself. I wouldn't bother studying until classes are close to beginning. If you do any reading try and practice learning how to identify important paragraphs to focus on, for example reading the first and last sentence. They'll be a lot of information assigned to read but its not all 100% required.

Once school is starting look into books with practice questions, like the Saunders book mentioned. A lot of times the information used in questions will all be present in nursing text books, but when it comes to questions its structured differently than you might expect. Looking at practice questions prepares you to understand how topics might be presented on an exam. Studying by either just practice questions or just reading assigned text book chapters will never be as effective as using both to improve each other. 

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On 5/21/2020 at 6:12 PM, danya said:

Hello all-

I've been accepted to a nursing program at my local community college, and I was wondering what those of you who've already been through it would recommend to prepare.

You took college classes to get this far, and it's just more college classes to graduate.  Don't panic, just go and do it.

The hardest part is time.  There's a good chance you're going to do some kind of orientation where you school basically gives a disclaimer that they own you when it comes to clinical.  Did you die on your way in and were in the hospital for 2 weeks, even on the unit that your clinicals are on?  Too bad, you just failed.  Get your job to be flexible, and commit to the idea that the days you have lecture, you also have work for the next 2 years (if you don't have the option of not working) and it becomes more of just being annoying than any real time struggle.

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