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How to prepare for nursing school??!

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Hello,

Nursing School acceptance letters will be mailed on Monday of next week. Hopefully, if I get in, I was wondering what can I do to get prepared for the first semester? What subjects should I do a quick overview on? A&P? Dosage Calculations? Pathophysiology?

Any Help?

zoe92

Has 2 years experience.

I've heard reviewing a & p is good to do, as well as dosage calculations. Personally I kept all my anatomy notes and will be keeping my physiology notes for the program.

Thank you for taken time out to respond! Ok, I will make note of this.

Honestly, just rest, lol. Sleep late, spend some quality time with your family and friends. I can't think of anything that would really help you prepare (other than finding out the first few chapters that you will have to read).

Thank you for taken time out to respond! Ok, I will try my best to relax. (YIKES)

Rest for a few weeks.. then go over test taking skills. Nursing school test is way different from the tests we've taken for prereqs. There're multiple right answers but which one is THE BEST one. Made my first B (in foundations) with horrible grades that I've never gotten before. Other than test taking skills, we had reviews for A&P in the beginning of class that corresponds with the lecture so studying A&P before wasn't really needed. Pathophysiology comes very handy for your clinicals though and the care plans you'll be doing so brush up on that.

Good luck! :)

Thank you for taken time out to respond! This is very helpful. God Bless you!

Rest for a few weeks.. then go over test taking skills. Nursing school test is way different from the tests we've taken for prereqs. There're multiple right answers but which one is THE BEST one. Made my first B (in foundations) with horrible grades that I've never gotten before. Other than test taking skills, we had reviews for A&P in the beginning of class that corresponds with the lecture so studying A&P before wasn't really needed. Pathophysiology comes very handy for your clinicals though and the care plans you'll be doing so brush up on that.

Good luck! :)

Oh saw too late that I already answered your post in another one. I forgot to mention for the test taking skills.. search for Test Taking Strategies for Nursing. I don't know the title but my friend bought a book similar to that title and she said it was very helpful.

I just finished my first semester. I'd say... just rest. Take naps. Watch TV. Spend time with your family, your friends, drink wine, enjoy yourself. Pretty soon you won't be able to enjoy that as much anymore :)

Every nursing program is different, but for mine, I guess reading up on patho would have helped, especially on things like diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD... maybe review medications that you'll see a ton in clinical, like morphine, dilaudid, lasix, lovenox, insulin... read nursing care plans, see what they are, what common nursing diagnoses are and their interventions. Good luck to you.

I just finished my first semester. I'd say... just rest. Take naps. Watch TV. Spend time with your family, your friends, drink wine, enjoy yourself. Pretty soon you won't be able to enjoy that as much anymore :)

Every nursing program is different, but for mine, I guess reading up on patho would have helped, especially on things like diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD... maybe review medications that you'll see a ton in clinical, like morphine, dilaudid, lasix, lovenox, insulin... read nursing care plans, see what they are, what common nursing diagnoses are and their interventions. Good luck to you.

GOD BLESS YOU!!

xxkmpxx

Has 3 years experience.

I just finished my first semester. I'd say... just rest. Take naps. Watch TV. Spend time with your family, your friends, drink wine, enjoy yourself. Pretty soon you won't be able to enjoy that as much anymore :)

Every nursing program is different, but for mine, I guess reading up on patho would have helped, especially on things like diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD... maybe review medications that you'll see a ton in clinical, like morphine, dilaudid, lasix, lovenox, insulin... read nursing care plans, see what they are, what common nursing diagnoses are and their interventions. Good luck to you.

I start too end of jan and this is my plan. I figure we won't have time to do leisurely things after we start so I will relax and do fun things now while I can!!! I also plan on doing a little nursing related reading as well though.

I start too end of jan and this is my plan. I figure we won't have time to do leisurely things after we start so I will relax and do fun things now while I can!!! I also plan on doing a little nursing related reading as well though.

Great idea!

lalopop86

Has 2 years experience.

Honestly just enjoy any free time you have. You'll start in Jan and they will tell you what you need to learn :) just spend time with family and friends and SLEEP like you've never slept before !

If you start classes in January, it's right around the corner! If you were on a waitlist and had quite a bit of time before nursing classes started, I would give more suggestions on things to review/study in the meantime. But since you don't have much time left before you start, I agree with what other posters have said, spend some free time with your family and friends! You won't have much free time to see family and friends once classes start so I would enjoy the time off. Take advantage of a little leisure time! If you are dying to studying though, I would brush up on the A&P. A solid foundation of A&P is very helpful. Patho and dosage calc are things you could take a look at during the break too. Although, I wouldn't overwhelm myself with studying. You will be overwhelmed enough once classes start! But get excited! Nursing school is awesome! I just finished my second semester of nursing classes. I love it! The material itself isn't super challenging.. it's just the amount of stuff you are expected to learn in a short time. Nursing school takes up a lot of your time, yes, but it's very doable! Best of luck!!

It's so hard to relax when I'm nervous...(sigh) I'll try my best. :(

It's so hard to relax when I'm nervous...(sigh) I'll try my best. :(

I'm starting in the nursing program this Jan 2013. And you know what I'm doing? Taking a break! Taking the time for myself after all the stress with prereqs and the teas I think deserve a great Christmas breAk. And I'm gonna review by reading the nursing books like a week before nursing school starts.

You can start reading about physical assessment and start practicing. And maybe make flash cards for some basic labs like WBC, rbc, platelets, hemoglobin, hematocrit, bun, creatinine, ast, alt.

I wouldn't go much further than that. But physical assessment and lab values are going to be used throughout school.