I got accepted into the nursing program...now what?

by cheri2 Member


I just got my acceptance letter for the nursing program at my campus. I start in Jan. I am excited but also very nervous. I have no idea what to expect and anyone with advice..I am very open to it..


cheri2:D :p


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When I first got accepted into nursing school I decided to

brush up on basic science. I purchased a high school bio and

chemistry review book (very condensed and easy to follow)

and read the whole thing. It really helped me get comfortable with anatomy and science terminology. If you want to get

familiar with nursing subjects visit the bookstore and check out

the nursing reference books. Springhouse has "Incredibly

Easy" books that review and explain nursing stuff (Patho

Phys, Assessment, etc.), and Mosby has some good

Pocket Guide books that are easy to read. This will help you

feel more comfortable with the things you will be learning, and

give you a head start on your studies!

Also, you might like to get psyched with some good nursing

books..."Intensive Care," "Tending Lives," and "Condition

Critical" by Echo Heron and "Nurse" by Peggy Anderson (this

book is a little out of touch with current nursing, but is still

interesting). These are all great, quick books to read.

Good Luck!




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Sorry for the formatting problems in my previous post! Hope it's not too hard to read.:confused:


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Congradulations!!! I am so excited for you!!!

Hey I also read all of the exciting books listed above by Echo Heron!!!!!!! They are so exciting. You must start with the first book because it goes in order from her getting accepted to nsg. school and all the way through school, job. etc. She goes through clinical situations that I know every nurse goes through, instructors. etc.

I just graduated and I read the books while I am waiting on hearing news from my boards, and job interviews.... And I called my school and told the Dir. of NSG to read these books and have them listed for all freshmen nsg. majors to read because they are so inspirational!!!!!!!!

I thought I was the only one who read the books!!!!!!



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These books should be mandatory reading for all nursing

students!! I read them last summer (back before

school started and I had free time:)). You are right

about reading them in order, it makes them much more meaningful.

I was sorry that there weren't more in the series!

Guess I'll have to read them again (in order, of course!).

Meghan Gilmore

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:D Congratulations!! I just finished the first year in a five year nursing program in Boston. My best advice is probably that you have to really want to be a nurse. The major is very stressful, and you will have lots of work to do. There have been so many weekends when all of my friends were at parties or the bars or what have you and I was in studying! Don't get me wrong, I love my major, and I wouldn't ever want to do anything else, just trying to prepare you a bit! Good luck to you!


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Just a little piece of advice to be one up on everyone else. Learn as many medical prefixes and suffixes as you can. They will help you pass many tests. They have helped me more than I can say!!

Allot of classes are tough and take ALLOT of studying. Don't make any plans ahead of time to go out etc., because usually you are studying!:) When you sign up for your pre-req's, get a few of your classes that are really easy to keep your GPA up. And last but not least, set short term goals for yourself (like "I will study every night so I get an "A" on that exam), but don't be disappointed with yourself if you don't make it. Be proud that you worked as hard as you did to get what you did!!!:D


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Hey Meghan:

HI... I just read your note that you just finished your first year in your five year nursing program.. well I just finished my last year of my five year nsg. program and I really feel that going the five years helps you to absorb everything in and you get more clinical hours. I heard a lot of BSN programs are doing the five year program now. Mine still leaves it optional but they are in the transition.... Is yours that way too?

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