I'm a 2nd level RN AD Nursing Student. I have 8 mos, 28 days left till graduation! I can use a friend who has been there.
Sep 5, '06
Of course you can make it! We've all been there!
Oh trust me...sooo many wonder ...several times during their programs...if they can make it...it's always SOMETHING. But..you can do it. Just have careful planning of study time...study harder b/c your program should be harder at this level...hang in there with any personality conflicts.... do your best..come prepared (do all your paperwork well, etc...for clinical..know your meds etc)...get used to not sleeping much.... and just keep pluggin' away. You CAN do it. Remember the motto, "don't quit"
Sep 5, '06
Hey, I'm also a 2nd year RN AD student. The good news is we're more than halfway through! This year will be easier than last; we're not wet behind the ears and know what the drill is. Keep your eyes on the prize!!
Sep 6, '06
Many of us have been there. I've been there. You can do this too.
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Sep 6, '06
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Sep 6, '06
All I can say is 'been there done that, got the degree
Yep I'm an RN. and someday you will be too, as an earlier poster said, "keep your eye on the prize" Save updating that resume to the RN status (behind your name) as a gift to yourself after nursing school, but look at that resume often to remind yourself of how far you have come
Sep 7, '06
Thanks to all of you who answered. I am literally in tears reading the encouragement. Today I had some great news, I passed my IV Med Module and did my first IV Push and hung a Piggyback all on my own (of course with the instructor looking over my shoulder), but she actually said good job. Small things like that are often not given and boy when they are how bouyant they can make you feel. Thanks again.
Sep 8, '06
Hey there. I've been there, and can tell you from experience that this is going to be one of the most wonderful, frightening, frustrating, and rewarding year of your life. Second year is NOT (by any means) another dose of the stuff they threw at you in first year, and the switch from acquiring a knowledge base to the APPLICATION of that knowledge can be difficult at first. Setting aside enough study time can also be tough, so I would advise that if at all possible try to limit the amount of hours you spend working....several of the students in my first year class didn't make it into second year because they weren't able to get enough study time (or sleep, family, and relaxation time as well!!). Hang in there though....lean on your classmates for help (study groups of 5 or less are GREAT), ask LOTS of questions, and before you know it, you'll be there! Good luck, and hope you'll keep us apprised of your progress.
Sep 23, '06
THank You for the encouraging words. By no means do I have any "spare time" left. I thought I had a moment just now and needed a lift and I am finding this is were I keep looking. This is sooooooooooooo difficult for me. Do you have any tips on were to find answers that my instructors are throwing back from my patient centered care worksheet? Example: How are the BUN and CR affected by a blood transfusion of PRBC's? I have searched all over and can't seem to find the answer.
Sep 23, '06
Yes, you can! I am a Level IV ADN student and guess what?! In 75 days I will be a GN! It can be done. Pray, study, and pray some more. YOU CAN DO IT! When it is all over, hug your family and thank them for their love and support. It cannot be done without love and support. Good Luck! You will be there before you know it....
Sep 25, '06
Okay.....here's how I would approach the question. First, go back to your labs/diagnostics resource and refresh your memory about what BUN and CR measure. Then think about what the infusion of PRBC's would do in terms of O2 sats, hematocrit, etc. Think your way along the "chain"....its like dominoes...one thing causes another thing, which causes another, and so on. Sometimes when instructors ask questions like that it isn't as important to know all the answers....knowing where to find the answers is important. When you work as a RN you will often find yourself looking things up in reference texts; careful RN's do it all the time and it's a good habit to cultivate. You will be tempted MANY, MANY times from now on to just throw up your hands and say, "this is just TOO hard" or "I'll never be able to 'get' this stuff". Resist that urge, and work through each problem step by step. You can do this, trust me. Hope this helps.
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