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  1. Hi Guys!

    I'm new to this website, but have enjoyed reading the commentaries here. So, I registered to become a part here with you all. I'm in eastern Oklahoma, and was recently widowed (well, just past 5 years now), but still have young'uns here (now ages 10 and 7). So, when my youngest got old enough to put into school, I've started college for the first time in my life and have (so far...knock on wood!)... made straight 4.0's to this point. I was accepted in the nursing program last fall and am now just in my 2nd semester. And, what a ride it has been!!! When I heard the rumors prior to the nursing program about sleepless nights, and losing your life, and it being the hardest thing one has had to do... well, let me just say that I know they weren't kidding. It has been the most different and difficult of college that I've been in. Sometimes you feel like you are having to educate yourself, because the nursing instructors sure don't want to tell you too much... too afraid of giving away a test answer, I guess! But, it's been a trip to have to read 6 chapters for lecture class the next day while still having 5 articles to find for that research paper with a deadline and a new group presentation (with deadlines) to research into, and dosage calc exams coming up (only one shot at it this time)... sigh... there's never a break. I'm open, though, to hear from anyone as to how you got through this... especially those of you who started something like the nursing program (like me) with absolutely NO medical experience whatsoever behind you (other than going to the doctor when sick). But, I think it's been the craziness of it all that has made me more determined than ever to make a success of it. Any feedback on that?
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  3. by   akcarmean
    Welcome to allnurses
  4. by   RainDreamer
    Hi and welcome to allnurses!! I'm still going through it .... but with graduation being a few months away I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I must say, it's a great, exciting feeling! I know it's soooo hard .... the no sleep, the stress, the piles and piles of books and chapters we have to read, the careplans, the group projects, the papers, the drug cards, everything .... it's tough, but it's SO WORTH IT! Hang in there, ((((hugs)))) for you, you'll get through it and in the end you'll be so glad you did
  5. by   Rep
    Hello and welcome to allnurses! You came to the right place for nurses! Hope to hear more from you.
  6. by   widow2RN
    Quote from widow2RN
    Hi Guys!

    I'm new to this website, but have enjoyed reading the commentaries here. So, I registered to become a part here with you all. I'm in eastern Oklahoma, and was recently widowed (well, just past 5 years now), but still have young'uns here (now ages 10 and 7). So, when my youngest got old enough to put into school, I've started college for the first time in my life and have (so far...knock on wood!)... made straight 4.0's to this point. I was accepted in the nursing program last fall and am now just in my 2nd semester. And, what a ride it has been!!! When I heard the rumors prior to the nursing program about sleepless nights, and losing your life, and it being the hardest thing one has had to do... well, let me just say that I know they weren't kidding. It has been the most different and difficult of college that I've been in. Sometimes you feel like you are having to educate yourself, because the nursing instructors sure don't want to tell you too much... too afraid of giving away a test answer, I guess! But, it's been a trip to have to read 6 chapters for lecture class the next day while still having 5 articles to find for that research paper with a deadline and a new group presentation (with deadlines) to research into, and dosage calc exams coming up (only one shot at it this time)... sigh... there's never a break. I'm open, though, to hear from anyone as to how you got through this... especially those of you who started something like the nursing program (like me) with absolutely NO medical experience whatsoever behind you (other than going to the doctor when sick). But, I think it's been the craziness of it all that has made me more determined than ever to make a success of it. Any feedback on that?
    Thanks you guys! It's been good to hear from you and get the responses! With classes going on right now, I probably will not have a great deal of time to spend a lot of time in this forum, but I just want you to know that just hearing your own stories and comments helps me tremendously! I don't feel so isolated now while going through this. Thanks again!
  7. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!!!!
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Welcome to All Nurses

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