Published Jan 28, 2003
I am just beginning my pre-reqs for the nursing program and feel so overwhelmed with all that is ahead. What advice can anyone give? What did you all do to keep yourselves motivated? Any advice would help...thanks so much :) MarisaLeigh
I graduated from nursing school last may and it was one of the greatest days of my life. I remember being right where you are looking ahead and being overwhelmed. Nursing school is only as bad as you make it, it is hard, but if taken with the right attitude will be one of the best things you do. Don't worry right now, the only time I really worried was waiting on the results from the NCLEX!!!!! Good luck!
Thanks for the encouragement! Its good to know im not alone here lol...Im just the young'n in all of my classes so its a little intimidating:) but thanks again and i'll keep what you said in mind:)
As a RN of 15 years..... jump the hoops, lay low and learn learn learn !!!! Good luck !!!!!
You absolutely can do this. Study groups help a lot. Keep a good attitude!
Remember the "little engine that could"???
I know I can, I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!!!!!
I know that this will sound stupid , but sit in the front of the class. I found that when i did this I could make good eye contact with the teacher which would make me pay better attention. Also re coping notes is a good study habit to get into
Keep up on the reading...if you don't you will likely find yourself facing a couple hundred pages that needs read the night before of basically technical stuff that could put anyone in a coma....I tried to read every little chance I had...the few minutes between class, some at lunch time, every evening, and every weekend. Otherwise I would probably still be digging myself out under the textbooks.
Keep a positive attitude and take it one day at time. Look at the syllabus...any big projects down the road? Starting get a few ideas in your head now...test dates...make sure you plan ample time to prepare for the exam (and an all-nighter before isn't the best idea:eek: ).
Last of all, don't be afraid to talk to your professors...they are there to guide you...plus they are getting paid to help you....
What classes are you taking this semester, if you don't mind me asking?
Nursing school can be overwhelming at times...there are times when you feel like you're in the deep end of the ocean:
Try to keep things in short, measureable goals...rather than look at all you have to do and learn by the time you graduate, keep things in the very near future; what do you have to do for this week. When it comes to clinical, when you get a complex pt that needs a lot of procedures, instead of letting that intimidate you, think about how it will be a really good learning experience, and how it will give you the opportunity to learn how to organize your day.
You are in a marathon right now...your goal probably isn't even in sight yet. Making short goals will help you keep from getting discouraged.
Keep on truckin'!
Tweety, BSN, RN
Just don't fall behind. Make school a priority. But find a little time for rest, relaxation and exercise. Good luck!!!
keep your head up. try to stay as on course as possible, and try to make a lot of friends in the nursing program. i definitely found it much easier, with the support of people who really understood what i was going through! you will be in classes/clinical together, you will study together (and that is where the study groups begin), you will go out together, and they will push you~to the library, to class, to get up early for clinical!! in fact, all of my best friends are nurses who i went to college with. you will always have that bond!
i don't know how long your program is....but, i found it much easier to take some of my B***S*** classes, during the summer. that way...all i had to worry about during the fall and spring semesters was nursing, and i had less credit hours. just a thought.
my motto: "work hard....play hard" and as much as i wanted to get through with my 4 years, i wish i was back in college. the real world was like a slap in the face!!
Keep a positive attitude. There are a lot of hoops to jump through, each one brings you closer to your goal.
Good Luck !
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