LVN of 18 yrs here. I do find that sometimes my floor skills and real life situations hinder me. On the other hand, they have also helped me tremendously. Some one posted about being in NCLEX World when testing. This is true. My coworker just graduated from transitional school and told me that when I am taking NCLEX to imagine that I am working at Perfect Hospital and have only one patient. Guess this one patient thinking wouldn't work with priority questions, but I think sometimes we read into the questions too much.
Doing okay grade-wise- As and Bs. Not such a priority since being accepted into the program. I mean what do you call a nurse who made Cs in nursing school? Answer: a nurse. I know lots of nurses who are very book smart but have poor critical thinking skills. I would advise not beating yourself up for less than perfect grades. My philosophy is that most of us transitioning are a little older with families. We are juggling kids, mortgage payments, work, etc... Somethings gotta give, right? GPA doesn't really matter now. I am not advocating slacking. Just put forth your best effort, learn from your mistakes and wrong answers and move on.
Winding down our Pedi rotation and classes. Finals are on Dec 10th. One month hiatus from school and then I start my last semester in January. I wish I could just relax and bum around for a month but instead will be picking up extra shifts at the hospital (in addition to every weekend) to try and catch up.
*Sigh* just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and it IS NOT A TRAIN) It is a means to an end and we will survive!