Mom & Dad were right: I'm a screw-up - page 3

I'm into my first three weeks of nursing school and I just can't seem to get it together. Up until the beginning of this semester, I've pulled a 4.0 in EVERY class. However... I took my... Read More

  1. by   ParkerBC,MSN,RN
    Nursing school is much different than any other major. I earned my first degree in Business Administration. Often times the exams were written in a manner that one, who studies, can easily find the correct answer. I learned quickly that the nursing program is not at all that way. You learn the material and then are required to apply it to certain situations. Even more interesting is that often times the answer isn't so obvious. I received a 75% on my first test (77% was the passing score). I was down too down especially knowing that I was a high achiever and have never failed at anything. But, after the first test, I understood how the other exams were going to be. So, I continued to study the material in the same manner, but I began practicing taking those types of exams. The last three exams were all 100%'s. So, I pulled a solid A out of the class. The point I am making is this. It is way too early in the game to call yourself a screw up. Brush yourself off, and take a different approach. I would suggest using either the ATI or an NCLEX study book to practice the questions. You clearly have the intellectual capability of understanding the material, now you just need to study how to take those types of exams.
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    Honey, forget Mom and Dad. I just completed an ASN late in life, passed boards, and am still not good enough for their approval.

    Focus on how smart you are, and how well you have always done. Nursing school is a special beast, but you can conquer it. The trick is not to let the exhaustion get to you, to have faith in your innate ability to get this stuff, and to know that a lot of A students gets C's in nursing classes.

    Be easy on yourself. It'll get better.
  3. by   Koyaanisqatsi-RN
    Heh, I wonder if he's passed by now and is a nurse already. How about an update, OP?
  4. by   Oorah
    Welcome to the difference between book smart and world smart. Some people are book smart can tell you everything about everything, but can't screw in a lightbulb. Some guys are dumb as a brick, but are the best motor T mechanics I have ever seen. And finally, some people get a nice mixture of both.

    Being able to apply your knowledge of what to do is key. You absolutely have to do things the correct way 100% of the time. Work on it. Practice. Don't just read it, practice. You'll get better, its not all that bad. Talk to the teachers and let them know whats going on. They will help you out.