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  • Dec 28 '13

    This can be a hard time of year -- school is so demanding, and it seems like all the non-students in the world are pouring themselves into their personal lives. The fact that you've "been down for a couple of months" can't help either. I hope you can give yourself some good self-care over the winter break, and can talk to someone you trust about how you've been feeling. Are there advisors at your school who can help you with study skills, or work on school/life balance?

    I think we ALL feel dumb compared to our classmates at some point. From what you say about your preceptor, it seems like you excel at the hands-on stuff, rather than book learning. Those skills are really important, despite the fact that you don't get a letter grade. Stay strong. You can do this.

  • Dec 28 '13

    I just got my final grades from my pre-reqs + nursing total and I ended up with a 3.45 and a 3.6 in just nursing classes. I worked FT + school FT

    You can do it. Just manage your time well, treat YOURSELF well and focus on what's important to you and you can do it

  • Dec 28 '13

    Congrats!! I finish my ABSN program in May 2014 also; it's been extremely challenging (and tested my endurance for sure) though very rewarding. Attending nursing school provided me a new appreciation and respect for nurses: the time and dedication needed to finish nursing school and the skills needed for the role! Can't wait to get closer to the finish line. High fives "class of 2014"

  • Aug 24 '13

    I just wanted to share a quick story. My mom checked into the emergency room on 1/13/13 due to complications stemming from Chemo and Lung Cancer. She passed away three days later in the ICU. The 14th was the first day of our semester at school. Needless to say, I was spending a great deal of time at the hospital with mom. I brought my A&P book with me to read during the times she was sleeping. An older Nurse walked in one day and asked me why I was taking A&P. I say older, she was actually not much older than I was and I am 46. I told her my ambitions and she scoffed at the notion. She painted me a very bleak picture of Nursing and suggested I shouldn't waste my time. I have to tell you, with my mom laying there on her death bed and me falling behind right out of the gate, I seriously considered dropping the class. I suppose the reason I didn't was for two reasons, one.... I really appreciated watching the care and attention the Nurses gave my mom, and secondly, I knew my mom would be disappointed if I quit. After she passed and I found myself struggling, I could hear her telling me to "get my butt in gear and don't quit". I did struggle with catching up but ended up with an "A" in the class. I dedicate that "A" to my mom. Anyhow, back to the point I wanted to make. There are going to be obstacles, nay Sayers, people telling you to give up, doors not opening that should, family matters, and basic life issues to cope with. It is easy to quit... but as my old ball coach used to say "Quitters never win and winners never quit". If its within you to become a Nurse, don't let anyone or circumstance steal your dream.

  • Jul 15 '13

    And I sooooo don't want to go back. I don't know how I made it through last year and I can't imagine doing it all over again. I don't feel like I remember anything at all from the spring. It took weeks for the stress level to lift (it's still not totally gone)

    Anyone else feel this way? Is this a normal extended break feeling? I've heard next semester is a beast and I cannot imagine being less than a year away from taking the "test" and becoming an RN. I know nothing! (even though I aced most tests--> means nothing because I feel like an idiot)

    I'll just stick my head in a hole and pretend August isn't coming...

  • Jul 15 '13

    I feel the same way! I think my feelings stem from the fact that I will be responsible for people's lives in one year. To help alleviate my anxiety about third semester I've been studying basics (lab values, acidosis/alkalosis...etc.). Good luck going back!

  • Jul 15 '13

    YESSSSSSS! I can't believe my summer is over in about a month. I took online history and ethics over the summer, so I still kind of stayed in light homework mode, but after last semester's freak out, I feel the same as you. I feel like I need more time to get my stress level down. But by now, I'm probably just babying myself.

    What I did to alleviate these feelings was to go buy some huge NCLEX books. Fun right? Not really and kind of making me more stressed, but I know I have to start now or the semesters will fly by and I'll be even more stressed in spring without having 4 months to recuperate before I take the stupid test.

  • Jul 15 '13

    I've managed raising my two kids and still maintaining my job while in nursing school. It is possible. I was also working full-time and finishing pre-req's when I had my youngest and was breastfeeding. Go into it with a confident, positive attitude. You got it!

  • Oct 22 '12

    Quote from ShineyNickel76
    What I had a good laugh about recently is that my family thinks just because I am in Nursing School I know everything. I have to keep reminding them that I am in first semester and just starting out. My family is cute. And as far as the CNA stuff, my school also required us to be CNA's as a prereq. So far this first semester we are getting a little bit of a refresher on the CNA stuff, but then we are also doing nursing stuff like foley cath, passing out meds along with other stuff. I don't mind getting a refresher on the CNA part either. I figured I can roll with it and it's all good learning experiences.
    *** Many of us, most of us? Have friends and family who think we know everything there is to know about medical problems. It is OK to teach them about things you know about. Like if a family member asks you about COPD you can tell them what you know about COPD. What you must not do is provide medical advice to friends and family. So it's fine to explain conditions and share your knowlage, however if asked what that person should do about their medical condition you need to refer them to their health care provider, a physician, NP or PA. Providing medical advice is not your roll as an RN. Teaching is.
    As for "CNA work". Look it's ALL nursing. All nursing tasks are the RN's responsibiliety. We can deligate certain things to LPNs or CNA but we (the RNs) are responsible for providing all the nursing care for the patients we have accepted responsibiliety for until we hand off responsibiliety to another nurse. There is no "CNA work" related to patient care. It is all nursing care and you as the RN are responsible for it. In order to be able to properly supervise LPNs and CNAs (and we DO supervise them clinicaly per your states nurse practice act. YOU are accountable for any care they provide to your patients) you must understand their skill and knowlage level.
    Many areas of nursing do "primary nursing". That means the RN does every nursing task from bed bath to managing the intra aortic ballon pump. I would say most of the ICUs I ahve worked in didn't use CNAs, of if they did they didn't staff them every shift.

  • Oct 22 '12

    What I had a good laugh about recently is that my family thinks just because I am in Nursing School I know everything. I have to keep reminding them that I am in first semester and just starting out. My family is cute. And as far as the CNA stuff, my school also required us to be CNA's as a prereq. So far this first semester we are getting a little bit of a refresher on the CNA stuff, but then we are also doing nursing stuff like foley cath, passing out meds along with other stuff. I don't mind getting a refresher on the CNA part either. I figured I can roll with it and it's all good learning experiences.

  • Oct 19 '12

    I am also wondering what it is about interacting with pts that you do not enjoy?

    I LOVE talking with my pts but pt teaching not so much. Why? Because I don't feel qualified enough yet to be teaching. I feel like I'm still learning all this myself and that I'm just blowing smoke and afraid that I will teach them something WRONG and look stupid.
    Which by the way, I constantly feel stupid in clinical.

    I cried on my instructor last week after I failed to put in a catheter. (TWICE) Nursing school is really testing my self confidence and I'm in the "what the hell am I doing?" phase.
    BUT I will keep trucking along because I know this is a phase and I can't wait for it to get better!

    You can do this too and eventually, you will find a place that works for you. Keep jumping through those hoops NS throws at us!

  • Aug 13 '12

    Let's face it; orientation makes nursing school just seem more "real" but it's also very daunting, and a lot of information to sift through. My orientation was not as bad as I had thought it was going to be, but I did sit with the thoughts of "what the heck have I gotten myself into" among other thoughts. I got a good impression of my instructors and they all seemed to have a passion for nursing and for teaching. Looking back at what I learned at orientation, there are some very important points that I believe we all should take into consideration.

    Nursing School is Hard, but it's not impossible.

    The general theme was to be prepared to spend a lot of time studying and that working would be very difficult. The material is very different from any other class, and that one should not expect to do as well, initially, as one did in pre-requisite courses. It takes a little bit to get into the "groove."

    Learning is Lifelong.

    Nursing education should not stop with the ADN degree, but continue on. It was highly encouraged that students continue to seek higher education and also realize that when one graduates one still only knows a fraction of what "needs" to know, and that the rest comes with time and experience.

    Get Organized!

    If there was one thing I heard every single speaker emphasize, it was the need for students to be organized. Organization will minimize the chance for missing assignments, keep needed materials at your fingertips etc. An organized study space limits stress and makes the time spent studying more effective. Keeping everything written down in a calendar was also highly recommended. Everyone has different things that work for them, but one should find a method of organization and stick to it.

    Get in a Study Group.

    It was highly recommended that students break into study groups. They said that the most successful students were the ones in an effective study group. By effective it means that the time the group spends studying is actually used for studying, not gossiping, talking about non-study related things etc. Everyone should study the material and then come together to discuss, help each other understand the material, and practice applying it.

    Read, Read, READ!

    We all know that there is a lot of reading in nursing school. However, it's important to come to class prepared AHEAD of time. In my program, we will be quizzed over the readings on a regular basis and that makes it even more important to make sure to read the assigned chapters. In my program, they told us that we will be expected to spend a lot of time discussing in groups about the material, and that having an idea of what the topic is about is imperative to success.

    The Standards are Higher!

    This goes back to organization a little bit, in the sense that one will be required to be on time, if not early, each and every time. There is very little tolerance for tardiness. In my program we can only miss ONE clinical. Absences are only tolerated with a VERY good reason. Personal conduct is very important as well, and one is expected to conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times. Tests are timed. I am already intimidated by the idea of having only 1.5 minutes to answer a question!!

    Use ALL your Resources!

    It was recommended that one purchase reference books for test questions, such as "Fundamentals Success," have more than one care planning book, make use of peers, your instructors, the lab, and even "Youtube" to help understand the material and practice skills. One should visit the professors in their office hours before a problem becomes too big. If one doesn't understand something, talk to the professor before test day! Don't be afraid to ask questions! Even allnurses.com is a great resource to use if things just don't make sense!

    Be Emotionally Invested!


    This means to care about what one is doing. Don't become a nurse just for the paycheck. The best nurses are the ones that care about what they do and are passionate about it. There are so many fields in nursing that if one becomes "bored" with one area, there are other opportunities to go for. Also, if one decides that nursing is not for them, it's best to not continue practicing because if one doesn't like nursing, then one is also likely to no longer be emotionally invested and the chance of burnout and errors increase.

    Be Courageous!

    Last but not least, be Courageous! This is where I truly saw the emotional investment of my own professor. It's a scary world out there for nurses, and also the client to some extent. The bottom line is that the nurse has a responsibility to the patient. If one sees something that is not right, speak up no matter what. Doctors can and will be mean, yell at you and we all have heard and read the stories, but the nurse has a responsibility to speak up for the patient an often that takes courage.

    Nursing school is a journey. It's exciting, terrifying, rewarding and the list goes on. Hopefully some of these tips can be of help along the way. Only one more week till my first day of class and I am like a horse at the starting gate; itching to get going!

  • Aug 9 '12

    Yeah our school was very disorganized starting from block 1 orientation alllllll the way through block 4. From the FA office, to the homework schedules/calendars, to the clinical groups... My school was also a top ranking school and the first thing they taught us day one was "the f word" .... Flexibility! They said being a nurse is all about having to be flexible. Schedules, aren't always going to go your way. you're not always going to have the tools/supplies you need. Patients aren't always going to react how you want. So when something went 'wrong' or took an unexpected turn they would say "remember the f word!" (of course I was always wanting to think of a different f word) you get kind of used to it. I'm severely OCD about my schedule and what not too. I would always have a couple calendars and very organized binders. I still do as a nurse. I just know to write it in pencil now, not pen. also, all the changes and shinanigans, kick start your ability to critical think! Which is key in nursing.

  • Aug 9 '12

    I have had horrible experiences in financial aid, however it always works out in the end. I have the same issues, as far as not being able to get all ends to meet and feel accomplished. The nursing department at the school I attend, stays pretty in tune to what is happening in the bookstore and with financial aid. Although, my classes start in two weeks... we had orientations back in April. We actually had months to prepare and take care of paperwork and such. I can't imagine the stress, but as a nursing student -you'll handle it just fine

  • Aug 9 '12

    I believe the colleges do students a real disservice by hiring minimally trained personnel for financial aid. If this is a process they go thru every few months then there ought to be a procedure to follow so that the student can be serviced. After all, it is how the school gets tuition money. That said, I will add that stress is a by-product of nursing school. Hope yours gets to a reasonable level soon!


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