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    I am a senior in a BSN program. I will graduate this coming May (yay!). I would just like to know how some of you studied and prepared for the NCLEX. Some places in my area offer review classes, but they are a little bit costly. I am wondering if they are even worth the money? ATI offers a feature where it gives you a practice NCLEX exam. It pinpoints weak areas to gear studying. Once we master the test on ATI, it gives you the green light to go take the real test. That feature I believe has a 98% pass rate, but it is upwards of 200 dollars. Should I just review all my notes that I have taken in school? Buy an NCLEX prep book? I am just wondering what worked best for some of you.

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    Like other people have said, nitpicking and/or arguing with the professor gets you nowhere. When you are attempting to argue a question can you prove that the question was unfair or incorrect with the textbook your professor utilizes? The only way that I have ever gotten a question removed was when I backed it up with the book or it contradicted the notes my professors hand-out. To be honest, it is rare that the professors are wrong. My professors use a test bank and the test questions are formulated by professionals who are capable of writing the test questions. How often are you arguing questions? Are there multiple questions you have an issue with? Is it for every test? Are other students getting the questions wrong, too? Usually I have noticed when some of my classmates complain that the questions were unfair they simply were not able to think critically and/or apply their knowledge. It is not easy for everyone to do. If you teacher explains the rationale for the question then there is no point in arguing unless the notes or the books completely contradict the answer that was on the test. If I were you I would definitely lay low (like you said) and only bring up questions that you can absolutely 100% prove wrong.

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    GPA is not everything. You appear to be an ideal candidate because of your volunteer experience. Also, your GPA is still competitive. I got into one of the best nursing schools in my area with a 3.4 GPA and I had no medical experience and volunteer work under my belt. It is really hard to predict your chances of getting picked. It depends on how many seats the school you want to go to has. The school I am going to now had a lot of seats open when I applied several years ago, and that is part of the reason why it was so easy for me to get in. Other schools that have fewer than 80 seats are much harder to get into.

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    As a pre-nursing student I think it is a good idea to get a job in the medical field. To be honest, I did not get a job in the medical field until 3 months ago - right when I was staring my senior year in a BSN program. I work as a PCA for a home health agency. I have gained experience in things like bed baths, transfers, toileting, etc. I do not know why anyone would tell you that getting your CNA is a waste of time. I am assuming you have quite a ways to go in your program, right? I know a few of my fellow nursing students who go their CNA certification while attending school. Try to find CNA trainee courses or if all else fails, you can take a PCA course for a home health agency in your area. The course is often free and sometimes they will pay you to attend.

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    Quote from Kimynurse
    There seems to be a lot of questions on how important GPA is to get into a program.
    So I decided to start a thread where people can see , and average them out. We can all speculate on the importance, but to see the numbers, sometimes helps.

    I hope it helps some people. I hope we all achieve our goals.

    I start in January an RN program, my GPA is 4.0
    I think I had a 3.45 when I was accepted into my nursing program. I am currently at a 3.49 with three semesters left before I graduate.

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    Quote from FutureNurseShammy
    Wanted some advice on my 1st semester grades. I took 4 classes.
    College Algebra - C+
    English 101- B+
    Communication- B-
    College Reading Skills(CRS)- C

    My GPA is a 2.6. So far students older than me said since its my first semester of college, its expected. But others say its really BAD especially if I want to get into Nursing. Next semester ill be taking A&P1, SOCY, Psych, Stats, and English Comp.
    What's your opinion on my grades? /:
    Do you typically struggle with reading skills and such? Or did you not dedicate the time? There is a difference between having a weak area and not dedicating the time to your studies. Your grades are not horrible, but they are not the best either. You have plenty of room for improvement. I cant give you any advice unless I understand your situation. If you struggle with academics in general, I would suggest getting a tutor for your weaker subjects. If you are having a problem dedicating the time to your studies, then I suggest you get a day planner and/or an assignment book. College is tough, and nursing school even tougher. Your classes are just going to get harder, so study study study and when your tired of studying, study even harder. It is tiresome and it feels endless but when you put in your all you will reap the benefits. A&P is very heavy in memorization. You need to learn to appreciate the time it takes to memorize the material. I cannot even begin to tell you how long I would spend studying for that class (and my school at the made the class relatively easy compared to the school I am at now). I'm not going to lie, getting into a nursing program is very hard and very competitive. I had a 3.5 GPA when I was accepted into my program. As it stands, you really need higher than a 2.6 to get into a nursing program. I would suggest taking the classes you got C's in over again. Try to get A's in all your non pre req courses. Those are usually pretty easy.

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    Quote from Oveita40
    I enjoy biology...got all A's even in Microbiology, but chemistry is not my thing. Any advice or study tips???
    I am horrible at Chemistry. I am pretty sure the only reason I passed was because my professor understood that for most students Chemistry is a dry subject and it is quite challenging. I honestly do not even remember how I studied for the tests. I was never trying for very high marks in that class because I did not understand what the heck was going on half the time. In general, read your notes over and over again until you understand everything. Go to your professor for any extra help and maybe find a tutor. Chemistry requires a lot of understanding. If you can make yourself understand then you should be okay.

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    Quote from msmartel bee
    I'm planning taking pharmacology, statistics, pathophysiology and chemistry lecture and lab.will this be too much to handle. Have any one done this before. I don't want to set myself to failure, since I'm trying to raise my GPA
    I almost had a panic attack just reading your course schedule. It will depends on how strong of a student you are and if you can handle these more demanding classes. Did your advisor advise against this? I would hope so, because that seems INCREDIBLY difficult. I the amount of studying you will have to do for all those classes will be insane. Patho was a lot of memorization. I had to study quite a bit for that class. Pharm takes a lot if studying. I would definitely advise you to take two of those science classes out. My friend took Patho and Pharm in the same semester and she failed pharmacology and barely passed pathophysiology. She was also taking a nursing course, too. Nobody can tell you what will be too hard or too much for you, but that course load would require a tremendous amount of work and effort.

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    Quote from professionalgirl80
    A&P I, Nutrition, & American Government are the classes that I am schedule to take Spring'13. Have anybody took A&P with 2 other classes before?

    Thanks
    Nutrition was pretty easy, but that all depends on your professor. It could be super easy or your professor could make it very difficult. A&P is all memorization. Never underestimate the amount of material you need to memorize for that class, lol.

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    Quote from migznmayra
    I have 2 more semesters to finish my general education before I can apply to nursing school. I have all A"s in all the 9 classes I've taken so far with a 4.0 GPA. I'm extremely nervous about applying to the nursing program and being accepted. I currently have a full time job, married with 2 children. My pay is decent and I'm very nervous about having to quit my job. How do nursing student survive? Feed their families and pay bills?? Please help!!!
    Two of my friends have continued to work full time during school. Only one of my friends quit working and another one dropped to full time. Everyone is different. Plenty of people continue working full time during nursing school. It may back nursing school all the more difficult, though.

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    Those are excellent schools you are applying to, if I am not mistaken. My friend had a 3.8 and didn't get into John's Hopkins. Nobody can tell you whether or not you will get in. However, I hate to say it but a 3.1 GPA is not a strong GPA for any nursing program. Most of them start looking at the 4.0's and then move down the list. The schools with more seats are the easiest to get into. I dont know how many seats Duke or JH has, but they are great schools and they can be very picky. Apply to the schools of your choice and if you dont get in try other schools.

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    I have applied to Duke ABSN, UNC-CH BSN (2yr), John Hopkins Fall ABSN, MUSC ABSN.I want to know if I have a good chance or any chance of getting in. I was planning on going to PA school but decided that it way not the way I wanted to go. My heart is set on nursing.I graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Biology/pre-med curriculum and minor in psychology. GPA 3.11. I worked almost full time (32hrs) during the school year and full time during the holiday breaks at a rural family care practice as a CNA. I had to help support my mom who is disabled and younger brother. I also helped co-coordinate the farmworker program at my job, which we saw migrant farmworkers at our practice on thursdays and we would go to the camps and do bp checks and immunize. Also do part time volunteer work (100 hrs/yr) with SPCA, Komen Foundation and USO. I now work at a private family practice as a CNA/med tech. I have logged over 14000 clinic hours. Anybody have any insight or suggestions on my chances?

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    I am not a straight A student. I wanted to be before I started school, but nursing is harder than I thought. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. My overall GPA is a 3.49 and I finished last semester with a 3.59. I had all A's in my non nursing class and I got a B+ for my 9 credit nursing class. It is not impossible to get A's in nursing school, but it will be quite the challenge. For some classes you will have to memorize a boat load of information. For other classes you need to understand the material more than anything. Once you get to actual nursing classes the exams can be very tricky for some. NCLEX questions are tough until you get a good handle on them.

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    It is awesome that you are so excited. I was beyond excited when I started the program. I honestly cannot wait to go back to school and begin the next semester of clinical. Good luck!

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    Quote from SSNS07
    Hello all, this is my first time on this site. As you all know nursing school is EXTREMELY HARD! My GPA has dropped since entering nursing school due to C's in nursing 1 & 2. Sometimes I feel I work so hard and can barely get a B. Grant it I have a four year old, I'm married and work part time. Are there any tips you can give me? Nursing 3 starts in 3 weeks. Is getting a C in all nursing classes a bad thing? Will that stop me from getting a job? Or getting into a BSN program?
    I know how you feel. I study and study and study, and study some more and I never seem to get the grade I want. I studied for 40 hours total for one of my exams last semester and I only got a 77. I finished the course with a B+, and but I was really good shooting for an A or an A-. It is frustrating! A lot of it has to do with the being able to figure out the Nclex questions on your exams. Thankfully I am quite good at the questions but my friends struggle with them because they are think too hard about it. During my first semester of nursing school my professor told us to read the questions and take them for EXACTLY what they are saying; don't try to add any other details or scenarios to the situation given. I haven followed that advice and my lowest nursing test grade was that 77. Everyone I know who is a nurse tells me that employers do not really look at grades. All they care about is if you graduated nursing school and you have passed the boards. Try not to stress about it too much. Every semester is a new opportunity to do a little better and to push yourself a little harder. Do you do practice questions before exams? Those help a lot because they help you to improve upon your critical thinking skills. I have found that sitting and trying to memorize nursing material is not conducive. Focus on understanding the material. Study groups are helpful, too. I work with a few friends and we read over our class notes and with every slide we talk about why certain interventions are appropriate for that situation. We literally sit there and spout off all the information we can and whatever we cannot remember we look up. It works really well for me.

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    My school requires us to wear all white shoes when we are in clinical. I bought a pair of New Balance and I love them. My feet do not ache when I get home from my 9 hour rotations.


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