Hi Jamie Sue, CONGRATS
I am a current NHTI nursing student and about to graduate in May. :hatparty:
Here is my advise:
1) Know your math (be able to calculate drug dosages). You can PM if you want my drug math book, cause I am done with it.
2) Bye a 2" binder ( you will need one for each semester) because there are lots of notes.
3) Know your math: drug calc tests are pass or fail and failing is getting below a 90% on a 20 question test. you will have three tries each semester.
4) Show up early when they have the group registration other wise you will be there all day. I was there until about 3pm the day i registered.
5) Know your math
6) Bye a couple of folders for your "clinical portfolio" which is you clinical clearence and other things like care plans
7) Enjoy your summer off becuase the actuall program is A LOT of work, so much that it could be overwhelming at times. Relax, do not study during the summer, unless you absolutely have too
8) know your math
9) Make sure you have had a physical within the last year and your immunizations are up to date otherwise the health center will not sign your clinical clearance which means that you cannot go to clinical.
10) Know your math
11) If you are not good at organization, learn to be because to keep up with all the papers and projects you will need that. It is the only thing that kept me sane.
12) you guessed it.. know your math
13) Go to clinicals organized, and get organized the night before, as rushing around before clinical is no good. Be prepared to talk about you patient and what your plans will be for the day.
14) If you can afford a lap top or PDA purchase one or both, they are very handy to have for lecture and clinical (the PDA).
15) Go to BJ's and buy kleenex in bulk, you will need them, trust me. Nursing school can be an emotional roler coaster at times and it is normal to cry at least once a semester.
16) If you still have gen ed classes to take, take them over the summer and during spring and winter breaks. It is almost impossible to take the simultaniously with nursing classes, unless you do nt have to work and no family to take care of.
17) most imporantly show up with the motivation and willingness to learn.
Let me know ifyou have any specific questions, and ifyou want the math workbook just PM me.