I Need help and tips. Need as much advice as possible. Starting nursing school in Jan

  1. I am starting nursing school in Jan. I wanted tips, tricks just anything to help me prep and stuff that I can do in school to help me out more. I am wanting to learn tricks or any words of advice of those who have gone through this. I also wanted to know if anyone had any specific books/things that can help with school and learning. If there are certain books that help with certain things that will be taught in school I want to know what they are!! I want to succeed in school! Thanks so much for any help, tips or anything I can get!
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  3. by   StephAnnE93
    Flash cards will be your BEST FRIEND. Working as a CNA while in school (although pretty hard working and in school) kind of helps to give you a general knowledge of the basics. It will also teach you to appreciate CNAs while you are a nurse I'm still in school, but good luck!
  4. by   Bailando
    Thanks for your reply. I have been a cna for six months now and still working until I am in school. It's true that being a cna helps with learning basics.
  5. by   StephAnnE93
    I'm doing clinicals for lpn now and it's mostly CNA work...so I'm sure you'll be ok. it's the classes that kick your butt and the only thing that's gotten me through classes are those flash cards and study groupd
  6. by   StephAnnE93
    Oh and maybe get those nclex apps. It'll get you practicing on the dreadful, everything is correct but which is MOST correct, and multiple multiples!
  7. by   billswife
    Take a deep breath! You are going to be fine! My best studying was at about 4 AM by myself at Hardee's. I worked full time and had three kids and a husband, so I needed to take myself away from all distractions to get any studying done. Any specific things I can help you with, feel free to ask anytime!
  8. by   Bailando
    Quote from StephAnnE93
    Oh and maybe get those nclex apps. It'll get you practicing on the dreadful, everything is correct but which is MOST correct, and multiple multiples!
    Thanks that's a good ideas for the apps.
  9. by   Bailando
    Quote from billswife
    Take a deep breath! You are going to be fine! My best studying was at about 4 AM by myself at Hardee's. I worked full time and had three kids and a husband, so I needed to take myself away from all distractions to get any studying done. Any specific things I can help you with, feel free to ask anytime!
    Thanks for replying! Yes, my question is what books helped classes that you recommend that aren't part of class books? Do you have any other tips or anything? I'll take any and every advice😀
  10. by   billswife
    I wish I could recommend reading material, but I went to school soooooooo long ago (really!) I agree the flashcards are great. Also, there are some really helpful websites for specific units. I'll try to make a list and send it. I always learned best by taking notes, even out of text books. Something about writing things down helped me to remember them better, plus I'd have my notes then in a portable form to study from whenever I got a free second. The American Association of Critical Care Nursing has a website with lots of journal articles and e-learning tidbits. Its just AACN.org, I think. I'll look for some more info to send along. Good luck!
  11. by   Bailando
    Quote from billswife
    I wish I could recommend reading material, but I went to school soooooooo long ago (really!) I agree the flashcards are great. Also, there are some really helpful websites for specific units. I'll try to make a list and send it. I always learned best by taking notes, even out of text books. Something about writing things down helped me to remember them better, plus I'd have my notes then in a portable form to study from whenever I got a free second. The American Association of Critical Care Nursing has a website with lots of journal articles and e-learning tidbits. Its just AACN.org, I think. I'll look for some more info to send along. Good luck!
    Thanks sooo much I would appreciate that very much! Also I know there will be sooooooo much reading. Are there any methods that work for you or someone else? Thanks looking forward to whatever you send!
  12. by   AngelKissed857
    I started the RN program in August. Seems like most schools use Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, read it, absorb it. I love Mosby's Medical Dictionary, and You will need one while reading P&P. Memorize lab values, or learn the new vocabulary and abbreviations. Pinterest.com actually has a ton of great aids, type in Nursing Student.
  13. by   Bailando
    Can you be a little more descriptive on the books? I haven't heard of them and have zero clue. Which editions etc are the best? I googled but there are several. Thanks
  14. by   Ayvah
    Get a medical terminology book from the library and complete the book by the end of the year. Having this knowledge will help you out in multiple classes.

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