Hello to all,
Congratulations for making it this far. I hope you all get in! For those who do make it in the program here is some advice I wish I would have gotten before entering the program:
1. The fundamentals textbook alone is enough, everything you need to know is in that book, as for the online resources ...you can manage with YouTube videos and do some research for nursing skills and techniques. As for the simcharting, you can purchase that separately on the Elsevier website.
2. Nursing central is a great tool, but it is pricey. You can essentially google the information you need, and you'll be just fine. (google drugs and their functions/side effects)
None the less if you have the money and want to buy the whole shabang go for it! But in all honesty I purchased every book listed and only really touched the fundamentals book! ...I ended up selling all the textbooks back to the bookstore except for the fundamentals book.
4. Reading is life lol, and if your class is provided with PowerPoints pay close attention to the details in the "notes" section of each slide, that is where most of the important content is.
3. PRACTICE QUESTIONS ARE THE KEY TO SURVIVAL! Take as many as possible ...it will take some time to adjust to the question and answer choices.... Sometimes the answer choices are all correct answers, but they want you to select the answer that is best for the patient& situation.
4. TAKE IT ONE TEST AT A TIME!
5. I recommend you buy 2 sets of scrubs
for clinicals, it can get messy... really fast lol.
6. Before entering the program I was used to getting nothing but 90s or better, you will soon realize that it is challenging to maintain that streak in the program. The goal is to reach the finish line even if it means crawling to it. Don't focus on grades, a test # doesn't determine the type of nurse you're going to be just make sure you pass. There is always time to reflect on better answer choice and always room for improvement. What matters most is that you understand the material.