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    I've had enough.

    The days feel like centuries, and I do not know if I can continue. Being a student is all I have and my journey is coming to an end. What will I do after this? I have nothing. No relationships. No supports. Just a family that I neglect to share my feelings with and ultimately feeling like a stranger in my own home. I am tired all the time. I feel tired before I go to bed and when I wake up. Even after a full nights sleep on my days off (~10hrs). I still have motivation, but not for long. I feel alone, even when I am around people. I am introverted and do not allow people into my life. I feel as though they will let me down. As a result, I am alone. I feel like no one cares about me or my existence. I feel like the world is against me and I am constantly fighting a silent war. I do not know who is winning. All that I know is that I am not. I have a 10 point GPA (on a 12 point scale) and I feel like this is all I have. I thought that once I finished my education, I will be happy. But more recently, as I get closer to beginning my own life, thinking about financial goals, where I want to be in 5 years, relationships, etc, I have come to discover that I will never be happy as I will always be waiting for the next "thing"- at which point I will utter, "I will be happy when...". I am at a loss and do not know what to do. I have never been diagnosed with any form of mental health ailment, nor do I want to entertain the possibility of being diagnosed and therefore labelled. The "D" word brings a realness to things that I have no interest in entertaining. I would feel weak and defeated if I ever let someone tell me that I am sad and this is something that I will have to deal with the rest of my life.
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    NCLEX Study Prep Tips.. PLS HELP!!

    Thank you all for taking the time to respond. It is greatly appreciated!
  3. Hi, I am currently in my final semester of nursing school. I am beginning to prepare an outline of my NCLEX study plan. I am looking for recommendations for resources (ie. online programs & texts) to prepare for the NCLEX. I have been reading mixed things online and am confused as to where I should start. I currently have Saunders Comprehensive Review (7th edition). I used this for nursing school. I feel this is much more content focused. I scratched off the code in the front cover and am planning on doing the included 2500 questions. I also have Lipincott Q&A. I am confused as to whether this is just purely a content text or actually mimics the questions on the NCLEX. Can someone clarify please? I have been doing ~ 20 q's per day and have been reading over each rationale (right or wrong). Will ramp this up to 100 q's per day following Christmas break. So my plan as of now is: Lipincott Q&A --> Complete practice q's (~100 per day) & review all rationales. I plan on completing these daily during my final semester in hopes of completing all 6000 practice q's. Then, 4 weeks prior to writing my exam (most likely mid May or June) I will complete the 2500 Saunders online practice questions. I am just seeking insights into the NCLEX prep process. Obviously this is new to me as I am just completing nursing school. Tips & some advice to my current setup would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,
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    Anxiety

    Thank you all for your wonderful insight. I really appreciate it!
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    Anxiety

    Hello, I just wanted some opinions of what others thought on the subject. I am a third year nursing student. I am constantly overwhelmed by the depth of pathophysiology we must learn as nurses for a variety of disease processes. I find myself constantly going back and looking at information and terminology. My problem is with terminology. For example, having to remember cancer names (ie. fibroma, lipoma, etc) does not suit me well. I hate memorizing. Same goes with medications and lab ranges. However, I UNDERSTAND pathophysiological disease processes and how they affect organ systems, presenting symptoms, expected lab values, etc. I find myself having to always look back at medications names, memorizing their indications, side effects, and special considerations and it is very discouraging. I have an 80% avg (~) and pride myself in not spending hours upon hours trying to memorize information. Rather, I plan to study well in advance, utilizing different study techniques (ie. highlighting important information, making charts, venn diagrams, concept maps, and watch Youtube videos to solidify what I know). I constantly focus on the negative (ie. things that I do not know) and waste my life focusing on how I need to achieve this unrealistic state of "perfection". I get anxious and isolate myself from others as I feel unworthy. Failing at something would kill me. Not knowing something makes me feel lesser or inferior to others. I stay awake at night thinking of patient scenarios. Think about how I would react. What I would say. More importantly, what I would do. I would like to know if anyone feels the same way. Perhaps share some tips to get over or treat this anxiety. I just need to know that I am not alone in this. Thanks
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    How to Memorize Drugs

    Hello, I am a third year nursing student. I was wondering if someone had a formula for the best way to memorize/understand medications. I understand what majority of the drug classes do in terms of mechanism of action, however, simply knowing what a medication does simply by looking at the name continues to screw me up. I have been reviewing common -suffix categories, however a lot of drugs overlap. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  7. Learning is a process. The time it takes for one to learn, or master a concept or subject matter, will differ from person to person. In my opinion, studying consists of two parts: 1) Learn how to learn the content (ie. Does this subject require constant quizzing, use of mind maps, repetition... This process takes the longest 2) Applying the groundwork for learning the content (ie. I will complete 3 practice quizzes q night)... This step takes the least time. The more emphasis you place on worrying about how you will remember the content or apply it in daily life, the more time you are taking away from actually understanding it. Tips: -Do not sweat memorizing; understanding, most times, will trump memorization. Often times understanding of one subject will intercept with the understanding of another. -Study in chunks. -Organize the material in a way that best suits you (I call this the data mining stage) -Studying can be fun. -Develop such an in depth understanding of something to the point where you can have a 2 hour conversation with someone simply taking about, for example, hip fractures.
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    Professionalism Award at nursing school

    Why is giving an award so much power and meaning even a thing? If you know, in your "hearts of hearts" that you have done your best, why is being recognized a sign of validation? Be the best you can be, work hard, and show constant interest and growth. Rewards, whether they be intrinsic or extrinsic, will come.
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