Here is my reply!
1. How is being in nursing school different then you expected?
Alot of work, no home time, just study. Not much different than any other class except that if you expect to make good friends don't count on it, they act like friends, but in the long run I've learned that each is out for their own career and they really dont care about you. So please have some family and support behind you that really do care that will help you along in the journey.
2. what is the most challenging aspect of being a nursing student for you?
All the homework and careplans, then having the instructor change them from time to time and really not teach you well how to do them, make sure you ask for specific detail? What they are looking for, what type of answer, if your unsure.
3. what is the best part of being a nursing student?
Learning. Awesome clinical experience, Loved ER, loved to learn and just doing what a nurse does. Awesome experience. I did have some super nice classmates.
4. what advice would you give to pre-nursing students about what to do before entering the nursing program?
Get some people skills, take a class on how to relate to managers, work on self esteem and teach yourself pep talk. You'll need it.
Don't always trust your class mates with private information, keep things to yourself and only to outside sources, because it will come back to bite in you in the Butt, watch your p's & Q's in clinical and do what your told, and if you really want to succeed, be prepared ahead of time, get to clinical early and check on your patient know everything they are taking and take notes in nursing conference about what they were given in the night. You need to be prepared to give all the answers even if your not a nurse yet. At least that is what was expected of me. And if that isn't correct, please someone let me know. Also be inquisitive if your not, the instructors will think your fluffing off.
5. What are your best survival tips for surviving in nursing program?
Surviving? I dont think everyone survives, but the above post will help. STUDY,STUDY, STUDY.