I just need some support... I just started term two of my condensed 3 year BN program on Monday. Our lecture videos for skills class was posted Sunday night, so I figured I would get a head start and watch one of the videos and do some medmath for an upcoming dosage test on insulin/injections in two weeks. I've been working everyday from 1pm (after morning classes from 7:30AM-12:30PM) till 10:30 at night preparing JUST for my skills labs... We had 3 lecture videos 1 hr 40 min each to watch on top of in class lectures for prep for tomorrow's lab and five drugs to research. Tomorrow's lab is on blood glucose, surgical asepsis, and subcutaneous injections. I don't understand how we can get a good understanding of performing these skills in just four hours of lab time.
I haven't even found time to do any more dosage calc or review notes from other classes. Some of my friends left all of their work to do until tonight, and I just can't understand how they could manage to complete it in time. I don't understand what i'm doing wrong; I don't know if i'm preparing too much, reading too much into the material or what... I try to use multiple sources for researching drugs and skills, but not include things that aren't necesasary or I already know. I don't know what else I could do to better prepare myself. I get A's in all of my courses, and would like to maintain that as much as possible... I'm prepared to accept a lower grade, but I gave up my job to go to school so I feel I have to do my best as a result.
Does anyone else ever feel like no one understands how time consuming nrsg school is? My boyfriend works full time evenings as a custodian at local schools, and we get into fights almost daily because he says he is overtired. We've had various talks about it but he doesn't seem to understand we are both tired at the end of the day regardless of our workload... I am also basically "in charge" of household duties because of two family illnesses, and have a pet dog, diagnosed with SAD in highschool, so I guess it also doesn't help that it's already winter and dark at 4:30PM here in Canada. I don't feel as if I can talk with any of my friends at school about this because many have their own life issues, some of them have min. life commitments and only study the night before and end up with B's. I'm just hoping someone can share some words of wisdom with me, any tips on what you do when feeling overwhelmed and depressed.
Sorry if that ended up as a little of a rant. I guess i've been bottling things up for quite a while.