I'm glad I found this post and hope I can maybe help a few people out as well as get a little advice myself! I am a 26 y/o adult ADHDer. My kindergarten teacher wanted to hold me back because I wouldn't sit still or pay attention...DUH, and no one saw that as unusual? Needless to say I went many years without being diagnosed and it took until I was about 19, I think, till it was official. All though elementary, middle and the first half of high school I was in all advanced classes with honors grades, still not sure how that happened but I have read about the overcompensation ADDers do to hide their disorders. Anyways, I am graduating next month from the most demanding/difficult ADN program I've ever heard of and throughout the program, regardless that I'm on meds, I've definitely seen a lot of negative sides of the disorder but I've overcame them the best I could. I am not on the right meds but the ones I can afford. I'm currently taking Adderall instead of my usual Adderall XR b/c I no longer have any insurance.
Ok, not to get side tracked from my original thoughts (we tend to do that ). As a student, I have had to find ways to adapt along the way to be successful. Only 12 of our original starting class are actually part of our graduating class (that's how difficult it is, many people fail at least one class) and yet with the disorder I have succeeded with a lot of hard work. I found a good way to study my last semester that I wish I would have known all along, so I thought I'd pass it on.
It's called "mind mapping", kind of like concept mapping. It sounds so simple it's crazy but it's so useful as an ADDer. You take a white piece of printer paper and put the subject in the middle in a box, let's say the nursing process. Then you take one part, let's say Assessment and branch off from there and box it. Then you would put like 2 lines off from there and put objective and subjective and off of each of those etc...etc...Then you go back after you went through all your info on Assessment and go to the next think Diagnosis and put in a box off another line coming off of nursing process and continue in the same manner. I tend to write smaller which helps to get more info of one topic on one page and I also would color code it, like take a disorder and anything that would be a nursing diagnosis would be purple, nursing intervention off of something would be pink, a medical intervention green, etc...I would pretty much take pages of notes and able to those on one sheet on one page. Which is definitely less overwhelming then a ton of pages to distract you. As you keep doing them things start being able to connect on your sheet and you start finding ways of connecting the information in ways you never thought possible! I only learned how to do it in my last rotation in Critical Care but it was an invaluable resource for my education to come.
Sorry for such a long post, we tend to do this w/ ADD but hey, you gotta work with what you're given! I have also found a book called, "You mean I'm not Stupid, Lazy or Crazy" for adult ADDers and it is becoming very helpful. It takes a lot of work, time and adaptation but nursing school is possible. Next step, getting this nurse residency position that is the opportunity of my lifetime and adapting into the RN role!