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queserasera has 5 years experience as a RN.

Pre-Nursing student

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  1. I'd brush up on medical terminology on a site like quizlet or studyblue - there is a lot of content there for free. Other than that, just chill for now. When it comes to doing well in nursing school my advice is this: read the assigned material before your lecture so that lecture is more of a review of the highlights. Focus on identifying the most important information. Remember, you're in nursings school to be a nurse, not a pharmacist, not a diagnostician - a nurse so approach the material from a nursing perspective. Assessments, nursing interventions, and patient teaching. Don't over think it. Honestly, nursing school has turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. People make it out to be such a gigantic deal. But with some discipline and scheduling you'll be fine.
  2. If I were you I'd buy Fundamentals Reviews and Rationales by Mary Hogan and if your school uses ATI for benchmark exams, I'd get a copy of the Fundamentals book for that as well. NCLEX questions would be good if you read through all the rationales, but most of the content wouldn't make sense yet to you anyways without the info from lecture.
  3. Protip: always allow yourself to fail your first exam. I learned early on the first exam is a benchmark for how the tests here on out will be and how you prepared for it. I'm in second semester now and I promise you if you use this failure as an opportunity to reevaluate how you're studying, you can only improve from here! Read the assigned chapters BEFORE lecture and use lecture to clarify anything you didn't full get is the reading. Make note of what your professor spend a lot of time on, and keywords that are repeated throughout the lecture - write them down and study them! Nursing is all about prioritizing for your patient so it's about what is most important vs. What could be the right answer. Good luck - look up "how to get an a in any class" on this website - it's how i've been an honor roll student throughout my studies.
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    I finally quit smoking!

    Congratulations!!! This is my next big hurdle. It's a huge one especially since so many hospitals are NOT hiring smokers around me.
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    Best route for getting into nursing?

    Finish your undergrad and then look into entry to practice master's programs OR second bachelors programs. I know University of Maryland has a entry-to-practice Master's option for those that already hold an undergrad, I am sure other schools have similar programs! Good luck!
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    Quit during orientation

    I see that everyone has already dragged you, but I just have to say this is the stupidest thing I have ever read. "I was doing grunt work." Pssh, did you think you'd be handing out lollipops?!
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    In my clinical group of 8 we were split in half (4/4) to take a 30 minute lunch and would have to leave our patients with one of the other student nurses. In that 30 min we could do whatever for lunch, eat a lunch we brought or go purchase one from cafe or outside hospital. My instructor rarely came with us to lunch, but when they did it was a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss what has gone wrong/right in the day, and get good feedback. I will note that though I was always "guaranteed" a lunch break, I would often choose to work through it if that was allowed. With my luck I know something exciting will happen if I go to lunch and I didn't want to miss any opportunities to learn something different.
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    Has nuring school gotten harder?

    I mean, I have nothing to compare current nursing school to past nursing school but I really don't think it's hard. We have a lot of stuff to do, but I will never say "it's hard". I study no more than I did for my pre-reqs and get good grades. I am ready for it to be over though.
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    Pre Nursing Classes

    Hi there! I am in my first semester of nursing school now and wanted to share my experience with you. First of all "hard" is so subjective! It totally depends on you! If hard means difficult to learn and retain the info, no. If hard means having to study and read more than I was used to then yes! Already being a pharmacy tech will at least give you a huge advantage when it comes to phatmacology :) The science pre-reqs were not as bad as I thought they would be, though they certainly required more time than my other college classes. My best suggestion is start small if you can. Take just an a&p class and nothing else that semester if you're really nervous about it. Test the waters if you will. Luckily, we live in the great age of information and anything you have trouble with you can get more help online. If you are diligent with your time managemnet and stay on top of your studies (don't try to cram!) Chances are you will succeed. Good luck to you feel free to pm me with any other questions!
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    What do you do to stay sane? :?

    I get everything I need to do (Attending Lecture, Lab, reading & studying) done between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday so I don't have to think about school at night or on the weekends. It's really hard work because I have to get a lot done in only 45 hours a week. But it is a glorious feeling knowing the weekend before a big exam I don't have to freak out and cram. In that free time I love playing with my dog, video gaming, reading and running.
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    This is slightly off topic BUT..

    Imitation is the biggest form of flattery. Also... that most annoying. Just don't tell anyone anything anymore. Unless you move away you'll probably still be running into the same people though
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    Can you have piercings in the nursing program?

    Protip: Get a septum retainer. They are small and look like the shape of a long staple. That way you can keep it open and still have it flipped up without so much jewelry in your nose.
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    Tattoos and nursing school NCCC

    Hi there! I had similar concerns with starting clinicals. My fiancée is a professional tattoo artist, and needless to say, with free tattoos at my disposal, I have become quite covered. A full sleeve on both my left arm and both legs as well as a small one behind my ear. My school is strict. No visible tattoos is the policy. That being said, I knew early on I would have to find ways to cover them. Tattoos, at this point in time, are not considered "professional" and I strive to be as professional as possible when it comes to my career. In fact, my goal is to never let anyone at nursing school see my tattoos. period. I don't want people's closed-minded ideas about tattoos to ever affect my learning opportunities. I would hate to, for example, be working at a nursing home, and offend a patient with my choice of body art. I understand it's not everyones cup of tea. By far the best product out there, in my opinion, is the tat2x sleeves. They are similar to tatjackets, but way more comfortable & lightweight. They cover from armpit to wrist in my case, or they also make ones that are specifically for half sleeves. They come in skin tones and colors. I like this option more than long sleeves because I get hot and having the added weight of a long sleeve shirt didn't seem appealing to me. Also for the tattoo behind my ear I purchased some "Amazing Cosmetics" brand concealer. It goes on thick and holds up to heat and movement if you set it with a light finishing powder. I think that is way better option for me than the band-aid one. Good luck to you in your program. Tattooed nursing students, unite!
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    graduated but not really

    I also majored in "Pre-Nursing" studies and graduated with my AS degree in that in the spring. The community college I attended is a huge feeder school for the BSN schools in my area, which is why they have these options. Student do their freshman & sophomore year in pre-nursing and transfer to a BSN program. It actually makes a lot of sense in this area of the country w. huge nursing schools and huge urban hospitals making the switch to BSN preferred hires. The only other Bachelor's that my credits transferred to (other than the 6 nursing schools) was a Public Health Bachelors. I am in Maryland if you have an specific questions for me please feel free to message me.
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    Spring 2015 NEW nursing students

    Congratulations! I am also starting my program in Spring 2015. I bought all physical copies of my books. I don't know about you, but I can not read e-book versions of textbooks as I like to physically highlight, take notes in the margins and bookmark. I know you can do most of this in an e-book, but I guess I am just old school. One nice thing about the e-book option though is portability. Having about 200lbs of books on a tablet is certainly advantageous. I purchased all of my books used from a previous years nursing student. That's the other thing about e-books, you can't really sell them back afterwords, or sell them to someone else. (I personally will certainly keep my textbooks but just like to have the option!)
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    Why do you want to be a nurse?

    Several factors went into my decision to pursue this as a career. First of all, I am genuinely invested in the well-being of the human race both physically & emotionally. I really just want to make people's hard times suck less. There's an Emily Dickinson poem that begins, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain." It's a little sappy but at the core of it, it's what I feel would give my life the most meaning -- aiding the sick, dying and recovering. Secondly, I like blood and guts. It may come off as a bit macabre, but honestly I revel in things that gross most people out. Medical oddities, extreme pathophysiology, trauma. All of it. Love it. There was no doubt in my mind that "having the stomach for it" would ever be an issue. Third, I love learning and when I chose my major in school I wanted to be sure it was in a field that was growing. I never want to stop learning, I would be a professional student if I had the choice. I loved that Nurses are getting more professional recognition, that is more PhD's and Doctorate's Practioner's. I liked that even if I went through a full PhD program I would still be able to continue my education indefinitely as the healthcare field is constantly evolving. I'm interested to see what others say.