Hello, I am also a student here at Helene Fuld. I’m taking Nursing 221 ( Med Surg 1 ) at the college now. I must say, to listen to the previous post. She is correct when she said “do not take nursing courses with prerequisite courses”. I was one of those students that took a nursing course with a prerequisite course and failed. I failed the nursing course, but passed the Anatomy course. So now here I am, retaking nursing 221. And for some reason everything is clicking now. Passing here at the college is a 78%, actually 77.5% because of the rounding up system. Yes, the course is 10 weeks long, which seems like a lot of time but is not when you have three exams plus the finals +4 quizzes plus care plans. Its doable though, I have classmates from my LPN program that graduated from Helene Fuld and are signed up for bachelor program, and also other friends that are getting ready to graduate as well. Honestly, if you put your mind to it, just like anything else you’ll pass. We all know nursing is not easy.
OK how do I study. After every Lecture, I read the PowerPoint once i get home. Just to reinforce the information. Also, Helene Fuld will offer you the online textbook to the course. When I first took nursing 221 ( Med surg )I paid for the online book over $200. I hated it. So I ended up buying the older edition to the textbook for $20 on Amazon. However,Well let me say the good thing about the online textbook is the textbook reads to you, it has videos, you can print important pages. So what I do is, I sign in to the online textbook, and make it read to me, while I follow in the older edition book which has the exact same information with my high lighter . I highlight all important information. After I do that, and I understand the material, I read my Saunders RN Nclex book, And answer all the questions from there. Then, I answer all the questions from my MedSurg success book it’s a purple book. Then I read over the power points again. Yes, I work full time nights at A nursing home. Maybe I can study for a hour and a half while there. I studied for 4hours during the day as well. And for the most part I’m doing pretty fine in the course. One thing with nursing school you never know, you just always on the edge with your grades. But I can say, if you really want to get your RN degree in one year or year and a half- do it. I recommend it, I’m doing it. Just my only recommendation, do not take a prerequisite course with the nursing course. however I do know people that passed - but they passed by the skin of their teeth. My union is paying - I have 1199 - so that’s another reason why I am here at Helene Fuld. We are all adults, we know its going to be rough. But we will make it. Let me know if you have any questions