Published Jan 6, 2003
I start my program next week and would really appreciate some advice on both classroom learning and clinicals. Like, is the classroom experience going to be similar to what I've been doing for the past 2 years in "regular" classes, and what is yall's advice for first semester clinicals?
Any advice would be muy appreciated. Thanks!
My advice would be to BE ON TIME at all costs when it comes to clinicals... Do not be afraid to ask questions when you are unsure.... Being a smartypants or little msknowitall is a good way to kill someone... Good luck in your classes.... be organized and do your best!
Jennerizer, ASN, RN
I'm in the same boat you are.....starting tomorrow & have no clue what to expect. Keep an open mind, that's my advice! :)
USA987, MSN, RN, NP
With clinicals...be a sponge...learn everything you can. Volunteer to do things even if you are scared but don't be afraid to admit to your primary nurse that you are not quite sure how to do something.
With the classroom...you are going to receive tons of info....if you learn the patho behind the disease process it'll make the nursing interventions easier to learn and remember.
It WILL be intense and I can guarantee there will be days that you question yourself as to why in the heck you ever wanted to go into nursing. DON'T give up!!! Because in the end it's a great feeling!
There is so much more I could say, but I'd be writing a novel!
Best wishes to you!
Just to add something, your tests will probably be very different from your prerequisite classes. Nursing tests are unique and a question may have more than one right answer as a choice but you have to choose the most correct! Questions are very comprehensive, requiring you to pull from lots of areas that you have studied; they are not just factual questions. Good luck and let us know how things go!
great advice in the previous posts, let us know how it goes.
I'm in the same boat as you too, I've been waiting on waitlist for 2 years (in the meantime doing my pre reqs) but Im so glad Im FINALLY in!
Good luck!! I just started my first year of 25mth DNA course in September 2002 (to graduate in 2004 an RN) I love it. It all depends on your state of mind going in. Be possitive and it will show and your intructors will see your enthusasim (I know my spelling leaves much to be desired). Anyway, way to go and best wishes to you. Keep us posted.:) :)
The post about the nursing test being different from other classes is something I had to learn the hard way. Many nursing tests employ what is called critical thinking. This means that there may be more than one correct answer per question, but one of them is the best answer. Trust me, once you get the hang of critical thinking questions, they're not so bad!
My advice is to really, really read your questions and look for key words...this is what I had to learn to do. Don't worry about being one of the last ones done taking the test, it's worth the extra effort.
Taking very good notes is also vital. My instructor used powerpoint presentations for our lecture, and I wrote down almost every word. Then, the weekend befor a test I would rewrite my notes. I'm the sort of person who "If I write it then I know it" so the rewriting of notes was important to me.
Best of Luck to all of you!
Hi, If an instructor says something more than once--remember it! It will be on the test. Also, if you absolutely do not know the answer go with your gut! If the instructor allows challenges to the questions--challenge them. Word the challenge carefully and insightfully. Once in a while they MAY give you one. I have had two challenges accepted in four semesters total. With my instructors, the information they lecture on will be the information on the tests with sometimes a couple of extra questions from the readings. The lecture notes are crucial for the tests. If you mess up the first test--learn from it and let it go. The next one will be better! Good luck!
Oh and for clinicals--always always be on time and prepared. If you have an assignment to bring--have it completed. Know your medications if you had some to research! SMILE SMILE SMILE Do not look bored. Appear interested and eager. When the nursing staff moans, "Students again" stay out of their way and be very respectful of their space. Always ask for help from your instructor when you need it without appearing anxious. Anxiety-ridden students seem to be the ones who do worse in clinicals and can be targeted. Display confidence in your ability to learn what is needed. When the instructor asks for a volunteer--jump in even if you are terrified! Repeat "I can do this!" over and over and above all else treat your patients as you would want to be treated.
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