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Starting RN school in MARCH!!!!


:yeah:omg!!!! sooo i have been posting about how i didnt make it into one of the rn programs but the lvn one instead....

but i just found out (few days back) i got into the rn program i had org. wanted!!!!!

march needs to hurry up and get here!! i cant wait to begin this new chapter of my life!!

i was wondering does anyone have any advice ... or can think of anything i should study up on to be good and ready for my first semester of nursing school!!! :) :redpinkhe:dncgbby::stdnrsrck:

Da_Milk_of_Amnesia, MSN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 5 years experience.

Good advice ?...haha enjoy living a stress-free life while you still can.

hope that it is your true calling because school does not prepare you for the challenges that you will face once you get into the real world, but on a lighter note just remember that it takes a lot of time and dedication

Nursing school is very tough which we all know. As far as it goes on what to study up on for your first semester, I really couldn't gear you on what to focus on cause every nursing curriculum is different but from my experience, my first semester was mainly based on the whole model of nursing and basic nursing skills which you really can't study up on. My first semester of school was the beginning of learning the nursing process which is (Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Interventions, and Evaluation). The nursing process is a method that nurses use everyday which a huge part of nursing school will pertain to this and critical thinking. I really don't know how you can study for that but you could possibly familiarize yourself on a little of what nursing is all about.

While you are waiting to enter nursing school, as of now I will just relax and enjoy yourself. Nursing school can be very stressful but you seem very willing to take on the task. When you start nursing school, try to develop some very good study habits and test taking strategies cause they can be very important and useful. You are doing the right thing by trying to prepare yourself and just don't ever let yourself get down during school. If you really want to be a nurse then you will be a nurse.

i believe that it is my "calling" although i think of that statement as a figure of speech and shouldn't be taken literally.....

but i think it is what i really want to do...

busting my butt for 2 years of pre req's and volunteering both tele floors...and with a hospice facility.... i think i want it ???


advice on what i should read up on??? or anything??

Yay! Congrats! My advice to you would be, from a current nursing student, don't study anything. Number one, you have no idea what you're going to be taught in which term, number two you could read wrong information and that could stick in your brain, and three the teacher may teach it completey different. However, some advice.. if you want something to do until you start school :loveya: start working on a type of "system" you will have through school. I have four kids and a husband so it's mandatory I do this, but I think it works for everyone. Example: When I study, I study 45 minutes on, 15 min off, play with kids, get a snack, take a shower, whatever it may be. I know that on certain days, or a day depending on the term I do not study AT ALL. I can pick up A LOT just by lecture and don't have to study some things EVERY day, however to memorize everything, it's definitely important to keep reading over everything all the way through the term and so on.

Also, you may want to get folders, index cards, notebooks, etc., ready for when you do start. Get your organizational skills in full mode now, and figure out how you want to stay organized. I didn't do this before my first term and really wished I would have, I just had no idea I had to be THAT organized! lol.

These are some things to keep you a little busy. I know when I was getting ready to start I felt like a pregnant woman nesting, I wanted to get everything done the best to my ability, and be ready to go! So there's so helpful hints!

Again congrats to you! :yeah:

Congrats! I start the RN (ADN) program in January. I can't wait!!!

I have been reading my old A & P notes, and my pathophysiology notes as a refresher. Since I already took Med Math, I have been reviewing that as well, and trying to make sure I remember all the formulas, etc.

I have also started keeping a small notebook handy, and as I'm reading this forum, or books, or notes (on nursing/medical type stuff), I write down the words I don't know/remember/or understand, and then look them up and write down their definition/meaning. I do this with abbreviations as well. I took Medical Terminology three semesters ago, so alot of it I have forgotten so this really helps.

Good luck in your program!!

WooooHoooo!! Congratulations to you. :yeah: My only suggestion might be something you already know. Medical terminology using index cards, and/or math if you are not good at it. Nursing school was tough, but it was a healthy kind of tough....I loved it. Have fun!

Congratulations!!! Such an exciting time in your life! Maybe start going over basic dosage calculations or medical terminology. Good Luck - and enjoy the calm before the storm.

eeeekkk... thank yoooou!!!!!!! im taking notes... keep it comin! :)


Specializes in ED,NICU,HH.

Congratulations! My advice? Try to clear your calendar of everything before school get started, March will be here before you know it, and yes, nursing school can get hairy a lot of times!

I do agree with the others, start mapping your schedule when it comes to studying,etc., it might also help you to start getting familiar with the nursing process because there is no escaping it.

Good luck!!!


Here are some random notes based on what I've noticed from my fellow students in Nursing School.

1. Get good at dosage calculations.

After 12 weeks, many of my classmates still freeze when they get asked to do them. The math isn't difficult, but you need to become familiar with how the problems are presented. You can get a cheap dosage calc book from a used bookstore and practice it from the beginning up to injections and reconstitution. We use Pickar and it is pretty good.

2. Get your finances straightened out.

The books are expensive. I spent about $1300 for my first semester books. You will use them for more than one semester - some for two years, but it's a big hit. Prepare for it.

3. Don't plan on working full time.

I work two days a week and I cannot imagine working more. I've seen classmates flunk out because they "had to" work 40 hours a week. Some people can do it, but I don't know how.

4. Get an NCLEX review book.

Nursing programs are trying to improve (or uphold) their NCLEX pass rates by formatting their questions similar to NCLEX questions. To me, some of the questions seem downright subjective. This means there can be 4 right answers with one "the most right." This isn't like A&P where you can memorize, regurgitate, and ace tests; you need to get good at exams where they test your ability to apply knowledge. Use the NCLEX book to practice - it should be separated by sections so you can focus on what you want.

5. When you start school, don't whine to your professors.

Your classmates will do this for you - and they will do so practically nonstop. Not only does it not help them at all, it ensures their Clinical Evaluations and Lab Checkoffs will be nightmares. Nursing instructors take criticism personally, and they get their revenge. I study hard, I do well, and I NEVER complain. My last clinical evaluation looked like a mash note.

6. Be professional.

See #5. It impresses them. Don't be late for anything. Ever. And don't be a grade grubber or a suckup, unless you want your classmates to disdain you.

7. Study Groups

Select study partners carefully. Avoid groups that turn into gabfests or whine sessions. Schedule study groups for early in the morning - the slackers won't show up. When reviewing, don't just regurgitate the study notes. Try to think conceptually about what they want to you know. This may make more sense once you get going.

Good luck!


wow.... great great great advice... most important will be not to complain or whin..at all!! i wont be taking classes until march...after this semester is over... soo i think i will by some calculation books to get a head start!

thanks so much!


Has 10 years experience.

congratulations!!!! take really good care of yourself now (& remember to do so in nursing school, too). sleep, exercise, meditate, don't stress, take a trip somewhere. vitamin d? have your routine dental visit if it's time (i remember that i didn't go for the 2 years i was in my rn program, and when i finally did...ew. tartar.).