The First Days of Nursing School by the Fall 2009ers!!!

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9livesRN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine.

Guys... I remember how excited I was when I started... Now I am becoming a senior!

you guys are just so happy and excited, and that it is great, keep up that enthusiasm because that is what will keep your sanity in nursing school!

it is tiresome, boring at times, painfull, messes with your head... but doable!!!

i am still excited and will say that i look forward to going to class everyday!

although I can't just bounce anymore LOL

all I need is some Starbucks IV stat!

If you haven't bought your books yet: don't buy them all at the bookstore!!!!! Look up the ISBNs of the ones you'll need and then go to and it will compare all the common sites for you and find the cheapest ones. I've found some crazy deals-- you can potentially save a few hundred dollars! (I'm still getting a lot of mine on campus, but you can save at least a few $$.)

Orientation on the 31st-- I'm so stoked!!! I've been waiting so long for this! :)


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My orientation is next week and my classes don't start until September 10th, so I have a little more time to get myself together. I'm so excited and can't wait for orientation to meet my fellow nursing students! I got all my books from Amazon. I'm sure I saved a pretty penny!

Good luck to everyone!!!


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I have nursing orientation tonight! I'm pretty excited. Still waiting on my books to get here though! I want to start reading through them and am getting impatient!


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I have orientation on the 20th and 21st this month. I already have three competencies I have to do before classes start on the 31st of Aug. I found out that we have a dosage calc test the first week which we have to past with a 90%. I did really bad last semester in my pre req class so I have to study. We have three chances to past it within the first three weeks or we fail the course. Now I'm just waiting for the rest my books to come in to start studying. Plus I have seven books total to lug around this semster so I had to buy a rolling duffel bag. You just gotta love nursing school.


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Specializes in PACU, Case Management.

Hello all!

I had my orientation way back at the end of May and I start on August 24th. I've got all my books, except one, as school decided to go with a new edition at the last minute. It should come today, so no worries! I too saved a TON of money by buying all my books online. I probably saved half of what the school bookstore quoted for all the required texts by doing so. :yeah:

I too have read ahead for Pharmacology, and will start doing some reading in Fundamentals this week.

I am so excited for us all!

On a practical note, I plan to have all laundry done right before school starts and a bunch of dinners made an frozen, so that I don't have to cook for the first week (I hate to cook anyway!). Anyone else have any other good time saving ideas?


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Our first class is on the 24th and we already got our first two weeks worth of reading assignments. Chapters 6,7, and 8 of Harkreader's Fundamentals. I am going to start the reading on Monday (my son's first day back at day care). I was kind of surprised that our first 2 weeks only covered 3 chapters. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens but I have heard all these horror stories up until now about thousands of pages of reading assignments. I am so freakin' excited I can't stand it. I will definitely draft up a good post, probably after our first week. Monday is lecture, Tuesday is lab and Wednesday is clinical orientaion.



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I have orientation september 3rd, and classes start the the 8th. I'm so excited i'm gonna need a nurse!

Specializes in ICU/UM.

So I just finished orientation and picked up my books. It was actually kind of fun. All the classes started out together and we took turns applauding each other. As one progresses through the program, you get to move over in the auditorium. That's a nice thing to look forward to.

We got a highly detailed calendar on our lives until 12/7. Our syllabus is like a whole extra book.

The instructors were really encouraging, emphasizing that it was hard but doable and totally worth it. There was none of the scary stuff, like failure rates. Our program has a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX last year and for this year to date. So it was all happy stuff, not candy-coated but still confidence-boosting.

I'm feeling pretty psyched right now.


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Specializes in Operating Room.

How exciting! I love your post, i start aug 26th & i'm sure i'll be just as excited as well

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics.

I went to our Learning Opportunity center today to do assessments on what study habits would best benefit me and would be the most efficient and so on. If your schools do this I would highly recommend it. I wasn't surprised about the second "type" I was but I was about the first and after she explained it, looking back it made a lot of sense and if I had known for my Pre Reqs I probably could have done much better in those classes and not have waisted so much time on study habits that weren't really working for me. It was free to do because our tuitition helps pay for it along with free tutoring and test help and so on.

Anyway, she said that the nursing students that have come to her and used this service has seen great improvements with grades and time management.


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I have to say my first day went really well! It was orientation-like, with a healthy dose of intimidation thrown in there! LOL But they don't scare me :chuckle I'm just really excited....They changed the pharm. book at the last min. which was frustrating, but oh well! I've already pin-pointed some classmates that I'd like to buddy up with, soooo...all in all a good first week! Thank God:yeah::yeah::yeah:

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