just started nursing school!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
1674 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@thefuturemrsD:  I graduated in 2007 and my tests were 100% geared towards passing boards. Not necessarily testing what you know, but how well you answer board-like questions. Get yourself some board prep books and use them to test yourself on whatever topic you are covering before an exam.. On many occasions I remember seeing questions on test that were word for word copies of questions in the prep books.

Post # 4
29 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m an RN! I graduated in May 2012. Nursing school was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. The first year was the worst for me and the second year was much easier. But it was still no joke. I didn’t really have a life besides nursing school the first year. The second year I made better grades and I didn’t have to put in quite as much effort. But I did meet my husband my second year of nursing school so I had enough time then to culivate a new relationship. About half of my class made it to the end of the program. But my school had a 99% pass rate on boards. So, the good thing was that they really prepared you to take boards. Because if you don’t pass them all that work was for nothing. Good luck! I promise that it will end one day even if it seems like it never will.

Post # 5
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m a RN with a BSN as of the end of July!! I graduated May 2011. Yes, there is a lot of time away from family studying for school. I am actually finishing my MSN as of right now and let me tell you its BRUTAL Smile What worked best for me during my ADN years was note cards!! I read the chapter and then made note cards. I would quiz myself when I was watching my favorite show when there were commercials. I always made time for fun though. I would tell myself that if I studied for 4 hours I could have 2 hours off to watch a movie or go shopping. You can do it just stay dedicated!! Good luck!!

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Congrats on starting nursing school! The adjustment period is always the hardest–good luck!

Post # 8
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree that it was hardest in the beginning!  I have a BSN so I did 3 years, and I really think every year was easier.  But still difficult.  But totally worth it!  Let your friends know you might be MIA for the next couple years.  I didn’t see my friends a whole lot at all, actually almost lost some because of it. 

Post # 10
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m in my last semester and so far it has been the worst for me! 9 more weeks, 9 more weeks! Hang in there! It’s going to be a tough ride!!  

Post # 11
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m an Operating room nurse and have to say absolutely there were times I wanted to quit!!!! It’s hard as hell- but worth all the effort in the end. I’m glad I stuck it through and you will be too! Best of luck 🙂

Post # 12
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh man I start nursing school in January and I’m nervous and excited!! Great reading experiences from others:)

Post # 13
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I graduated December 2011 with a BSN and it is definitely tough!! I won’t lie, they told us when we started that half of us wouldn’t make it and they were right. Getting used to NCLEX style questions can be hard so make sure you get a prep book that gives rationale on why answers are wrong or right, it helped me immensely in school, I ended up in Sigma Theta Tau!!! Stay dedicated, but at the same time make sure you still make a little time for having a life too. Good luck!!

Post # 14
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Nursing school was an absolute nightmare. Actual nursing is a cakewalk compared to nursing school :|.

That said, I did pass the NCLEX in the minimum number of questions on the first go-around despite having a firm C average, so I guess I was better prepared than I thought I was.

I’m not going to lie to you, however — it does not get easier. You just need to focus on graduation and keep going.

Post # 15
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I graduated with my BSN in May 2012. Nursing school is tough, there’s no doubt about that. All of your tests will be NCLEX style questions so once you learn how to read and answer those style questions, you will be okay. Study, don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t be passive in clinicals- get out there and learn. Freshman year is when you learn the basics and it builds from there. Once you get further along, I would recommend taking an NCLEX prep course- it will help with the NCLEX but also with your lecture exams. I passed the NCLEX in 75 questions and in my graduating class, only 1 student didn’t pass the first time (and I was not a straight A student).

The hands-on stuff you will learn more probably once you start working as an RN because it takes practice (like IV’s, Foleys). Study your butt off- learn how the human body works, why are you giving these medications, what precautions do I need to take, what should I be monitoring with this patient? I would recommend working as an aide during school to get more hands on experience and getting to understand how a floor works- I would recommend the ER because our techs do a lot of things that say a med-surg aide wouldn’t do (lab draws, straight caths).

Good luck, you will do great. Have fun with it and do your best. It’s worth it in the end!

Post # 16
181 posts
Blushing bee

I just graduated this may, and am taking the nclex in a few hours! nursing school was one of the hardest things I have ever done! I was miserable and had no life during it. we also lost about 75% of the class. But it is so worth it, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just stay organized and manage your time well.

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