- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I’m starting my nursing program in January and would love tips or tricks 🙂
I’m starting my nursing program in January and would love tips or tricks 🙂
i have one semester left before I finish my RN! A good tip is to do as many nclex questions as you can for each test. My go to book has been Saunders Comprehensive NCLEX review. You can get it on amazon for 40ish bucks, it has a purple cover. It has online access that has over 1000 questions. It covers everything from fundamentals to med surge to mental health, pedi and maternity! If you have any other questions feel free to PM me!
good luck! 🙂
@LoveLikeCrazy: I have one semester too! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, take some time for yourself. My first semester of nursing school was not terribly hard, and then each semester it just kept getting harder. The semester I am in right now has just been awful. But, you have to keep yourself sane; watch a movie, read a book, anything!
Also, spread your work out. Procrastination is not an option in nursing school. Sometimes I have two papers due, and two tests in ONE day, plus clinicals and class. I’m sure you will run into the same thing. Make your life easier, and do everything ahead of time.
Are you in a RN/BSN program?Any idea what you want to go into?
Seriously though, good luck! I’ve made some awesome friends in nursing school, and I’m sure you will too. It is just too crazy to not become friends with the people in it with you 🙂
Hi there, I’m a RN. I graduated in 2010. Best advice is just study, study, study. You will graduate feeling a bit lost on the job and you will learn LOADS at your first job out of school. In the meantime, crunch as much theory into your brain as you can! A solid foundation makes a huge difference. And PLEASE take clinicals seriously. Overconfidence is the worst thing as a nurse. Ask questions of your instructors and the nurses around you, push for opportunities to do things that other students may miss out on!
I changed my major before finishing my RN, but there were tons of things that I learned about being a nursing student during my time!
First of all don’t worry about reading all of the chapters in your book before you start your classes. I knew people who literally read through all fifteen of the textbooks before school started, and they weren’t ahead at all. In fact, some of them fell behind because they didn’t reread chapters as they were being assigned and some felt that they didn’t need to study for tests. SO JUST RELAX WHILE YOU CAN!!
Be prepared to know which answer is more right out of three multiple choice questions that could all be right! LOL
If you do want to prepare before school starts start looking up some medical terminology and abbreviations. I know some nursing schools require that you take an actual class for that, but mine didn’t even offer it. They just assumed form day one that you knew every flipping abbreviation ever. Luckily I had taken it at the school I transferred in from, and it helped a ton. There are plenty of books, or just look some up online and make flashcards.
@Follydust321: great advice And congratulations:)! I will be in a two year adn program then bsn right after! I am thinking that I want to work in the ED! I love trauma and currently work in the ED as a scribe!
@Jw1724: thank you so much for the words of wisdom! It’s so helpful hearing from people who have gone through it! I’m sure ill never be overconfident lol
@Jw1724: I agree with what you said regarding clinicals. If you want to do things in clinical, you have to put yourself out there, and in a nice way. I have had so many opportunities in nursing school that other people haven’t because I asked for them, took an externship etc.Also, remember that students can be an inconvenience to the nurses they are with that day, so treat the nurses you are with with a lot of gratitude, and don’t feel bad if they get a bit snappy. The nicer you are to them, the nicer they are to you, and the more things they let you do!
Regardless, the first year out will still be really scary.
@Firemansgirl: Well then you’re set with that! I felt like just having taken that class set me ahead of a lot of other people on that front because they had to basically translate what the teachers were saying while trying to take notes.
Oh also, don’t get super upset and obsess over grades. Unless you want to be a nurse anesthetist or something else that requires a strong GPA for further schooling my teachers always tell us to remember that C=RN. So if you get one bad grade on the test don’t think that you’re going to fail and never be a good nurse.
Also realize that you probably will get yelled at at some point during clinicals. A girl in my class got written up because she itched her stomach and in the process pulled her shirt up a little bit and exposed her belly ring. It wasn’t in front of a patient, just a nurse on her ward who was apparently extremely upset by her “exposing herself” LOL. You will definitely run into some…odd…nurses. I noticed that a lot of them wanted to basically haze the nursing students. Like their school experience was terrible, so yours should be too. Maybe they were just miserable! You will also run into some super amazing, fantastic nurses that love their jobs and just want to encourage you to do the best that you possibly can!
Welcome to the crazy life! 1 semester to go for me! I second the Saunders book – I have the yellow one (i *think* it’s just a newer version) it has a cd that goes in your computer and has all the questions from the book on it. I LOVE it and use it for everything test. My advice: work as little as you can if possible. Doing this has allowed me to schedule my studying around getting good sleep and class. Buy comfortable shoes. Buy a good stethoscope (I have the littman breast cancer one). Make friends with people not only in your class, but classes ahead of you. Don’t be afraid to stop them in the hall and ask advice/questions. I’ve gotten a lot of great study material that wAy. Get involved. If your school has an SNA, join and volunteer. It’s a great way to meet people going through the same thing as you. Good luck. It certainly is crazy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!
@Firemansgirl: Congrats on starting nursing school soon! I graduated last May 2012 with my B.S in Nursing! Will you be enrolled in the 4-year BSN program?
I highly suggest you get familiar with doing NCLEX practice/style questions. Like PP mentioned, Saunders NCLEX review is great. That is what I used to help prepare myself for the NCLEX. Although I’m not sure what the actual book cover looks like now, but the on I had had a yellow cover and said Saunders NCLEX on it.
If you could do about 10-20 questions a day, not even, maybe even like 10 questions a day, that is good. Start with baby steps. Not only will this prep you for the actual NCLEX, but will prepare you for your nursing school exams, as they are critical thinking type of questions and every answer “sounds and looks” correct!
I agree with PP about taking clinical rotations seriously. If you do not know what you are doing in that very moment with a patient, stop, and ask questions. Ask many questions.
When it comes to studying for midterms/exams, try to figure out what works best for you. I remember my classmates wanting to have these huge study groups and I just could not study that way. I studied alone in a cubicle lol.
Nursing school was tough, but I got through it and it was totally worth it. Good luck and if you have any questions PM me! 🙂
ETA: Woops just read that you are doing ADN then BSN! Awesome and congrats!!! And someone already mentioned the yellow Saunders book! Ditto on that! 🙂
@NYCkindaBee: The first time we heard that was at orientation. It was hilarious to see all of the people who were so pumped up thinking they were going to have 4.0 GPAs hear that for the first time. Some looked a little dejected, but most looked like they were going to study 24 hours a day and be the exception. I think it was about a month into the first semester that almost all of them gave up on their dreams of becoming #1 in the nursing class in favor of still studying basically 24 hours a day but only getting Cs and Bs instead LOL.