nursing school

  1. I am going to start nursing school next year and I am kind of scared because one of my fears is not making it because maybe it will be to hard or nursing is just not for me I really want to be a nurse do you think you can give me some pointers on nursing school
    thank you
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  3. by   aimeee
    Oh gosh, I could go on and on with pointers. Each person kind of has to arrive at their own system that works for them though. One thing I did was buy a 10 pack of cheap tapes and record all my lectures. I still took notes of course, but when I was driving to and from school, or doing yard work or cleaning or other pretty mindless tasks I would listen to the lectures over and over. Sometimes before a test I would make myself an outline incorporating the material from the book with the material from the lecture.

    For clinicals, do everything you can to prepare. Ask questions if you are unsure, even if you feel stupid. Try to figure it out for yourself first, then ask if the way you were going to do it is right before you proceed. Then your instructors can see that you are thinking on your own, but also concerned about getting things right.

    Above all, take care of yourself. Its a very stressful time and you need your rest, and you need some time to unwind and blow off steam too. Eat right, get some exercise. All easier said than done!

    I think everybody is nervous about nursing school before they start, and kind of stay that way all the way through right up until they find their niche in the field. Don't worry about those butterflies in your stomach. Everybody else has them too. I'm sure you will do just fine!
  4. by   smurfynurse
    Jennifer,

    I think the best thing that you can do to be successful through nursing school is definitely get to know the other people in your class and communicate with them. I'm a senior nursing student now and will be graduating in May. Before I began nursing school, I was told that I would get to know the other students in my class very well by the time I was done. I didn't believe her at the time, considering I didn't know a soul in my first nursing class. Well, after almost 3 and 1/2 years now of being with the same group, I've gotten to know them very well and we all depend on one another. You will be surprised at all the insights you will learn on nursing school by just talking to your classmates. It helps keep you on the up and up as to what's going on in classes and what's expected out of you. Also get to know some older nursing students too that are a semester or two ahead of you. Many times, they can give you a heads up on what to expect in your upcoming classes. I think that helps take the edge off at the beginning of the semester if you have an idea of what's to be expected.

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