you pretty much just said everything i have to sayim in an accelerated nursing program, getting my ADN in october.
definitely for your prerequisites, expect for the science classes to be the most difficult. now, i don't know how your program selects their students for the program, but the BSN program over where i live is based on GPA, so if your program is based on merit, then aim for an A in your prereqs! the most difficult prereq classes for me would have to be physiology. i took that dang thing twice because i passed with a C the first time around and i was trying to get in whatever program i could at the time so i wanted to bring up by GPA. the required classes are usually english, math, critical thinking, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and maybe one or two others and of course your GE requirements. it took me about 2 years to complete all the prerequisites to get into the program.
as far as the program, it is HARD WORK. this is when there is no time to fool around. you need to buckle down and get serious. you have to be very determined and dedicated to get through these classes. you have lecture class as well as your clinical rotation where you do your "hands-on" work at the hospital under supervision of your RN instructor and other RNs who are employed at the hospital. you will ALWAYS be tested on medication math because something that small is HUGE in nursing. as far as the tests in lecture, it is completely different from tests you will have ever taken. it is all critical thinking and you will understand what i mean when you see it.
anyways, i absolutely love nursing and i hope im not too worn out after this program to go for my BSN and possibly NP (Nurse Practitioner). you can do soo much with nursing and you will find that you love bits and pieces of different areas. but you will find an area that you want to dedicate your whole time to and for me, i found 2 areas that i absolutely love. when the time comes to apply for a job, i think i'll know for sure. at least i hope so. lol.
and as far as the comment about visiting dead bodies. im in a different program and we don't 'visit' dead bodies. sure you'll sometimes take care of a patient who ends up dying and you will have to provide postmortem care. thats all part of nursing. you see life begin and you see it end. anyways, study hard and good luck to you!!
^^ sirena is a nurse, so hopefully she'll see your post and respond.Can someone who is already working as a nurse please share his/her experience on here? Whenever I read nurses' comments on other sites, many say THEY ARE WORN-OUT, FEEL UNAPPRECIATED, FEEL LIKE GOING HOME TO CRY THEIR HEARTS OUT, or WOULD NEVER HAVE CHOSEN TO GET INTO THE FIELD IF THEY COULD REDO THINGS. Needless to say, it sounds sad and depressing! I want to know what I'm getting into before it's too late, so please share any work experience as a nurse. Thanks!
You lose hair, gain weight...go insane. Typical symptoms for a nursing student heheheSo what's the update with you nurses/student nurses?
At this moment, I think I am approaching insanity studying for my advanced med surg final
Any tips on how to critically think and apply what you know?
NCLEX...ahhh. I took a month off after graduation to relax before I started to study for it. I think I kinda crammed, spent hrs at the library 2 weeks prior with goals set because I couldn't concentrate at home. Too many distractions like watching Asian dramas hahaThanks for the tips.
Haha, I love the ABC questions.. i always know what to choose lol. The other questions.. not so much, haha
ah, the NCLEX. I should start studying for that now. Any tips on how to study for that? What I've heard is to do a lot of NCLEX questions.