Oh Me ME! I have finishes all the coreqs and prereqs and start in january. Its only full time the first semester and the 8 credits each one after that. Only 4 more semesters left. YAY!
Any nursing student mothers around? - Page 2
okay ladies, a question- Would it be wise to do A & P I and microbiology in the same semester? I don't want my grades to suffer seeing as the nursing program is competitive BUT if I take both this semester than I can potentially start the actual program 8 months sooner. I don't work outside the home but I am responsible for all four kids most of the time. They will be in school and daycare from about 7:30-3:30, although for me there is driving time I'll be free of kids from 8:45 - 2:30. Oh, and I have to work part time at my kids school to earn their tuition. I don't want to overload and mess this up but the idea of being able to work 8 months sooner is tempting when we are saw pitifully broke.
I think I would go for it. I took A&P and Micro at the same time, as well as another non-prereq class and I was able to do well in all of them. Micro was the most difficult, but really, you just need to stick to regular study hours and you will do fine. It seems so worth it, to finish 8 months earlier. Good luck!
I talked to my friend, who is an A & P instructor and he said the biggest mistake his students make is doing too much and he did not recommend it. I might also have to get a night job, so yeah, there's that. I'm trying to find another class to add but nothing is the right time since I have to pick my girls up by 3 and my husband wouldn't be able to watch them so I could go to night courses.
I started my first semester of nursing school last week!!!! I am a single mom to a 6 year old and I have no family support at all. I am lucky because I get child support and I am able to pay a babysitter to watch my son a few times a week while I work. I have been assigned 17 ch of reading this first week only. Lucky, I have no social life so I won't miss that but it is kinda intimidating. I feel blessed to be in the program and feel I made the right choice!
PP on micro and a&p. it's probably too late but my bf is a&p and micro professor....you could definitely do it, if you don't work during the semester
Thanks ;) Let me update you on my progress. So, there are about 50 students in my class. We are taking 3 classes, Fundamentals, Pharmacology/Dosage and Calc/and Health Assessment. We have 5 professors in the three courses. Our program is pretty welcoming to a variety of students, our first week they let us choose our clinical times...The earliest time I have to be at clinical is 9AM the first semester. I've taken 2 exams in Fundamentals. I got a 66 on the first and a 80 (still a C) on the second. 90% flunked the first test and the class average was 67. On the second the average was 78. I have my next exam next week. We've only had little quizzes in Pharm and we've all done well so far. As for Health Assessment, that class if ok too. Really the hardest one is Fundamentals and the only reason is the question are very tricky. Seriously, I believe that the majority of the class understands the content but many people are bad test takers and need to learn "how to think like a nurse". My days of expecting A's in everything are over! Honestly, if you do well on your prereqs that I don't think anything we're learning is particular hard, it's just time consuming.
I just wanted to encourage everyone to hang in there! Nursing school was the hardest thing I have ever done. I got into the accelerated program which didn't help. But I took what I got. Anyway I graduated with 3.8 GPA, took 5 months to find a job. I have been working at a major children's hospital with children with complex medical issues for 2 years-- tracheostomies, ventilator dependent kids, most are also g-tube and total care, some on TPN and lipids full time. We also get our share of RSV and pertussis babies, kids with chest tubes, and partially repaired cardiac kids. Nursing is very rewarding, but very hard! I never thought I'd do peds- always expected to work with adults on a med-surg unit. Lives are literally in my hands and that's scary, but it's also satisfying to see (most) patients get better.
I use a lot of what I learned in nursing school-- but a lot of it I don't use. I don't have most lab values memorized anymore except the ones we use a lot on my unit (blood gases being one of them). But what I did learn in school was to watch the good nurses I followed around, and learn their bedside manner. Because you have to fake it until you make it. :-) WhenI was still very new, I was assigned the care of a very complex patient whose parents were hard to please. After introducing myself and spending about 20 minutes with their child, they said, "At last! We have a nurse who is experienced and knows what she's doing!" I just smiled and said thank you. I was then asked to be this patient's primary nurse for the duration of their long visit. What they didn't know was I was asking my co-workers lots of questions, and going home at night and studying what I needed to know to fully understand this patient's condition and needs.