I don't know where to begin. This first week of nursing school has had a lot of ups and downs. I have met all my professors for this 1st quarter. My favorite one is the one who teaches Assessments (lecture and lab). I really like him and the best thing about him is that he is super funny and extremely knowledgeable. The other 3 are females (Pharmacotherapeutics, Fundamentals and Critical thinking for nurses). They are nice too.
My first day was very interesting. Within the first 5 minutes of me being in my first class the professor says something like this: "I don't text so get over it! so just email me or call me / You need to get to know your classmates fast because you are going to be touching each other often / Now turn your head to your right and left....chances are you wont see that classmate at graduation / You think you like your uniform, just wait till
you have to iron them AND don't worry by the time you finish this program you are going to want to burn those things (uniforms)" LOL! I am so glad our professor has a big sense of humor, although I do think he is serious about most of it. He makes both classes very entertaining and fun. It is not boring for sure. I actually look forward to his class this week.
On my first class of fundamentals, our female professor says "You are not in Kansas City anymore!" of course I didn't understand why she was saying it. I wasn't the only one who didn't understand. She asked if anyone knew why she said that. One girl said Wizard of Oz! Which means that we are not in our familiar place anymore (like Dorothy in Kansas City) and that Nursing school is a whole new world but full of wonderful experiences just like Emerald City.....:)
On a serious not, we were also told that Nursing school is all about "Critical Thinking" and if we are not sure how to use it, they are going to teach us how. I go to bed thinking about critical thinking! it is repeated constantly by each professor. It is very overwhelming and I am so glad that I am not the only one who feels that way. A lot of my classmates are still trying to figure out how to plan their study time. It is A LOT of work! All the professors keep on saying that being a nurse is not easy, it is actually hard (They are being super honest). That being a nurse is hard hard hard work but at the end if this is our passion, it will be a very rewarding career.
I am trying to stay positive. I know its only the first week and its going to take some time to get into the groove of things. My husband has been a blessing this week. he has been so helpful and hasn't complain 1 time....on the other hand I feel I have everyday! I have been repeating every day everything I have to do! that's not good... but I am not going to complain anymore (It has been a week of little sleep!) Good news is that I have made my study time schedule and I am sticking to it!
Now that I have finished my first week of school and If you are about to start nursing school I recommend that you start reading your books early. Chances are the school will send you the Syllabus of each class 2 weeks before class begins. I didn't read anything until the 1st day of school and I am already behind. If the professor allows you to have a recording device, GET ONE! I recorded a few lectures already and I listen to them in the car while I am driving. BIG HELP. Another advice the professor gave us was to get the NCLEX study guide NOW so that you start getting familiar with the type of questions from the NCLEX exam which are the same type of questions they use throughout our program. For example, in our exams all answers could be the correct answer but there is only 1 best answer...
So there you have it. This is just 1/4 (or less) of what you should expect on your 1st week of nursing school. I have a lot of work ahead of me. I am so glad I have a HUGE support system...and that is my husband. He is my #1 supporter. Then my parents are next. They are always there for me when I need babysitting or pretty much anything else.
Oh, and do you want to know more about nursing? Read about Florence Nightingale....if you haven't already.