Even before your first semester of nursing school classes start, you will be OVERWHELMED with the amount of paperwork. That’s why I quickly realized I needed to come up with a foolproof system for organizing all of it for easy reference and keeping my sanity intact. Turns out, I’m not the only one who realized this…here’s a note I received recently from a reader in St. Louis:
Sometimes I think the struggle to get INTO nursing school is as intense as the struggle to get through it!
I will be a 3rd year college athlete and I will also be applying to the nursing program come Spring and I was wondering if you had any advice you could offer on how I can better my chance of getting into the program. I am an average student with a 3.2 GPA but I work very hard to maintain my grades.
What do nursing students dread the most? Is it scary clinical professors? Skills check-offs? Their first encounter with a yeast-infested pannus? Nope! It’s NCLEX! A fellow nursing student named Julie writes in with this query:
I would love to hear your thoughts on NCLEX preparation: great review books, is it worth it to take a prep course (like Kaplan), any great practice question resources, any other helpful advice to aid in passing.
Oh boy, do I know the challenges our friend R is having. Here’s what she has to say about motivation:
I found your blog in the early summer and wait around like a crack addict for a new post. 🙂 Right now I am in the midst of 1st semester pre health (term Canadian’s use i/o TEAS for American’s I think). In any case, I am having the absolute hardest time finding motivation. The 1st 2 weeks of classes were difficult as I have been in the work force for a while but my job was not my passion.
Occasionally I get email from a reader (love you guys!) and I realized the questions and concerns are things that many of you in nursing school (or hoping to attend) are probably sharing. Each Monday (provided I have something in my in-box) I will post a reader question or comment for all to enjoy. And don’t worry…your full name will not be used…your secret is safe with me!