The first semester of nursing school is over, hooray!! It took work and time and it was stressful (mainly because overly-excited people made students feel things were more important than they were… *ahemcertainprofessorsandoverachievingstudentsahem* In the end the concepts were simple, assignments doable and time management is the hardest part. You do feel a little like this in the end, though:
After a few days of studying, I would go out with my friends and literally forget how to converse. I also started using medical terms for non related items, “Pass me that nebulizer. Oh gawd, I mean beer.
Anyway, I thought I would share the mottos I have formulated through the semester. They aren’t uplifting so calm down happy people. Realistic, down to earth people, come forward and enjoy:
- Play the game and get out: my 1st & favorite. Don’t get caught up in the stressors & petty drama. Don’t argue with the teacher just to get 1 extra point on the test (especially when you have an 85 and one extra point doesn’t change a B). Don’t let other people’s perception of what kind of person/nurse you need to be influence you entirely. They’re full of it. Stand on your own two feet, keep your head low, push forward and eventually RUN!
- You’re not learning how to be a nurse; you’re learning to take the NCLEX: you’ll learn to be a nurse at your first job. What you’re learning in nursing school is how to ace NCLEX style questions.
- Like poker, play the teacher, not the test: you may know the material but if you don’t know the teacher, how they test, what answers they’re looking for, you will fail.
- Nursing school is the hardest part of nursing: take comfort in this fact.