You finally bit the bullet and applied to nursing school. After the initial excitement of receiving your acceptance has passed . It is soon replaced by the anxiety related to the requirements that are part of the curriculum for the first year nursing student.
Nursing schools have their own objectives. They are preparing a large number of nursing students who will need to be ready to graduate from their school and be prepared to pass a professional licensure exam and be ready to practice their profession. The high standards that are expected of you early in the school year is designed to weed out those that most likely will not meet the grade or pass the exam for final licensure.
“It is better that the system is able to give non performers an opportunity for an early exit. Allowing them to move on and not negatively reflect on the school’s reputation.” As noted in – Surviving the First year of Nursing. School.
Instead of feeling and acting overwhelmed, become part of a study group etc. learn how the system works and make it work for you . This is one of the many hurdles you will meet on your way to becoming a nurse.
While adjusting to the academic requirements and to the study time and its demands. Has this almost made you change your mind about nursing as your profession? Hang on a little longer and you will soon see and learn ways to manage your time and master what is required of you in your first year of nursing school.
Although nursing education is spread out over years and the picture is larger then you expected and maybe even harder then you thought . Remember it all does not have to be done in one day. Divide and conquer each course and as you complete them you will visually see the progress that you have made .
Be aware that the area of health care is always evolving and you will as a nurse spend a great deal of your time mastering new skills and equipment used in your practice of nursing. Those of you that are in your first year of nursing school now, will meet many new challenges in health care perhaps even those that have never been met before. They will all have in common the most important goal that of delivering the highest quality health care in the most cost effective way.
In the clinical area you may have experiences that shake your confidence. This will pass in time. Practicum labs are designed to learn bedside routines before you go out into the clinical area of hospitals. Hands on experience using the equipment used in patient care is needed and will feel clumsy at first. But in time you will be able to multi task at the bedside.
Tensions sometimes arise unexpectedly during your first year of nursing and all through your nursing career. It is wise to not over react. Well chosen words should be something that you begin to practice early on. Observe and learn from seasoned nurses . Most professional nurses will be happy to fill in a teachable moment. But alas, you may also run into a nurse who fails to live up to this expectation, perhaps not the best role model for a professional nurse. Hopefully this experience is rarely encountered.
It is not unusual to be taking courses in areas that do not seem applicable to your calling. However, in time you will see that your accumulative knowledge begins to come together as a whole. Your nursing curriculum in the first year can vary,however most often a first year nursing student will cover these areas of a curriculum.
Fundamentals of Nursing- 6 hours
Pharmacology -2 hours
General psychology -3 hours
Introduction to sociology -3 hours
Anatomy and physiology- 4 hours.
Medical surgical Nursing One- 7 hours
Mental health Nursing – 4 hours
Anatomy& physiology two -4 hours
In addition to the academic requirements there will be clinical classes and their required achievements in your first year as a nursing student.
Overview for the first year nursing student:
*Anticipate a period of orientation with a fast paced agenda.
*Establish a planned study routine that becomes your first priority.
*Take control of your time and make it work for you.
*Modify activities that distract you from achieving your nursing goals.
*Take advantage of extra academic support when needed.
*If you fail at something, do it over again.
The health care system needs you the new nurse in its system. We are counting on you to maintain the highest standards of nursing practice. Welcome to the Nursing Profession you have heard our call.