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Nursing Writings

My name is Ashley Victoria.
I live in Los Angeles, CA. This is my Nursing blog of all things Nursing school. Experiences, study aids, & break outs of nursing humor.

Nursing school problems: just as you think reading through the book & highlighting the important information is good. You regress back to your little kid days turning your nursing book into coloring books! -_-

Nursing school problems: just as you think reading through the book & highlighting the important information is good. You regress back to your little kid days turning your nursing book into coloring books! -_-

Q: Hi, I absolutely love your blog. I am a Pre-Nursing student at CSULB. I don't know if they tell us this just to scare us, but my advisor and many other students say that we are on of the most highly impacted of the Nursing programs. Do you have any advice for me as a first-year Pre-Nursing student? What classes to take after Chemistry? Should I take Anatomy and Physiology together? Thank you so much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Asked by: Anonymous

Hello anonymous,

Actually, I can give you the best advice especially when it comes to CSULB because that is where I attended for my pre-nursing classes. I do understand your fear of being a nursing major at that cal state in particularly because of it’s high impaction rate. So here is my best guidelines of advice for you that I picked up through personal experience and from other nursing students.

1. If nursing is really what you want, then set in your mind and heart to do it whole heartedly. When I say that, your emotional dedication and time should be ready to seek this major to the complete end. I’m on the 7 year graduation track. Trust me when I say that the longevity of pursing this major will take an emotional toll on you. You will have periods of ‘burn out’ where you have to self discipline yourself to keep going no matter what. Keep your eyes on the prize. Make sure you self evaluate your emotions and really determine if this is what you want.

2. I would take most of your pre-requisites at CSULB if you can. I don’t know how the impaction of the classes are now since I’ve left but I had to really jump around to different community colleges to get the classes that I needed. Keep your options open. Enroll in different community colleges to increase your likelihood to get into a science class somewhere. I know there is a course equivalence website that you can use double check that the class you may take at a community is transferable to CSULB. Just be prepared for managing your time well if you ever get split between two campuses like I was before. I suggest Compton city college for availability of science classes. But that is for you to decide if you feel comfortable going there or not.

3. When you’re taking your sciences classes together, take chemistry and microbiology alone. Mix them up with your GE classes. Anatomy and physiology are ‘okay’ to take together in my book because their information co inside with one another. Be the evaluator though of your limitations and capabilities as a student. Keep in mind you need to do well in these courses to competitive when it comes time to application for nursing programs.

4. Make a printed table of all your nursing pre-requisites that you need and keep record of your grades somewhere that you can see it at all times. It serves as a constant reminder to do well in your classes.

5. Start volunteering as soon as you can in a hospital if you haven’t already. It will expose you to the hospital early, look great on your résumé, and even possibly land you a hospital job early in the game. This can serve as your stepping stone to your first nursing job once you finish nursing school. Plus, it helps to you social network which is what 90% the job market is now in today’s economy.


That’s all I can think of right now for pre-nursing advice. If you have any more questions though, feel free to ask! Good luck in your nursing journey and remember, stay focused!! Give this dream all that you got!


-Ashley-

Oh, I know I’m going to have too much fun in Mental Health. There are just too many people in my life that I can use for examples.

Oh, I know I’m going to have too much fun in Mental Health. There are just too many people in my life that I can use for examples.

Now that I’m about to go into mental health, this could not have made me laugh any harder than it did. The Simpson’s show has some dark humor sometimes. LOL

Now that I’m about to go into mental health, this could not have made me laugh any harder than it did. The Simpson’s show has some dark humor sometimes. LOL

I’m at such a point with Nursing school that I had to ask my physician for a new medical prescription of the new medication that makes ALL my troubles go away. Hahah

I’m at such a point with Nursing school that I had to ask my physician for a new medical prescription of the new medication that makes ALL my troubles go away. Hahah

Nursing exams. Sounds about right! Hahahaha It always seems like what is explained in lecture never applies to the exams.

Nursing exams. Sounds about right! Hahahaha It always seems like what is explained in lecture never applies to the exams.

Nursing Students: PLEASE DO THIS

illbeyourmursesomeday:

Where ever you are in your program, write yourself a letter to open the day of your graduation.  Fill that letter with your hopes, dreams, fears, questions, what you think are the answers to life at that moment in time.  Let it all out; empty your soul into it.  I promise you it will make that day even more amazing.  <3

Trust me on this.

Reblog this so I know You’ve made this promise to yourself.

Definitely starting this. I’m writing my letter to myself tonight…
This is one of those study challenges in Nursing school. Nursing is a career based off a paramilitary background that requires you to learn time management. Learning to manage your time well while going through Nursing school by being on a schedule will help you better organize all parts of your life which also includes how you study. 

Study in smaller chucks such as every 30-50 minutes with a 10 minute break allows your brain time to absorb the information and enhances your recall as well for short term memory. It&#8217;s called linkage learning. Every time you learn new material, break it up into smaller parts. Cover section by section with small breaks in between and not forgetting to review the previous sections you just covered before going onto the next. I guarantee you put this study method into effect and your test performance as well as grades will go up. 

Cramming in the last 30 minutes before the test will not get you very far in Nursing school like it did in traditional college classes. Always think the long term outcomes of your career as a Nurse. You are a health advocate, educator, and doing a job that often has people&#8217;s lives are hanging on the line. One of my best clinical instructors taught me recently &#8220;To be a good nurse is to know your skills. To know your skills is to understand how and why you are performing those skills to your particular patient cases. To be knowledgable of your skills is to have complete POWER!&#8221; 

Something to take into consideration before you decide to cram for your next nursing test.

This is one of those study challenges in Nursing school. Nursing is a career based off a paramilitary background that requires you to learn time management. Learning to manage your time well while going through Nursing school by being on a schedule will help you better organize all parts of your life which also includes how you study.

Study in smaller chucks such as every 30-50 minutes with a 10 minute break allows your brain time to absorb the information and enhances your recall as well for short term memory. It’s called linkage learning. Every time you learn new material, break it up into smaller parts. Cover section by section with small breaks in between and not forgetting to review the previous sections you just covered before going onto the next. I guarantee you put this study method into effect and your test performance as well as grades will go up.

Cramming in the last 30 minutes before the test will not get you very far in Nursing school like it did in traditional college classes. Always think the long term outcomes of your career as a Nurse. You are a health advocate, educator, and doing a job that often has people’s lives are hanging on the line. One of my best clinical instructors taught me recently “To be a good nurse is to know your skills. To know your skills is to understand how and why you are performing those skills to your particular patient cases. To be knowledgable of your skills is to have complete POWER!”

Something to take into consideration before you decide to cram for your next nursing test.

What you know about that Nursing life? Lol This me straight up after this semester is over!! Straight alcohol by IV push with no prescription. Hahaha

What you know about that Nursing life? Lol This me straight up after this semester is over!! Straight alcohol by IV push with no prescription. Hahaha