1. Jason

    Hi, I’m a first semester nursing school student. Well I was until yesterday. We had our finals and while i did decent, it wasn’t enough to pull me up to that magic number needed to move on. I will hopefully have the chance to go back during the fall, but nothing set in stone yet. I just want to say that even though I am usually an A student, nursing school tests are just different. They are different in such a way that if you fail one bad enough, you are scrapping at the dirt trying to reach back for the surface the rest of the time. The reason is because the tests are the real weight of your grade in nursing school. No other assignments move that grade even close to the way a good test grade will. Anyways, the thought of cheating to get by never even crossed my mind. If I can’t earn the title of RN on my own, I don’t want it. I’m also a Marine so its in my nature to feel that way. I will go back and I will be that much more knowledgeable when it counts later on in my career, more skillful and confident. Its actually a blessing, well except for the money thing of course. Good luck to all you students out there. Find out what type of learner you are. Organize yourself and your life, and find a way of studying that works for you and stick with it. You have to think conceptually. Its not like any other tests you have ever taking that ask you to remember facts and spit them back out. You will be asked to apply them and choose between 4 options. 2 that are obviously not it, and 2 that are sooooo close together that you will be pulling your hair out. Stay focused and do not let your guard down for one minute.

    • Absolutely right, Jason. Sorry to hear about your first semester experience, but I’m so glad that you’re keeping a positive attitude. Many of the best nurses I’ve known have struggled with nursing school, but they took that experience and allowed it to make them more knowledgable and appreciative of their nursing license once they had it. That sounds like the path you are on too…good luck!

    • Lol! The pics are automatically generated…at least you got purple, that happens to be my favorite color! 🙂

      Thanks for your comments on the importance of not cheating…I totally agree! As nurses we have such a profound responsibility to our patients, and we really need to live up to that with our ethical standards.

  2. Linda

    It’s nice to read someone else’s opinion about what I always have thought– cheating was wrong. I am more proud than ever after reading your statement to say I never cheated in school.– any level of any school. No, not even grade school or high school. I’m no saint, but I have always wanted to know if I could get the questions correct just by using my own brain and memory. I don’t agree stress has a lot to do with one’s decision to cheat. I think cheating is like lying: We tell our brain what to say and do. The control, no matter how tuff it gets, is there. We just have to choose what we want to do.
    Nursing is sacred and it’s a promise we make to protect and safely help those who for whatever reason cannot help themselves. No matter how little or how big the help, we have promised to do so. Knowing you cheated your way into such extraordinary life or death situations is not going to get you brownie points with the man upstairs, nor is it going to make you feel good down the road. Study ladies and gentlemen. It is well worth the endurance. I promise.
    Blessings and to all our good health and to those we serve now and in the days to come. Happy Nurses week!!!!

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