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7 Tips on How to Survive an Accelerated Nursing Program


Posted on January 23rd, by Lesley, BS Accelerated '12 in Accelerated. 27 comments

I will not tell a lie. Nursing school is one of the hardest things I have ever done. When I speak to other nursing students, I realized in the first two semesters a lot of us were going through similar life experiences all while studying for pathophysiology and pharmacology (the two hardest classes you will take in nursing school). We were all dealing with family issues, relationship issues, financial issues, etc. As inconvenient as it may be, life still goes on while you try to place things on hold in order to focus on studying and passing exams. So, to help the next wave of accelerated students, I’d like to share at least 7 tips that helped me get through the first two semesters.

1. Encourage and affirm yourself – One thing that is certain in life is change. There will be times when you feel as if the exams and semester will never end, but fortunately the semesters go faster than you might think. If you can make it through the first semester you can make it through the others. Place words of affirmations on your mirror, send reminders to your cell phone, affirm then reaffirm that you are at Johns Hopkins for a reason and you are supposed to be here.

2. Encourage and affirm others – When you encourage others you, by default, encourage yourself. Like I said, earlier. You are not the center of the universe and other people are going through similar things. When you open up, share, encourage and affirm, you’ll find you are not alone in anything you are experiencing in nursing school. When you find out you’re not alone getting through what you think is hard makes it that much easier.

3. Surround yourself with good people – Whether they are friends, family, or other nursing students, you will need a good core group of people who have your best interest at heart. They will listen to you; push you when you need pushing, fuss you out when you need it most, and hug you really tight to help you pull yourself together.

4. Do something that expresses you – When you are able to express yourself artistically and/or physically through writing, singing, dancing, kick boxing, rock climbing, soccer, yoga, crocheting, bowling, karaoke, whatever; you can release certain energies that may keep you from focusing clearly in your studies. Everyone needs an outlet. Find affordable and constructive ways to release anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, and happiness.

5. Be self-aware – You will feel a wide range of emotions while going through this program. Be aware of yourself and how your emotions affect your study habits, how you treat yourself and other people. Being self-aware can guide your success and help you to acknowledge where your short-comings are. When you begin to work on you it’s amazing how other things fall into perspective.

6. Listen to positive music – I wake up to music every morning. Buzzing alarms make me grumpy. So I fill my iPod with upbeat stuff to start my days off right. Here’s a song that kept me going through finals weeks

http://youtu.be/4xP9edv-RcA

Without a Fight by Janelle Monae

7. Keep the end goal in mind and be good to yourself!

http://youtu.be/bnaCL1ZAYbY

BGTY by Ledesi





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27 thoughts on “7 Tips on How to Survive an Accelerated Nursing Program

  1. I am in my early 40′s and going into a private school full time to become an LVN. I want to get into the work force quickly, and go for my RN later. Your comments inspired me, thank you!

  2. Thank you for this wonderfully encouraging and insightful post. I am starting the accelerated 2nd bachelors degree in nursing program at USF in fall while silmultaneously sending my only child off to college and managing the care of my mother who is terminally ill. I love what you said about if you can make it thru the first semester, you can get thru the rest. I took to heart your statement about the power of encouraging others and will embrace this as a positive energy outlet. You are obviously going to be one of the best nurses ever. Thank you for helping me this morning. God bless.

  3. Thank you very much for this….. I have just completed my first term of an accelerated program, and I must say that this is a very difficult program. Even with that being said, I refuse to give up!!!!!!

  4. Thank you very much for this….. I have just completed my first term of an accelerated program, and I must say that this is a very difficult program. Even with that being said, I refuse to give up!!!!!!

  5. I am just finishing the prerequisite classes and have been accepted into an accelerated nursing program at Valparaiso University in Indiana. I will have to make a 60-mile one-way trip to and from the school on a daily basis. I am nervous! Can I do this? I appreciate the comments here; they are motivating. I have to keep the goal in mind.

  6. I am just finishing the prerequisite classes and have been accepted into an accelerated nursing program at Valparaiso University in Indiana. I will have to make a 60-mile one-way trip to and from the school on a daily basis. I am nervous! Can I do this? I appreciate the comments here; they are motivating. I have to keep the goal in mind.

  7. Hi
    Im intrested in the accelersted program and I know that it will be alot of work and intrese but, is it possible to still have a job? I would be moving if I apply and I need to know if it would be possible to be able to support myself?

  8. I found this site by accident and it is WONDERFUL! It has been very helpful to read through. I have been accepted into the accelerated program at JHU, have no children at home, but need to work as I am single. Is this possible?

  9. I found this site by accident and it is WONDERFUL! It has been very helpful to read through. I have been accepted into the accelerated program at JHU, have no children at home, but need to work as I am single. Is this possible?

  10. Hi Beth,

    It’s doable with children and as a single mother. There are a few parents in the program I’m in (13 mos. accelerated) and they are getting through the program just fine. My description was an exaggeration so that anyone reading it understands the commitment needed in order to go through the program. Keep that song in your playlist and continue to get through the prereqs. JHU-SON is a great program. You just have to know how to prioritize and focus. It’s all in what you want. If you want this bad enough, you can make it happen. The best to you and your children!

    Lesley

  11. Hi Beth,

    It’s doable with children and as a single mother. There are a few parents in the program I’m in (13 mos. accelerated) and they are getting through the program just fine. My description was an exaggeration so that anyone reading it understands the commitment needed in order to go through the program. Keep that song in your playlist and continue to get through the prereqs. JHU-SON is a great program. You just have to know how to prioritize and focus. It’s all in what you want. If you want this bad enough, you can make it happen. The best to you and your children!

    Lesley

  12. Wow – Full time job +40 hours OT. Maybe this isn’t the thing for me to do with two young kids coming off of a divorce. I’m halfway through my prereqs and really had my heart set on JHUSON. I’m a very strong believer in ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ (So that song is on my playlist these days) but I also have to keep my two little ones in mind. Are you in the 13 or 17 month accelerated program?

    Beth

  13. Wow – Full time job +40 hours OT. Maybe this isn’t the thing for me to do with two young kids coming off of a divorce. I’m halfway through my prereqs and really had my heart set on JHUSON. I’m a very strong believer in ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ (So that song is on my playlist these days) but I also have to keep my two little ones in mind. Are you in the 13 or 17 month accelerated program?

    Beth

  14. Hi Erin,

    The accelerated BS portion is similar to having a full time job with 40 hours overtime. It’s a lot of hard work that I’ve heard and hope pays off in the long run. Each semester is different. At the end of the day you just want to lay on the floor. If you lay on the floor you may not want to get up so I wouldn’t advise doing that. Lay on the sofa instead. ;-)

    In all seriousness. If I were you, I would focus on your prerequisites and then when you get here focus on your studies. Every person’s experience is completely different because every person learns differently, and have a different life. What may be hard for me may be super easy for you. What may be a breeze for me may be a complete burden for you. It’s a good program and you learn so much so quickly.

    Hope this helps. All the best!
    Lesley

  15. Hi Erin,

    The accelerated BS portion is similar to having a full time job with 40 hours overtime. It’s a lot of hard work that I’ve heard and hope pays off in the long run. Each semester is different. At the end of the day you just want to lay on the floor. If you lay on the floor you may not want to get up so I wouldn’t advise doing that. Lay on the sofa instead. ;-)

    In all seriousness. If I were you, I would focus on your prerequisites and then when you get here focus on your studies. Every person’s experience is completely different because every person learns differently, and have a different life. What may be hard for me may be super easy for you. What may be a breeze for me may be a complete burden for you. It’s a good program and you learn so much so quickly.

    Hope this helps. All the best!
    Lesley

  16. Lisa,

    Thanks! Feel free to give any other suggestions or even add some music from your playlist.

    Lesley

  17. Lisa,

    Thanks! Feel free to give any other suggestions or even add some music from your playlist.

    Lesley

  18. Hi Molly,

    I’m so glad this was helpful to you. Congrats on your acceptance!!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Lesley

  19. Hi Molly,

    I’m so glad this was helpful to you. Congrats on your acceptance!!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Lesley

  20. Those are wonderful tips especially to surround yourself with good and positive people. Listening to music can also boost your mood.

  21. Those are wonderful tips especially to surround yourself with good and positive people. Listening to music can also boost your mood.

  22. Loved the article! I am starting prerequisites in anticipation of applying next year to the MSN program from a BS in Business. I would love to hear more of your experience and what the class schedule is like for the accelerated BS portion! Good luck!

  23. Loved the article! I am starting prerequisites in anticipation of applying next year to the MSN program from a BS in Business. I would love to hear more of your experience and what the class schedule is like for the accelerated BS portion! Good luck!

  24. Thanks so much Lesley! As an incoming Accelerated student (Fall 2012), I found this so helpful! Thank you for the encouragement and for sharing your experience.

  25. Thanks so much Lesley! As an incoming Accelerated student (Fall 2012), I found this so helpful! Thank you for the encouragement and for sharing your experience.