Congratulations on choosing the wonderful career of nursing! An excellent choice. I must warn you nursing school is hard work. There is so much knowledge that must be crammed into your brain before you can sit and pass your state boards. Please read What Do Nurses Do? so you can have a better understanding of what is expected of you beyond passing out meds and following MD orders.
How Nursing School Has Changed
Years ago you had options much like today about going to school for 1, 2 or 4 years to become a nurse. The length of nursing school has not changed but there are fewer one year diploma programs. That’s good and bad. You can still graduate and become a nurse after only a few years of school. The bad part is that there is an increase in learning crammed into those few short years. There are more interventions, more medications, more nursing knowledge and only a few years to try to learn it all. The more you know the safer your patient care will be.
In 1990 the average US hospital stay lasted 6.4 days. In 2012 the average stay dropped to 4.5 days. Patient conditions are more acute, there is more to learn in nursing school then ever has been before.. The state board nursing exams have been broadening their exam questions increasing the difficulty of the exam. This puts increased pressure on students. Many schools are implementing a pre-graduation practice exam with the stipulation that you must pass the practice exam or you will not graduate. Why do they do this?
If a program posts 3 or more consecutive years of having first-time graduate pass rates less than one standard deviation below the national average, the program is required to present and implement a corrective action plan. Failure to improve the school pass rates to meet the Board’s accreditation requirements can ultimately result in the program’s loss of Board accreditation and program closure. ~Indiana Professional Licensing Dept.
For the year 2014 the National State Board posted passing rates at 68.95%. That’s the lowest in over six years. It varies from year to year but roughly averages around a 74% passing rate. In 2014 about 31% of students graduating nursing school came out undereducated. Teachers are trying hard to teach but as a nursing student you have to reach out if you are not grasping all the concepts in class.
Ways to Help Yourself
The good news is Student Nurse Journey is her to help you succeed through nursing school. The even better news is that we don’t charge you for our help. We encourage you to reach out to your professors for extra help but if they are not available or your have heard their explanation and are still having a hard time understanding . . . come to Student Nurse Journey.
Our resources all come from the kind hearted experts in their field out there who present their topics it for free for their own students. We search out all nursing related topics and weed out all the stuff that’s too technical or not technical enough to save you hours of Googling and present you with a variety of professors, doctors, and all experts who are good at teaching. You will also find a variety of student projects, skits and scenarios. Adding a few tips on how the information relates to you as the beginner nurse, and any tidbits the author might have missed in the area below is how we tailor all resources to future nurses. We encourage you to leave comments as well because discussions are a fantastic way to learn and retain information.
Many of our resources are short videos and we encourage you to listen to them at 1.5 x the normal video speed. Did you know your brain can process a speech rate at 1.5 to 2 x times the normal speaking speed? It helps your brain focus as it must pay attention and doesn’t have time to wander off and daydream as during a lecture in a large lecture hall.
Congratulations again on choosing nursing and best of luck! Stick with us. We’ll help you through your personal Student Nurse Journey.