So many times nursing students get frustrated when it comes to learning how to do the conversions. At first, I was so overwhelmed and I had a hard time learning.
However, after lots of practice I eventually became very comfortable doing conversions, and from that point on I never struggled with them again. I had a great question regarding conversions:
Hi Sarah. I love your site and your explanation on conversions is fantastic!I was wondering if it’s also important to learn how to convert to grams and grains? Also, if you could tell me what to expect for my first semester and what can I do to help prepare me for that. Thanks a lot.
Thanks so much for the kind words and the great question Tabatha! I will try to cover all of your questions the best I can.
Should Nurses Learn How to Convert Grams and Grains?
I am glad that you enjoyed the conversions page that I placed up. As I said before, I did have trouble at first learning the conversion formulas, and I was really stressed out when the test came.
However, after lots of practice I did eventually learn how to do the conversions. For those who may be interested in practicing those conversion problems, you can find the dosage and calculation conversions page.
As far as your question regarding the grams to grains conversions, no I was not required to learn that specific conversion, and it wasn’t stressed at all on the tests. In fact, I didn’t really bother with studying it much at all.
However, your school curriculum may be different and they may possibly choose to include those with your dosage and calculations problems. If that is the case, then I do recommend learning them. It may help if you can ask some of your fellow nursing students =-).
There are a couple of sites I can recommend which give some basic grains to grams conversion formulas/calculators, if you are interested in seeing how the formula works:
What Should I Expect In My First Semester of Nursing School?
My first two years of college were mostly core non-nursing classes. The actual “nursing school” part was really the last 2 years. So what can you expect during this time? What will your first semester of actual nursing school be like? Great questions! I have written a similar post about nursing clinicals here that you may also be interested in.
Each year of nursing school had its good parts and bad parts. For example, my first year of nursing was more difficult academically, and I had some very difficult classes I had to pass. However, I didn’t have to really worry with clinicals at a real job too much so that was nice. The “clinicals” were mostly just skills tests that were performed in the actual classroom (such as inserting a catheter, applying dressings, and so forth).
The second year was much less difficult academically (the classes were easier), however, I had a much more rigorous work load with clinicals, projects, and so forth. The clinicals were a little more challenging because you deal with real people in an actual hospital setting.
As far as my very first semester of Registered Nurse RN school, it wasn’t too bad at all. Each nursing school may be structured differently, however, mine focused mostly on academic book work and so forth.
So if yours is the same, I would recommend you really just try to remain dedicated to your homework, projects, and studying. If you have trouble doing this, you can always get a study buddy, or form a study group.
I tended to study mostly on my own, and I would simply sit in my apartment bedroom and just study over and over as much as I could (and sometimes listen to music). That has always been my own personal study routine.
You really have nothing to worry about at all, and I think you will really enjoy your first semester. I know you must be very excited, and at the same time anxious and nervous.You will probably make some friends that you may end up partnering with throughout Nursing School on various projects, and you may even work with them once you graduate!
I think you will do great, and you will see that it isn’t bad at all. If you just keep up with your classes and study, it is really like anything else in school. Just remember that practice makes perfect, and studying regularly will not only help you pass your classes, but it will also help prepare you for the HESI and NCLEX tests.
Thanks again, and good luck! =)