Did anyone hate nursing school? - page 4

I am in second semester and I am just sooooo tired and run down. Every week I feel like quitting. I have an hour commute and 2 small kids so thats an added difficulty. Is it normal to dislike nursing... Read More

  1. by   mstigerlily
    I think everyone hated nursing school, or at least found it tedious and difficult. I used to get A's easily, I struggled to get B's there. I hated care plans, they got longer and longer every semester. I hated getting up at 4:30 to get to clinicals on time and fighting to get the "best" patient and running around trying to get my skills done. I HATED "skill tests" where we tested skills in front of our stone faced instructors. You will get through it, don't give up.

    I had a baby during prereqs, breastfed her 16 mos (no bottles), took a semester off between 3rd and 4th to have another one, breastfed him 2 yrs (occasional bottles). Imagine what a huge PITA that was! Luckily I had a (flexible schedule) husband and a (retired) mom nearby to meet me somewhere to nurse the baby or bring him by during my breaks. That was probably the most difficult part, I always had to "get home" after school or clinicals, never had time to go to the library for an impromptu study session, I did all my best studying at 3am when I was up nursing the baby anyway and the house was quiet.

    Quote from FNPhopeful
    I am in second semester and I am just sooooo tired and run down. Every week I feel like quitting. I have an hour commute and 2 small kids so thats an added difficulty. Is it normal to dislike nursing school so much? I know Im probably just not thinking clearly at this point being so exhausted, but please tell me it all pays off in the end!
    I, like many others worked toward this goal for so long, just trying to get in. I have always loved school. But since becoming an actual nursing student, I can barely get B's much less A's. I guess I thought nursing school would be so fun and interesting and full of cool new things to experience. But hard instructors and hours of clinical are more the case. And I feel so dumb all the time!

    Just trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I need help seeing the good in it again. Thanks.......better go study!
    Last edit by mstigerlily on Mar 29, '07
  2. by   gasguy1960
    i feel that nursing school s---ks, i have hated it from the day i stepped into the room, and the only thing better than seeing it in my rear view mirror this may, would be the unmistakable mushroom cloud of a atomic bomb landing on the school in my rear view mirror thereby preventing some other unsuspecting sap from enduring the torture they call "a good education".
  3. by   fgoff
    I've been a nurse for years now but the pain & suffering from nursing school is never completely out of my mind. It is not a 'get over it' kind of thing. Soldier don't just 'get over' boot camp, does they?? I lived though it. I'm a survivor! HEY!!! We all are!!!

    Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  4. by   StrwbryblndRN
    I graduate in a few weeks and I have a 3 and 5 year old. I can understand the fustration of balancing school with family and potty training. ACK!. However I never expected my grades to be great and pretty much keep my house messy. As a matter of fact on one test I got a 68 and laughed because I knew in advance I did not pass and thought that was good considering how much time I was able to put into studying. (I ended the semester with a B) All in all I knew I was going to get through it and I know I will be a good nurse. Keep that in your sights and all will be OK. (probably not great or even good but OK)
  5. by   allthingsbright
    Like (most) of what I am learning...

    Like (most) of my classmates...

    HATE the politics!

    HATE "weeding out!"

    HATE all the clinical paperwork.

    HATE nurse eating their young.

    HATE the exhaustion.

    Wow, I sound like a drama queen huh?

    I graduate in December--thank God!
  6. by   allthingsbright
    Quote from gasguy1960
    i feel that nursing school s---ks, i have hated it from the day i stepped into the room, and the only thing better than seeing it in my rear view mirror this may, would be the unmistakable mushroom cloud of a atomic bomb landing on the school in my rear view mirror thereby preventing some other unsuspecting sap from enduring the torture they call "a good education".

    omg!

    this thread has been so therapeutic for me--so glad i am not alone in my frustration--plus you guys are hysterical!
    Last edit by allthingsbright on Apr 4, '07
  7. by   pebbleworm
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    I am in second semester and I am just sooooo tired and run down. Every week I feel like quitting. I have an hour commute and 2 small kids so thats an added difficulty. Is it normal to dislike nursing school so much? I know Im probably just not thinking clearly at this point being so exhausted, but please tell me it all pays off in the end!
    I, like many others worked toward this goal for so long, just trying to get in. I have always loved school. But since becoming an actual nursing student, I can barely get B's much less A's. I guess I thought nursing school would be so fun and interesting and full of cool new things to experience. But hard instructors and hours of clinical are more the case. And I feel so dumb all the time!

    Just trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I need help seeing the good in it again. Thanks.......better go study!
    I went through 3 years of nursing school (It's my second course) with a full time job and a family. Did I hated it? Nope. I hated some CIs, I hated some school policies, but nursing school was OK.


    But I won't go through it again. I'm happy and relieved it's finally over and I've got my degree. That's 3 years of exhaustion and chronic headache. Hang in there and focus on that light at the end of the tunnel. That's what I did too.
  8. by   SanskeetRN
    Yep, hated it too and for all the same reasons mentioned here already. I tell people in school I am worried about what my body will do when the constant stress and anxiety I have had for the past 3 years is gone...it's gonna get all out of wack.

    I found a Tshirt that I am considering buying that said "I'M A NURSING STUDENT (and I think I know why there's a nursing shortage)" pretty much sums it all up!
  9. by   RN1263
    i have only three weeks left....THANK GOD!!!!!!

    i will not miss:
    - instructors that act like drill sergeants
    - tons of meaningless papers and projects
    - care plans
    - going to the hospital the "night before" clinical
    - waiting behind 6 others students to pass meds
    - wearing our ugly student uniform
  10. by   MintyKorn
    LoL...oh the horrors of nursing school! Let me tell you, I cried literally every day of nursing school. Especially the first day of clinicals when the instructor singled me out and made an example of me. I had a simple white hair ribbon to match with my immaculately clean, white uniform. She said my ribbon or any other hair accesory was inappropriate and went on a lecture about how it can harbor bacteria and germs. Funny thing is she didn't tell us how are we then suppossed to put up our hair if we are not allowed to use hair accessories. (mastisol and transpore tape????)

    It's not a cake-walk, that's for sure....but because of that, you have every right to feel proud and hold your head up high once you graduate. It's survival of the fittest and rightfully so. I agree though with everyone here that has said...."It is sooooo worth it in the end!"
  11. by   RN1263
    Quote from MintyKorn
    It's not a cake-walk, that's for sure....but because of that, you have every right to feel proud and hold your head up high once you graduate. It's survival of the fittest and rightfully so.
    You got that right and i am proud! Especially since we've lost soooooo many students! three weeks to go and the classroom looks bare compared to first semester.....the teacher keeps saying "is everyone here....it looks like people are missing?" and we say "they are missing... they failed, so we're all thats left!!!"
  12. by   abundantjoy07
    I do dislike nursing school immensely. I do fear that I will never like nursing. It's a little late to backtrack as I graduate in a few days...but nursing school has been filled with irritable post-menopausal women, tears, and high rates of competition and failure. I've lost so many acquaintences through the time I've been inschool because they could not go on.
    I've seen so many brilliant people be reduced to tears because they were made to feel unappreciated and low in intelligence.
    It has not been a good experience and to this very moment it has not been the best. I feel like I missed out on college because of nursing school and that really stinks.
    But whatever, I'm almost through.

    I've just got to pass the NCLEX and then I can figure out if I want to continue in nursing or explore other options. I totally understand why there is a shortage of nurses...no one can make it through nursing school and if they do they regret ever beginning it in the first place.
  13. by   dubstar
    I agree with you guys,

    I sit in a class sometimes and think "what am I doing here"
    NS and clinical placements have not been the joyous occasions I though they maybe.

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