Did anyone hate nursing school? - page 5

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   SoulShine75
    As someone else said...this discussion is very therapeutic. I have a love/hate relationship with nursing school. The love part stems from my love of the subject and the fact that I will one day become a nurse. The hate part...just about everything that is nursing school. It's just so much stress that I'm surprised I haven't crawled up in the fetal and rocked back and forth many nights. Well, I take that back...I have. Good luck to everyone. We can do this and it will one day be behind us.
  2. by   suanna
    I know where you are coming from. When I was in nursing school I was working full time, newly married to a wonderfull woman with two teenage children. I averaged 2-3 hrs sleep a day. My best advise is stop looking for "a"s and learn to set priorities in school. Settle for a C in non critical courses and use the extra time for your nursing core courses and clinicals- or maybe just some much needed sleep. You are pulling a heavy load with school and family and its better to be a good nurse with a 2.5GPA than a former nursing student with nothing to show for the work you've put in so far. By the way, clinicals helped me a lot- applied learning is always more fun than theory.
  3. by   RedSox33RN
    I must be in the minority, because I really enjoyed nursing school, and can't wait to continue on in a year or so for my BSN then MSN.

    I did have one bad clinical experience - Mental Health - because the instructor and I did not get along, and I truly dreaded getting up and going to clinical those days. But overall, I really liked it. I learned so much, but didn't even realize how much I learned until I looked back at my Fundamental notes. The people I met, patients and classmates and instructors, the stuff I learned - all of it together was just amazing, and really fun.

    Yes, I was tired, going through a divorce and having 4 kids and moving twice. If I had to pick one thing I didn't like (okay, two), it was the commute (over 1 hour each way, which stunk because of gas prices, mostly) and the cost (private Catholic college - I have over $45k in student loans now!!).
  4. by   Chaoticdreams33
    Actually I loved nursing school! I'm only a couple weeks out and I already miss it!
  5. by   loricatus
    YES. But, I didn't realize they were preparing me for many of the attitudes and nonsense I would find once I graduated.
  6. by   SN bbgrl
    Oh sooooooooooo glad i found this!!!! I just finished 1st semester of an ADN program and its definitely got its low points!!! Lesson learned here? Lets just see if anyone has a good recipe for ROASTED CROW!!!!
  7. by   1studentnurse
    I liked nursing school because I had two good friends whom I could rely on and a network of a few other good allies (not friends, but more than acquaintances).

    Some of the people in my class were really mean and just hated anyone who did not agree with them. Hopefully, time will change their perspectives, or they will have a really hard time working with others, when they're not the center of attention.

    I was in a one-year accelerated program, so I did not feel it was my job to worry about these people.

    Take care of yourself so you can take care of your patients!
  8. by   EDnurse2009
    Thank you for this post! I strongly dislike nursing school too. I just keep praying that it will all be worth it someday. I feel like the majority of my instructors are on power trips and they are so condescending! I just keep taking it one day at a time.
  9. by   nursewannabee
    Hi all,

    I feel every ounce of pain in all of these statements. I am going into my 3rd semester in the fall of 07 and come hell or high water will graduate in May of 08. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. What I hate the most is the clinicals. I hate getting up so early for them and hate the not knowing what to do syndrome. I work as an aide and that has helped with some of the uneasiness of working with patients. I also am an A student but struggle to get B's and C's in nursing school.
    I do have to say that my instructors have been very supportive and have pulled me aside to talk to me about my anxiety. In that respect I do feel lucky.
    Every day done is one day closer. I do feel sad that some of my classmates have not made it due to grades when I know they would have made wonderful nurses.
    Good luck to everyone. We will all make it.
  10. by   anonymurse
    Nursing school, well there it is. I could have chosen to like it or not. Things are easier when I decide to like my situation, so I picked that. People are people, whether faculty, student body, patient population, hospital admin. I can always depend on the fact that people will act like people, so I take the bad with the good. Plus I'm used to being me no matter where I am, and if that wraps others around the axle, oh well. Hey, I have to get used to them so it doesn't bother me if they are forced to adjust to me.
  11. by   KyPinkRN
    Quote from anonymurse
    Nursing school, well there it is. I could have chosen to like it or not. Things are easier when I decide to like my situation, so I picked that. People are people, whether faculty, student body, patient population, hospital admin. I can always depend on the fact that people will act like people, so I take the bad with the good. Plus I'm used to being me no matter where I am, and if that wraps others around the axle, oh well. Hey, I have to get used to them so it doesn't bother me if they are forced to adjust to me.
    I like your attitude!! Its a good one to have in whatever you are doing. Sure NS is a lot of stress and hoop-jumping but think about where you would be if you weren't in school... a factory, flipping burgers, or maybe worse.
  12. by   Annabelle57
    There were definitely parts of NS that made me want to scream: incompetent instructors, the general lack of sleep and lack of social life, the post-exam autopsies after every test ("What did you put on #3? #16?"), the constant juggling act. It was hard, no doubt. And I went to school with a bunch of type-A personalities (just like myself), and the pressure was sometimes unbearable: everyone had to be the best.

    However, as a recent grad, I can say with all certainty that it was all worth it. Being excited about my career is something I wouldn't trade for anything. Plus, I'm not worried anymore about not making rent - much more peace of mind!
  13. by   jelorde37
    i went to nursing school straight after high school. during high school i was pretty much a bookworm, stuck with the girlfriend, overworked, and never really got to go out much. ill admit, nursing school was one of the most mentally exhausting times of my life but i loved every minute of it. i met some of the most sincere people that i still keep in touch with even if i live 2 hours away. lectures were really boring, clinicals would be exhausting, and the teachers were mean but for some reason i miss nursing school. currently, im waiting for the lvn to rn bridge and working on classes for my masters, but im excited to start the program again.

    in short, i guess all im trying to say is that nursing school is an experience and you should make the most out of it. many people apply to the program and wait and some go in and fail. learn as much as you can while your in there cause its really different when your on your own working the floor with no instructor to turn to. dont stress yourself out too much, have fun and good luck -jon

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