Did anyone hate nursing school? - page 6

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   mdavid
    I feel your pain. However, nothing in life is easy but you have to dig down really deep in your soul and ask yourself why you are going to nursing school. I'm a mother of four children and I gotta tell you it aint easy but my passion for nursing and my love for my children is what keeps me going. You can do it if you put your mind to it. So keep your head up things will get better. If you are religous put your trust in God first and ask him to get you through it. "Remember all things are possible through the hands of the Lord." I know this is true because I to have been there and soon will be graduating in December of this year. Thank God. Hang in there it will be okay:angel2:
  2. by   moongirl
    Hated most of it. Saw a former instructor today and it knocked me into PTSD.

    Made a couple of really good friends tho.
  3. by   Chloe'sinNYNow
    Quote from 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!
    Post Exam autopsies????? Annabelle, where did you go to school? We never had that!
  4. by   registeredusername
    I am in the lvn program at the moment. The attitude from the first semester I started was I can't believe how nursing students told horrible stories about difficulties of lvn. It's just a stupid certification, right? Everything should be easy I have a strong background of science. A&P, Chem, Micro, Nutri, even some of the psych courses as well. I felt to be a top student.


    So, the first semester ended that attitude quickly dropped from arrogant to humility. I can't believe how stupid I feel not knowing this: "isolation patient who is going down to the xray on a gurney the nurse should what? I chose the patient should have the sheet to cover him instead of putting the mask and gowns for the patient because this will prevent spread of infection all over the hospital.

    Now what I had before was knowledge, totally pure straight knowledge. Nursing is NOT one aspect. Nursing is to know everything from science to communication skills. It's like studying half business major(how much money am I going to earn?), doctor (a&p, chem), lab technician(lab values, CBC, BUN, PT/PTT, WBC, Na, K, and such others), speech therapist (therapeutic communication), psychologist(infant, childhood, adult lifespan), EMT, politics (nursing politics), religion, cultural sociologists, sport medicine, phlebotomist, secretary (lots of writing), CARE PLAN (they should have this course separated for cutting down time consumption), so should I go on?

    I think we get the point. We can see how it's not so different when we compare nursing academic to military style academic.

    It's NOT about how smart you are, because seriously, I would not have reply to this post because I wouldn't have anything to share or emphasize about. It's not about how wise your experience in life may be. It's about following directions to focus on your determination. Your attitude does need to be humble because no one here know everything there is to know.

    5am every morning to wake up to write care plan, paper, to study about the next test, that is NOT fun, and i bet you the only people who is going to be THAT determined is the people who have an attitude of determination as well as desperate to want NURSING DEGREE.

    If I wasn't desperate enough (think about the people standing in line for xbox 360 or playstation 3 that camped 2 weeks before the item release so they can sell them on ebay to make more money than retail price)
    If I didn't have the attitude toward desperate, I would not have continued nursing. I would just continue to be a doctor NOT because it's easier, but at least they focus on expressing knowledge more, center for disease and illness, and such like that. I probably continue to med school after i receive my RN because at this moment, my purpose changed to being a NURSING STUDENT than someone who will make a difference in the lives of other.
  5. by   jjjoy
    Quote from registeredusername
    It's NOT about how smart you are, because seriously, I would not have reply to this post because I wouldn't have anything to share or emphasize about. It's not about how wise your experience in life may be. It's about following directions to focus on your determination.

    i bet you the only people who is going to be THAT determined is the people who have an attitude of determination as well as desperate to want NURSING DEGREE.

    I probably continue to med school after i receive my RN because at this moment, my purpose changed to being a NURSING STUDENT than someone who will make a difference in the lives of other.
    I hear you! I would think nursing school would be focused on building a strong foundation for safe patient care. Instead, much of it is just "getting through it"- but what a waste! As long as we're putting the time and energy into our education, I'd rather be learning useful stuff instead of learning how to pass poorly written tests and writing multiple care plans from scratch (how many times do I need to document the source for "encourage patient to use incentive spirometer"?!). I personally didn't think most tests did a good job of measuring useful knowledge or critical thinking skills. They tested one's ability to make logical guesses based on assumptions, instructor bias, and figuring out what the worst choices were instead of testing knowledg of what best actions would be.

    I don't understand the tradition of insisting nursing students figure everything out for themselves instead of giving them examples, guidelines, etc. Yes, at some point, the training wheels have to come off. But school IS the training wheels. What's the point if they don't actually teach and give you clear learning objectives? Lectures functioned to signal what would be on the test - not any real enhancement or further explanation of the content - there was almost never time for questions and answers were often unsatisfying, especially to explain the thinking behind those horribly vague and useless test questions.

    By the way, I enjoyed my nursing school classmates and the comraderie we had from taking classes together for two years - as opposed to my other bachelor's where I was lucky if I recgonized a few faces in many of my classes. I enjoyed getting to be in the various clinical environments and learning about and seeing various disease processes. I enjoyed being able to play a small part in a patient's health care experience.
    Last edit by jjjoy on Sep 27, '07
  6. by   Italia13 RN
    Nursing School to me is something I hate to Love.. it def has its ups and its downs, one of the things I loved about nursing school was the group of girls I met, without them I would of never made it through my junior year.. I know they will be lifelong friends I can always count on.... Now I am a Senior graduating in May 08, and I am ready to be done.. like everyone else said I am at the point where i do what I have to do to get through, even if i pass with C's.... C=RN.. Good luck to everyone this year.. Hopefully this light everyone is talking about is at the end of my tunnel, I'm so stressed!!
  7. by   registeredusername
    You're right, we're putting tons of energy and time into our education. What's so critically challenged about following directions? I don't see the critical thinking in any of the topic in LVN school so far. Six rights to administration (r.patient,route,time,med,doc,dsg) is your checklist, care plan (or just a bunch of unnecessary checklist in the hospital done at the time of discharge or a foreign document to most of the RNs at work) is just a waste of time management (ohh, which by the way, time management does not apply during post conference past clinical hour by the exception of the instructor which is okay! 630 - 1900 ish), and I could keep this horrible tradition we're facing in nursing school at this time. However, I don't think whining and complaining about it would change that tradition. It does feel good to vent though and everyone should.

    Here's a last thought I have learned concurrent to cooperate nursing school itself (not the hospital we're trained at Kaiser Permenente, awesome staff). When you come in to class this week, let me know how you can relate to how far you've learned in school. Second semester, I have learned best to keep my mouth shut, slightly ask questions, do what is necessary, do what is told, say thank you or sorry, and NEVER argue. That is the secret ingredient to passing NURSING ladies and gentlemen. JJJ > I'm glad you enjoyed spending time with your classmates, they are people who will be there in tough or easy times.

    (heh, in the end it's all about the license or that piece of paper that says we've passed NCLEX is what the initial and prime goal)

    "You can learn a lot from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don't agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don't argue back..." -- John Moe, Conservatize Me.

    Quote from jjjoy
    I hear you! I would think nursing school would be focused on building a strong foundation for safe patient care. Instead, much of it is just "getting through it"- but what a waste! As long as we're putting the time and energy into our education, I'd rather be learning useful stuff instead of learning how to pass poorly written tests and writing multiple care plans from scratch (how many times do I need to document the source for "encourage patient to use incentive spirometer"?!). I personally didn't think most tests did a good job of measuring useful knowledge or critical thinking skills. They tested one's ability to make logical guesses based on assumptions, instructor bias, and figuring out what the worst choices were instead of testing knowledg of what best actions would be.

    I don't understand the tradition of insisting nursing students figure everything out for themselves instead of giving them examples, guidelines, etc. Yes, at some point, the training wheels have to come off. But school IS the training wheels. What's the point if they don't actually teach and give you clear learning objectives? Lectures functioned to signal what would be on the test - not any real enhancement or further explanation of the content - there was almost never time for questions and answers were often unsatisfying, especially to explain the thinking behind those horribly vague and useless test questions.

    By the way, I enjoyed my nursing school classmates and the comraderie we had from taking classes together for two years - as opposed to my other bachelor's where I was lucky if I recgonized a few faces in many of my classes. I enjoyed getting to be in the various clinical environments and learning about and seeing various disease processes. I enjoyed being able to play a small part in a patient's health care experience.
  8. by   eldragon
    I think this thread is hilarious!

    I, too, hate nursing school! It's almost over, thank God!

    And those of you who think nursing school was wonderful, must be in a different program!
  9. by   HeartJulz
    Oh yes! I can certainly relate and trust me you are NOT alone! My program has been 16 mths .. although I do have medical background experience, this somewhat helped and also have been going to school for most my life (haha) I knewo what I was going to be enduring.. and sometimes it was so much to bear that I finally started using my gym membership again, bought a calendar where I can mark off the days, found this website, and bought a ipod! I think those were the best things and they all helped me through it. I am not married and my daughter is already 14, but I also worked near fulltime 30-34 hrs a week, then gym, school, homework, dinner, and honestly I had to let some things 'go' and nursing school wasnt going to be one of them!!!! So I let some of the housework and yardwork go even though as a somewhat obsessive compulsive it drove me crazy and made me feel like a lazy slob. I also wasnt going to slack @ being a mom or @ my job. when I was super stressed I went to the gym 3x a week and worked out like a crazy cardio woman!! doing 8 miles 3 x a week ... and now my calendar says I have 7 days left!!!! I also had a counter online thats been counting down the days... I remember at one point halfway thru school the counter STILL said 178 days!!!! I was holy tamale! And now .. literally graduation is around the corner... and let me tell you... towards the end it gets somewhat easier ... when its done you can relax ... and also think of it this way... each day look at what youre accomplishing ... !! You should be proud! hang in there...
  10. by   RN1263
    Quote from HeartJulz
    ... when its done you can relax ... and also think of it this way... each day look at what youre accomplishing ... !! You should be proud! hang in there...
    RELAX??........RELAX???........No disrespect, but as a new grad RN on a busy med/surg floor there is NO relaxing........NONE!
  11. by   Michelle123
    Yeah I feel the same about the course! It is hard work, and there is lots of it, it is exhausting! I am always tired, then there are the inconsistancies between markers, and policies and procedures!!

    BUT, in the end it will be soooooooo worth it. I have two more semesters to go (it is a three yr degree here) I love the work, (I'm a nurses aide) and can't wait to be a RN!
    Not long now, 12 months....

    I agree with the camaraderie, I have such a great group of friends, friends that will last a lifetime.
  12. by   Tracey2bRN
    More than anything I've experienced in my 41 years. The politics were the stuff nightmares are made from!!

    I just have one more final to take and I am finished. My advice? Stay below the radar and do not make waves NO MATTER WHAT.
  13. by   shauntaebrit
    Yes, hate is such a stronge word I would say I never would think nursing would be so challenging. I currently have my second shot at it in january wish me luck yallll

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