Did anyone hate nursing school? - page 7

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   nurse2b2010
    Oh No . . . . you guys are scaring me and I haven't even got started yet . . . to nursing school that is! Hopefully start in Fall 08. What's your best advice to survive the beginning of nursing school . . . besides studying hard, of course!
  2. by   Sabby_NC
    Have to say for me my Nursing School days were fun.
    Learnt a lot about Sabby and learnt to grow as a team player with my other cohorts.
    Would not change a thing.
  3. by   nurse2b2010
    Quote from Sabby_NC
    Have to say for me my Nursing School days were fun.
    Learnt a lot about Sabby and learnt to grow as a team player with my other cohorts.
    Would not change a thing.
    Thanks for the reply Sabby! I want to go into the nursing program with an open mind and hope that I find it fun and rewarding as well.

    P.S. I love your "short is devine"! :spin: Oh, where do you live in NC. My best friend lives in Sylva about 1 or so from Ashville I think.
  4. by   ohmeowzer RN
    i hated nursing school, i would rather have bamboo sticks put under my finger nails than ever go back again. thank heaven i am done.. i sign my RN and never have to crack a book again... school was a never ending nightmare... never ever again
  5. by   5860TomCat
    HEHE, I have never heard anyone describe nursing school as fun. For me it is ( I graduate in January) a brutal, emotionally exhausting experience. My school / program was full of political BS and to survive my particular program you had to be one of three things. Either Super smart (not me) or Stubborn (ME) or have a lot of time/finance backing so you could go to school part time or repeat classes. (not me)

    In the end it worth it (I hope), but I believe we all struggle.
  6. by   RN_Newbie
    I AM FINISHING MY PROGRAM NEXT MONTH, JAN. 2008. FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS I FEEL LIKE I HAVE SLOWLY TRANSFORMED INTO SOME SOCIALLY HANDICAPPED, ANXIETY RIDDEN, BLURRY MINDED, NUT CASE!!! ALL THAT'S ON MY MIND IS HTN, TIA'S, PTL, CVA'S, COPD, DM, PERSONALITY DO'S, PIH, SIDS, HSV, AND SO ON AND SO ON.... WHO KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY ABBREVIATIONS? NOW THAT I AM AT THE END THINGS SEEM TO BE CLEARING UP. THIS JOURNEY HAS ENTAILED A LOT OF HARD WORK, BUT WHEN IT IS OVER I JUST KNOW I AM GOING TO FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. NURSING SCHOOL ADDS CHARACTER, HUMILITY, ENDURANCE, AND A HARD WORK ETHIC TO EVERY ONE OF ITS VICTIMS. IF YOU ASK ME, IT'S A PRETTY FAIR TRADE..........
  7. by   mixyRN
    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 am still in NS and I can say there are times when a LOVE it (few), and times when I 'think' I hate it, though I really don't hate NS per se but rather the stress it brings.
    You bring up an interesting point about how hard we work to get into school and what a reality check it is once we're in. I try to remember to take the time to smell the roses... when a pt. says "thank you" and smiles, that is a rose. When the MD/NP makes critical decisions about you pt. based upon your detailed assessment and observations of your pt., that's a rose. These experiences help keep me focused on my goal and remind me of why I am working so hard to become an RN in the first place.
    Just keep working hard and remember look for the positive! It is the only way I can stay sane through NS! :spin:
  8. by   mark3274
    hate it.. no Would I want other male students to attend my particular school...... well that is up for debate.


    I have already had talks with some old Biology professor's and said You know theres another Nursing school on the other side of the county that I would probably send my male students to first and they both said we here that from alot of male students about our particular program.

    It is a excellent school... I just think the bs a male student endures from some teachers is beyond what is called for.:spin:
  9. by   bubablur
    I am just finishing up nursing 3. One more to go.......and when anyone asks me how's nursing school, I tell them.....it's like being in a two year hazing! 4 if you include the classes you took just to get in to nursing school. I am so thankful to hear all the responses, almost every RN I have had the opportunity to work with has told me. Just get through it. Hang in there and we will teach you to be a nurse when you get out. Just get the foundation, pass the n-clex and hang in there!! Good luck everyone.
  10. by   slevin
    I just graduated 2 weeks ago. Let me tell, I HATED the last 2 semester. Most of all I hated the clinicals, But i took on day at a time and i made it. I guess its a normal feeling. NEVER GIVE UP.
  11. by   KrysyRN
    The classroom portion of school was ok, but I loathed clinicals. Our school tacked on so much homework to do the night before and during clinicals, that it was impossible to get a good night's sleep. Our homework was always due at 6 a.m., and the rest at the end of the clinical day. The amount we were required to complete was rediculous. We never had a day of clinicals where all we did was patient care and charting, etc. Never. If we found time to take a bathroom break or a 5 minute lunch, it was a rarity. Now that I'm done with school, I don't even want to think about job hunting. I'm exhausted.
  12. by   slevin
    Quote from krysy
    The classroom portion of school was ok, but I loathed clinicals. Our school tacked on so much homework to do the night before and during clinicals, that it was impossible to get a good night's sleep. Our homework was always due at 6 a.m., and the rest at the end of the clinical day. The amount we were required to complete was rediculous. We never had a day of clinicals where all we did was patient care and charting, etc. Never. If we found time to take a bathroom break or a 5 minute lunch, it was a rarity. Now that I'm done with school, I don't even want to think about job hunting. I'm exhausted.
    Yeah I know what you mean. I hated writing the APIE sheets every morning. The head-to-toe assessments. I really hope that when I start working, the real thing will be different from clinical, other wise I feel like I will hate my job.
  13. by   sunnydaydream
    I guess the nursing school that I went to was different.:uhoh21: We didn't have any pre-clinical day assignments, but had paperwork that had to be filled out during the day. The class at the beginning of the semester would vote when it would be due usually we made it due on lecture day. (There was an understanding that if we did that it may take longer to get it back then if we turned it in the day after clinicals, but we were okay with that.)

    Our clinical instructors adviced and advocated breaks and lunches for us. There were many days when I would be up on ICU doing meds and caring for my patient and it'd be 1pm and the instructor would pull me out of the room and say, "The staff nurse can watch your patient while you go to lunch". Her reasoning was that she didn't want us getting burnt out on nursing while in nursing school. She also adviced us to be pro-active in ensuring we got our breaks when we did become nurses and not "donate" our time.

    Did I "hate" nursing school? No, sometimes I loathed some of the stuff that they had us do, but looking back I see why they made us do it.

    As a side point there was also another college that did clinicals at the same hospital and they would have to do pre-clinical day paperwork etc... and would be there on the days that we were doing clinicals. They hated us because we were talking about all the clinical skills that we were able to do (IV's, foley's, respirator care, etc) and many of them graduating in May said they have never done any of those things because they were swamped in paperwork.

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