How Did you survive???????

  1. I hear about so many horror stories pertaining to Nursing school.How did you survive????????
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  3. by   MedSurgeMess
    lack of sleep confused me into thinking I was fine
  4. by   JBudd
    Because the horror stories are what people vent about, not the norm. I had fun in nursing school.
  5. by   Tweety
    Like above, the lack of sleep lulled me into thinking I was ok.

    Actually, for the most part nursing school was a good experience. It wasn't that hard, the instructors were good, and my fellow students were mature and helpful. Or I was either too tired and too busy to notice.

    The hardest part was the sheer volume of work to do along with a full-time job.

    Take it one day at a time. Good luck!
  6. by   all4schwa
    because i knew i was destined to be a nurse and had to pay my dues like everyone else. that gave me an advantage, not all the girls were so sure they were cut out for nursing. that and working as an aide for so long pushed me along...it's either finish or do this forever.
  7. by   jojotoo
    Quote from RNsoon!
    I hear about so many horror stories pertaining to Nursing school.How did you survive????????



    Shut your mouth. Do as you are told. Keep a low profile. And know if you do these things, it will eventually be over and you will be able to make a pretty good living for yourself. (You can probably tell that I didn't enjoy nursing school very much.)
  8. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from jojotoo
    Shut your mouth. Do as you are told. Keep a low profile. And know if you do these things, it will eventually be over and you will be able to make a pretty good living for yourself. (You can probably tell that I didn't enjoy nursing school very much.)
    Yup. I didn't enjoy it either because some of the instructors' decisions seemed so subjective and arbitrary. I felt more like I was in boot camp than an educational program.

    I was always taught that you could be anything you wanted, and if you wanted to do something badly enough, you'd learn how to do it, and eventually you'd learn how to do it well.

    Watching instructors try to cut students down to make their own workloads more manageable, and justifying it by trying to tell themselves that those students wouldn't make good nurses, was infuriating to me.

    And always, all it took was one bit of gossip or hearsay to start the ball rolling. Pretty soon everyone was looking at these students funny.

    As I'm a very liberal rebellious type, a lot of that sheep-mentality behavior that's such a part of nursing culture just didn't sit well with me. Still doesn't, but there's not much that can be done about it. So I'm still just doing my work and shutting up a lot.

    I still say there are times when you just need to set your jaw, dig your heels in, and be stubbornly set to get through it, and nursing school is one of those times.

    Best wishes.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Sep 27, '06
  9. by   augigi
    Personally, I loved it. Probably didn't study as much as I should have, but I figured I'd graduate with the same degree regardless of the grade. So I had a blast. Don't forget to do things in moderation, including enjoying yourself. You'll have plenty of years of fulltime work where that's harder to do!
  10. by   ICRN2008
    During the period when I was taking 17 credits and working half-time, I just took it one day at a time. I came out the other end with great grades, so to me it was worth it. This semester I am actually having fun because I am taking a more relaxed attitude towards school.

    I highly recommend divesting yourself of the politics that seems to crop up in every nursing program. Sometimes you will not receive fair grades, be given adequate notice of assignments, or even have competent instructors. Do not surround yourself with people who complain about these things constantly, but instead find people who have a healthy attitude about nursing school. You can only do so much to change the program, and remember you will be done before you know it!
  11. by   supernurse65
    I was only 18 when I started LPN school and I had NEVER been a CNA let alone even been in a nursing home. I did have my tonsils out and that was one of my few experiences with a hospital. However I knew I would make a good nurse. I didn't study as hard as I should have (partied a little more than i should have too) but made it thru with good grades with the help of some very good friends and great instructors. RN school at 29 was FUN!!!!!!! I loved every minute of it including last semester when I took 21 credit hours, worked full time with a three year old at home and pregnant. You will get out of it what you put in to it. Have as much fun as you can and make memories and learn everything you can in the time allotted.
  12. by   AB_NormalRN
    I concur with Jojotoo and what Angie O'Plasty said! It was bootcamp all over again.
  13. by   mamason
    What helped me was:

    1: I stayed focused on what I was trying to accomplish
    2:Tried to stay on top of things
    3:Took it one day at a time
    4: Learned from my mistakes{very important}
    5: Deep breathing:wink2:
  14. by   clee1
    NS is a PIA. That's all there is to say.

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