How smart are you? - page 4

I have read so many threads here that go back and forth about how easy or hard nursing school is. I hope that you can tell me more...are the people that say that nursing school isn't so bad... Read More

  1. by   deleern
    its all a matter of "gotta want it!!!. i did lpn in 3 semesters. planed a graduation and a wedding during that time as well as worked full time. i made a 3.5 i was a straight a student in high school. but went back as an older student. i looked at everything as a learning experience. i have not dwelled on the test scores.
    i am in the rn program now and counting down to graduation. sill working full time and attending school. i would call this year a mental boot camp type of experience.

    as others have said it a time management issue and knowing how you study and retain information. i have never regretted my decision to go back to school.

    i am not brilliant nor a genius. i am driven… its only about what you want!!!!!
    Last edit by deleern on Nov 1, '06
  2. by   NaomieRN
    Since I was in grade school, science was always my favorite subject. I am in my first semester in nursing, so far, I made 93, 84, 98, 96 and 96 on my exams and quizzes with two more exams and one quiz. I would not say that I am a genuis, I am an A- student. I read about 15 hours a week on average. You do not have to be a genuis to be a nurse, you just have to want it real bad and do your best. Like my instructor said, when you go get a job, they are not going to ask you about your grades. As long you understand the materials and applying it in clinical. My first test I got an 84, because it was before I even started clinical. After 4 weeks of clinicals, I am doing better because I am able to connect the lecture and actually taking care of patients. Goood luck to you. If I can do it, you can too!!
  3. by   shandsburnRN-CRNA
    My highschool GPA was crap, truly (but 15 years ago). When I went to paramedic school (with an AS degree) I graduated top of my class. In nursing school my GPA was 3.5, when I finished my BSN it was 3.87 and I was just accepted to CRNA school. I think it matters more on the study habits you have developed and how bad you want what you are working for. The more you honestly want to be succesful the better you will do because you will put forth the effort.

    CRNA school is going to be the hardest academic undertaking I have endured, but I plan to hit the ground running with full commitment so I have confindence I will be succesfull.

    Good Luck to all on your goals.
  4. by   banditrn
    When I was young I was considered to be 'gifted' - and that's all I ever heard from teachers. Didn't like school, and couldn't wait to get out.

    It was 15 years before I decided to go back to college - and it WAS hard for me at first, learning to study all over again, plus I had children and was working part-time. I think the wait was worth it - I appreciated what I was doing then.

    My husband and I had very smart children, but we didn't do to them what my parents and teachers did to me. We encouraged them to follow the path that THEY chose.
  5. by   FireStarterRN
    Nursing school is emotionally difficult for many, even if they are brainiacs. I was a top student but found the clinicals stressful and challenging because I was scared. I found the academic side of nursing school fairly easy. I went to school with others who were the opposite. They excelled in clinicals and struggled academically.
  6. by   GadgetRN71
    When I was young, my parents were told by the school that I was very smart-however, I was one of those kids who didn't "work to their potential". I didn't get bad grades but they weren't as good as they could have been. I could kick myself now, but I figure things happen for a reason and some of the smartest girls in my class(went to an all girls school) never really went anywhere with their education. When I did start to take my education seriously, I did great. I think the fact that I had 12 years of Catholic school prepared me very well for NS. I work well under fear and am capable of adhering to a dress code!!
  7. by   ohmeowzer RN
    i worked my butt off in school and it wasn't easy. i thought it would be since i was a LPN for 20 years. i found out i wasn't as smart as thought i was. but i did graduate and pass boards.. 1st try .. and i am a RN .. but it was hard.. many times i went to bed so tired .. i didn't think you could be alive and still be that tired.
  8. by   landonsles
    I graduated #11 out of 550 people in high school. Would have graduated in the top 10 if I wouldn't have "slacked off" my last year.

    I graduated nursing school with a 4.0, and was valedictorian. I thought nursing school was pretty easy. I didn't have to study too much---but, I know how to take tests and I can remember most things I read.

    School & learning have always come easy for me...I sure feel for those who struggle. But you know, victory is sweeter when you have to work for it!
  9. by   CRNI-ICU20
    I was pretty good in nursing school... NCLEX testing that year revealed that I was number two in the state of all the testers who sat....so I felt pretty proud of that....
    I maintained a 4.0 throughout school....despite being a single mom of two rascally boys who were in active sports.....
    I believe in the potential of all of us....we all can achieve more than we think, and I believe that the goals we strive for are already within us....we just have to reach down deep and dig for it....
    Here's to diggin'!! crni
  10. by   chichimitchi
    i didnt do good in high school not coz i wasnt smart but very lazy. And when i started nursing school, i became more focused and in my honest opinion, nursing really isnt that hard, u just have to at least read and understand the concepts and ur set.. but, on the other hand, ive also seen some people that really worked hard but still failed, so maybe bein smart has really something to do with it.. right? lolz..
  11. by   erichRN
    The most helpful thing I did (besides change schools) is to find out why nursing questions are asked. The last I looked, Kaplan had the best discussion on that. I wish I had read it at the beginning of school instead of in preparation for the NCLEX.
  12. by   PrincessAnnie
    I don't think it really that hard,but you have to have an interest in some of this stuff or it would be boring.
  13. by   MB37
    I'm about to start my second semester of NS, and had a 4.0 in prereqs and in my first ABSN semester. I was also high school valedictorian, 90+ percentile on standardized tests, and earned a full scholarship to a upper tier university. Problem was, despite all the "book smarts," I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still made good grades my first 2 years, and then my little brother started college and I had to start working closer to full time to pay my own rent and bills. I also had to maintain a 3.5 to keep my scholarship, which I did. However, I started getting more and more burnt out. While my cumulative GPA stayed decent, my per semester GPA kept dropping, and I kept taking fewer and fewer credits even though up to 18 were free. I graduated with 2 useless majors and a minor, and became an extremely overeducated bartender. All the book smarts in the world don't make much of a difference unless you really want something. I worked like crazy for my 4.0 last semester - but it wasn't torture because the material is interesting. I had 2 full weeks off before I was able to buy books for next semester yesterday - and last night I started reading again already. While intelligence and more importantly good study skills come in handy, they'll be no good to you unless you really want this for yourself.

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