Maybe Nursing isn't for me???

  1. Hi everyone!! I am a pre-nursing student finishing up my last two pre-reqs. One of which is Anatomy...the problem one. I've been struggling with this class...not with the "what is the foot bone" but the "what is the cell membrane of the muscle cell called?". Basically I'm getting the big stuff, but the little detailed things aren't catching for me. Maybe I'm not cut out for nursing??? I'm passing the class with a C and set to start clinicals in August but now I'm worried!! Any advice? Are all of these detailed, cellular level things important in the grand scheme of things?? Should I maybe try taking this class over again??
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  3. by   TazziRN
    I didn't do too well with that part either. And physio was a little harder for me for the same reason, and I darn near failed micro. If I couldn't see it, I had trouble getting it. I managed to pass by the skin of my teeth and from there on it was okay. Don't give up!!!
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    only you can make a decision for yourself but don't be too hard on yourself . if you use a term you will become familiar with it
    thre is a lot of dips in the road between now and grad learn to take it stride
  5. by   Squaw
    C=RN.....That was my belief through my A&P and some of my Med-Surg. We were a new nursing program and ended up passing 32 out of 33 first try on the NCLEX and the other one passed on the 2nd try. I would hate to be the patient of some of our A students. Absolutely no caring personaility!

    Good Luck!
  6. by   Purdue_Nurse
    Don't sweat it. I had the hardest time in A&P and pathophysiology out of all of my nursing classes. I did fine after those were out of the way! :spin:
  7. by   ALKRN06
    I heard that a lot in school....that people who were A students weren't great clinically. I was an A student and I excelled clinically.

    The concepts you will see towards the second half of nursing school require you to know and understand details. A&P is the base from which you will build on while you are in nursing school. I found that the people who barely passed A&P had a difficult time when it came to understanding the nursing interventions associated with cardiac problems. If you don't understand GFR and the renal system, you will have a difficult time with the meds that effect the renin-angiotensin process and how it effects BP. Electrolyte imbalances will be tough if you don't understand cell structure. If you still have to "draw" the heart to understand the flow, it will be difficult for you. Nursing school can be very tough. It is a roller coaster ride! Can you pass A&P with a C and still get through school and pass your boards....of course you can. But it is important to really get a handle on the basics before you start school. You be thankful for it later.
  8. by   tookewlandy
    Quote from jadedgreeneyes
    Hi everyone!! I am a pre-nursing student finishing up my last two pre-reqs. One of which is Anatomy...the problem one. I've been struggling with this class...not with the "what is the foot bone" but the "what is the cell membrane of the muscle cell called?". Basically I'm getting the big stuff, but the little detailed things aren't catching for me. Maybe I'm not cut out for nursing??? I'm passing the class with a C and set to start clinicals in August but now I'm worried!! Any advice? Are all of these detailed, cellular level things important in the grand scheme of things?? Should I maybe try taking this class over again??

    No keep going....I was in the same boat as you when i first started, i was in A&p and we started with all the cell madness, and i had been out of high school for about 10 years and never took a chem class or any science. I was sitting in class and everything was going right over my head and i thought just like you maybe nursing wasn't for me( and i hadn't even gotten into nursing classes at that point), i managed to work really hard for a B in both A&P I & II, then an A in micro. But now i am in my second semester med surg and i have an A in the class. My point is when people tell you things will start to click, believe it cause they will, just keep working hard...good luck
  9. by   Cattitude
    Quote from jadedgreeneyes
    Hi everyone!! I am a pre-nursing student finishing up my last two pre-reqs. One of which is Anatomy...the problem one. I've been struggling with this class...not with the "what is the foot bone" but the "what is the cell membrane of the muscle cell called?". Basically I'm getting the big stuff, but the little detailed things aren't catching for me. Maybe I'm not cut out for nursing??? I'm passing the class with a C and set to start clinicals in August but now I'm worried!! Any advice? Are all of these detailed, cellular level things important in the grand scheme of things?? Should I maybe try taking this class over again??
    Many of us had a tough time with A & P. I know that with working FT, I managed to pass with a C + and that was fine by me. I still passed my boards with 75 quick questions and am a darn good nurse if i do say so myself.

    It is ok to second guess yourself but don't beat yourself up. You are passing and that is what counts. there are GREAT nurses that got C's and terrible nurses that got A's.

    Good luck!
  10. by   nj1grlcrus
    The stuff you learn in A P will be repeated over and over again in Nursing school. And every time it is, I learn it alittle better...just keep studying, you can do nursing school without a masters in A P, it just takes work, work work
  11. by   WindyhillBSN
    I agree with everyone else, DON'T GIVE UP! I had trouble in A+P as well, and made C's in 1 and 2. I make B's in my nursing classes, and the people who made B's and A's in my A+P classes that treated me like I was a dummy for hiring a tutor, barely passed the OB nursing, one guy didn't even make it pass Fudamentals II. Sometimes it's not that you don't know the information, it may be that a test taking class or book is in order.:spin:
  12. by   AuntieRN
    I agree, dont give up if its really what you want to do. I barely passed the first half of A&P and had to take it 4 times to do that. The second half I took one time and passed by one point. I went on to my nursing classes did wonderfully and passed my boards the first time around with 75 questions. I thought A&P was even harder then nursing classes. I found Micro a piece of cake even. Good luck to you!!
  13. by   teresateresa
    Don't worry about the "C". Hold on, most of us agree A&P is not easy. Work on the areas you are most unfamiliar with. Don't be afraid, get help from anyone willilng to help you to understand the concepts that are unclear to you.
  14. by   oneLoneNurse
    A&P is not easy. Hold on if you want it. In physiology, I think the big stuff is more important than the detail. Know the big stuff. How stuff works.

    I found reading Asimov Isaac : Human Body (Mentor) (Paperback)
    by Isaac Asimov (Author), Anthony Ravielli (Illustrator) helped me some last year when I wrote my US boards after being a nurse for twenty years.

    Good luck.

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