NURSING SCHOOL: Your Biggest Challenge! - page 3

I was reading in the student threads about some of the challenges student nurses are facing these days. I'll admit, I kinda had it good: I lived in the dorm, I had a great roommate, and I was the... Read More

  1. Visit  SandyLV profile page
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    ORIGINAL FROM HAPEEWENDY
    The second big hurdle was actually having to work hard and study. I had it pretty easy in school, didnt have to study all that much and got excellent grades without much effort (not proud of that , just saying!) anyway nursing school changed all that in a hurry! All nighters were a new concept and I was overtired a lot of the time. And wanted to quit the whole program when I was doing my pre-grad, again I'm glad I didnt.
    its a tough ride , you really earn the title of "nurse", its far more intense than many other college/university programs and it takes special people to be able to do it.
    so lets keep remembering that we are a special breed of people , who roughed it to get where we are now!
    I'm proud of all of you and am glad you toughed it out!

    THANKS FOR THESE WORDS.....
    I AM A THIRD YR STUDENT AND HAD A HORRIBLE WEEK....I ALMOST WALKED OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY CLINICAL DAY....I AM GLAD TO HEAR I AM NOT THE FIRST ONE OR THE LAST ONE THAT HAS EVER FELT THAT WAY...:kiss
    Last edit by SandyLV on Nov 7, '02
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  3. Visit  mark_LD_RN profile page
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    my biggest problem was money, wife got ill, ended up losing house. second problem was geri patients.loved OB and L&D
  4. Visit  warrior woman profile page
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    It had to be OB for me. As a woman I felt totally inadequate in the subject matter. All of my classmates had kids and I didn't, so it was more natural for them to identify with all of the different concepts. Plus, it surre didn't help that I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown at the time!!! But I passed with an 85% and since the lowesr we could get was a 79% in any subject I was pleased with that. Warrior Woman.
  5. Visit  almostanurse profile page
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    Im still in school, 5 weeks short of my lpn. The hardest part for me is clinic. I get anxiety attacks and failed last year, had to repeat 175 clinic. Not because im stupid, just because I stress, think hay this person watching me has the power to make me or break me. So I sabataged myself, I couldnt breathe and no o2 to the brain made me not think clearly and Constently drop stuff on the floor, forget things ect.... Well any way I have been working as a nurse extern over the summer, and have done well. Worked with a very calm, patient and understanding precepter. Now back to school again. Every thing was going great, first two weeks went by, I managed to stay calm and did well. Today I left in tears because had to do a head to toe assessment, then do a care plan. It has to be turned in by the end of the shift. Took my time getting my data, then started looking through the book for my interventions and rational as to why these interventions are needed. my instructer came in and told me I need to get it done before I go and better hurry, panic attack sets in, I cant find anything in the book, cant breathe, I know Im not going to get done on time. so any way turned it in unfinished but almost done, and cryed all the way home. The paper was a mess, and couldnt find pg numbers ect.... fealing pritty stupid and beat up. my instructer says to me as I was walking out, that one of the RNs told her that I didnt know that I needed to use a needle filter when getting med from a ampule. I told my instructer yeah, I didnt remember that. well heck I only did that in the lab a year ago. havent had to deal with an ampual sence lab in school. How does one remember all this stuff. Some times I leave work, or clinic and a feel good. then days like today I feel like such an idiot. Some times I want to quit fighting, give up and go back to being a CNA at least I knew what I was doing and could do it well. I hate feeling stupid. but find it happens alot. any way needed to vent, and to cry a little more. thanks for letting me vent.
  6. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    For me, it was being military wife w/a small child,whose husband was gone 4 months in the 4th and toughest semester of school. (fluid/electrolytes, pathophys, etc and 12 hour clinical days that began before 6 a.m.....and 10 page careplans that kept me up til 2 a.m. writing them).....

    IT is a an ENORMOUS challenge. You have to want it badly..... It is supposed to be hard......cause to me, it is nothing compared to the first year you spend as a novice nurse, trying desperately to learn the ropes and hang ON for dear life! It was cake compared to that, to me.
  7. Visit  MomNRN profile page
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    I agree with the others who started nursing school while having kids at home. The challenge wasn't the learning (it was hard though), it was managing everything! During my psych rotation (which I hated), my youngest, who was 4 at the time, broke her arm, and my oldest brought home lice. I also had about 4 care plans due that same weekend! I almost had a nervous breakdown! Only benefit of that weekend from hell was I lost over 20 pounds in 2 weeks time. I did enjoy that!
  8. Visit  ams02 profile page
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    Originally posted by kelligrl
    Well, I have eight freakin' days left and seriously, my biggest problem is the MAN that I'm married to. I love him, but could he get any less FREAKIN' supportive?? I swear he's threatened by the whole d**n thing!! Today FLIPPED out because I was supposed to be off Sat., but remembered I had a school thing to do from 8-12. Not even a whole day!!

    I'm thinking he better get over it, real quick....Geez he makes my head hurt.....:stone

    OK, I'm done.

    Oh yeah, and I hated Peds. Making little kids cry sucks.
    THAT SUCKS to hear kelli, i have not started yet, im starting in feb. but i hope my boyfriend isnt like that. hes being supportive now, but i can imagine what your saying - hes probably jealous really, if he cant deal with it, then HE has a problem that you could hopefully resolve, but its not your fault - dont let him get you down!!! 8 days left!!! GOOD FOR YOU GIRL, be proud of yourself and keep your head up!!
  9. Visit  ams02 profile page
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    Originally posted by kelligrl
    Well, I have eight freakin' days left and seriously, my biggest problem is the MAN that I'm married to. I love him, but could he get any less FREAKIN' supportive?? I swear he's threatened by the whole d**n thing!! Today FLIPPED out because I was supposed to be off Sat., but remembered I had a school thing to do from 8-12. Not even a whole day!!

    I'm thinking he better get over it, real quick....Geez he makes my head hurt.....:stone

    OK, I'm done.

    Oh yeah, and I hated Peds. Making little kids cry sucks.
    THAT SUCKS to hear kelli, i have not started yet, im starting in feb. but i hope my boyfriend isnt like that. hes being supportive now, but i can imagine what your saying - hes probably jealous really, if he cant deal with it, then HE has a problem that you could hopefully resolve, but its not your fault - dont let him get you down!!! 8 days left!!! GOOD FOR YOU GIRL, be proud of yourself and keep your head up!!
  10. Visit  NMAguiar profile page
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    As a man currently in a nursing program, I'm sorry to hear about Kelligirl's problem. I'm even more sorry to say the scenario is typical.

    Of 9 women in my clinical group, it seems only one has a supportive significant other; three are divorced and the others -- despite kids and housework-- are getting no support. I've read in several periodicals it's a common problem with women in nursing school.

    I've also read a high percentage of woman divorce their man shortly after graduation. Go figure!
  11. Visit  kimmicoobug profile page
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    I can beleive that percentage about divorcing their man p graduation. Last winter (in my first year), my hubby and I nearly killed each other. Was so ready to call it quits, but neither of us could afford to leave each other. This year is easier, so, not as much stress.
  12. Visit  deespoohbear profile page
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    I am definitely one of the fortunate ones because I had (and still do) a supportive hubby. I would have never made through school without him.

    I hated careplans, geri, ortho, OB, and psych. The skill that was the most difficult for me to learn? Putting on sterile gloves and maintaining sterile technique... Didn't get along too well with ABG's either....

    I enjoyed almost all of my instructors, except the peds/OB instructor. That was the last rotation though, and I knew I was almost done. I really didn't dislike the woman, just wasn't my favorite.


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