RN School is tough !! - page 5

Hello Everyone. Now I am 6 weeks into RN classes. I am forced to be succesful at: clinicals, lecture and labs. The other students are all nervous, like me, and it's tense. Often I feel sad... Read More

  1. by   kimmicoobug
    Hi. I felt I had to respond to this post since I, too, am a student. I am into my second year and looking back at last year, it is totally hard. You enter into your first year and you have to change the way you think. (You have no idea how hard it was for me to grasp the concept of Nursing Diagnosis---I could only think in terms of medical diagnosis). I think that after that first year, it has gotten easier for me. With the second year, critical thinking becomes such a focus for the students, but at least we are familiar with all of those things that were foreign a year ago. It will get better for you. I can tell that you are an intelligent individual and you have a positive energy through your posts. You will succeed. Good luck to you.
  2. by   kmchugh
    To Mario, and all the other students

    Yes, nursing school is tough. That is it's nature, it has to be tough. When you are done, you won't be counting cows, you won't be folding clothes (much), you won't be flipping burgers. You will be administering meds and treatments to human beings, whose very lives you are entrusted with. You will be observing your patients for responses to those medications and treatments. You will be your patient's advocate and watchdog. When the patient takes a turn, either for the worse or the better, its your responsibility to see it and take the appropriate action.

    I've heard the 80% equation before, and I see it's logic. The trick is knowing WHICH 80%. And if your patient gets into trouble, and is dying, telling them "what's happening to you isn't in the 80% I studied" isn't going to help. I'm not telling you to try to "learn and remember it all." You can't. But, you have to do your best, and I know from debating with you in the past, you will do so. So, what worked for me was understanding concepts, understanding physiologic basics, understanding things like the autonomic nervous system. When something comes along I haven't seen, at least I understand the mechanics of what could be happening, and that gives me a place to start.

    I remember at every step of my education thinking "God, this is tough. It can't get any tougher." And at every step, I found I was at least partially wrong at the previous step. It just kept getting harder. But, don't quit. Though it will get harder, it won't seem harder. As you better understand the whys and wherefores of what you are learning, new information will make more and more sense.

    You are a smart guy. You can do this. You can be the nurse you most admire. But you have to do the work. Hang tough. You'll get there. And the first time you put "RN" behind your name on a chart, you'll know all the work was worth it.

    Kevin McHugh
  3. by   abrenrn
    Re NCLEX -

    Not to be obtuse, why are you worrying about a test you won't take for at least two years? Don't you have enough on your plate as it is?

    I expect your school of nursing is telling you to do that. When I was a student, way back in 1985-1987, they barely mentioned NCLEX. I think one class in the last semester. They were too busy focusing on teaching nursing instead of teaching us how to pass a test. They may seem the same, but they are not.

    When we graduated, most took a review class, took the test and passed. While this may seem unfair, it is how things go in most professions that require an education and a license - law is a big one.

    A little extra stress after graduation, a whole lot less before. I was even able to get a job before I took NCLEX, working as a GN. Since the hospital knew that some great nurses are not great test takers, they had a set up so we could keep working as GPNs while trying one more time. I didn't know anybody who had to do that but the option made the stress less.
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    I know. The NCLEX is giving me a MI already. I have enough to nail down for my second exam coming up in 3 weeks, followed by the COMPREHENSIVE FINAL, which covers the entire quarter and is worth as much as the first and second summary exams combined. For the rest of the evening, I'll be blown to death with tomorow's lab preparation skills, and my Lab instructor is like a drill instructor who threw me out the last time for not having all the written work done when she spot checked me. I wept silently in the hallway after I was ejected.

    I saw NCLEX study guides and CD-ROM's at the Portland Public Library, but figure it is best to SIMPLIFY (my love)
  5. by   abrenrn
    Way to go Mario!

    Take care of today today. Get your education, then worry about your licence. It worked for me and everyone I graduated with.

    Yes, not everyone passed on the the first try. I am fortunate, I'm a good test taker. It is merely a skill I have that does come in handy. Some had to practice test taking skills a little more before they could pass the test (I'm pretty sure nobody had to take it more than twice). They were all great nurses.

    But, worrying about that now seems so distant, so much extra, and school is hard enough.

    The grey head of wisdom (well, not quite grey, but heading there).
  6. by   kimmicoobug
    Howdy Mario. Go ahead and get yourself an NCLEX-PN for this year. I am not sure what your curriculum is teaching you this quarter, but if your program is anything like mine, then it will be of great help in winter as a study guide for your classes. It is neat. It is in outline form and is short and sweet, however it may not present all of the material necessary. For me, it also got me used to the type of questions that we were to be tested on. I read my N-CLEX for all subject material and test myself before a test. If I miss any, I know what I need to restudy.

    Honestly, though...I graduate in June and will be ready to join the workforce...and I have to say that I haven't really worried too much about taking the exam. Like some other posters have said, focus on the present with the goal of learning and understanding the concepts. Enjoy school...I absolutely love it. Good luck, once again.
  7. by   NC_ED_RN
    I can remember those days well. They were less than a year ago away. I found that one must take one day at a time. It is almost like the 12 step programs. You can get through what you need to. The study and work load is trying but remember to take a little time for yourself and SO's. Good luck on your classes and just think the ends justify the means. NC_ED_RN
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Nursing school is SUPPOSED to be tough. Hang in there. 'If caring was all it took, anyone could be a nurse.'

    But we who have been nurses for a time know it is a demanding profession requiring independent thought and critical thinking skills. It takes intelligent and compassionate individuals. One alone won't work...gotta be both there.

    Hang in Mario...we were ALL there once upon a time.
  9. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by chinaway
    Hi, Mario
    Is that so hard?
    I am intending to join a nursing course, your words frighten me.
    Anyhow, the god will pay you back as you has been working so hard.
    God bless you.
    chinaway.
    I make a big deal about it being hard, but it is certainly worthwhile and you can do it. Are you really in the people's republic of china? I would like to live in china because it sounds exciting, and Mao Tzse Tung is a person I agree with after I read things he wrote. I'm sorry. Mao bless you :-) :kiss
  10. by   nimbex
    You have a wonderful support system here

    Having lived though it, as a high school drop out, going back in my 20's as a wife and mom of 3, started nursing classes the day after my premie son came home.

    I've learned if you want ANYTHING.... you can do it!!!

    Will you do it making A's???.... If you have A's and have only memorized... will the info be in there later?...

    If you study concept and have an understanding of the how and why and can apply it but only grade a C is that really so bad? Maybe short term A's are the bomb with all that acamemic pressure.... but in the real world understanding how and why is what matters.

    your drugs,,,,, all those ending with ils... lisinopril, captopril... ace inhibitors

    learn the classes, how they act and apply it from there.....

    If you are a time planner freak (like me)... pencil in YOU time and stick to it ... If you aren't healthy, how can you learn.... your physical and mental health is now and throughout your RN career must be the priority..


    I kept the school catalog of required courses and CELEBRATED each end of semester placing a thick black line through each course I completed. I had to focus semester to semester, don't look at only six weeks in.... look at HALF way through a WHOLE semester..... I still have that catalog today,(8 years later) it's crumpled and worn from pulling it out so many times and looking at how far I'd come... and how closer I was getting.

    we're rooting for ya!!!
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    Nursing school has made a time planner phreak out of me too nimbex :-(
  12. by   MelRN13
    Hey, I know where you are coming from!!! I am also in a RN program now, but my school has a ladder program(you become an LPN in the first year), so we have all been used to the stuff that goes on because we've been doing it for the past year !!! The best advice that I have for you is to take some time out for yourself...if you don't you'll have a hard time making it work. There are a few of us that meet after class for 2-3hours to review content, and before tests, we meet at 6:45 am (our med-surg class is at 8:30) for breakfast and test review, and it really helps..............keep your head up........everyone gets discouraged but it's worth it in the long run.
  13. by   rosy
    I found that nursing school was a lot easier to handle if I could distance myself from nursing from time to time. Many of us worked in nursing while in nursing school. That may or may not be a good thing, the pay and experience are usually pretty good, but you just never get away from nursing. I was raising 2 wonder little daughters at the time I was in school, and even though my husband was and is wonderful, they still needed me. so when you are away from school, with family or friends, focus on the time you have to be with them, school is important, but it is not the most important thing in you life every minute of every day.
    The best thing I ever did and my most valuable piece of advice is to never stop reading for pleasure while you are in school, even just a few minutes a day. It helps you keep you balance

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