I took the ADN course. Since I already had a four-year degree and didn't really want another 4 years, it worked for me. If you have the time and like school, then a four-year degree has its benefits...and I think a 4-year degree is important for us as professionals...you get a lot of background in other areas which make you a well-rounded employee...that broadening process is important.
(not to slam anyone who doesn't have a 4-year degree here...life experiences can contribute just as much providing you take the time to garner them...art, philosophy, history, etc)
It was HARD. This was compounded, though, by the fact that I'd just gone through a nasty divorce, had lots of debt I hadn't previously known about, had two kids at home, moved 4 times during the time I was in school, and worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs throughout...with time to study, it would have been comparable in difficulty to my first degree, which was in languages. In other words, lots of study time and time to practice skills means less difficulty with the schooling process.
My next to last semester I was close to dropping out, as my clinical professor for whatever reason, didn't like me and did everything she could to undermine me (an absolutely horrible experience)...that was the only time, though; other professors and rotations were an absolute delight, including the "hard" professors.
I never thought I would fail, although I had resigned myself to the possibility of C's (wound up with Bs & a few As).
Medical terminology was not difficult when it was an area I'd previously experienced (example: having children meant I had knowledge to build on for Peds and OB...having older parents gave me knowledge to build on for Geriatrics...). If you are young, though, and haven't had all those lovely life lessons, you will be studying more!
So keep in mind: the more you study and the more you practice skills, the easier nursing school is. If you have a lot of demands on your time other than school, then it will be harder. Someone who doesn't particularly like school or doesn't have good study habits will find nursing school difficult.
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