Too many Negative remarks regarding Nursing School here!! Stop the discouragement!! - page 4

I can already imagine what responses I'll get....But anyway...I and im sure, alot of other people who are pursuing a degree in Nursing are tired of some of the remarks that are made on this site... Read More

  1. by   NaomieRN
    Rn, what many people have said are really the reality of nursing school. People are dropping out like flies in my school. I think you are one of many who are successful and I am proud to hear that. You know so many people quit their jobs to go to nursing school and after one semester do not pass.
    I think what many people have said about nursing school have prepared me better.
    Nursing school is not a cake walk!!!
    Last edit by NaomieRN on Oct 19, '06
  2. by   RN BSN 2009
    Quote from RNsoon!
    I can already imagine what responses I'll get....But anyway...I and im sure, alot of other people who are pursuing a degree in Nursing are tired of some of the remarks that are made on this site regarding Nursing school! It's already stressful for many of us who are trying to get into a program and to hear such things like " when will this end," "15 people dropped out of my Nursing class last semester!!,"etc makes it even more stressful for us! Nursing school is not easy , but Im sure it's not "Hell." I have known many people who applied and got accepted into Nursing school with a 2.7.Uhmmmm, thats "pretty average Joe" to me and hey, they're pretty good Nurses now.
    2.7? Our cutoff was a 3.65
  3. by   missninaRN
    As a nursing student myself, I realize that only nurses and those who are in nursing school can understand what I am going through. I can talk to my husband about it but he just doesn't get it, and I don't expect him to. And I expect that once I am a nurse, nobody by my fellow nurses will fully understand my experiences.
    Asking nursing students to stop posting about the negatives they encounter would be like telling the nurses on here to only post about the good stuff that happens on the job. It's just not the reality.
    That being said, I do recall my initial reaction to reading the stressed out posts in the First Year in Nursing forum. I made the mistake of reading some of those while I was waiting to get into nursing school and I admit that the tales of many of those new nurses scared me. But I came to realize that the First Year in Nursing forum is for new nurses. I can read their posts, but they are not posting for my benefit. They post here because they need to let go of stuff and find some consolation from those who are going through the same thngs.
    To the OP: You are not in nursing school yet. Don't worry now about how hard it will be or how you'll handle it. When it's time to deal with it, you'll either handle it or you won't. How someone else is handling it now has no bearing on whether or not you will make it. That is for you to decide. And when you need to vent, your fellow nursing students will be here for you.
  4. by   Cosper123
    Fact is there are many "negative" aspects of the nursing program. Truth be told however, we are absolutely blessed to be having such strains and problems...especially considering how hard it is to get into a program, and what the program has to offer you in a road to success in life.

    And so, it is good to hear these "negative" comments and posts...people need to hear this, and if they become discouraged then that is GOOD.

    Why? Because if that is all it takes for someone to become discouraged, they wouldn't have cut it in the nursing program anyhow.

    And that is a complete waste of a spot some deserving individual would have had instead.
  5. by   Wendy_RN
    To me.......nursing school was a lot easier than the real world of nursing, and nursing school is one of the hardest things I've ever done.
    I think you just summed up the reality of it all!!!
  6. by   ortess1971
    Quote from iceyspots
    2.7? Our cutoff was a 3.65
    Some programs, unfortunately, don't go by GPA to get accepted. It's first come, first serve on a waiting list. This is bad because they are accepting some people who cannot do college level work and these people don't do well and end up failing out. In the meantime, that spot could have gone to someone who could have done very well. My school was like this and when I suggested that they should go back to using GPA's and test scores(or at least an interview!) to select students, I was told I was "elitist". Funny thing, though, just recently, they've started raising the standards and they may go back to an entrance exam to determine who gets in first. Don't get me wrong, I'm aware that some people don't test well etc but when you have people who cannot do 5th grade math, write a proper sentence, or have little to no reading comprehension skills, it's a scary thing.
  7. by   bloviate
    Quote from RNsoon!
    I can already imagine what responses I'll get....But anyway...I and im sure, alot of other people who are pursuing a degree in Nursing are tired of some of the remarks that are made on this site regarding Nursing school! It's already stressful for many of us who are trying to get into a program and to hear such things like " when will this end," "15 people dropped out of my Nursing class last semester!!,"etc makes it even more stressful for us! Nursing school is not easy , but Im sure it's not "Hell." I have known many people who applied and got accepted into Nursing school with a 2.7.Uhmmmm, thats "pretty average Joe" to me and hey, they're pretty good Nurses now.

    Why stop telling the truth. The educational model stinks. Doesn't 1/10th what it needs to in order to prepare you. Half the instructors are nimrods or worse yet bullies. Then there were the people who dropped off. They just didn't work hard enough except for the ones who were obviously targeted by the instructors for elimination. That part of it was a crock. Had one set her sights on me and I attacked back ferociously. I am sure that was the last thing she expected.

    There are a lot of bad experiences in nursing school and I lay the blame on the poor administration involved in some of these programs. For some reason those special people want to muck things up and make nursing school difficult for the students.

    I had a pretty good time in nursing school except for some of the a-h that I had to deal with. I liked the hard sciences and some of the clinical experiences that actually were preparatory for what I would be doing on a day to day basis.
    Last edit by bloviate on Oct 19, '06
  8. by   royr
    I am a senior in a BSN program. I can bluntly say that NOTHING has prepared me for the feeling of getting a "surprise" pt assignment one morning in our clinical. This new pt was one of my own classmates, in a coma from a suicide attempt a few hours earlier - complete this picture with her 4 year old daughter tagging along as child services had not yet been called. Unless you are a nursing student or have survived the "program" and earned your license you never will really understand the effect this had on my own desire to be competent and provide "best care" under any circumstance. School is tough - life is tough - but we are each other's angels if we choose to be.
  9. by   vamedic4
    Quote from ortess1971
    Some programs, unfortunately, don't go by GPA to get accepted. It's first come, first serve on a waiting list. This is bad because they are accepting some people who cannot do college level work and these people don't do well and end up failing out. In the meantime, that spot could have gone to someone who could have done very well..
    There are times when this is a blessing, however..something you fail to see. People fail out for a number of reasons, from family issues to poor curriculum, and everything in between . I've seen plenty of nursing students with "average" GPAs go on to become incredible RNs, and some with GPAs MUCH HIGHER not function well at all once they graduate. So to say that GPA is or should be THE determining factor in admitting people to nursing school is like saying the space shuttle would fly better if it were covered with chocolate - it just isn't true. Many factors should be considered.
    And that was a pretty elitist remark. Many people work hard in college and don't get A's...that doesn't for a second mean that they're not nurse material.
    That being said, you are correct in your assessment of those who "can't do fifth grade math or write a complete sentence"...Send 'em back to elementary school!!:wink2:


    Ugh...gotta get down off that soapbox.

    vamedic4
    nursing student, one of my many hats.
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    Well, this thread is a hoot. I guess perception really is reality.

    Sooo. I'm feeling a little stressed lately. The major news networks must stop the discouraging, downer news stories. You know...I don't want to hear about death and disease and war dagnabit! It's getting me too down...so stop talking about it! Maybe if we don't talk about it - it won't exist. Ya..that. I am the master of my universe, and yours too.



    *satire* off now. To the OP, I'm trying to use some gentle humor to show you where you've gone off the beam here. It sounds like you have become anxious enough to mess up boundaries a bit. Don't worry...it's a common thing to do. Does this make any sense to you?
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 19, '06
  11. by   MD1211
    I'm too tired to answer this thread. Why? Because I am a nursing student who just finished an ethics paper, a group presentation, clinical at the cancer center with aching feet and back, Then took a test today, have another test tomorrow, my student evaluation, an assignment for another class and a care plan due. did I mention I haven't had ANY relaxation??? and all that is the honest to God truth. All this week- one class- except the one assignment.

    Before nursing school, I didn't study. I made As. I had a 3.85 going into nursing- with ALL pre-reqs. People told me it would be hard, and it still didn't prepare me. This will probly be the hardest thing I EVER do. Finish out your first semester and tell me if you don't think it's hell.
  12. by   hlfpnt
    Quote from angel337
    don't mean to be discouraging. i really don't. but trust me ....your post will be ALOT different once you are done with school and get your first job. maybe even before. venting can be good for your mental health.
    I whole heartedly agree!!! I will be patiently waiting to see that post!
  13. by   jennifers
    Some programs, unfortunately, don't go by GPA to get accepted. It's first come, first serve on a waiting list. This is bad because they are accepting some people who cannot do college level work and these people don't do well and end up failing out. In the meantime, that spot could have gone to someone who could have done very well. My school was like this and when I suggested that they should go back to using GPA's and test scores(or at least an interview!) to select students, I was told I was "elitist". Funny thing, though, just recently, they've started raising the standards and they may go back to an entrance exam to determine who gets in first. Don't get me wrong, I'm aware that some people don't test well etc but when you have people who cannot do 5th grade math, write a proper sentence, or have little to no reading comprehension skills, it's a scary thing.



    You know I have a 2.9 and i'm very capable of doing 5th grade math! GPA isn't everything! I also think its terrible for the school to go by a persons GPA based off only a few classes. They do not take into account course load. I think a C in psych that is taken along with micro, a&P and physics is better than an A in psych that was taken on its own...but thats just my two cents.

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