What did nursing school do to you? - page 4

Did it drive you crazy? What types of feelings did you have? Today was the last clinical day of the semester, and I have so many different emotions. I'm scared, anxious, worried, somewhat... Read More

  1. by   fleur-de-lis
    Here are the negatives...
    1. Torn up my knee (not directly related to school, but running around clinicals delayed rehab)
    2. Tore up my back (directly related to clinicals)
    3. Weird GI symptoms (epigastric pain, N/V, possible gastric ulcer doc says)
    4. Migraines returned that I have not had in a few years
    5. Seriously damaged relationship with husband - possible divorce when I get out of school
    Wow, I really sound like a hypochondriac! All true, and all obviously stress related.

    Positives:
    1. Makes me more confident in my abilities
    2. Really humbled me - I am nowhere near the smartest person in the class anymore!
    3. I quickly got over my obsession with A's (I'm hoping for 3 A's and a B this semester, so not completely given it up yet, but Bs are ok too!)
    4. I met 19 of the coolest people in the world that I am lucky to call friends and colleagues (accelerated program and we are a tight group)
    5. The biggest thing - nursing school has changed who I am and how I look at others. I am way less judgmental about people and far more liberal than I used to be. Not that I was not a good person before, but I think I am a better person and more compassionate to others. In clinicals I have cared for convicted felons, homeless people, and others who my former self would have judged harshly and I learned that all people are worthy of the same dignity and respect regardless of their choices or life circumstances, and I have alot to learn from every person.
  2. by   miracle1986
    I think we all go to the same school. Honestly. We are overwieght, need a drink and some better profs. We all ought to go celebrate when we get out. And although I am a woman, I agree with morte.....I do not know if woman are jealous of my LPN, grades, or looks. Nontheless. I don't talk anymore--I just concentrate. It is way too much stress and way too little support in all aspects. God Bless us all. We are all floating in this boat together.
  3. by   GardenDove
    I did have what seemed to be sadistic teachers with some personal problems, who abused their authorty and picked on certain students. My first semester clinical instructor was a hotshot young ICU traveler who was like a Jr High pupil in her emotional maturity, and her fawning favortism for some students, and ruthless nastiness to others was rather appalling. They were desperate for clinical instructors.

    My last semester theory teacher, Eileen Hackett of College of the Desert was my heroine. I loved her! She really taught the upper level concepts so well, and was so encouraging to me, I still love that woman! I need to email her, I usually send a card this time of year, she was still there a couple of years ago.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    it was nsg school that truly showed me what i was made of.
    sheer determination made me part of the person i am today.
    despite all the negatives i encountered, there was nothing but positive results.
    and i'm quite happy with that.

    leslie
  5. by   #1Gemini
    Wow...

    I'm starting an accelerated BSN program in January. I'm moving away from friends and family in Southern California to Des Moines, Ia..... a place I've never been and all on my own. The prospects of a new career and lifestyle have been very exciting the last few months as I've been preparing to leave.

    After reading this thread, however, my emotions are getting crossed and instead of excitment and anicipation I'm starting to feel sad and scared. I'm hoping that it's just the nurses who were jaded by school who posted on here and that they are a smaller percentage then those who enjoyed it.

    (By the way.... this is my first post. I think this is an awesome site and a great resource for nurses and future nurses)
  6. by   StrwbryblndRN
    I can related to everything that has been posted so far. I just finished my Psych rotation and I considered it the best and worst experience so far in school. (I know I do not want to be a psych nurse) It gave me a tremendous insight as to who I am and that it is ok. Plus it helped me understand that everyone has faults and to expect others to make mistakes.
    If anyone were to go through nursing school and not find it insightful and challenging (a nice way of saying hard as heck) then I would wonder about there ability to care for others. I just hope that even if nursing turns out to be not for everyone who graduates then they at least will have a different perspective on life.
  7. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Quote from #1Gemini
    After reading this thread, however, my emotions are getting crossed and instead of excitment and anicipation I'm starting to feel sad and scared. I'm hoping that it's just the nurses who were jaded by school who posted on here and that they are a smaller percentage then those who enjoyed it.
    Hmm well...I wouldn't count on this thread just being the jaded and a smaller percentage than those who ENJOYED it lol. Even my teachers admit they HATED nursing school lol

    But there really are great teachers out there who will boost you and help you. I've learned something from all of my instructors.

    Honestly we like to gripe and moan but you know what - my school is out for the semester and I miss the chaos lol. :roll

    You will see more when you are in the program - it's crazy, irritating, fun, challenging, you will make some great friends, you can all gripe and moan together lol, I do great the first half of the semester, by the end I'm ready to be DONE because you just get sooooo tired of homework and assignments and alllll the studying and the crazy tests with too freaking many "right" answers and you get to read the instructors mind and pick the "most right" answer.

    But it passes quickly. It's like childbirth - it's heck getting through it - you cuss some, you cry some, but in the end you start to forget and maybe it doesn't seem quite THAT bad (well that's what I'm hoping..I have 4 more months til deliverance hehe)

    Mommy
  8. by   miracle1986
    I too can relate to all who posted on here. Nursing is a very 'hard' profession--meaning both psychologically and physically. Nursing school is extremely hard....and I am already an LPN....almost finished with my RN. Good Luck in your move and studies.
  9. by   nursesaideBen
    Lord I'm glad I'm not the only one going through this! I have gained so much weight, my blood pressure is constantly elevated, I have been sick it seems almost every other week, it NEVER ends lol one more semester left: OB, Psych, Peds, and geriatrics oy sometimes it seems as though graduation will never come lol
  10. by   casualjim
    Nursing school is teaching me the value of really really loooong swims (destroy stress before it destroys you)

    Nursing school has also taught me the true wonder of icy thereputic bourbon and cheetoes (titrated for effect)
  11. by   mom23RN
    Quote from Hoping2/19/07
    I'm with you, I love the experience of nursing school, never really stressed out except when I studied for a test an hour before it was given but that wasn't to often. I absolutely love theory, though it van be boring at times, I love having my skills tested in clinicals. Maybe because I love chaos. I love that I will be graduating in February even more, but the 11 months of clinical really taught me what I can do when I put my mind to it.
    Thank goodness!!! AFter reading a few of these I was starting to think I was some sort of freak for loving it.
  12. by   samaletta
    Quote from casualjim
    Nursing school is teaching me the value of really really loooong swims (destroy stress before it destroys you)

    Nursing school has also taught me the true wonder of icy thereputic bourbon and cheetoes (titrated for effect)
    I love the titrated for effect part!!!
  13. by   moongirl
    Quote from casualjim
    Nursing school has also taught me the true wonder of icy thereputic bourbon and cheetoes (titrated for effect)

    ewww. not together.. right?? they sound good but not as a mixture!!!!!

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