Thanks for the input, everyone. It's just that I hated nursing school so much, and not just the instructors or the schedule or the assanine tests, but I hated the administration, the clerk in the student services building, and the way the buildings were designed, and the way you got a ticket if you parked facing out of a parking spot instead of in, and on and on and on. The bottom line is that I hate school. I hated the fact that people I didn't respect had power over whether I became a nurse or not. I hated the way we students had to always be polite even when the instructors were rude, demeaning, and childish. I hate them, and I hate school.
That doesn't mean I hate education. I read all the time. I bought all my nursing textbooks and still read them, and am looking forward to reading in them more deeply when I get the NCLEX behind me. I love cardiology and subscribed to AJN, RN and Nursing 2004. I'm all for education! But I hate school.
I hate the way they put it (formal education) in front of you and the whole world goes running after it as if they are just crap-people unless they have this or that degree. There's never an end to it. The word salad gets bigger and bigger after a person's name until there's no room to sign it anymore. And yet, there is always another hoop to jump through, always someone saying: "eventually you'll need this or that degree to be able to compete."
So help me God, if I can avoid it for the next 30 years, I will never step foot on a college campus again. I don't want advancement. I don't want fruit salad after my name. I just want to wear the scrubs
the nurses get to wear, hang a stethescope over my neck and be able to care for patients for the next 30 years. I hate school. I hate it. I feel like a British school boy in the movie "The Wall."
Thanks for letting me vent; thanks for the opinions on this topic.