beginning nursing classes are where students demonstrate just how much effort they are willing to put forward to be nurses. some people for the year(s) doing the pre-reqs just talked the talk, but when it came crunch time, just couldn't deliver the goods.
over all the years i've worked there are a few things i've noticed that seem to be in common with all the nurses i've worked with. many have a bend toward workaholism. they are motivated people who move fast to get things done and leave few stones unturned. they are problem solvers who are effortless in seeking solutions when things are going wrong. they'll go down with the ship if they have to. nurses are strong, gritty, take charge individuals. they are leaders and will step forward to take charge to get things done.
nursing is no place for the unmotivated, lackadaisical, fly by the seat of their pants kind of persons, although a few will slip through the cracks fooling people long enough to make it through to the end of school. it is a serious profession. someone who sits by and lets things happen to them, cries, and does nothing to help themselves is destined to failure in this profession. students who think they can skip nursing classes and get through the courses like they may have done for history or english have a very skewed attitude about work and a profession to begin with and don't belong there. i can't stress this enough. . .nursing school
should be viewed as your very first nursing job. you are all being evaluated by your instructors as potential nurses for future employers. your first employers are going to want recommendations from your nursing instructors because they are the ones who have seen you grow and perform over the past few years. your character and behavior are extremely important factors and your instructors and the people running your nursing programs
are very aware of their responsibility in evaluating these qualities in their students. if they graduate student nurses who are irresponsible and unmotivated into the healthcare community the school's credibility and the reputation of every single student is forever blemished.