Best/Hardest/Worst nusring class? - page 2

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  1. by   BoonersmomRN
    The best for me was OB and I am not even interested in OB nursing. I think some of it had to do with the fact that I've been pregnant, twice, with problems. Anyway...I missed a ton of lectures b/c of illness and still managed to get an A. The class was wayyyyy easy for me.

    The worst was Psych and I even wanted to be a Psych nurse. The clinicals were a piece of cake, the lectures were interesting....but the TESTS were horrific. Our instructors prided themselves in asking " high level questions- much harder than NCLEX". Well, they weren't kidding. After every test I wanted to vomit.
  2. by   I_am_Julia
    Quote from abundantjoy07
    Best?
    The last course. Critical Care Nursing.

    Worst?
    All the rest.
  3. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Stuff like Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry have a right answer and wrong answer....you can study that. But those stupid nursing courses that require you to write essay after essay about caring, ethical decision making, professionalism ect do not have any right or wrong answers. You can spend just as long writing an essay about one of these topics, as you can spend studying for a science midterm--but with one of those soft courses the prof can just decide that you didn't write well enough. There is no right or wrong answer, and how well you developed your thoughts can vary from one professor to the next. Too many of these courses just seemed like they were pure BS, learning what the prof wanted you to say and how she wanted you to say it, than actual useful learning.

    For me, that made the "soft" nursing courses the hardest, more out of pure frusteration than anything else. Give me sciences, or hard nursing skills any day.....

    From, a frusterated 4yr nursing student....
  4. by   Cinqly
    Quote from S.T.A.C.E.Y

    For me, that made the "soft" nursing courses the hardest, more out of pure frusteration than anything else. Give me sciences, or hard nursing skills any day.....

    From, a frusterated 4yr nursing student....
    What would constitute a "soft" nursing class?? I am starting my "nursing" classes in the fall, after finishing up the rest of my pre-req's in the summer. I have always been a strong "facts", and a little weak when it comes to presenting more opinion-based stuff. Not that I don't have an opinion, just not so good at expressing it! It kind of sounds like what you are describing, so just wondering what I should look out for/pay extra attention to!

    Thanks for the opinions all! It is funny, enlightening, and scary at the same time! :uhoh21:
  5. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Quote from cinqly
    What would constitute a "soft" nursing class??

    Sorry, didn't quite know a better term for them...

    There are variants on the actual course names, but the topics I was thinking about were:
    - Professionalism
    - Critical Thinking
    - Decision Making
    - Ethics
    - Communication
    - Self awareness

    Give me a critical care nursing course, pharmacology, or biology course any day over one of these. Urgh....
  6. by   lizzyberry
    Quote from MintyKorn
    The subject I absolutely hated with a passion was Psych Nursing ....bleh! The care plans are like a million pages long and in the end you start feeling a bit loopy too like the patients you encounter lolz. I'll never forget the look on everybody's faces after we read the initial rules before going into the psychiatric hospital to do our clinicals.
    - try not to stand out, look as plain as possible so patients won't focus on
    you or single you out.
    - don't wear necklaces or long earrings that patients can grab or use to
    choke you with
    - and my all time favorite....wear good-fitting shoes with rubber soles in
    case you have need to run :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle

    My first thought was, "Yikes! What am I getting myself into?!?!?!"
    Your so funny
  7. by   SummerC
    I'm almost done with my first semester and they loaded Pathophys and Pharm for 1st semester students. I am not so happy about it!! These classes are very important and very complicating. As much as you will hate it, read both the books front to back a few times. Good luck...
  8. by   GratefulHeart
    Not really a nursing class per se - but nothing I've had in nursing even comes close to the awfulness of ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.

    [Somehow, by God's grace, I managed to pull an *A*...but getting there was worse than a root canal!]
  9. by   Skrawberri
    I think it all depends on your instructor. My most horrible class in my life was Pathophys, but thats because my teacher was good, but had HORRIBLE test questions. I would study my butt off and never know how I did on a test after taking it. She would ask questions like A, B, C, two of the above, none of the above. Ugh. So stressful!

    Pharmacology is actually pretty easy here at AU because we have alot of online short quizzes and she gives us a drug list to study for the final.

    All of our test questions in all our nursing tests, though, are multiple choice, NCLEX type questions.

    Like I said, it all depends on where you go to school, so this question is super subjective..
  10. by   allthingsbright
    I think our med/surg III class in our senior year is supposed to be the hardest--there are rarely any A's in that class. So far, they have been equally difficult--they just require a lot of time and prep. Peds has been the most study intensive, and I HATED mental health class--but it had a lot to do w/ the prof.
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    Pediatrics and pharmacology were my nightmares. I am glad that only one cheap shot ped question came from there for NCLEX, otherwise, I would have been a dead duck.
  12. by   labman
    Best: Pathophysiology and Adult health I and II

    Worst: Community, It was a three credit class (could have easily been 1 or 2) where the teacher really did not lecture well and did not set the class up for success by pretty much having all of the questions be super picky out of the text book.

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