Flip side of "I hate nursing school" - page 2

To pre-nursing and new nursing students: I respect the "venting" that has been expressed in the other thread. Some of those posts have made me chuckle, some have made me shake my head and say,... Read More

  1. by   Tweege
    I just want to thank you all for positive words. I have not read the other thread, I was just put off by the title. I don't want to be discouraged before I even begin. I do believe it depends alot on what you as an individual make of it. I have a woman in my A&PII class that is currently in the night program, and has a rumor or an "I heard " or on and on and on, about the day instructors and how terrible and unfair they are. I get sick of hearing it, it's everyday!!! I have heard both good and bad, but I do try to consider the source. I feel like hard is good, we are going to be dealing with peoples lives, and many will be hanging in the balance, I want to know what I need to know to help that person what ever their fate may be. Again, Thanks to those who are posting encouraging words, I know its what I want to hear.
  2. by   Fraggle
    I love nursing school! Partly b/c I entered it as a second career, it gives me perspective. Also, I came froma much more difficult program.

    That said, it is hard. But it's supposed to be hard. You aren't supposed to be spoonfed.

    Also, people forget that teaching is hard. Teaching in order to meet the needs of every student, really difficult. Almost impossible. Most of the people that complain all of the time, would make awful teachers. You have to be a good student and meet the teacher half way if you really want to learn sometimes.

    I also hate this consumerist idea to education. "I pay for it, so it should be the way I want." Education is a privilege, even if you're paying for it. You have input, but you don't get to dictate.

    I have heard of some sadisitic instructors, but I've been very fortunate. But people who complain about everything? They have unrealistic expectations and don't understand education.

    Honestly, even when I have so much to do and school is keeping me soooo busy, I still love it. B/c I know I'm achieving something.
  3. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Fraggle
    I also hate this consumerist idea to education. "I pay for it, so it should be the way I want." Education is a privilege, even if you're paying for it. You have input, but you don't get to dictate.
    Actually when you think about it, people really don't pay for the majority their education, unless they attend private schools.

    Sure, you pay for some of it. But the vast majority of education is subsidized by the government. So, in that case, they have even less reason to complain.

  4. by   HyperRNRachel
    Quote from Tweege
    I just want to thank you all for positive words. I have not read the other thread, I was just put off by the title. I don't want to be discouraged before I even begin. I do believe it depends alot on what you as an individual make of it. I have a woman in my A&PII class that is currently in the night program, and has a rumor or an "I heard " or on and on and on, about the day instructors and how terrible and unfair they are. I get sick of hearing it, it's everyday!!! I have heard both good and bad, but I do try to consider the source. I feel like hard is good, we are going to be dealing with peoples lives, and many will be hanging in the balance, I want to know what I need to know to help that person what ever their fate may be. Again, Thanks to those who are posting encouraging words, I know its what I want to hear.
    I think you should read the other thread. I know I read a bunch of horror stories before I started school, and to be honest they left me somewhat afraid of what I should expect. So, I went in expecting the worst possible case scenario and ended up with the best case scenario. Bottom line if others are graduating from your college, with hard work and motivation you will graduate as well. I never have, and never will, believe that instructors are trying to weed out students...students weed themselves out. Instructors are there to teach, if you believe they have the time to concentrate on you and only you, then you need to get your ego in check. The lazy ones are the first to complain and the first to be dropped or drop the program. Nursing school, at times, is an incredible amount of tedious busy work. Guess what; nursing is at times at alot of tedious busy work. We are given plenty or work, we are expected to perform at a very high standard, and we are expected to retain endless amounts of facts and figures.....hmmmm sounds like the same thing nurses are expected to do.


    The dean at my college told my group at orientation: show up on time, be organized, do not question the instructors unless you are 100% positive you know the correct answer and you will be fine. She was right.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am glad someone started this thread. For current and future students, don't lose all hope and believe it's all that bad!

    As aggravating as nursing school got, overall, l enjoyed it immensely. I guess it's like many things; you get a lot of what you put into it. Sometimes attitude reflects altitude, as they say. Yes, there are some crummy instructors at times, and clinical experiences and staff nurses at the hospitals can be a royal pain--- as can those careplans. But, I enjoyed the mental stimulation and challenges school gave me. I enjoyed my fellow students and the commaraderie many of us formed.

    And when I graduated, I realized realllllly quickly the grass is NOT necessarily greener "on the other side", being a licensed nurse. A whole new set of challenges and frustrations await, all without the benefit of the safety net your instructors provide while you are in school. Try to make the best of nursing school; it's only a short time in a career that may span the majority of the rest of your life. Learn all you can while you are there!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 26, '05
  6. by   nursepotter05
    I have enjoyed nursing school. I think being an older adult returning to school after a seven year stint in a factory makes a difference. I do not think anyone owes me anything or that everything should be my way. Sure there are politics and things that go on, I think at every school, I don't always like. However, all in all I have enjoyed it.
  7. by   gingerzoe
    i also enjoyed nursing school. i love being a nurse and have been in health care for 27 years. i can't imagine doing anything else. I told my mom when i was 5 years old i wanted to be a nurse and i am doing it now. (I am now 45). Good luck to all of you in school and those of you who are graduating this year.
  8. by   JoniL&DRN
    I'm so grateful for this thread. I'm going to be starting nursing school in August and, while I am definitely not a rose colored glasses person, I am very much looking forward to it. I love learning and frankly if nursing school weren't at least a little bit difficult we'd have to wonder why...
  9. by   Mariposa19
    Quote from rn2be_joni
    I'm so grateful for this thread. I'm going to be starting nursing school in August and, while I am definitely not a rose colored glasses person, I am very much looking forward to it. I love learning and frankly if nursing school weren't at least a little bit difficult we'd have to wonder why...
    I wish you luck! I was so scared when I started NS, but now I'm glad I did. The sleepless nights and constant studying pay off when you actually make a difference in patients' lives. It is exciting when all the random textbook information starts to come together to create an entire picture of your patient. It will be stressful, even overwhelming. But when you wake up one morning at 5:30 for yet another day of clinicals and realize that even though you're exhausted there's nothing else you'd rather be doing... you'll truly know how worthwhile it is.

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