Hardest thing about nursing school?

  1. What would you say hands down was or is the toughest thing about nursing school?
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  3. by   phsgirl2006
    The nursing school I'm in is pretty much unorganized! That's hard to deal with on top of studying for hours, missing out on fun events & life lol Not working as much as usual is extremely tough as well.
  4. by   kalevra
    Hardest part about nursing school is the catty shenanigans that you just cant avoid. Non-Verbal cues commence.
  5. by   tainted1972
    For me it was pharmacology and labs, I have a very difficult time remembering drugs, side effects, uses etc... I also have a horrible time remembering lab values. Some stay with me, but eventually all the numbers start running together... ugh.
  6. by   kabfighter
    Being a nursing student is far easier than being a nurse, so enjoy it while it lasts. Once you graduate and start practicing you'll go home feeling like you did something wrong or missed something on a daily basis; that's a far worse feeling than test anxiety.

    By and large, nursing students need to stop psyching themselves out about school so much.
  7. by   ßåߥ
    Quote from kabfighter
    Once you graduate and start practicing you'll go home feeling like you did something wrong or missed something on a daily basis; that's a far worse feeling than test anxiety.
    Maybe to you... But she hasn't started yet, and butterflies about something new is normal. Asking what is the hardest thing is a valid question, because it gives a person time to prepare.

    Be understanding.
  8. by   mchssrn8813
    Hands down : learning to think like a nurse
  9. by   mariaberry19
    Quote from SUNFL0WER

    Maybe to you... But she hasn't started yet, and butterflies about something new is normal. Asking what is the hardest thing is a valid question, because it gives a person time to prepare.

    Be understanding.
    Agreed! Lol
    Both helpful though.
  10. by   tech1000
    Disagree. I was stressed all the time when I was in nursing school. I do go home sometimes and think, "Oh sht, probably should have done that" but it's usually not anything huge. Or I'll think, "I should have told that person I had the K+ infusing over 5 hours so I could run the fluids slowly since they're 95," but eh. I've never left and been that worried. If I was, I'd call the person I relieved and have them check something for me...
  11. by   kst51kst
    Learning how to think like a nurse. I struggle with critical thinking. I know the material well, but on exams it's like I can't fully apply my knowledge. In my program there's four correct answers but you have to pick the BEST answer and I always seem to by pass my gut instinct and miss the question by choosing the 2nd best answer. Practice NCLEX questions and every resource they give you.
  12. by   mariaberry19
    Quote from kst51kst
    Learning how to think like a nurse. I struggle with critical thinking. I know the material well, but on exams it's like I can't fully apply my knowledge. In my program there's four correct answers but you have to pick the BEST answer and I always seem to by pass my gut instinct and miss the question by choosing the 2nd best answer. Practice NCLEX questions and every resource they give you.
    Critical thinking seems to be the thing that I suffer with the most, and I haven't even started NS.
    In my Pharm class, I was able to get a taste of what it would be like as far as thinking like a nurse and critical thinking. How the heck can you actually work on that or prepare for it??
  13. by   porkey2
    Clinical was extremely hard for me, but make sure you see all you can and do all you can, will help you in the end. Im a new nurse about to venture in my first nursing job and I feel so unprepared; but all my friends tell me that nursing is pretty much hands on and that is where you learn everything, on the floor. Really practice your skills and try to do them in the clinical setting though so you can be comfortable at it. I loved class time and wished thats all we had to do, but if thats the case we wouldn't be nursing, now would we, lol.
  14. by   chicagonurse89
    Quote from kst51kst
    Learning how to think like a nurse. I struggle with critical thinking. I know the material well, but on exams it's like I can't fully apply my knowledge. In my program there's four correct answers but you have to pick the BEST answer and I always seem to by pass my gut instinct and miss the question by choosing the 2nd best answer. Practice NCLEX questions and every resource they give you.
    I can totally relate and agree!!it really takes time to learn critical thinking! I took nursing as a second course and unlike my first course, answering exams doesn't just take simple memorization, remembering details etc but it is the application of what you have learned!

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