It gets better I loved microbiology, so I may be a bit biased, but I found that the rest of my classmates enjoyed the end of the semester much more because that is when we got into the epidemiology/public health portion of the course. For now, you have to try to ditch that mindset of hating the course, or it will just be even more rough for you.
I loved Micro! I agree with another comment though- once you get past the DNA material, it's enjoyable and fairly easy. I had to take a Genetics course designed specifically for nursing students, and for me, having learned about about DNA in Molecular Bio and Micro, it made genetic material easy to understand.
If anything, Micro lab is more enjoyable than the lecture!
Iloved it because the instructor was a supervisor in a hospital lab where research was being done. She brought us all sorts of slides of "bugs" to look at. Very interesting. Also, diseases now had a "face", not just a meaningless name.
So sorry to hear this! I loved micro! Our class was very hands on. We got to grow bacteria and learn all about commonly seen stuff. Everyone has a class that they don't like. Look at it this way, what you learn now will really help you in the future. Diseases and viruses are a big part of healthcare! You never know what little tidbits you remember from class will come back to you. Also, if you have access to a lab you will learn that certain bacteria have certain smells. Trust me, you'll never forget them.
I didn't hate micro -- it was eh for me. I did love micro lab, though. I don't think you're doomed, though. Stick with it and those study skills you gain by studying for a course you hate are sure to help you in the future!
I hated it! My instructor actually hugged me when I got my gram stain right because I struggled so bad with it But like everyone else has said, once you get past this part, it won't be so bad. It gets much more enjoyable.
Stick with it...it gets better. Especially when you learn about the immune system and how it reacts to microorganisms. It really ties in to your A&P and feels more "medical" You can look up videos on DNA/RNA on YouTube that will really help you with remembering all the things you need (e.g. DNA Polymerase, helicase, tRNA, mRNA, etc.)
I would have to say that besides the DNA portion of the microbiology class, I really enjoyed it immensely. From there on out a lot of your time is currently spent learning how to identify various bugs by the various testing that you do on the to find out how they grow, while they grow in, what they look like and so on. My particular class had a requirement that we identify unknown bacteria, so we had to go through all of the testing and determine on our own what tests we needed to run in order to identify the bug. By then, it was relatively easy to figure out what tests are run, and ultimately identify the specific bacteria because we had already gone through all of the steps to do it.
Really, you're at the worst part of the whole class of microbiology. It does get a whole lot better from here. The other thing you have to remember is that you don't necessarily have to like microbiology but you do have to learn to be good at it. At least good enough to understand what and how microbiology fits within nursing.
I think the instructor can make or break Micro. I had the best instructor- he loved the subject and loved teaching it. He was nice, and so funny. It made the class so interesting. It was, and still is my favorite class in college.
I'm sorry you're struggling. Try and think of it as a fascination... because the tiny little bugs are quite fascinating! Also, it really will help you when treating patients.
Thanks everyone! I am just feeling frustrated with it because I've been doing well in Lecture (Where all the tests have been so far) and then I got a 72 on an exam... No lab exams yet.. We too are doing identifying an "Unknown" I just wish it was over already... I hope I don't turn out to be one of "Those" Nursing students.. :-( My dream has been nursing for OH-SO LONG! I finally start my program Sept 3rd.