OK, we have all the nursing school horror stories on here, lets post a few stories of the other side. I know I'm not the only one who is having a great experience at nursing school, so let's here the stories!
At my school, by the time you have finished your pre-reqs you have heard enough horror stories about the nursing program to make you want to go somewhere, anywhere, else for the nursing classes.
I just tried to not draw any conclusion until I could see for myself, and now I am so glad I did. :wink2: I'm really enjoying the program, it's not half as bad as "they" said it was.
Yes, it is a tough program, but it's also known in the area for being the best school in the area. We have people who daily commute over 2 hours each way to get to school, bypassing other nursing schools in the process, because they want a degree from our school. I guess all the hospitals around here really like to hire graduates from our school because of its reputation.
Plus, they told us that 100% of their LPN grads have passed the NCLEX. I guess if you can pass their classes, you can pass anything. They have about 30 people start a year, and last year they graduated 13 from the ADN program! Now, some people stopped after the first year (which you can do), and got their LPN license instead of going on for their RN, but still...
It is a tough program, classes started on a Tuesday with a four-hour lecture, and Thursday we had our first test. In five weeks of classes we have had: 7 lecture exams, 4 quizzes, 1 written assignment due, and 4 lab checkoffs.
Plus, this is the "easy" part of the semester! In two weeks, one of our classes (Foundations) ends, we pick up two more classes (Med math and Professions), AND our clinicals start. We will have clinicals three days a week, then classes two days. Three classes, plus clinicals ought to keep us busy enough, don't you think?
However, despite the hard work I'm loving the program. The material is really interesting, especially the deeper we get into it. Pathophysiology of various diseases is one of my specialties! Good thing too...
The professors are great, despite all the horror stories that go around about them. Yes, they are busy (who isn't?), but they always have enough time for a quick question. They have been great as far as office time also. If you think you aren't doing as well as you would like to (or need to) be doing, they will sit down with you and help you figure out what is going wrong. They will go over your prevous tests with you, they will help you understand the lecture material better, they will get you a private tutor, whatever they can to help you. A far cry from the horror stories I heard told about these same professors.
Plus, they have a great sense of humor that makes it all easier. In lab especially, last week we were practicing NG tube insertion on the mannikins, and the one professor kept coming to the end of the bed and making the sound effects
The only problem was he was so realistic about it that one of the students kept getting that certain funny look on her face!
We haven't started clinicals yet, but I can't wait until we do. It's going to be so much fun to actual get to do what we are learning in class and practicing in lab. I'm a hands-on learner so I think that getting into the clinical setting will hopefully help some of the concepts "click" better.
So, on top of being in class generally 4-8 hours a day, five days a week right now, I am also peer tutoring! My friends say I'm crazy, but I just tell them that it helps me too. In our school, we have a program where the students who are doing better in a class can get paid to help the students who are doing poorly in the class. You have to get a professor recommendation in order to do this. It is two hours a week per student, and right now I have 2 students. I have tutored almost every single semester I've been at school, so this is nothing new for me. It really does help me learn the material better. So, call me crazy, but it helps!
Right now I am passing all my classes, which is more than many in my class are doing, so I'm very thankful for that. Yes, it does take ALL my time: I eat, breathe, and sleep nursing, but it is definately worth it. :lol_hitti As far as sleep goes, What IS that? and who has any time for it?
Certainly not me!!! But, when it is all over I will be very glad for everything I have learned.
I did have to get a rolling backpack, carrying all those heavy books around was giving me permant scoliosis. :wink2: So, I got a rolling backpack which works for right now. However, I live in the north so when the snow hits, its back to the regular backpack as the rolling one won't roll throught the snow.
I'm in my first year of actual nursing classes, after next summer semester I can take my LPN exam if I want to. It's one year to your LPN, and then one more year to your RN. At this point I think I'm going to go right on and get my RN right away.
So, how are your classes going? Let's hear the sucess stories and cheer up the poor students who are behind us hearing all our failures and horror stories.