Is anyone actually happy with their program?

  1. Everyone at my school bi+ches about our program, and all along I've tried to be tolerant and not dog on it too much. I just thought, they are just letting off steam or whatever, there are "things" about every school that people complain about. But tonight I'm kind of frustrated too, after sitting back and thinking about several things that have me pretty peeved when taken all together. Most of the instruction itself is good, it's mainly other program issues/ instuctor issues/ peripheral/ administration type things, but not always minor (at least to me).

    So anyway, I'm just wondering, on a scale of 1-10, how happy with your nursing program would you say you are? If not happy, why?
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   ManEnough
    I'd give my program a 5 out of 10. They get a 10 for preparing us to be great nurses. They get a 1 for the politics, the mean instructors, the inhumane workload, failing several of my friends by *one* point, the infighting among instructors, the unfair test questions that 90% of students missed but were not dropped, the glee on certain instructors faces as they watched some students leave clinical in tears, etc. etc. My program is infamous for being the toughest and most cut-throat in our region. If I could turn back time, I'd choose a different school. :angryfire

    Ok.. I need a drink!
  4. by   theblondeone
    I'm happy with the quality of education I'm getting, especially since I found that our school has a 96% pass rate for the RN boards but honestly I hate it. I hate being in school, I hate the constant pressure to do better. I've always hated school but it's a means to an end. Those are my issues, not the program's. When I started the LPN program last year, I was soooo lost. I had no experience in the medical field whatsoever. Had never even worked as an aide. Most of the terminology was lost on me. Our instructors were tough, brutal at times, but they made sure you knew your stuff. I'm greatful now, especially since I passed my LPN boards without a complete breakdown. I'm hopeful that I will have the same success with the RN boards. I know that I'm getting a good education and it's a good program. I just really really hate being a student!!! LoL. I'll let ya know in 8 weeks...
  5. by   joey1967
    My program is intense, 2 years for a BsN for accelerated for degree holders. I'm in to the 7th month. I liked it at first but now realize how unrealistic the program really is. After talking to RN's who have gone before, I was disapointed to learn that many graduate feeling ill equiped and unsure of their nursing skills. There is a shortage, but I'm not sure if this is the right way to fix it. The instruction has been good, I'm happy with the theory, the clinical, well that's another story. There is a severe shortage of instructors and they are begging people to come in and clinically instruct, which compromises the quality of leadership in some cases. I find the whole thing odd, you pay a school a whackload of money, work your ass off to get in, and then get abused in some cases. Something is wrong with this picture. My character has been ripped apart and I feel right now that I don't even know who I am anymore, which is a really unnerving feeling. I'm away from family and it is hard to go home night after night without the support of someone telling you you are going to be fine. Hopefully the therapy bills won't be too much once I'm done.
  6. by   jemommyRN
    I know what you mean Joey1967. There is a 10 month accelerated program here that I was thinking about taking and after talking to some of the students in the program, come to find out, you only have clinical rotations in med surg, and most of the students feel like they are being thrown to the wolves. They are not comfortable nor confident in their skills as a nurse and they will be graduating this June. Yikes. I think that if there is going to be an accelerated program to correct the shortage, it should be held at the same high standard as the rest of the nursing programs here. Placing inadequate nurses in hospitals quickly will not rectify the problem but only add to it. I wonder what is going to be the pass rate on the NCLEX exams (this is their first year trying out this program)
  7. by   Wheaties
    i'm not happy with my nursing program. i give it a 5/10.

    there is so much homework, papers, care plans to do.

    i would rather take a test than do the assignments.
    i have this 1 unit class, only 1 hour per week, and it feels like its a 3 unit class.
  8. by   RNKITTY04
    For the most part I am satisfied with my program. A lack of clinical instuctors kinda makes it hard. As I"ve explained in previous posts my boss is my clinical instuctor this semester in CCU but so far it's been working out, it's just kinda weird.
    I also think the "group" projects are useless as it seems like only 2 of the 4 in the group do the work but whatever, I'm just anxious to graduate! I'd give it a 7.
  9. by   twarlik
    I'm very unhappy with my program. Incompetent instructors, too much paperwork, ridiculous test questions...the list goes on. Plus I get irritated every time I think about the amount of money we're asked to pay out over the two years of the program. Hundreds of dollars on uniforms and supplies, thousands on text books (many of which have never even been used), PLUS we're held responsible for transportation and housing for clinicals that are held at out-of-town sites. On top of all that, I just found out that one of our clinical sites is now requiring that all students have health insurance. More money to spend... I should also point out that at the beginning of the program we're "encouraged" not to work. Yeah right! :angryfire
    I hate nursing school and can't wait for it to end.

    Whew, I feel much better after getting all that off my chest!
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from ManEnough
    ... Ok.. I need a drink!
    Hahahahahaha!

    Hang in there!
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from joey1967
    ... Hopefully the therapy bills won't be too much once I'm done.
    Funny!

    Good luck!
  12. by   JenRN_2B
    Quote from Wheaties
    i have this 1 unit class, only 1 hour per week, and it feels like its a 3 unit class.
    Me too! That class is my biggest complaint, and I have to take it each semester...AND, we MUST pass it with an 80% or better or we're dropped from the program! I can't believe the workload we get for one credit hour....research papers, health fair presentations, huge class presentations, article summeries, etc.
  13. by   ManEnough
    Who knew we all went to the same school? :chuckle

    I forgot the WORST part of all.. going to the hospital the night before to pick your patients. Dealing with the grumpy nurses who feel like you're getting in the way. Finally selecting a few patients. Going home and spending hours and hours on careplans. Arriving the next morning at 5:30 am to find that patient #1 was sent to the ICU, patient #2 was discharged unexpectedly and patient #3 refuses to have a student. All three careplans in the trash. Three new patients picked. Instructor demands to know why you chose such "uninteresting" patients and your careplans aren't complete two hours after shift begins. Hypothetical? It happened to be last week..
  14. by   Altra
    Quote from ManEnough
    Who knew we all went to the same school? :chuckle

    I forgot the WORST part of all.. going to the hospital the night before to pick your patients. Dealing with the grumpy nurses who feel like you're getting in the way. Finally selecting a few patients. Going home and spending hours and hours on careplans. Arriving the next morning at 5:30 am to find that patient #1 was sent to the ICU, patient #2 was discharged unexpectedly and patient #3 refuses to have a student. All three careplans in the trash. Three new patients picked. Instructor demands to know why you chose such "uninteresting" patients and your careplans aren't complete two hours after shift begins. Hypothetical? It happened to be last week..
    Geeezz ... this doesn't exactly sound like the greatest system.

    At my school, the clinical instructors make the patient assignments, after consulting with the unit nurses. When you go to get your assignment between 4 - 8pm the night before, you have an assigned patient and an alternate. In addition to spending about an hour with the chart to get all the needed info, you're encouraged to go in and meet your patient, so if there's some major issue / personality problem, you could select the alternate patient. Occasionally something happens between the time you're there and the next morning - discharge, ICU transfer, etc., but I don't think there's really anything anybody can do about that. Then it's a scramble to look up meds for your newly assigned patient before you give them, but my instructors have been pretty understanding.

    Nursing school is starting to feel like an endurance test, but I would have to say that overall I'm pretty happy with my program. And honestly, I think it should be hard - look at the responsibility you'll be entrusted with. I'm not trying to sound like a martyr - I don't like staying up until 0200 doing care plans any more than the next person. But ... gotta keep your eyes on the prize ...

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