Is this an exaggeration? - page 3

I keep hearing people talking about the unbearable stress, hypertension, and general distruction of their personal/family life. Can anyone out there say they have gone through/are going through... Read More

  1. by   schoolgirl05
    I think nursing school sucked but It wasn't THAT bad.. There were definitely times when I got like 4 hours a night of sleep for 3 days in a row and was a stressed out zombie.. but there were also times when I would get lots of sleep and had time to spare.. I think it is do-able and if you have good time management, it is fine.. I have a family and my hubby works very long hours (he is in the military) so I do most of the caretaking.. I think the balance between home and school was the hard part.. It was like I was always thinking of the OTHER thing...

    So I guess basically for ME, some times it was worse than others but overall, I did survive so I guess it wasn't THAT bad.. Oh and my DH has a bachelors and masters and his degrees weren't nearly as grueling as mine..
  2. by   ortess1971
    For me, time management is the big issue. I don't find the actual class and clinical material difficult but sometimes it is hard to balance school with work(I work 32 hours a week). For instance, at our school, most of the clinical instructors require you to go in the day before clinical to look up your patient(meds, conditions, history etc) and this was difficult sometimes because I worked the night before clinical. Worked out in the end though...
  3. by   peds4now
    I've only completed one semester. 2 As, 1-2 points short of an A on my third class (maybe I'll get it anyway!). 26 out of 40 of us were failing going into the final, if the rumors are to be believed. I don't find it so intellectually challenging. But you've got to have common sense, and yes critical thinking competencies, and strong verbal skills. Like others said, organization and time management are issues. Combining book learning with clinical is a new thing for me, but invigorating. And, my instructors have not been so great. The tests not only have the critical thinking aspect (pick the BEST answer), but half the questions have misspellings and grammar mistakes. Questions are not welcome in my class. So basically, it's self-taught from the textbook. Lecture adds NOTHING. And in my program, there are no papers, no written assignments in the lecture. Tests are everything (preparing us for the Nclex I guess). So you can actually have a good understanding of a subject, but if you miss the little nuance in the question and pick the second best answer, you're doomed.

    I'd say be prepared to learn and test in a new way, but don't believe the hype. This is something most people can do. Just be ready to budget 2-3 hours daily to study and you should do fine.
  4. by   ftr_bb_catchr
    Well I have to say I love the reality and honesty of this thread. I too have (curse me) considered that maybe some of the "nursing school is UNBELIEVABLY difficult" commects were exaggerated. The fact is though, that, like anything in life, we all respond differently in a given situation. I have heard the 4.0's say it was impossible and the 3.0's say it wasn't too bad. It probably has more to do with your personal reaction to it. That being said, I'm working on a positive personal reaction to it!
  5. by   JenNJFLCA
    It has been both bad & good. The material isn't hard for me, but trying to do all my work plus work FT has been the hardest thing. I will be THRILLED when I am done in May!! :hatparty:
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from manofletters
    I keep hearing people talking about the unbearable stress, hypertension, and general distruction of their personal/family life. Can anyone out there say they have gone through/are going through school without all the side effects? I'm not suggesting it wasn't tough, but rather was wondering if anyone was able to cope without such drastic reactions? Heck, while I'm at it, was it easy for anyone?
    School is tough, but actually working at a nursing job is tougher.
  7. by   christvs
    I am a new RN (graduated in May 2005 with my BSN) & I won't lie to you: nursing school can be very demanding and stressful at times. I think the most stressful part of all by far is the pressure I put on myself to really learn the material so I could feel that I knew it well enough to be a safe nurse. Having said that, I also felt a lot less stressed than some of my classmates because I really took the time to read, studied all the time, and therefore felt prepared for my exams. It was tough to find time to go out with friends because of all the homework, but it was manageable at least some of the time to see my loved ones! I think it also depends on if you have children (I don't, but I know if you do, it definitely adds to the stress-since you're trying to take care of them and spend time with them in addition to being a student) and also how many hours you need to work. Hope that helps. Good luck!
    -Christine
  8. by   mariedoreen
    Quote from ftr_bb_catchr
    It probably has more to do with your personal reaction to it. That being said, I'm working on a positive personal reaction to it!
    Sometimes it may not be about how "positive" or "negative" minded a person is, but more about how high a person's self-expectations are (neither a good nor bad thing), how pulled in other directions (ie work, family, etc...) they are, and how loaded down they are with any number of life's other stressors.

    So there's no black or white answer for you OP because your situation is unique (gray) to you. Schools are different, instructors are different, marriages are different, kids are different, learning abilities and expectations are different, commutes are different, jobs are different, support systems are different...

    All of this adds up to the impression that nursing school is DARN HARD for some and not so bad for others. Most fall in between. And all are correct.
  9. by   EMTandNurse2B
    I was going to stay out of this, but I just had to post. I was one of those who didn't believe the reports that filtered out of our cc nursing program. But, now I do! I have never worked so hard at school, gotten so few hours of sleep, or been so stressed in my life before!

    I got all A or A- this semester, and one of my professors told me that was the first A- she had given out in 6 years!!! Talk about hard! I studied until I fell asleep at my desk, crawled into bed for 4 hours, and left for clinicals day after day.

    That vent done, I love this semester. I love nursing and would never consider doing anything else (except my paramedic). I love the school and the professors, despite the difficulty. It is just the hardest thing I have ever done. But, I made it through 1 semester, and I only have 4 more to go! End of semester break has never looked this good, though!
  10. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from EMTandNurse2B
    I was going to stay out of this, but I just had to post. I was one of those who didn't believe the reports that filtered out of our cc nursing program. But, now I do! I have never worked so hard at school, gotten so few hours of sleep, or been so stressed in my life before!
    That was me completely! I always did well in school without any effort. I found school so easy, it was boring and I goofed off alot in my first two semesters of college before I even thought of nursing (which has come back to haunt me.) When I did get serious, I thought that nursing school would be a breeze, didn't listen to all the hype, and got a bitter taste of reality once I started a program.

    I think there is a little truth to what another poster referenced to....the people who want A's, usually find it is a struggle to get one. I could have not stressed myself out as much if I hadn't been shooting for an A...I brought alot of it on, can't really blame it entirely on the program.
  11. by   EMTandNurse2B
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I think there is a little truth to what another poster referenced to....the people who want A's, usually find it is a struggle to get one. I could have not stressed myself out as much if I hadn't been shooting for an A...I brought alot of it on, can't really blame it entirely on the program.
    Me too! If I hadn't wanted those As so desperately, I could have saved myself allot of stress, worry, and struggle. But, I'm a perfectionist and I wanted those As!!

    I think that Nursing School is what you make it. I want to know that I know my stuff inside and out when I graduate. If you are content to just sail through with barely passing grades, it wouldn't be near as hard. But, to me, that would feel like I was graduating as an unsafe nurse because I might not know my stuff at a critical point. I mean, we're talking lives here, not computers or calculations, or something like that!

    By the way, I beat one of my instructors career records! I got an 100% on a Physical Assessment exam, the first 100% this instructor has ever gotten! She's taught for years (15, I think she said). That was the class that I earned the first A- in 6 years!
  12. by   gwt
    This is a cool thread! My school is one big psychological bootcamp. For every hour I spend in class, I probably spend 2 on campus doing all videos, research and papers. The writing never ends. Home life is all reading most of the time. Add 4 hours commute, 4 days a week and working 4 hours a night, I sleep for 4 on a regular basis. The most difficult thing this semester was the weeks of preparation for our assessment practicum. We drew one system out of a fishbowl, so we had to know each and every assessment cold! I did excellent but the stress was unbelievable. I could really feel for the graduate students who were doing their practicum. They had 3 hours to complete a full blown assessment, including the complete 'Gorgon's functional health patterns' that we are doing on each of our clinical patients. It's an awsome overload, but worth the effort.
  13. by   DaFreak71
    My husband graduated from an ADN program at the same community college I'll be attending in January. The program is notoriously hard. However, my husband did not have any trouble whatsoever. He also didn't spend much time studying. He had a previous degree and is considered to be unusually intelligent. He's the type that can read something once and it will stick with him. He is also quick to pick up concepts. The most challenging part of the program was getting to use to the different teaching styles, because nursing is so very different than say, English or Math.

    I'll give you some advice that I plan on following myself:

    Stay out of the drama in nursing school. There are going to be students who will bring you down with their constant griping and complaining about how hard everything is, AVOID them. That sort of thing can get contagious really quick. I make it a point to show up for a test only a few minutes before it starts because there are always a group of students who will be spreading their doom and gloom about how horrible the test will be. This kinda psyches me out so I have learned to simply avoid these people. Inevitably there are going to be students who are going to fail out the program. My husband told me that the students who failed out are the same ones who didn't budget their time wisely or went into the program thinking that because they got all A's on their pre-reqs, it was going to be a breeze, more of the same. Not true. It's a different learning/teaching style.

    Best Wishes,
    Adri

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