new student, not what it seems. - page 2
I am 9 weeks into an accelerated bsn program. we just finished all of our skills checkoffs and start clinical rotations soon. So far i have taken 4 theory tests and did 9 check offs, above average. I... Read More
May 10, '09The thing that makes it hard for me is that it takes over your life. My friends last night kept cracking jokes because I have a hard time adjusting to not being in the nursing student mode. They kept saying the "program" is making me into a zombie lol. But its all worth it. I love it.
May 10, '09Quote from ddr436gimme a breakI am 9 weeks into an accelerated bsn program. we just finished all of our skills checkoffs and start clinical rotations soon. So far i have taken 4 theory tests and did 9 check offs, above average. I do not study that much. I am definetely not one of those students who just gets good grades without studying, my school has one of the best reps in the state with a ridiculously high nclex pass rate. and yet i do not thinkis as hard as everyone makes it seem. I think people exagerate a lot.
however, i do wonder if ill be one of those students who freaks out during clinicals when we replace the mannaquins with real patients..i hope not lol
i would love some feedback on your block 1 experience. i love my class but i dont want to share this with them.
May 10, '09I can't wait to hear how it's going once you get to the 3rd and 4th semester! I felt the same as you when I first began however reality started kicking in once you begin actual patient care and writingas well as the lecture part of the course. I agree with one post saying students say it's "difficult" because it's demanding of your time. Put it this way the more prepared you are ahead of time the less "difficult" it will seem. Good Luck to you! I'm have way there! Yipee for RN school hahhaha
May 11, '09Quote from hladawnI found 3rd and 4th semester to be easier than 1st and 2nd. The time requirement was actually somewhat less. The 5th (and final!!) one looks like it's gonna be a bear, though.I can't wait to hear how it's going once you get to the 3rd and 4th semester! I felt the same as you when I first began however reality started kicking in once you begin actual patient care and writing care plans as well as the lecture part of the course. I agree with one post saying students say it's "difficult" because it's demanding of your time. Put it this way the more prepared you are ahead of time the less "difficult" it will seem. Good Luck to you! I'm have way there! Yipee for RN school hahhaha
May 11, '09Which nurse do I want taking care of me: The one who gets "above average" grades without studying, or one who goes the extra mile and actually cares to learn, comprehend, and apply the content?
May 11, '09LoL - as you can see, it seems pretty common for us nursing students/nurses to be extremely competitive! Just you merely bringing up that Nursing School is not as difficult as you expected has really irritated some people here. Good for you , i hope that you keep it up. And clearly, you are very wise not to mention this to your peers.
May 11, '09Fundamental nursing...is easy.
I pretty much coasted through it.
However, once you get into the disease process courses and upper-level pharmacology...get ready to put your entire life on the backburner.....it is a ton of information, it moves quick, you'll think you'll never learn it all, but you just do the best you can.
May 12, '09just to clarify my previous post, i was warning you about sharing grades etc because i'm in the same situation. first semester people asked me what grades i was getting, i told them and they would proceed to tell me i was lucky for getting those grades. no i'm not lucky, maybe i'm smart. 2nd semester simply stated that i had passed, i've learned to keep my mouth shut. just remember these are the people you will depend on to help you in clinicals etc, best to keep them on your good side. just my
May 18, '09lol i dont understand why people are getting so hateful. i wasnt trying to make anyone mad i was just trying to understand why its not as hard for me and really hard for some poeple. and like i said I DO study i do comprehend the material. i think a lot of people that are reading my post are thinking that im saying its so easy and anyone can do it..no thats not what i said. I know its not supposed to be easy...which is why i am confused. i realize that im only 9 weeks in that is WHY I AM ASKING FOR OTHER PEOPLES EXPERIENCES. not lectures, not "what nurse would i want to take care of me" nonsense. soooo i hope people are not wishing i fail haha.
i have a test today so we will see how THAT one goes
thanks for all the positive responses and feedback. and NO THANKS to criticism and lectures. be a little more compassionate people. all i want is feedback about your experiences.
May 18, '09I just finished my first semester with all A's. I work hard enough, but I always feel as if there is more that I could be doing. Like you, I dont find it exceptionally difficult either.......but rather time consuming. I am in an accelerated program too (Masters). The students in my class who complain are the ones with family and kids at home, so I think the work load gets to them as well, and that I cant fault them on. But they are still very smart and capable students and will be great nurses.
For now, I am just doing what I need to do. I think its best if you not compare yourself to other students. If you find it easy and are able to keep up with the material..then great! Dont let anyone tell you you are not doing enough...only you can be the judge of that. The fact is is that each one of us has different studying and time management skills. There are things that some will find difficult that others will find easy.
In short, you are not alone. I find myself like you in many ways.
May 18, '09Quote from Do-overI agree. I'm the type of student that must study... however I never cram or stay up all night to study. To finish a careplan yes but not to study.I think students that pull "all-nighters" to cram do themselves a huge disservice. People need sleep to function best, especially the night before an exam or before clinical. Just my opinion, of course.
May 18, '09There are *many* potential reasons that you're finding the first term of school to be comparatively less of a struggle than some of your classmates are. We can only guess what those reasons are given that we don't really know you, your classmates or your program. Nursing schools vary A LOT in how they administer their program (how easy or difficult it is to pass or to be failed) and students coming in to nursing programs often have a wide range of backgrounds, some of whom found the pre-req classes very difficult as well. So it's hard to give you any insight into why you might be finding it easier than your classmates.
I think you'd probably do well to simply enjoy the fact that your first term hasn't been too stressfu; just don't assume that the rest of the program will go along the same as the first term has. Many programs quickly snowball in terms of content covered and assignments that need to be completed in very short periods of time. As others have noted, it's often the sheer pace and volume of material covered that is makes it difficult as opposed to the level of difficult of the content itself.
If, however, you continue to feel that you don't need to put in maximum effort to do well, then I'd suggest investing that extra time and energy in building on your nursing knowledge and skills above and beyond what is required to pass. Nursing school gives you an *introduction* to nursing across the board and a *basic* foundation to reinforce the importance of patient safety and careful practice. Nursing school graduates are simply ready to *begin* their journey in the practice of nursing. So if you can manage to take advantage of any extra opportunities as a student, do it!
May 18, '09Good for you! Hey, I do extremely well also. I do study though!
I don't just sneeze my way to good grades. But don't have a problem with people who do. You all are amazing to me.
I find that in life/career, those who find that they need to "put in more time", but refuse to, will drop by the wayside in all things. It is about finding where you need to improve, and then doing it. Not about whining because someone else has something you want or want to be - regardless if God-given talent!