Nursing school not that hard? - page 2

I was wondering if anyone doesnt feel that nursing school is as HORRIBLE as people make it out to be? Im a little worried that maybe Im taking things a little too lightly. When I first started... Read More

  1. by   missninaRN
    I don't think that understanding the material is hard. My test score average is a 96, so academically speaking, I don't think that nursing school is hard. I have also passed every skills check off and am getting more than passing grades in clinicals.
    What makes it difficult for me are all of the hours spent outside of the classroom preparing for clinicals or practicing in the skills lab. No matter what I am working on, I always feel like I'm neglecting something else. The 8 hours spent on my care plan on Saturday took away from the time I needed to study medical terminology. I feel like I'm trying to keep a lot of plates spinning right now.
    While I am on the floor for clinicals I feel like I am constantly running behind schedule. I come in with an agenda of what I hope to accomplish that shift (my instructor requires this) and then reality happens and the agenda goes out the window. There are so many details to keep in my head. I'm told that, in time, it will come together and I will find myself thinking like a nurse. Right now I am at the point where I think of things I should have done at clinicals once I am already home!
  2. by   emtb2rn
    I'm only 1/2 way through my 1st semester, so I'll withhold judgement on how "easy" nursing school...
  3. by   ProfRN4
    For those of you who do not think it is difficult: consider yourself a rare breed. I don't ever recall any student telling me they found it to be easy, even those with very good grades.
  4. by   FNPhopeful
    Wow I cant believe you all are doing so well, in the high B low A range....

    I'd say nursing school is hard because of how fast paced it is and the amount of text you are required to know in such a short time. I mean I have exams in Fundamentals every 2 weeks and this one is 13 chapters worth of stuff!
    ($#!&*^#$!)
    Anyway, I also think there are some people with crappy insructors, like me. Everyone in my fundamentals class in tetering on the edge of passing (76%) everyone is barely getting by- there are no A's in our program.
    So I just think it varies from program to program, because the material isnt rocket science or anything, situations are just different.
    I mean I was an A student before nursing school, now Im barely hanging on.

    Im just hoping I can pass this first semester and the next will be easier, maybe......clinical is cake, its the actual classwork that gets you.
  5. by   AuntieRN
    I also felt the first 3 semesters were a piece of cake. I did well in all three of them. Then came my fourth and fifth semester...then I learned just how hard nursing school could be but I still felt it was no wheres near as difficult as people had made it out to be. I was scared to death when I first started.
  6. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from nurse educate
    For those of you who do not think it is difficult: consider yourself a rare breed. I don't ever recall any student telling me they found it to be easy, even those with very good grades.
    LOL. I work with one of my instructors and I told her that I though school was too easy. She was really upset! A few days later I told her that her part was harder than anybody else's! That seemed to make things a little better....
  7. by   CrystalClear75
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    LOL. I work with one of my instructors and I told her that I though school was too easy. She was really upset! A few days later I told her that her part was harder than anybody else's! That seemed to make things a little better....
    I guess your one of the lucky ones. Consider yourself blessed cause it's very rare for people to think it's easy, I don't know one who felt the way you do.
  8. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    LOL. I work with one of my instructors and I told her that I though school was too easy. She was really upset! A few days later I told her that her part was harder than anybody else's! That seemed to make things a little better....
    I don't think I'd be happy to hear that students thought I was tough. I don't want to hear that I am a opush-over either. What I do want to hear id that they learned with me. That's my job, after all
  9. by   moongirl
    Quote from tlcmel
    How long have you been in school?
    yeah ? How long. Talk to me again when you are in your 3rd semester
  10. by   CrystalClear75
    Quote from moongirl
    yeah ? How long. Talk to me again when you are in your 3rd semester
    I think the third semester was the toughest too! I'm in the final semester and I seriously felt like giving up as far as I am, i was VERY close to quitting...At times, especially lately, I feel like I just can't take it anymore. Not only the school work, but the finances and family in addition to having to eat, breath and(you know what) nursing school.
  11. by   MoriahRoseRN
    Nursing school didn't get hard for me until Med-Surg II. It isn't that it is hard to learn, it's just the fact there is so much stuff being thrown at you at once. The care plans, pathos, picking up patient assignments the night before (hours spent preparing for the next day, which in turn resulted in little or no sleep), two days in clinicals, three days in class, and a test nearly every week. This doesn't include lab times and skill check offs. That was a whole lot to manage. If you have a family to take care of on top of that, then you really have a lot going on. Some ppl are also single parents or they have a unsupportive spouse and that throws a wrench in the mix. Then there are ppl who have to work to live. Students that have degrees in science and or other healthcare backgrounds before starting nursing school do have an advantage over the one's that don't. It does get tougher; managing your time right is the key.
  12. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from nurse educate
    For those of you who do not think it is difficult: consider yourself a rare breed. I don't ever recall any student telling me they found it to be easy, even those with very good grades.
    I guess I'm a rare one because nursing school is what you make it. I keep up with assignments and do things early and try to keep up.

    Nothing thus far has been hard, but there have been a couple of miscommunications and classes I didn't exactly love, but I will make it through.
    Nursing school is a lot easier when you prioritize, love to learn, and most importantly, think positive.
  13. by   GratefulHeart
    *I just want to know if anyone else is at ease in nursing classes besides myself, because if Im alone maybe Im missing something. I dont want to be stressed out and worried, but if everyone else is and Im not, I must be the problem; if that makes sense.*

    Hmmm. Let's see. You're not missing anything, and you're definitely NOT the problem. Sounds to me like you're very fortunate not to be stressed out or worried.

    [Sheesh, I just wish I had your genes. LOL.]

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