Nursing school not that hard? - page 3

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   moongirl
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    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.
    how many children do you have? How long is your commute to school? do you have to work full time on top of classes/clinicals? I have a few in my class who also say how "easy" it is- one is 22 and lives at home with her mommy, the other is 25 and has no kids, and her husband has a great job and she doesnt have to work. If I could come home and not have to make dinner, prep for the clinical for 2 hours, help with homework, bathe my kids, then get up at 5 am to drive 2 hours to class, yeah, I imagine it would be " easy" for me too
  2. by   RNin2007
    I am a senior in a 4 yr program. I found my pre-req classes "harder" but nursing school more time consuming. You just have a lot more on your plate at once, but honestly I wouldn't even call it hard. If you are motivated, don't procrastinate, and are a good team player, nursing school (at least in MY experience) isn't really hard at all.

    But, with that said, i'll sure be glad when I graduate LOL! (no more homework = more of my life back) 7 months to go...

    ~J

    p.s. I have two kids, and a PT job as well as FT nursing school.
  3. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from moongirl
    how many children do you have? How long is your commute to school? do you have to work full time on top of classes/clinicals? I have a few in my class who also say how "easy" it is- one is 22 and lives at home with her mommy, the other is 25 and has no kids, and her husband has a great job and she doesnt have to work. If I could come home and not have to make dinner, prep for the clinical for 2 hours, help with homework, bathe my kids, then get up at 5 am to drive 2 hours to class, yeah, I imagine it would be " easy" for me too
    Two kids ages 4 and 6. I'm 26, no husband and no family in town, just me and my kids. I drive about 5-10 minutes to school and I have a very PT job. I stay up till 12:00 everynight, get up at 5:00 two mornings a week for clinicals, 6:00 the other days, have class or ckinical everyday. I am in a 5 semester BSN program. I've only cried twice this year, and neither time was over school.

    I make dinner or buy take out, help with homework for my six year old, and I have taught them to take their own showers,and I sit with them and read my books till they fall asleep everynight.

    On the weekends, they get my undivided attention on Sat. and they watch movies and eat popcorn all day Sun. or they play quietly ( or sometimes not so quietly) .

    Everyone acts like it's a big deal to be doing this with two small children and no family. It's not hard though. I practiced health assessment on my kids first semester and I even teach my daughter some things too.

    I study from 8:00 to 12:00 every night and I made dean's list last semester and I plan on doing it again this semester.

    I just do what I have to do and no, I don't find it hard. Just time consuming.

    I guess I just don't party and I rarely go out for myself, usually I take my kids somewhere when they ask me too.

    It can be done w/o losing your mind.
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Two kids ages 4 and 6. I'm 26, no husband and no family in town, just me and my kids. I drive about 5-10 minutes to school and I have a very PT job. I stay up till 12:00 everynight, get up at 5:00 two mornings a week for clinicals, 6:00 the other days, have class or ckinical everyday. I am in a 5 semester BSN program. I've only cried twice this year, and neither time was over school.

    I make dinner or buy take out, help with homework for my six year old, and I have taught them to take their own showers,and I sit with them and read my books till they fall asleep everynight.

    On the weekends, they get my undivided attention on Sat. and they watch movies and eat popcorn all day Sun. or they play quietly ( or sometimes not so quietly) .

    Everyone acts like it's a big deal to be doing this with two small children and no family. It's not hard though. I practiced health assessment on my kids first semester and I even teach my daughter some things too.

    I study from 8:00 to 12:00 every night and I made dean's list last semester and I plan on doing it again this semester.

    I just do what I have to do and no, I don't find it hard. Just time consuming.

    I guess I just don't party and I rarely go out for myself, usually I take my kids somewhere when they ask me too.

    It can be done w/o losing your mind.
    Great answer!
  5. by   moongirl
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Great answer!
    I agree! congrats to your success, you are setting a wonderful example for your daughters.

    There is a girl who sits in front of me in class who is a single mom with the same situation as you and I am in awe that she is still standing upright.Nursing school is so time consuming, I think that is the biggest stressor, trying to get everything done

    Like I said, have pretty much no use for the ones who have nothing to do BUT go to school and then tell everyone else how " easy" it is :trout:
  6. by   NaomieRN
    CRNASOMEDAY25
    I applaud you...........hats off
  7. by   BoonersmomRN
    Im in semester 2/4 here. So far it has not been hard for me....maybe that is because I wanted this for so long I was reading nursing textbooks LONG before I got in lol....but I also have very good study skills and a system that works for me. Right now I am in Psych and LOVE the clinicals but lecture is boring the hell out of me. Anyway....I heard M/S II is the toughest at our school and I have that next so we shall see.
  8. by   marilynmom
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Two kids ages 4 and 6. I'm 26, no husband and no family in town, just me and my kids. I drive about 5-10 minutes to school and I have a very PT job. I stay up till 12:00 everynight, get up at 5:00 two mornings a week for clinicals, 6:00 the other days, have class or ckinical everyday. I am in a 5 semester BSN program. I've only cried twice this year, and neither time was over school.

    I make dinner or buy take out, help with homework for my six year old, and I have taught them to take their own showers,and I sit with them and read my books till they fall asleep everynight.

    On the weekends, they get my undivided attention on Sat. and they watch movies and eat popcorn all day Sun. or they play quietly ( or sometimes not so quietly) .

    Everyone acts like it's a big deal to be doing this with two small children and no family. It's not hard though. I practiced health assessment on my kids first semester and I even teach my daughter some things too.

    I study from 8:00 to 12:00 every night and I made dean's list last semester and I plan on doing it again this semester.

    I just do what I have to do and no, I don't find it hard. Just time consuming.

    I guess I just don't party and I rarely go out for myself, usually I take my kids somewhere when they ask me too.

    It can be done w/o losing your mind.
    I think the word hard is so subjective. It means different things to different people.

    I'm not finding NS that hard either. It is the time prioritization that seems to be what makes it "hard"....if you get behind, it's hard to catch up. It can be time consuming yes but I am the type that works well under pressure. I like things to be busy I guess; I get bored very easily.

    I also have two girls, ages 5 and 8 that I also homeschool--my 8 year old knows how to give her grandparents insulin shots, can listen and recognize s1 and s2 sounds because I involve them and they help me learn and enjoy it. My 8 year old was telling her best friend the other day the difference between type 1 and 2 diabetes and the meds for them....LOL. I'm in a BSN program with an excellent reputation and pass rate and am making B's and A's and doing very well both in the classroom and in clinicals (my last evaluation said I was a leader in the clinical area). I work part time. I have a husband who also works full time and goes to college. I have a 45 min commute each way.

    But that is just ME. I think I have very good time management and study skills....I also KNOW how I learn best which I think makes a huge difference...plus I can get by on not a lot of sleep...LOL I also have always done well in science, it is something I "get". Stick me in an English Lit class and I would be telling you it is hard!

    I also enjoy every second of nursing school and clinicals which I think really helps.
    Last edit by marilynmom on Nov 3, '06
  9. by   SNLiz
    Well, IMO, nursing school does not get any easier ever. It has its ups and downs, but basically you have to readjust your way of thinking and you are always building on the knowledge you already have. I am in my last semester. 5 weeks to go! wooooohoooooo!!!!!!!
  10. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Two kids ages 4 and 6. I'm 26, no husband and no family in town, just me and my kids. I drive about 5-10 minutes to school and I have a very PT job. I stay up till 12:00 everynight, get up at 5:00 two mornings a week for clinicals, 6:00 the other days, have class or ckinical everyday. I am in a 5 semester BSN program. I've only cried twice this year, and neither time was over school.

    I make dinner or buy take out, help with homework for my six year old, and I have taught them to take their own showers,and I sit with them and read my books till they fall asleep everynight.

    On the weekends, they get my undivided attention on Sat. and they watch movies and eat popcorn all day Sun. or they play quietly ( or sometimes not so quietly) .

    Everyone acts like it's a big deal to be doing this with two small children and no family. It's not hard though. I practiced health assessment on my kids first semester and I even teach my daughter some things too.

    I study from 8:00 to 12:00 every night and I made dean's list last semester and I plan on doing it again this semester.

    I just do what I have to do and no, I don't find it hard. Just time consuming.

    I guess I just don't party and I rarely go out for myself, usually I take my kids somewhere when they ask me too.

    It can be done w/o losing your mind.

    WTG!
  11. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from marilynmom
    I think the word hard is so subjective. It means different things to different people.

    I'm not finding NS that hard either. It is the time prioritization that seems to be what makes it "hard"....if you get behind, it's hard to catch up. It can be time consuming yes but I am the type that works well under pressure. I like things to be busy I guess; I get bored very easily.

    I also have two girls, ages 5 and 8 that I also homeschool--my 8 year old knows how to give her grandparents insulin shots, can listen and recognize s1 and s2 sounds because I involve them and they help me learn and enjoy it. My 8 year old was telling her best friend the other day the difference between type 1 and 2 diabetes and the meds for them....LOL. I'm in a BSN program with an excellent reputation and pass rate and am making B's and A's and doing very well both in the classroom and in clinicals (my last evaluation said I was a leader in the clinical area). I work part time. I have a husband who also works full time and goes to college. I have a 45 min commute each way.

    But that is just ME. I think I have very good time management and study skills....I also KNOW how I learn best which I think makes a huge difference...plus I can get by on not a lot of sleep...LOL I also have always done well in science, it is something I "get". Stick me in an English Lit class and I would be telling you it is hard!

    I also enjoy every second of nursing school and clinicals which I think really helps.
    I feel the same way. I LOVE school and clinicals. I look forward to adult health clinicals and I actually wish we went more than once a week.

    I love learning to. I actually think it's fun to study! How many people can say that?

    It did take me a minute to warm up to psych clinicals though. I have grown to like it a bit more.

    I think I am just weird though. I like school, I even like paperwork, and I have a super positive attitude. I am the one in clinicals who notices my fellow classmates looking stressed and I make a point of asking if they need help. That's just the way I am. I am always giving pep talks when people are feeling overwhelmed.

    I LOVE nursing. I've been down and depressed over other things in my life, and I don't want to be that way again, so I put on a happy face.

    One of my favorite sayings in "So as a man thinketh, so is he" or something like that. I have found that complaining about something has never done me one bit of good.

    Being positive has gotten me so far and that includes telling myself that NOTHING is too hard. If even one other person has ever achieved something, then I can do it too.
  12. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25

    I love learning to. I actually think it's fun to study! How many people can say that?
    I am actually still in Nursing school withdrawl! I want to go back right away for my BSN. I loved it when the students came through my unit on clinicals because I could talk to them about school, and things that helped me. I would ask them questions about my pt while assisting them with procedures. It was great!
  13. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I am actually still in Nursing school withdrawl! I want to go back right away for my BSN. I loved it when the students came through my unit on clinicals because I could talk to them about school, and things that helped me. I would ask them questions about my pt while assisting them with procedures. It was great!
    I like teaching others too. I am really careful though, because as a student, I don't know everything, so I only tell others things if I am positive I'm right.

    I thought I wanted to be a CRNA, but I may just get my MSN in something else (NP) and teach after I have been working for awhile. I also thought about being a clinical insructor a few days a week. I know some of our CI's graduated less than 5 years ago and they are already doing that a few days.

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