Nursing school not that hard? - page 4

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   Megsd
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    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.
    I love school and learning too. I'm almost done with my first quarter of accelerated BSN and I have enjoyed every single day because I get to learn so much awesome stuff!

    I don't feel (yet) that the material itself is "hard" as in difficult to comprehend. It's the MOUNTAIN of knowledge we're responsible for knowing all at the same time. It's very time-consuming... I spend probably 4 hours a day studying (with the exception of about 1 day a week I take "off"), and what I have heard from all of my classmates is "I had no idea this was going to take up so much TIME". I don't mind putting the time into it, though, because it's interesting and relevant. This is stuff I have to know to do my (future) job, so it's worth learning. And it's so cool (to me, anyway) when I'm in clinical and my pt has the same diagnosis I learned about in lecture the day before, or my pt has a complication and I can look at the chart or labs or meds and figure out why. It all fits together like a puzzle.
  2. by   S.N. Visit
    I find nursing school hard because I'm burnt. I am tired of waking up at 5 am, in the freezing cold weather, rushing to clinical to make it at 6 am. I'm tired of nit picky instructors giving us 95 page assignments that don't teach us a thing except redundancy. I'm tired of taking tests that make us guess what the instructor would say, then to throw the questions out because it wasn't a fair question. I'm tired of having our schedules pulled out from under us at the drop of a dime. I'm fed up with wearing stupid fugly smocks that reduce us to looking like we just came from a shift at "Joe's Snack ShacK." (I've had people ask me for ketchup packets, kid you not) I'm just disapointed going to school. It's extremely hard to be motivated to go. I know I'm not alone in my feelings, my peers have validated everything I've complained about in this post.
    The light at the end of the tunnel is May 17th for me. I envie all those who can't get enough school, you must have a great program to be in.
  3. by   ItalianMomOf3
    I'm a 3rd semester student, and I am finding that as you make it into the second year, its crunch time.....lots of info crammed into small amounts of time.....1 and 1/2 semesters and it will be over....

    Hang in there

    Denise
  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Megsd
    I love school and learning too. I'm almost done with my first quarter of accelerated BSN and I have enjoyed every single day because I get to learn so much awesome stuff!

    I don't feel (yet) that the material itself is "hard" as in difficult to comprehend. It's the MOUNTAIN of knowledge we're responsible for knowing all at the same time. It's very time-consuming... I spend probably 4 hours a day studying (with the exception of about 1 day a week I take "off"), and what I have heard from all of my classmates is "I had no idea this was going to take up so much TIME". I don't mind putting the time into it, though, because it's interesting and relevant. This is stuff I have to know to do my (future) job, so it's worth learning. And it's so cool (to me, anyway) when I'm in clinical and my pt has the same diagnosis I learned about in lecture the day before, or my pt has a complication and I can look at the chart or labs or meds and figure out why. It all fits together like a puzzle.
    Wow. That's exactly how I feel. I am amazed when I see something in real life that relates to lecture. All the pieces seem to come together.

    I have heard the same thing from some of my classmates. They say they didn't realize that it would be so much work, but they emphasized this point on day one of school. So many people said "Oh, I have to work 40 hours". Well, those are the people who say school is hard. That makes sense though. School is 40 plus hours a week, so going to work and school is almost like having two or three jobs in some cases.
  5. by   i_am_evergreen
    Quote from Tanzanite
    I find nursing school hard because I'm burnt. I am tired of waking up at 5 am, in the freezing cold weather, rushing to clinical to make it at 6 am. I'm tired of nit picky instructors giving us 95 page assignments that don't teach us a thing except redundancy. I'm tired of taking tests that make us guess what the instructor would say, then to throw the questions out because it wasn't a fair question. I'm tired of having our schedules pulled out from under us at the drop of a dime. I'm fed up with wearing stupid fugly smocks that reduce us to looking like we just came from a shift at "Joe's Snack ShacK." (I've had people ask me for ketchup packets, kid you not) I'm just disapointed going to school. It's extremely hard to be motivated to go. I know I'm not alone in my feelings, my peers have validated everything I've complained about in this post.
    The light at the end of the tunnel is May 17th for me. I envie all those who can't get enough school, you must have a great program to be in.
    That is EXACTLY how i feel. I don't think nursing school was that hard; I think what really makes things crapy are teachers who play favorites, tests that 85% of the class fails 3 semesters in a row (*that's got to say something about the test or the lecture*!)
    One of my class mates that I study with had been a straight A student... up till this last semester (4th semester). That first test we took totally messed up everyone's grades. She now is a C student.
  6. by   FirstYear2005
    Everythng I have ever done is not as bad as people make it out to be. I remember LITERALLY being in 2nd grade everyone saying how hard 3rd grade was going to be, being in Jr high hearing how HARD hs is etc. etc. Nursing school is hectic and challenging but with good time management skills it can be done.
  7. by   RN BSN 2009
    I feel challenged but not overwhlemed like some of the other students feel. We have a good program and it is a good learning environment. You can openly ask questions no matter how stupid they may sound. I'm first semester of first year.
  8. by   ikatiana21
    I understand the burn thing as well, but I learned how to fix that in my case. I HATE getting up early and my classes were three days a week at 7 am (Which seems a lot later than some). I decided on doing the weekend options: 7a to 7p, every other weekend. It has made things SO much more bearable for me.
  9. by   HididiScribbler
    ...I'm not a morning person. When I took pre-reqs, I could have SOME control over when my classes were. Now, they're very early and I have no choice. Truthfully, that's probably one of the hardest things for me, as pathetic as that sounds I cannot WAIT till I can work night-shift. Getting to the hospital by 6:45 is killing me...
    I don't think the material is necessarily hard to understand, at least, not compared to other subjects. Like someone else said, it's really how MUCH there is to learn. Our first OB test was on 11 chapters, and we had a week to read those and know them backwards and forwards.
    Clinicals...I love clinicals, usually. I love being "the nurse" and this past quarter I really felt like the nurse. I could do almost everything on my own, and could really be there for my patients. I loved it. But I have anxiety issues...competencies make me so anxious and my hands start shaking and then I get lectures from my instructors on it. And that anxiety makes nursing school a lot harder for me...I really envy my friends that never SHOW their anxiety.
  10. by   blueyesue
    Reading this thread has put my mind more at ease. I hope that I have the same wonderful experiences as some of you. I have a 5 year old, however I am currently not working, and my husband is very supportive. I will just have to stay unemployed for 4 more years. Them's the breaks.
  11. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from HididiScribbler
    ...I'm not a morning person. When I took pre-reqs, I could have SOME control over when my classes were. Now, they're very early and I have no choice. Truthfully, that's probably one of the hardest things for me, as pathetic as that sounds I cannot WAIT till I can work night-shift. Getting to the hospital by 6:45 is killing me...
    I don't think the material is necessarily hard to understand, at least, not compared to other subjects. Like someone else said, it's really how MUCH there is to learn. Our first OB test was on 11 chapters, and we had a week to read those and know them backwards and forwards.
    Clinicals...I love clinicals, usually. I love being "the nurse" and this past quarter I really felt like the nurse. I could do almost everything on my own, and could really be there for my patients. I loved it. But I have anxiety issues...competencies make me so anxious and my hands start shaking and then I get lectures from my instructors on it. And that anxiety makes nursing school a lot harder for me...I really envy my friends that never SHOW their anxiety.
    Wow. Are you really 17 and in nursing school? You must be really mature.

    Good luck to you.
  12. by   gina2423
    I feel soooo relieved that at least SOMEONE thinks NS isn't that hard. I've been reading all the horror stories on this site about how hard it is to make it through and then the dreaded NCLEX at the end to prove that you actually learned and understand things. I was beginning to feel stressed and overwhelmed already and I haven't even started NS yet. I'm a very technical person, I loved my science pre-req's (doesn't seem so hard when the material is interesting), and I have a degree in math. So hopefully (I'm definitely praying), that these traits will help me survive!!!

    Congrats to all of you that have had positive experiences in NS but what I wannna know is, did those of you who found NS to be 'not so hard' also find the NCLEX exam to be the same way?
  13. by   Kiringat
    Everybody makes such a fuss about first semester, but I've actually found it fairly... boring. I can't imagine that anything else can possibly be easier than this semester. I can't wait to get into med-surg, but know I'll probably end up looking back at this semester with a great sense of longing in the not to distant future.

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