Nursing school not that hard? - page 5

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   marilynmom
    Quote from 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.
    Fundamenatals to me was sooooooo boooorrrrringgggg. I actually remember sitting there thinking is this what nursing is about?! Of course it is important (Foleys, etc), but so dang boring.....lol. I think the first semester is hard for some just because of the test format takes some getting used to. Once you get used to it and know how to study, it's not that bad IMO.

    I LOVE Med/Surg. I think it is interesting and I enjoy it a lot.
  2. by   PickMePlze
    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
    Amen.
  3. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from gina2423
    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?
    Yes. I also found the NCLEX to be easy. 75 questions is 55 minutes. I liked how interactive the NCLEX was. I knew if I got the last question right based on the next question. So once I got a feel for the questions, I thought it was really easy. Definately easier than any test I took in NS.
  4. by   HididiScribbler
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Wow. Are you really 17 and in nursing school? You must be really mature.

    Good luck to you.
    Yup, I'm really 17 :-) I graduated highschool early and got through the pre-reqs as early as I could. One of the things I love about nursing school is that after the first week or so, everyone got used to the fact that I'm young...our class ranges from me to someone in his 60's and we all get along, and are treated the same (except for the occassional teasing I get, especially in OB )
    Someone in our class told the teachers that we're really like a family, and it's true. I guess there are SOME warm and fuzzy aspects to nursing school
  5. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from HididiScribbler
    Yup, I'm really 17 :-) I graduated highschool early and got through the pre-reqs as early as I could. One of the things I love about nursing school is that after the first week or so, everyone got used to the fact that I'm young...our class ranges from me to someone in his 60's and we all get along, and are treated the same (except for the occassional teasing I get, especially in OB )
    Someone in our class told the teachers that we're really like a family, and it's true. I guess there are SOME warm and fuzzy aspects to nursing school
    Man, I wasn't even thinking about the pre reqs. It took me two years to finish mine. You must not have had that many pre-reqs or you graduated at fifteen, LOL.

    In any case, I am impressed.
  6. by   SoulShine75
    I think the majority of students don't find nursing school extremely difficult...material wise atleast, but what is so difficult is the amount of hours you put into it. As far as the material is concerened, if you got into nursing school there's your first sign that you can handle the material and do well. The constant studying, juggling school with family obligations (for those who have a family to care for) and trying to find the time to do everything is what's most difficult for me. Most nursing students are women and if other women are like me they put a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves to be good moms, good wives, keep the house acceptable, do laundry, cook meals, be a taxi driver and be a good student while trying to retain as much information as possible...and remain sane. For me the most difficult part of doing well in nursing school is the stress. Stress plays a big role in your entire life and when you're trying to manage a family, possibly also have a job and try to manage time for school the stress can be sometimes intolerable. For anyone out there who is like me and is as stressed and on the brink like I am I applaud you and I know what you're going through. Good luck all.
  7. by   SoulShine75
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Yes. I also found the NCLEX to be easy. 75 questions is 55 minutes. I liked how interactive the NCLEX was. I knew if I got the last question right based on the next question. So once I got a feel for the questions, I thought it was really easy. Definately easier than any test I took in NS.
    Funny you said that because I took some of the practice NCLEX questions and found them to be much easier than the nursing school questions. BUT I found out that 2 of our instructors write questions for the NCLEX. I feel sorry for those people who run across their questions. HA!:spin:
  8. by   SoulShine75
    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.
    Wow ...you sound really healthy. I wish I had a fraction of the peace of mind you seem to have. I have 4 kids, am married and have a supportive husband and family around, and I still feel I'm slowly losing my mind. Good luck and keep uo the good work! :spin:
  9. by   *lisa*
    :uhoh21: I might be wrong but I think how easy a person thinks something is has alot to do with WHERE they go to school. Of course there are all the factors such as how hard they study and how etc. At our school only a little more then half the people who started graduated in the class ahead of ours. I have one of the highest averages in our class and my average is barely an A. They do not do testing reviews in our classes. They just give you chapters and wish you luck. So to answer the question I am sure some people don't think its hard but the ones that do might just go to a school much like mine :uhoh21:
  10. by   ikatiana21
    I go to a school like yours. My Principles teacher doesnt do reviews and goes through her notes a million miles an hour. I catch about 3/4 of what the woman is saying, most of the time. I just had to switch clinicals bc the instructor I had didnt go OVER anything that she should have. We had to go over meds and write out a "med sheet" type thing; nobody knew how to do it. The woman didnt even go over our answers to let us know if we were right or wrong. And we had no way to get ahold of her, bc she refused to give out her contact info! We BREIFLY went over injections, so I havent even practised that at all. We had to know about 14 chapters of material for the lecture test, and the notes only covered a half of that; we have a test every 2 weeks. Its an HUGE workload and I was teaching myself the labs. BUT, its not that hard/stressfull to me. I think some people just handle large amounts of stress better than others. Plus, it depends on what you are happy with. Im not THAT smart, I only got a B+ on my first principles test. I just dont let the stress get to me and and think to myself "B+, isnt great, but its the 4th highest grade in the class of about 30". Going from an A student to an A-B student is a hard adjustment for some ppl, Im glad I did ok with it. I had one lady in my class breakdown bc she got an 84% on a test, she was use to at least 92%.
  11. by   suznan
    Personally myself I didn't LPN that hard. I was in a one year pn program and I made dean's list first semester and finished with a 4.0 the second and third semester. I am now in an accelerated ADN program and I am doing just fine but I am finding this year harder. I think what's harder though is that we seem to be covering things a lot faster. I am having a hard time with time management and studying this year. I think that it has more to do with burn out than anything. I am really looking forward to semester break.

    susan
  12. by   Jennaphur
    First and second semester were really easy for me, and the content was fundamentals, maternity, and med/surg. Now that I'm in third semester, the content is ortho/neuro, cardiac/respiratory, and pediatrics. It's a little harder, but nothing to write home about. The problem is that there is just sooo much more to learn, and of course everything is just building off of the previous content we've had. If you didn't retain the first two semesters, then 3/4 semesters (for ADN) will probably be difficult. Anyhow, I am studying for our cardiac test now and it sucks because there's 120 pages of just lecture content for a 26 question test. I don't know if that's normal for other nursing schools or not, but I think how easy/hard it is has a lot to do with the content you're being tested on and how your school tests you.
  13. by   jemommyRN
    i don't think nursing school is hard persay. i just think there is an abundance of information that we need to learn in such a short period of time that it makes it overwhelming at times.

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