Regarding life outside nursing school - page 2

here goes.... I am concerned about some students that are in the class below me. One of them was originally in my nursing class, and did not make it past the first semester. She's in the class below... Read More

  1. by   Gompers
    Quote from miya
    sounds like typical college students to me . . .

    Tell me about it! Since when is going out and drinking on the weekends considered a crime? It's COLLEGE! Drinking on a Friday or Saturday night isn't going to affect their ability to care for patients during the week. If they start partying too much, they'll fail out of nursing school anyways, so don't worry. But if they're passing their classes and clinicals, then it's a good sign that they are doing well in the program and maybe just like to have a little fun and relax on the weekends.

    Don't flame me too much for this, but I did notice in college that many of the nursing students acted a little prissy, staying in their dorm rooms studying on weekends when everyone else was out having fun. While it's fine to consider your college years a serious time, realize that for many others college is actually FUN!
  2. by   not now
    I drink every weekend because I can and I feel I deserve a trip to the bar for working and maintaining a 92% average. Every Sunday my co-workers hear some story beginning with "So I was at this bar..." My charge nurse never says anything because she knows I do my job (CNA) well.

    All of my instructors (and classmates) know I go out on the weekends but just like my boss they know that when the weekend's over so is my fun. If somone came up to any of my instructors and said "I see her drinking on the weekends..." they probably respond "Well, she's 24, single, with no kids...I kinda expect that."
  3. by   canoehead
    Nobody's business but their own.
  4. by   78BugRN
    Quote from not now
    I drink every weekend because I can and I feel I deserve a trip to the bar for working and maintaining a 92% average. Every Sunday my co-workers hear some story beginning with "So I was at this bar..." My charge nurse never says anything because she knows I do my job (CNA) well.

    All of my instructors (and classmates) know I go out on the weekends but just like my boss they know that when the weekend's over so is my fun. If somone came up to any of my instructors and said "I see her drinking on the weekends..." they probably respond "Well, she's 24, single, with no kids...I kinda expect that."

    I have to laugh a little about this... I'm 26, single, with no kids, no house payment, etc. And I take a significant amount of crap because I don't drink. But, like others, I agree that this should only be brought to the instructors if it is affecting her performance with patients. It may not be my choice of recreational activity but, I don't think it's my place to judge.
  5. by   dave1117
    to anyone I offended...

    The bottom line to my post is this.

    their private life is just that, whether they are drinking before a clinical or after. If they show up to clinical drunk, that is another matter. Your original post sounded as if you had a crusade against drinkers in general and that should not be your cause as a fellow student. As I said if they flunk out, whether once of twice it is really no concern of yours. And if their livers are a mess, who cares. With all the stress in nursing school I don;t see the point in getting yourself all worked up personally.

    With all that said, once again I apologies for my "honest" but perhaps to harsh comments regrading your original post.

    Have a great day, dave
  6. by   miya
    Quote from not now
    "I see her drinking on the weekends..." they probably respond "Well, she's 24, single, with no kids...I kinda expect that."
    Hey, I'm 25 with a kid . . . all the more reason I need a drink on the weekends. :roll
  7. by   Aneroo
    I understand. Thanks everyone.
    And to the drinkers, I used to be right there with ya falling off the barstool. I've calmed down a lot since I started nursing school. Heck, it's one of the reasons I am at the community college instead of the university. Thanks-andrea
  8. by   stressgal
    I personally have found that getting myself through nursing school is time consuming and stressful enough. As we all tend to be caring and helpful people, I had to learn by the end of my first quarter that I need to focus on my own actions. Of course I will report something I view in violation or danger to others. But the extra stuff that is outside of the classroom/clinicals is none of my business.
  9. by   renerian
    That was nice of you to post that..............I appreciate it...........is a good thing.

    renerian
  10. by   HopefulRN2006
    Hey, I'm 25 with a kid . . . all the more reason I need a drink on the weekends.
    LOL! I have 4 drinks on the weekend...one for each of my four kids! LOL. :chuckle
  11. by   neuronursein06
    Hell, I have a glass of wine quite often in the eve's to calm my nerves. It really is no one's business. I'm 30, no kids, etc- and enjoy going out one night a weekend with my boyfriend and throwing a few cocktails back...even if it is just staying at home and doing nothing.

    Anyway, nobody's business...unless, like everyone is saying, it compromises patient care.
  12. by   mariedoreen
    Quote from Gompers
    Don't flame me too much for this, but I did notice in college that many of the nursing students acted a little prissy, staying in their dorm rooms studying on weekends when everyone else was out having fun.
    Hmm, I stay in and study because if I don't I will not pass. And... because my alcoholic father was all the proof I needed of how "fun" drinking is. Had no idea the rest of you thought I was prissy.. :chuckle

    But anyway, back to topic... if they show up to clinical drunk, let someone know. If they're throwing 'em back at the bar in their clinical uniform with school patch visible to everyone, let someone know. If they're staggering to their car and ready to climb in, let someone know. Otherwise, it's MYOB.
  13. by   checkers
    I have no kids, husband, pets, and only like 3 plants to take care of. I can only stay in hermit mode for so long, and i choose to go to the bar most saturday nights with my friends. I find it rather therapeutic to actually be able to forget about the stress of nursing school 1 night a week. And not all "drinkers" are alcoholics or always falling on their face.

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