What do you think has been the hardest/easiest classes you've taken in nursing school - page 2

What was in your opinion the hardest/worst class you've taken in nursing school (med-surg, peds, OB, fundamentals, geriatrics, etc.). What was the easiest? I'm a new student and only in the... Read More

  1. by   manna
    I guess I'm weird, but I loved pharmacology - best grades I've made in nursing school so far (not that it wasn't hard, maybe just that I enjoyed the material made it come more naturally)...

    Hardest so far is Med Surg II/Chronic health, but just started that this semester. Easiest was our fundamentals and informatics classes way back in the summer when we first began junior year. I heard community (senior year) is hell, though! Eek!
  2. by   BEANURSE
    Quote from FutureOBNurse33
    What was in your opinion the hardest/worst class you've taken in nursing school (med-surg, peds, OB, fundamentals, geriatrics, etc.). What was the easiest? I'm a new student and only in the fundamentals so I can't answer but I'm just curious to know from some of your that are about finished or finished.
    None of it is easy!!!!! I was told last semester (Fundamentals) that it was the hardest class.....This semester is Med-Surg and now "this is the hardest class"....I have prepared myself that NONE of it is easy.......It is the hardest schooling I have ever done......But the rewards are going to be endless!!!!!
  3. by   cyssan
    hardest: pediatrics
    easiest: algebra, drugs and solution, and other electives
  4. by   sun1shine1
    Hardest: Med-Surg 2 (endocrine esp) - Nobody made an A in that class and 25% had to repeat it.

    I've heard that it's tons easier after that! Ob/Peds now (10 credit hours = 900 gazillion hrs/wk of reading, classes, working on yet another project) Psych/Community this summer (last chance for summer clinicals at my school) (also - 10 credit hrs = 500 gazillion hrs/wk - fewer projects, and they cut some out for the summer )
    Research/Leadership and Management (precepting) (10 credit hrs = cakewalk)
  5. by   LilRedRN1973
    First year:

    Hardest was Fundamentals because the learning curve was SO steep...we were all new at the information being presented and it was so much to comprehend.

    Easiest was Pharmacology because I LOVED it!!! I had an urge at one time to head off to CRNA school after getting my BSN and doing time in the ICU (that dream is no longer for many reasons) so I was really into all the drugs they use in anesthesia and would pick the anesthesiologist's brain when in a surgical clinical. I was amazed at the vast amount of medications that are running around today and everything they can accomplish. It also helped that I had a GREAT instructor and made it out of there with an "A" (the only "A" I've received in nursing school thus far).



    Second year:

    Hardest was Maternal/Child Health because I have NO desire to work around pregnant women or peds. I could care less where your fundus is and have no interest in dealing with psychotic parents of ill children. That being said, I did enjoy my peds clinical but it's still not for me. My OB clinicals were TORTURE....I loved seeing a vag birth and have cried for each and every one I've seen, BUT the pregnant women themselves were enough to drive a person crazy. I swear, nowhere else do you see the differences in people's level of pain tolerance than an L&D/OB floor. I saw a woman push out a 9lb baby with no epidural and a small amount of crying/swearing/moaning and I've seen a woman who was 3cm dilated, screaming for her epidural (and it was her 3rd child).

    Easiest is Psych because it's interesting. Med-Surg isn't really hard due to the year's experience I've spent working in the ICU, but there is a lot to cover and we have 3 different instructors who teach it. So our exams have 3 different styles of questions on them from all the instructors. My Psych teacher is easy, easy, easy. Her exams are easy, easy, easy. I didn't study for my first exam, missed an entire day of lecture (11:30 to 3:30) and still made a 90. We had 4 100's on that exam.

    Melanie
  6. by   HisTreasure
    Personally I would have to say med-surg II is the hardest. That is basically because the two instructors who are teaching the subjects that make up Med Surg II are the absolute WORST! One instructor teaches so badly that when she is teaching people no longer take notes! We highlight in our books and then come home and self teach the material. The other instructor isn't as bad, but she always seems to emphasize the wrong stuff (much to our chagrin come test time! )
    The "easiest"? Well, maybe pharmacology or nutrition. Something about those two subjects...I dunno. They were very easy to me!
    Last edit by HisTreasure on Mar 6, '05
  7. by   mjbsn2006
    I loved the pharmacology material!!!!! Med Surg is the hardest for me right now, I actually have to work my butt off to keep a "B". I hate to see how Med-surg 2 will be next semester if part 1 is this bad. We have 1 GREAT instructor, and 2 that suck, so the lecturer makes a big difference. I'm looking forward to OB/Family next semester, I've always loved the whole women's health thing. I HATE psych(easy, just uninterested), I'm about to die in there, this is the worst rotation I've had so far- I'll never be a psych nurse!!!!! Good luck to every one this semester, thank goodness its almost over.
  8. by   Paleobug
    So far I've had fundamentals and pharm. They were difficult and I was also taking micro, but I did well in all three. Right now I'm finishing psych., which I find very interesting. In two weeks I start the dreaded med-surg. I'm not really looking forward to maternity and peds., because I"m not really interested in becoming a kid nurse. I think the hardest class can be fundamentals, because you are learning the ropes such as care plans, how to use your drug book, etc.
  9. by   kwagner_51
    I have to say Med/Surg 3 Endocrine, neuro, and burns. I had several things going on at the begining of the semester, my SIL died, my kids got sick, I got sick TWICE!! and my youngest son busted his front teeth.

    I got a 68% on the pituitatry endocrine Content section, a 74% on the pancreas section, a 66% on the 1st neuro content, a 90% on the second neuro content, an 82% on the burn content for a grand total going into the final of 77%. Needed to get an 86% on the final to pass the course. I got an 85.9% rounded up gave me a total of 79.9% for the entire class. Since they round for greater than .5 I MADE it!!! In order to pass any nursing class where I attend, we MUST get an 80%!! I know people that failed by 1/10 of a point. They got 79.4%

    This is the worst grade I have recieved in any of my nursing classes. But you know what, I'm GLAD I got an 80%

    In 8 weeks, I will graduate, with these grades:

    B in Fundamentals
    B in Med/Surg 1
    A in OB
    A in Peds
    C+ in Med/Surg 2
    C in Med/Surg 3
    A in Psych

    I'm happy to get out of this with a 2.6 GPA because I KNOW I did the best I could under the circumstances. I don't know of any patient who has asked what my GPA was before I could treat them.

    It was so close that when I went in to go over my final, my Med?Surg2 and Med/Surg 3 instructors gave me hugs!! They were so relieved!! My MS 2 instructor told me that I proved to them that I knew the stuff because I got a B on the final!! She said what concerns her, is the ones who get A's on the exams and then flunk the final, because they are just memorizing the stuff for the exams and not retaining it.

    Hope this helps and if you need help with Med/Surg 3 PM me. I will gladly help.


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    In His Grace,

    Karen


    Failure is NOT an option!!
  10. by   HisTreasure
    Quote from kwagner_51
    This is the worst grade I have recieved in any of my nursing classes. But you know what, I'm GLAD I got an 80%

    I'm happy to get out of this with a 2.6 GPA because I KNOW I did the best I could under the circumstances. I don't know of any patient who has asked what my GPA was before I could treat them.


    Failure is NOT an option!!
    Your post is so refreshing! This semester I failed my first chapter test ever. It hurt like mad, and my average is still suffering (75%). I don't care, as long as when my mastery comes around I end up with an 80%. I know one thing, I have 9 weeks left of school left. I am not sure I will get my clearance to take my NCLEX. I missed another clinical this semester and I may have to wait until next October to make up the clinical and be able to get my license. Oh well. God is in control, and it will all work out according to his will. Grades and all!
  11. by   jenrninmi
    [QUOTE=kwagner_51]I have to say Med/Surg 3 Endocrine, neuro, and burns. I had several things going on at the begining of the semester, my SIL died, my kids got sick, I got sick TWICE!! and my youngest son busted his front teeth.

    I got a 68% on the pituitatry endocrine Content section, a 74% on the pancreas section, a 66% on the 1st neuro content, a 90% on the second neuro content, an 82% on the burn content for a grand total going into the final of 77%. Needed to get an 86% on the final to pass the course. I got an 85.9% rounded up gave me a total of 79.9% for the entire class. Since they round for greater than .5 I MADE it!!! In order to pass any nursing class where I attend, we MUST get an 80%!! I know people that failed by 1/10 of a point. They got 79.4%

    This is the worst grade I have recieved in any of my nursing classes. But you know what, I'm GLAD I got an 80%

    In 8 weeks, I will graduate, with these grades:

    B in Fundamentals
    B in Med/Surg 1
    A in OB
    A in Peds
    C+ in Med/Surg 2
    C in Med/Surg 3
    A in Psych

    I'm happy to get out of this with a 2.6 GPA because I KNOW I did the best I could under the circumstances. I don't know of any patient who has asked what my GPA was before I could treat them.

    It was so close that when I went in to go over my final, my Med?Surg2 and Med/Surg 3 instructors gave me hugs!! They were so relieved!! My MS 2 instructor told me that I proved to them that I knew the stuff because I got a B on the final!! She said what concerns her, is the ones who get A's on the exams and then flunk the final, because they are just memorizing the stuff for the exams and not retaining it.

    Hope this helps and if you need help with Med/Surg 3 PM me. I will gladly help.

    AMEN sister!
  12. by   jenrninmi
    Never mind - I messed this post up.
  13. by   cathy2005
    Quote from FutureOBNurse33
    What was in your opinion the hardest/worst class you've taken in nursing school (med-surg, peds, OB, fundamentals, geriatrics, etc.). What was the easiest? I'm a new student and only in the fundamentals so I can't answer but I'm just curious to know from some of your that are about finished or finished.



    :uhoh21: drug calculations,i told my husband in my sleep i would give him 5cc of demeral he slept on the couch for awhile i just didnt get it and knew i was going to over dose my poor patients.

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