What is it about nursing students.... - page 4

that makes them so godawful stupid? I swear, it must be a requirement to exchange your brain for a spot in the program. I just spent a very long morning in orientation (hello? I'm a SENIOR... Read More

  1. by   delirium
    Ok so the funniest thing that happened today... this girl was sitting at my table and last year she (no kidding) failed EVERY SINGLE LAB (of course they let her redo them 2 and 3 times so she could eventually pass).

    They told us that this year if we passed all of our labs on the first try we wouldn't have proficiency at the end of the semester (its like a grab bag of skills, you pick one, and if you do it right you pass lab for the semester). Although we do have proficiency at the start of this semester (three of last year's skills as a 'refresher').

    So she clapped and smiled and said, "Oh, that's really great."

    Yep. Like THAT's gonna happen.

  2. by   Hooligan
    MsPurp...You're funny...but frankly...you're scaring the hell out of me!!! I'm finishing up my pre-req's now and I'm can't wait for the weeding process to start!!! Now you're making me wonder if that'll ever happen! I feel for you though! I can't even imagine how irksome that must be considering how far along in the program you are! I'm just taking a CNA course now and I'm shocked at the people in there! I'm not the most outgoing individual in the world but sheesh! One girl actually tried talking through her hand when she introduced herself to the class...then asked the teacher to skip her because she's really shy! Now WHY I ask WHY would you go into nursing if you terrified to even talk to people? What happens when you actually have to touch them? And guess what...the teacher skipped right passed her and said "that's ok honey...we'll just have to work on that." I dunno...I just don't get it! I feel for you though!

    ~Bean
  3. by   delirium
    We should all be very afraid.

    I, myself, am particularly afraid that I'll have one of my peers as my labor nurse one day.
  4. by   troublennc
    Inferior students will get weeded out. Maby they are just scared. I am a new grad. I got through school with good marks, worked and did not have to struggle as much as some. However, there are those that graduated that did not pass the boards due to nerves that in my opnion (and others) will eventually be great nurses. Furthermore, there are complete F*$^#%@ idiots that faked their way through school and by some happen chance passed. I am talking about some that cheated their way through, and one would ask me a question during clinicals the repeat what I had said to the instructor as if she had a single orgional idea. It happens. Stupid people inhabit this planet, we just have to take a deep breath and go on, and sometimes even guide them.
    What the bad thing is: It get's alot worse in real life with out the security of instructors, some that acheived in school will fail, some that were not-so-good will excell. It's all about finding a groove. Overconfidence is not a attitude to get used to, it will inevitably work against you.
  5. by   GPatty

    I think you'll be all right...
  6. by   natsfanrn
    This thread is too hilarious I'm just getting the sciences and pharm out of the way this year before starting the nursing program in May, but I know just from taking the NLN preadmission exam that there's going to be some real doozies (if they pass the exam, that is)! One girl couldn't figure out for the life of her how to fill in the little dots for her name. The proctor had to come over and basically walk her through the process Unfortunately, our school takes all on a first-come basis as long as you meet the requirements...it's a real shame that someone who could be a really great nurse might be bumped out of the program by this girl...
  7. by   delirium
    Originally posted by troublennc
    Overconfidence is not a attitude to get used to, it will inevitably work against you.
    Could you clarify this statement, please? I'm just wondering how it relates to the rest of the thread.
  8. by   elusive
    I think the idiots..trancend majors, countries, and cultures.. in my program i swear some of these people dont come with brains..they want teachers to tell them questions on the exams, we actually had a group of students who had a petition after an exam because they thought it was too hard and didnt believe that they had been adequately prepaired...HELLO its an exam, you prepare yourself..and everything that was on it was covered in the book or in lectures.. so all they had to do was read the book...it irks me too. Clinical they are all tools too, granted im new too, but i know when i need help and to get help and what i can do on my own...they are all afraid to have any type of initiatve, they only do what is written on paper and given to them...they ask the same questions over and over and are like iw ant to work where im respected by everyone and no one is mean and the patients dont yell and the doctors dont get mad..ya-da ya-da, hello tools youre going to get yelled at..youre going to get patients from hell some doctors wont respect you and there will always be people who dont like you.. its life... deal with it...
    and they preach critical tihnking...but want the papers to have no original thought.. ah well i cant complain my marks rock....
    ok now i feel better hahaha
    best wishes to all
  9. by   Gator,SN
    they want teachers to tell them questions on the exams,
    This happened in my class too! My other favorite is when someone asks, "whats on the test?' and the instructor answers "everything that you have learned so far!":roll
    OR, "will you be testing from the book or strictly from the notes"??
    There is always one in every class that is a total pain and tends to waste class time on stupid stuff. It was so bad last semester that the professor would only answer questions at the break!
    My other favorite classmate is the one that came to clinical without her care plan. Her reasoning?? Her dog was sick and had to go to the vet for eye drops. (we had a week to get it started!)

    One of my classmates is so rude that the L&D nurse at clinical threw her out! This pregnant woman was pushing and it was her first baby. Her mother and grandmother were in the birthing room and my classmate actually asked the grandmother to move out of the way because she couldn't see!
    Out she went! (gotta love those L&D nurses!)

    So yes, students can be quite dumb from time to time....my study buddy has agreed to smack me if I start to show signs of this disorder.

    GOOD LUCK to you...this too will pass.......if it doesn't, demonstrate pillow therapy 101 to these annoying classmates.

    Gator
  10. by   craff1
    OMG I can totally relate to your original post!!! See my Disaster 1st day post for a good dumb nursing student story!

    And I totally agree about the reading to us crap, what a waste, but we can't cut because attendance is REALLY strict for lecture and clinicals, so I'm saving my absences until/if I get sick this winter.

    Hang in there, it can't get worse (for me) so it's gotta get better, like Wynonna says, "When you hit rock bottom there's no place to go but straight up, and sideways!!!"
    Cheryl R.
  11. by   RENAISSANCE RN
    MSPurp,

    I definately can feel your pain. Hopefully these students will be weeded out.. If not the Preceptors may eat them for dinner.

    However it will only get worse. The president just passed a bill to give remedial students all the help they want..

    To give someone the benefit of the doubt ( I know I really shouldn't) Maybe they are just nerve wracked and ask more questions than you.. Believe me I am not discounting that someone can be plain stupid!

    You never can tell someones true potential!

    Take care and try to keep you patience. I think you will make a wonderful nurse!
  12. by   leslie_23
    Hi, I'm Leslie.

    I am a new nursing student (a 30 year old nursing student!) and my classes begin on August 26th. I have posted here a few times this summer, but mostly I have been lurking and trying to learn from everyone here.

    I have laughed so hard at this original post about idiot nursing students! My classes have not even started yet and I have already been exposed to some real dorks. Like some of you, I had to show-up for an orientation. I assumed that this orientation would cover nursing material, but how stupid could I be? This orientation lasted all day long and had nothing to do with nursing! It had to do with school rules and keeping a clean campus! No kidding! And some of my fellow nursing school classmates kept raising their hands and asking questions about the areas in which they would be allowed to smoke or to chew gum!!! ARHGHAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Just HUSH already so we can get through this 50 page booklet and go home!!!

    As I am sure that some of you well remember from being new nursing students, we had to come prepared with fingerprint cards, proof of physical and vaccinations, etc. We were told that ALL of this was due last week (on the 14th or 15th I think it was). Wouldn't you know that most of the people sitting around me had some lame excuse as to why their paperwork was not yet complete? We were notified in July about our acceptance (or lack thereof) into nursing school. Why would anyone want to show-up with incomplete paperwork? I won't be getting myself involved in study groups with some of these people.

    I have also been surrounded by some of the younger girls that have the giggles most of the time. It is frustrating because I think that if this is how they are presenting themselves in front of their peers, then how would they present themselves in a clinical setting?

    I want to do well and for that reason, I want to surround myself with positive people who truly CARE...

    I have rambled long enough...I just could not pass-up this post...TOO funny!

    Leslie
  13. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by leslie_23
    As I am sure that some of you well remember from being new nursing students, we had to come prepared with fingerprint cards, proof of physical and vaccinations, etc. We were told that ALL of this was due last week (on the 14th or 15th I think it was). Wouldn't you know that most of the people sitting around me had some lame excuse as to why their paperwork was not yet complete? We were notified in July about our acceptance (or lack thereof) into nursing school. Why would anyone want to show-up with incomplete paperwork? I won't be getting myself involved in study groups with some of these people.

    I have also been surrounded by some of the younger girls that have the giggles most of the time. Leslie
    DITTO MY THOUGHTS! If the acceptance letter said to have your paperwork in by such and such a day, then by golly I had it in THAT day. Another thing it said was you had to have your CPR done by AHA (not Red Cross) and even stated when the classes were. One person asked during orientation about how they could get theirs. The Dean asked the entire class of 59 people who had not gotten theirs, and every single one of us BUT this one person had taken the correct class.

    The letter also stated we were to sign up for 3 separate courses, and the Dean actually had the add slips FILLED OUT for about 1/3rd of the class who didn't register correctly. Talk about hand holding! If you can't even register for the right classes which they specified in your acceptance letter, they go ahead and fill out your add slips?! Mind you the pre-reqs had to be done and a transcript forwarded with your application so I KNOW these are not "new" students.

    DON'T THESE PEOPLE READ?

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