What semester is the hardest?

  1. :gandalf: Some friends of mine that already graduated from the nursing program both agreed that the 2nd semester of nursing was the most demanding. Is this what you have experienced or is it different for everyone.

    Im sure I will find them all very demanding!!

    Just curious.

    I start my 1st semester in August for my ADN.
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  3. by   Tweety
    For me it was the first. I guess it was the newness of it all. I found 2nd semester more interesting. But it is where you get beyond the basics and start learning pharmacology, patho., etc. and it all starts to come together. But to me it wasn't "harder".
  4. by   NurseLatteDNP
    At my school, students think the 3rd semester is the hardest, because we start cardiac stuff. Every student is different. You might be good at some things, where other students have difficulties with. I also think that every school has a different schedule, but in my school 1st semester is fundamentals, 2nd is OB, oncology and GI, 3rd is psych and cardiac and 4th is neurological diseases, OB complications and peds.
  5. by   Sheri257
    As always ... depends on the teacher(s) ...

    It's really up to them how tough the semester is.

    If they're jerks, then it's really tough. If they're reasonable then ... it's easier.

  6. by   truern
    The NEXT semester was always the hardest
  7. by   RNsRWe
    The one you're just starting <grin>.

    The hardest semester is the one where you draw the short straw and get the clinical instructor from hell. Otherwise, it's a tossup
  8. by   Sheri257
    Quote from truern
    The NEXT semester was always the hardest
    This is so true. A semester is always easier when it's DONE.

  9. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Third was the hardest for me. I was so burnt out by that point. I was taking classes over the summer and working like mad. They compressed our Psych into three weeks because the professor was on sabbatical and the sh . . . er . . . stuff just flowed downhill from there. The next professor seemed to get her test material from thin air. Couldn't find it in the lectures, texts or power points. By the middle of the semester I was ready to walk out and never look back. I was sick all the time from stress. It was only by the grace of God and a few good friends that I managed to do well on the final and pass. The last semester was much smoother sailing.
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    The last semester. You're just so burned-out by then.
  11. by   AllieRat
    For me so far it was the second semester. Mostly because they spoiled us in the first semester by making it too easy and we got majorily shell shocked when semester 2 hit. I wish my program would have made better use of that first semester by teaching us SOMETHING rather than just basically having courses that you didn't even need to show up or read to get A's in.
  12. by   RN and Mommy
    Well, my last semester was the hardest. In our final semester we get all of the "hard" stuff, cardiac, neuro, respiratory, endocrine, acid/base, immune, HIV, cancer. We touched upon these topics in the previous semesters, but now it is time to get down and dirty and really understand them. They expected a lot from us in our final semester (after all, we are to be RN's within 2 months or so) The second hardest for me was Peds. Those darned congential heart defects (yuck!). I think a lot of it was just figuring out what to study and how to get organized at first.
  13. by   blueberry21
    Since everyone seems to have different opinions (imagine that!), I took the liberty of pasting(sp?) my 4 semester program below.

    What do you think?

    Semester 3 will be over the summer and I have a feeling it might be a bit more stressful than the others.

    Oh well, it gives me something to look forward to

    First Semester - 10 Credits Required Fall 2006

    NUR 1025Fundamentals of Nursing
    NUR 1025LFundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab
    NUR 1025C Fundamentals of Nursing Clin Lab
    NUR 1060CAdult Health Assessment
    NUR 1142Introduction to Nursing Math/Pharmacology

    Second Semester - 11 Credits Required Spring 2007
    NUR 1141 Nursing Math and Pharmacology
    NUR 1211 Medical-Surgical Nursing
    NUR 1211L Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab
    NUR 1214CMedical-Surgical Nursing Skills lab

    Third Semester - 11 Credits Required Summer 2007

    NUR 2310Pediatric Nursing
    NUR 2310LPediatric Nursing Clinical Lab
    NUR 2420Obstetrical Nursing
    NUR 2420LObstetrical Nursing Lab
    NUR 2520Psychiatric Nursing
    NUR 2520L Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Lab
    NUR 2680LCommunity Health Nursing Lab

    Fourth Semester - 10 Credits Required Fall 2007

    NUR 2211Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
    NUR 2212LAdvanced Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab

    NUR 2810CProffesional Nursing Leadership

    Last edit by blueberry21 on Jul 12, '06
  14. by   maliat
    We've been told that the 5th semester of our 6 semester BSN program is the hardest. That semester we have Community, Advanced Med-Surg and Nursing Research. We can take Nursing Research over the summer, which I definitely plan to do.