What was your toughest semester in Nursing School?

  1. i'm doing my associates now so i only have fundamentals, med surg, phych, and maternity/pedi but those of you who are doing bsn can chime in as well.
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  3. by   dudette10
    I've been out of school for less than a year, and I feel like it was definitely the first semester due to a number of factors. I was doing one of two pre-reqs per semester, then went to full-time in nursing school, so the volume of work increased dramatically. Also, the first semester contains the basics on which everything else is built--patho, assessment, documentation--so you must know the material backwards and forwards. The material becomes easier in subsequent semesters because you are building on previous knowledge, rather than gaining brand new knowledge without reference.

    In later semesters, I just became sick of the work, rather than finding it difficult. Motivation and excitement waned at the end of third semester and the beginning of fourth semester. That was bad too, but for totally different reasons, as you might imagine.
  4. by   SummitRN
    First semester had the largest time commitment, highest amount of inane assignments, and the most hoops to jump through.
  5. by   NCRNMDM
    I thought first semester was a breeze. I'm in second semester right now (which is divided up into med-surg, pediatrics, oncology, and advanced med-surg) and it is killing me. I ended up with a 97 A average for first semester, and I currently barely have a B in Nursing 112. In two weeks, 112 will be over and 211 will start. I'm sure that it will be just as hard as 112 has been.
  6. by   prettymica
    I would say my last semster of mater/pedis.. it was so hard... the book would say one thing, the teachers notes another, then the test answers were not close to either the book or the notes.. everyone would get the answer wrong but the teacher would not give credit :/.. most of my classmates had kids so some of the stuff made sense to them but me not having kids.. it was a different world.. also A/B students went to like F+ students we were all scared and failing. Some how 15 of the 16 students in my class got it together.. I am about to start RN school so.. im just hoping all the semsters will all be fairly easy.
  7. by   charlotte.anderson.
    Honestly, I thought patho was kind of hard. I did bad on 2 exams (72's) and then followed it by 100 for the last 2. I am enjoying the building of information. I am taking pharm this semester and even though its not hard to understand it, it is causing a hemorrhaging of data in my head.
  8. by   OB-nurse2013
    Hmmm I'm interested in this topic myself. I'm in my third semester and I would say this one is pretty tough with another med/surg, ob, and pysch. Although so far I'm doing okay the only course that I was close to borderline with was pharm in my second semester but otherwise I thought that semester was okay. 2 semesters left so who knows hahahhaha.
  9. by   foreverLaur
    First quarter was the hardest so far. Looking back, it wasn't that hard but it certainly was at the time. Nursing was new and they didn't ease us into it at all. I have now two Med/Surg I, Med/Surg II, Peds, OB, Nursing Assessment, Nursing Skills I, Nursing Skills II, Pharm I, and Pharm II and while the content was probably harder and we had more assignments, I did much better and found it easier because I knew how to do it. I haven't done psych yet, but I'm not too worried about it because I work in inpatient psych.
  10. by   whichone'spink
    The semester I took med-surg was the worst. I had class on Monday and Tuesday, had to go to the hospital on Wednesday to get info for my care plan, and Thursday and Friday were clinical days. I had no time to do anything.
  11. by   sapphire18
    Definitely whatever semester I had med/surg in. It was almost a larger volume of information than our brains could handle! I'm not sure if this is also when I had patho and pharm but those 2 together were also brutal. But regardless of how it feels now, you will get through it!
  12. by   Selene006
    I took Public Health and Critical Care in my last semester and it was sheer torture because I was tired of jumping through hoops and being broke! On top of that, a 25-page research paper was due and I couldn't wait to collect my degree!
  13. by   Meriwhen
    The first class (Fundamentals) was the hardest class of nursing school because it was a reality shock. After I survived that and knew what to expect, the rest weren't too bad.
  14. by   carliej01
    I feel like each semester was hard for a different reason, and it's really hard to compare them. My first semester (fundies and pharm) was hard because that's when the shock hits. You realize how little of a life that you can actually maintain outside of school. Not mention the different type of testing. It's hard to get used to the types of questions they ask to prepare you for the nclex. My second semester was hard because our teachers were terrible... I know that's mean, but I basically had to teach myself everything in basic and maternity and I felt like my time on campus was a waste. However, the second semester is when you really get to start doing some nursing skills in clinicals. My third semester was really hard because we didn't learn enough in basic to prepare us, and our advanced teacher is really difficult... She was absolutely amazing and the total reason we learned how to answer the questions and start to pull everything together. I thought pediatrics was fun, but we had really good teachers for that as well. And I'm currently in my fourth and final semester Leadership and Practicum... I feel like a lot of what we learn is stuff we touched on in fundies mixed with common sense. So it's hard to put any effort into it. Senioritis is hard to overcome... doesn't help that we had two weeks off for Christmas before this semester which makes it hard to get back into the swing of things. We have class one day a week, and tests every week. I'm in the NICU for my practicum, which I adore. This makes going to med surg for leadership suck. I have no desire touch adults after being with the babies.

    It doesn't get easier, you just kind of get used to the studying. Your teachers also play a huge role. Good luck!