Why So Negative?

  1. I have been reading the board for the past couple of months and have been finishing my prereqs this semester. I am starting my ADN program this summer and everything I have been reading seems somewhat down. No one seems to have a positive attitude about school. It really makes things scary for those going into the program. I want to do well and will try my best, but it is hard when there is so many people saying how horrible it all is. Does anyone like being a nurse or being in actual nursing school? I have been positive this is what I want, but now after reading all your posts I second guess myself as if I will feel the same way you do. Obviously I won't know until I'm there. I know everyone is different, but are there any positive people out there who enjoy what they are doing? If so, let me know. It would be refreshing to read about positive experiences.

    Angie
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Carolanne
    Angie,

    I think most of us are enjoying school and truly looking forward to being nurses. I know I am! This board is a great vent for a lot of us, a chance to get things off of our chest that only a fellow nursing student could relate to. Even our husbands and wives just don't get it sometimes, so this is a healthy way of letting off some steam. We're supposed to act professional and in control at school and in the clinicals, so this is a chance to let it all hang out!! :chuckle
  4. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from dramaluvr
    i have been reading the board for the past couple of months and have been finishing my prereqs this semester. i am starting my adn program this summer and everything i have been reading seems somewhat down. no one seems to have a positive attitude about school. it really makes things scary for those going into the program. i want to do well and will try my best, but it is hard when there is so many people saying how horrible it all is. does anyone like being a nurse or being in actual nursing school? i have been positive this is what i want, but now after reading all your posts i second guess myself as if i will feel the same way you do. obviously i won't know until i'm there. i know everyone is different, but are there any positive people out there who enjoy what they are doing? if so, let me know. it would be refreshing to read about positive experiences.

    angie

    i totally love my job and my experiences and enjoy being a nurse!

    school on the other hand is never fun and usually run by people that feel that you should just do it the way they teach it and not question how, why or when they do it that way! npt always and some instructors can teach with flare and keep interest peeked. the main problem with nursing school as isee it is that they do and rightly so teach the proper procedures and correct way and all perfect examples and direct diagnosis, and everything is wonderfull like a perfect scenario, however in real life things rarely go as well as they do in scenarios. the important thing to remember is during schoo you only have to please two people the instructor and yourself and if you aren't exactly thrilled well lump it! in the real world once you begin a nursing career there will be many more people to please and you fall even further down the list. all that being said if you are a peoeple person are reasonably intelligent and articulate and are able to learn new concepts and understand them thouroughly and then turn around and break them down to make them understandable to a person with say an 8th grade education you will be invaluable. it is an exciting, rewarding, thankless, often fun job (if you are working with good people)and you will always have the knowledge that you helped another human being even if you have skate patients and all you did was talk to them or make them laugh and ease their fear, pain or suffering.

    i ahve written many articles about nursing you will find the link listed as my homepage on my profile. i hope this is somewhat encouraging but i di not want to make it out to be all glamour either.
  5. by   rpbear
    As someone who just graduated let me tell you how I feel. Nursing school is very hard,it take over your life and it is something that only someone who has been there will understand. I think that is why you see so many threads about problems because this is a place to come vent to other students and they totally understand and can give suggestions that work for them. With that said there are many people that enjoyed school on a whole, I know I did. Nursing school however is not the best indicator of how well you will like nursing. You won't know this until you are actually working as a nurse. I for one truely love my job and feel like I am living my dream everyday at work. This is something that I have always wanted to do. I hope you are not discouraged by what you read, wait until you are in those shoes and you will be here venting with the rest of us! :chuckle
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    I'm hoping to start nursing school next year. To be honest, I am so glad and thankful that the men and women on this board can tell it like it is. If nursing school is tough and if you are feeling down, why sugar coat it? Thats only doing us a disservice!

    I love reading the good the bad and the ugly about nursing school. I find that its helping me prepare for my journey.

    I'm truly sorry that you feel its all negative, but I just wanted to share my thoughts, and that I think its all positive.
  7. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from FutureNurse2005
    I'm hoping to start nursing school next year. To be honest, I am so glad and thankful that the men and women on this board can tell it like it is. If nursing school is tough and if you are feeling down, why sugar coat it? Thats only doing us a disservice!

    I love reading the good the bad and the ugly about nursing school. I find that its helping me prepare for my journey.

    I'm truly sorry that you feel its all negative, but I just wanted to share my thoughts, and that I think its all positive.
    You wanna hear about ugly I pulled bloody vein from a Patients nose one time it must have been about a foot long and thick and ropey an he was just gagging and sort of wimpering and then his head collasped,
















    GotchA
  8. by   dramaluvr
    I have written many articles about nursing you will find the link listed as my homepage on my profile. I hope this is somewhat encouraging but i di not want to make it out to be all glamour either.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for all the input. I know you are all right. I am sure I will be venting in a few months so please bear with me as this is a new and exciting adventure in my life. I do enjoy reading the ups and downs, I think the problem right now is that I am not there yet and it is a little scary. If anyone has anymore advice, please let me know. - Angie
  9. by   Mandylpn
    Take it from someone whose been going for three years, some of the teachers are nice, some are not. Some are good at teaching, others are not. I just play the game to get done and graduate. Yes, it does take over your whole life, I agree with the above poster. Oh, and the cafeteria food is terrible. Good luck, you can do it!
  10. by   Mandylpn
    Quote from CCU NRS
    You wanna hear about ugly I pulled bloody vein from a Patients nose one time it must have been about a foot long and thick and ropey an he was just gagging and sort of wimpering and then his head collasped,

    Is this true? (his head collapsed) ya, right!
    GotchA
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  11. by   justjenny
    Quote from dramaluvr
    I have been reading the board for the past couple of months and have been finishing my prereqs this semester. I am starting my ADN program this summer and everything I have been reading seems somewhat down. No one seems to have a positive attitude about school. It really makes things scary for those going into the program. I want to do well and will try my best, but it is hard when there is so many people saying how horrible it all is. Does anyone like being a nurse or being in actual nursing school? I have been positive this is what I want, but now after reading all your posts I second guess myself as if I will feel the same way you do. Obviously I won't know until I'm there. I know everyone is different, but are there any positive people out there who enjoy what they are doing? If so, let me know. It would be refreshing to read about positive experiences.

    Angie

    I can definately say that my nursing school experience is positive - but it is HARD and I am STRESSED!!!!!!

    I questioned anyone that I could get my hands on... "What's so hard??" "Whats so stressfull??" And I never got much of an answer.....

    Well.... I knew it would take over my life.. I just never dreamed how much! I thought I could deal with a dirty house, etc.... that only adds to my personal stress.

    There is a TON of reading, studying, tons of reports and procedures to learn.... while I love every minute of it... it is shocking to receive a "B" in a class when my final score was 91.3% !!!!!

    While I didn't cry and freak out as mentioned in other posts, I was *very* scared that I would fail this semester...even after working my butt off!
    But I passed everything

    Jenny
  12. by   Sheri257
    School can be enjoyable. But it's also hard as hell. The problem, at least for me, is the shear volume of material. As soon as you think you've got it under control, they throw more at you. It's almost like bailing out the ocean.

    I try to look at it as boot camp. Hopefully you can meet the challenge and reap the rewards at the end.

    Besides, there's another way to look at it. The harder it is, the harder it will be for someone to take your job once you do finally make it. Afterall, there is a shortage so, in a way, the difficulty could also translate into more job security in the future.

    I'd hate to be one of those computer programmers whose jobs are now being exported overseas.

    Hopefully, if we can make through nursing boot camp, we won't have that problem.
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 10, '04
  13. by   RN 2005
    Here's my 2 cents........Nursing school is overwhelming and I find myself wondering all the time if this is what I am cut out for. However, I had clinical last week and due to various scheduling changes we do not go back for several weeks. It will be torture for me!!! That is where I receive my payoff. I am so excited and thrilled to be helping my patients and I love every single minute of being there. No doubt about it - it is work and stress to be in school...but I would not have it any other way!!!
  14. by   Mithrah
    It is really annoying when you study the lecture notes, do all assigned reading, study for practice NCLEX books, read stuff online about the material and STILL fail the nursing test!

    I don't want to scare you, but it can be very challenging.

    The good thing is that when it is over you can look back on it and smile.

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