You're going to think I'm nuts - page 3
by ixchel, rn
I. LOVE. Nursing school. There. I said it. No, the NCLEX style questions aren't awesome. But they make you think! And when you learn the rationale behind the answer you should have picked, you learn how to be a better... Read More
- 0Oct 6, '12 by momtojoshi am half way thru my first semester and LOVING it!.. I have a b+ average and very happy with that. even though I received all A's on pre reqs and the co-req sciences.....
i have kids and grandkids that come and go,work and help out running a hunting preserve...also find time to go to dinners with my family. that will probably all change once we get deeper but who knows...for now my way is working for me. i get together with a few girls every other week to compare notes and go over nclex style questions and pick them apart. i do put in quite abit of effort for those B's.
good luck to all!!
- 0Oct 6, '12 by ixchel, rnQuote from ChesterMcE89Oh no!!!!!! Chester do you like the clinicals at least? I'm sorry you're hating it I have 2 friends, 1 in a program in Texas and the other in an accelerated version of the program I'm in now, who both are committed to seeing it through but have already decided they pretty much hate nursing. I guess you're either in it or you're not.I hate nursing school and everything it stands for. get me out of here ASAP. everything from the finagling instructors and haggered nurses I deal with at clinicals to the NCLEX style trickery.
- 0Oct 6, '12 by Patti_RNI loved nursing school, too! It was, until now, also the most difficult educational experience of my life (including law school... which I delighted in telling fellow law students when they complained, "If you think law school is tough, you should have gone to nursing school!!!")
Nursing school might also be the most useful education you ever get. You don't have to be an A student, in my experience sometimes the best nurses were the B (and even C) students who rocked it in clinicals. That's not to say the A students didn't become good nurses, it's just a comment that you don't have to be an A student to be a great nurse).
There is a correlation between grades and understanding/ mastery of a subject, but it's not a perfect relationship. Usually, if you understand something really well, the your grade will prove it. But, even if you don't strive for A's, strive to learn as much as you can. It's your one opportunity to really learn the information. If you master it now it will be to your advantage later.
Yep, I loved nursing school so much I've gone back... to become an NP. And, I love this even more!!!
- 0Oct 6, '12 by gatoraims RNI love being in nursing school. I whine when I am tired, hungry, or when I have to come home and cook, but I really love it. I like learning something in one body system and then later learning "holly cow that's why beta blockers work!!!" Makes me think I am soooo smart. I love to come home and ask my husband a question that I found interesting and him not knowing the answer. I get all excited as I expalin it to him you would think I was a 5 yr old waiting to see Santa come down the chimney.
It is hard. I did not see how many OCD tendanses I have until I started nursing school. I stress myself out if I do not get an A on every test or quiz. I freak out when the instructor breaks out her red pen and marks up what I thought was such an educated care plan. I have to come home and vent with my husband or my friend who is also in my class. Makes it easier to accept me not being perfect. After a "vent off" I can accept that maybe my care plan was not as ingenious as I thought, I can look at the great comments she has left me and understand that I was not perfect but I am still kicking butt and taking names. (at least the tought brings a smile to my face)
- 1Oct 6, '12 by bigsick_littlesickhahah I share your sentiments! I love nursing school as well. As hard as I have worked to get here, it has been everything I thought it would be and more.
I have made some awesome lifelong friends (and hopefully coworkers). I will never forget my wonderful, fabulous, helpful, patient instructors for without their knowledge and expertise, I would not be the student nurse that I am today. My program has a great reputation in our community and now I know why.
I love learning about medicine as well nursing and I eat up the knowledge ravenously. I will never forget my time in nursing school. I think what helped was having to wait so damn long to get in (FOUR years). In those four years, I took an EMT class, become a hospital housekeeper and just recently moved up to being a CNA there. As difficult as it is and as stressful it has been, I wouldn't change any of it.
TEN MORE WEEKS TILL PINNING FOR ME, OMG
- 0Oct 7, '12 by Streamline2010No, I don't think it's odd to love nursing school and be very happy there. I think it's how it should be, actually. People learn better when they are not exhausted and fearful and anxious and "fighting fires" all the time. If the instructors are proficient and organized and well-prepared, it's easier for the students to learn. I'd say if you have a majority of students saying that they HATE their school, then the school is completely to blame for it.
I can see how people burn out in just a 20-28-month program. I can see how some schools take what ought to be a fascinating and enjoyable education and turn in into sheer torture and misery and gruntwork for the students. I think that some of the schools are just bad. They have poorly-designed programs that prevent efficient learning, they pull students in too many different directions at once, the instructors are unprepared and/or they can't teach, and the demands placed on students are unreasonable. The diploma school that I was at had a rigid lockstep theory-lecture schedule, but the clinicals are on a rotation schedule that may or may not coincide with the lecture topics. Add to that, the RN theory subjects were not taught in the typical sequential blocks. It was all chopped up. They taught "normals" then "abnormals." As a result, sometimes you were doing your major clinical experience BEFORE you'd ever covered that material in class. Sometimes lecture and clinical topic meshed. And sometimes, you were doing your major clinical WAY LONG AFTER you'd covered the material in class. By not doing the relevant clinicals simultaneously with the lectures, most of the time, it was like doing double the work. If you hadn't had the clinical material before, you had to teach it to yourself to get through the clinical. If you had the lecture material too far in advance of the clinical, you had to review it all to get through the clinical. And meanwhile, the lecture/theory and exams were proceeding on at the typical pace of any nursing school.
(With L/D, we did the "normal" birthing babies one term, and then studied the "abnormals" and complications the next term. What the! Why not just study it all at the same time, start-to-finish, because how the heck can you separate it?? Why ever would you separate it???)
With that arrangement, the lecture exams were always comprised of several totally unrelated topics strung together (try GI tract, death/dying, and STDs - let's just pull topics out of a hat, why don't we.) I was always exhausted, always giving my all to do a first-rate job and learn the material in order to retain it, not just pass a test, and by the end of one year of that, I hated nursing, I hated that school, I hated opening a nursing textbook, and I told the management just what I thought, and I was out. We had at least two exams, maybe three, in that last term I was there, where fully 75%-80% of the students didn't get a passing grade! We had online simwork assignments given to us, but the school apparently didn't pay their Elsevier bill in time, because they didn't get the code number from Elsvier until 3 weeks or a month later, and then the school didn't extend the deadlines for the completion date, either! One time, we had computer-based assignments given to us, but the necessary software wasn't loaded on the school's computer until weeks later and the deadline for us wasn't extended. Dump, dump, dump on the students.
Burnout: Yeah, I had it. As a mature adult, I found the school's sub-par performance and indifference inexcusable. I still want to pommel them. Probably the rest of my class did, too, and they've only mellowed at all because they are now 2 months from graduating and can put it all behind them. Students were griping all the time, but also look at all the extra burdens and hassles we were putting up with, in addition to just the normal nursing school pressures and workload. Hospital was unbelievable, too: Patient bathrooms were always dirty. I observed a scrap of paper stay in the same spot on the OR floor for 2 days, which means that the OR floor was not even being swept or dry-mopped, much less bleached or disinfected. And the school management "just cannot understand" why I was so angry all the time?? OMG. If I had any romantic notions about nursing, I sure lost 'em after that experience.Last edit by Streamline2010 on Oct 7, '12
- 0Oct 7, '12 by blackribbonI can't say that I like nursing school. I like nursing though. I have a problem with having several manditory extra sessions like on 'how to study' considering we all have a minimum gpa of 3.88 to be there...please don't pull me away from my family or spend my gas money for stupid things like this. The library session was good...but again, they chose when...and then even changed the time less than 48 hours before the class (required car pool scrambling on my part). I have a BS in bioengineering and am in my 40's, please don't treat me like I'm an idiot when I ask a question. I have heard "oh, you are one of THOSE students"...and "wait until your ob/gen rotation and ask them"...well, the questions were pertinent and appropriate...even if we weren't going to be tested on them...my question is now, not in six months. And don't say that you want us to succeed if you are going to act like you expect us to fail when we walk in for a skills evaluation. My nervousness is from your attitude and your lack of direction of what is expected of me and not with my ability to perform the required skill. And I am honestly working very hard to be okay when a grade is in the 80's instead of 90's but it is hard to turn off the attitude that was necessary to earn my right to be in that seat. Honestly, I couldn't care less about the grades as long as I know what I am doing...the diagnosis of grade anal-ness is r/t requirements to get in this program. I am a life peer of most the instructors (along with the life experiences that got me here...including watching a husband die of cancer at age 41)...I am just knowledge deficit in the particular area of nursing. (Can you tell I'm a bit frustrated?)Last edit by blackribbon on Oct 7, '12