You're going to think I'm nuts - page 4
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 7, '12 by Lynn52I'm a nursing student who enjoys the classroom but finds the clinicals to be overwhelming.....we are just beginning our second year in the adrn program and are down to 42 of the 96 students who began. Our school is tough and very few graduate in the end. Towards the end we will provide total nursing care to 5 patients yet, if we were hired by the hospital we are performing clinicals in we would be trained for 10 weeks to 6 months before we would care for 5 patients. I feel as if we are marginally trained and then thrown out there and then one mistake and you are potentially out.....scares the heck out of me...I truly hate it. I wish to be a nurse and a good one at that but give us a chance. I am one of the surviving 42 but I'm tired and concerned about the stress of the job once/if I graduate. Any comments would be appreciated.
- 0Oct 7, '12 by hiddencatRNQuote from LilgirlRNMany new grad programs have minimum GPA requirements and I was asked for my GPA at every job I applied to as a new grad and had to provide transcripts for one of my interviews. Is it the only factor employers consider? No. But do they look at your grades? Sure do.Just remember, no one (prospective hirers) cares what grade you made in nursing school.
- 0Oct 7, '12 by StephalumpQuote from hiddencatRNOur big hospital GN programs do the same. GPA and HESI are big factors. I believe the minimum GPA is usually a 3.0-3.5.
Many new grad programs have minimum GPA requirements and I was asked for my GPA at every job I applied to as a new grad and had to provide transcripts for one of my interviews. Is it the only factor employers consider? No. But do they look at your grades? Sure do.
- 0Oct 7, '12 by ChesterMcE89Clinicals can be hit or miss. Some days I have a great nurse who really wants to teach me, but also understands I am a student and I dont know everything yet. other days it seems like the nurses just want to make you feel bad about anything you dont know. I guess it has allowed me to see what kind of nurse i want to be.
- 0Oct 7, '12 by CloudySueQuote from blackribbonI was in my late 30's when I started nursing school, with my old BSEd in my back pocket. In my rinky-dink PN program in the local community college, I think some of my instructors knew I could see them as the humbug behind the proverbial curtain, and my high standards in all things intimidated them. I knew when a test question was invalid and I called them on it. Yes, it matters when an A is a 92 and I have a 91.5 and your test questions are invalid. And why do I get chastised for being so uptight about earning A's? Why, even a B is pretty darn good, so why am I "being so hard on myself"? What's wrong with wanting to do exceedingly well? Isn't that what quality instructors want to see?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 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.
I'm so glad I'm finished w that program.
- 2Oct 8, '12 by RockSolidI guess I'm one of those people, too. I love my program, I love what I'm learning, I love my professors. It's a very tough program to get into, and occasionally someone flunks out. But the professors give 110% and if you meet them halfway they will do everything they can to help you succeed.
I've read a lot of posts where people tell horror stories about their programs, so I know there are bad ones out there. So, one thing I would say to prospective nursing students is, "Choose Wisely!" (I guess that quote gives me away as a non-traditional, older student :-) But I mean that. Talk to current and former students, and if possible talk with local employers. There is one local community college program that is not very well regarded. I spoke with someone from a local hospital the other day and they said that they don't even interview RN's who graduated from that program. On the other hand, there is another community college program nearby, and their ADN graduates are highly sought after because their program is excellent. I know, too, that sometimes you just don't have a choice. Like, there's one community college in a hundred mile radius, you have kids and responsibilities and you take what you can get. That brings me to my second thought.
Even if you don't have much choice about which program you can attend, you do have a choice about how you go through it. Half of it is attitude and the other half is sweat. If you are eager to learn, then at least one of your professors will respond. If you apply yourself sincerely, then you will see results. (And I agree with the original post - it's nice to get A's, but B's are fine, too. If you're worried about having a B average, then do some extra volunteering, or take on some organizational responsibility in school. Enthusiasm is contagious and most employers like it.) Stay focused and don't get hooked by the inevitable drama of school, whether it involves students or faculty. Stay focused and don't let yourself become intimidated by the work, or by a crummy school or a poor professor. Also, and I think this is important, allow yourself to become inspired by someone: a professor, a preceptor, a nurse who you've interviewed or met somewhere, a nurse who's cared for you, a nurse you read about... let yourself be inspired and you will have more energy for school, and for your career.
There is no getting around the fact that nursing school is work, but honestly, it can also be a blast!
- 1Oct 8, '12 by StephalumpI have to admit....
I'm loving NS. It's one of the hardest thing I've done and I moan and complain and have mental breakdowns, but I thrive when I'm challenged. It just makes succeeding all that much sweeter
I love the subject matter, I love my classmates, and I love being pushed to succeed. I'm an A student so far, but I'm ok if I end up with B's because I know I'm doing the best I can with what I have.
All that being said..;I'm ready for Thanksgiving break!