How much studying is required during nursing school?

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    I am considering becoming an RN. It's really hard for me to study for more than a few hours. So how much studying per night is required to succeed in nursing school? I really want to be in the medical field, but I don't have the capacity to study for long periods of time, so if nursing requires a lot of studying, do you have ANY suggestions as to what I should major in instead?
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    Welcome to the cite........Aloha~
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    Interesting post. I am a recent RN grad and nursing school is no joke. I am not a 'heavy studier' either, but everyone is different. Your question is a difficult one to answer. I am like you in that I cannot sit for hours on end just reviewing and studying. BUT, I have always done well in school because I grasp things easily and quickly, especially when I find the topics interesting, as I do with nursing. I say, if you know you can handle the information, then it's doable. I will also mention, though, that becoming an RN isn't exactly something you should jump into if you're "not sure." It's a heavy work load, you will lose sleep, it will require tons of patience, and it WILL take a toll on you.

    Tread carefully before jumping into a life decision like that! (Or any big decision for that matter)

    Hope this helped!
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    Quote from AngelRN27
    Interesting post. I am a recent RN grad and nursing school is no joke. I am not a 'heavy studier' either, but everyone is different. Your question is a difficult one to answer. I am like you in that I cannot sit for hours on end just reviewing and studying. BUT, I have always done well in school because I grasp things easily and quickly, especially when I find the topics interesting, as I do with nursing. I say, if you know you can handle the information, then it's doable. I will also mention, though, that becoming an RN isn't exactly something you should jump into if you're "not sure." It's a heavy work load, you will lose sleep, it will require tons of patience, and it WILL take a toll on you.

    Tread carefully before jumping into a life decision like that! (Or any big decision for that matter)

    Hope this helped!
    OP I totally agree with AngelRN27, however, if you're up to the challenge give it your best shot, if we did it so can you...wishing you the very best in whatever future endeavors your path in life leads you...Aloha~
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    It's a quality versus quantity thing in my opinion. If you only study for a couple hours a night, but really study and keep to an agenda, then I think that would be fine. If I studied 3 hours a night every night, I know I'd be set, but realistically I wouldn't do that. I probably only study an hour a day unless it is leading up to a test, where I will have marathon sessions.
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    If a career in nursing is what you truly desire, just go for it and remember nothing comes easy when it's worth it...Aloha~
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    It depends on the person of course, as it is different for everyone. Right now, I study all day long, don't have a social life and can't do much else besides studying.

    I'd definitely watch out for certain subjects that are really hard like anatomy, and pharmacology. I hope this helped .
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    Nursing is a calling not a decision---you will know what to do.....unlike the gifted one's that nursing school came easy to b/c they have photographic memories, I worked my keester off! To answer your question yes study a few hours then take a break then study some more. If you keep a study schedule you won't fall behind. I believe you need to absorb info sooo trying to study for 12 hrs straight may NOT work. keep your own pace, the key is to understand what you studied. hope this helps:kiss Let me know if you need anything
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    Unquestionably, you have received valuable advise therefore, it's up to you to find what suits you the best since everyone is not the same...wishing you the best as I send you a hug from across the miles ....Aloha~
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    I spent hours upon hours studying. The most effective way for me was practice questions and writing out rationales for the right and wrong answers. I have another degree as well and I spent WAY more time studying for my nursing degree. Good luck!


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