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How much studying is required during nursing school?

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    Welcome to the cite........Aloha~
  4. Visit  AngelRN27 profile page
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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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  5. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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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~
  6. Visit  Swellz, BFD profile page
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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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  7. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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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~
  8. Visit  DichloroacetateAl profile page
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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 .
  9. Visit  nursingilove profile page
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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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  10. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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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~
  11. Visit  LauRN74 profile page
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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!
  12. Visit  HeartsOpenWide profile page
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    More than you ever studied before. Its not easy either. If you are basing your decision on whether or not to go to nursing school on the amount of studying; you are going about it all wrong. I had no social life for three years of my BSN. Not just from studying, but from writing unhumanly long papers. I graduated with honors. I work in the specialty of my choice. It was worth it.
  13. Visit  boricualuv4ever profile page
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    you have to find your own way and different subjects require another method of studying. I was able to memorize med/surg information by understand its patho and concept. on the other hand, I had to create charts to memorize pharmacology and carry it with me constantly -> always looking up drugs on clinical sites and the drugs of the day that I saw.

    what is true for all subjects: break up your time effectively. study for 1-2 hrs than take a break 15-30mins/grab a bite to eat. keep going for 1 hr and see how you feel afterwards. if you start losing focus, switch to another course subject. being tired, you will not retain anything. its better to wake up earlier and study fresh. try different methods of studying! good luck!
  14. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    Quote from boricualuv4ever
    you have to find your own way and different subjects require another method of studying. I was able to memorize med/surg information by understand its patho and concept. on the other hand, I had to create charts to memorize pharmacology and carry it with me constantly -> always looking up drugs on clinical sites and the drugs of the day that I saw.

    what is true for all subjects: break up your time effectively. study for 1-2 hrs than take a break 15-30mins/grab a bite to eat. keep going for 1 hr and see how you feel afterwards. if you start losing focus, switch to another course subject. being tired, you will not retain anything. its better to wake up earlier and study fresh. try different methods of studying! good luck!
    Everyone is different. Everyone studies differently, absorbs information differently, recalls information differently, and processes information differently. Nursing school is very different from anything else that you will ever do. One of the things that is very different about it is that you have to be able to recall and synthesize instead of just recall information. What that means is that you are given a situation and you happen to recall information about that situation and then come up with a new plan based on that information. Most other educational programs simply wants you to learn the information and be able to recall it at exam time.

    I have a very extensive education and medicine prior to coming into nursing and I have found that it does help a lot, I don't have to study as much because I am not having to formulate or create a new body of knowledge rather I am adding to the body of knowledge that I already have. I still have to study quite a bit, but I study what need to as opposed to studying everything from scratch. My experience in nursing school will be very different from yours, and yours will be very different from your classmates, even though you will be sharing similar experiences along the way.

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