OMG I may have a nervous breakdown... - page 2

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    One of the things in life is that we have to have personal boundaries. Nursing school will push lots of buttons. Make sure you take care of yourself with excercise, good food, something to nuture your spirit and plenty of sleep. Pick something that you know will make you feel better. Nursing is a stressful profession and you will find that you need to take care of yourself. This is not selfish these are survival skills. Find someone to confide in . It is important to process your emotions. Best of luck to you in school. The knowledge and experience that you take with you from nursing school is priceless. You will be able to keep building on this knowledge and skill.
    Best of luck
    Paddlelady
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    Every school is different. I am 48 and will be graduating next week from LPN school. I would of found a different school to go to. You are paying THEM to teach you. That sounds more like military school. I hope the night class goes better for you. Thank goodness mine wasn't so stressful.
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    yes every school is different, but most are very strict . my school was very stressful and we had many fail each semester. the last semester we had 16 fail , i know we started out with 125 and ended with 30. the told us at the begining only the best and brightest will make it.

    you have to take care of yourself when you are in nursing school, sleep , eat right and get a big calender and write down when assignments are due. take it one day one test at a time. at one time we had 8 major tests in 1 week. and i studied and spent only so much time on each test and made thousands of flashcards. but i passed every test. i prayed alot , prayers help.

    don't give up your dream. now you know what you are up against and you can conquer this beast. i send you lots of hugs .
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    Good grief. That is the worst thing I have EVER heard. That doesn't sound like nursing school... that sounds like prison. When I started nursing school, they told us that we are a family and that we have to pull together and help one another get through. I wore jeans to class, sometimes pajamas depending on how late I stayed up the night before...

    Is there a dean or someone there that you could go and talk to and express your concerns? I know at my school, our dean was very approachable. She knew everyone by first name, and we were sorry when she decided to take a new job.

    I was one of the older students in my class, and I was afraid that the "high school drama" would carry over into their approach to us on the first day. I was pleased to see that they treated us as adults (yet still with a lot of hand-holding).

    Bottom line is, for that amount of money, I would want some respect. I would talk to the dean, express your concerns, get their opinion (reminding them how much you want to be a nurse) and see where they guide you. After all, they are there to guide you (supposedly).

    I wish you luck!
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    Well, you all have scared the b'Jesus out of me. I was hoping to work full time and do an lpn program at night - is that crazy?
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    Quote from DOESDAD
    Well, you all have scared the b'Jesus out of me. I was hoping to work full time and do an lpn program at night - is that crazy?
    My program is days 8-3 and I can honestly tell you that we had a hand full of people that worked full time start class, but as of last week, the last one of them failed out of the program.. he failed in Geriatrics.
    Now mind you he was having marital issues also..... So I honestly think he may have just given up.

    But all in all, 6 months into the program, of those of us that are left, if they work at all, its part time at best.

    Good Luck and Im sure if you want it, you will find a way to make it work.........
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    you know, I've been thinking and we have to realize that when we get 'out there' we are going to be working under an RN or MD and so had better get used to taking orders and doing what we're told. If the instructors are hard on you, I think it's probably a good thing to get used to. If you can't take it as a learning experience, either do something else or learn to love learning experiences! LOL..... :heartbeat
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    LOL- From my Catholic school experiences, being taught by nuns, priests and Irish Christian brothers I know all about taking orders and doing what Im told.
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    I too went to Catholic schools throughout elementary and some of high school. I went to a Catholic nursing school. I was taught by nuns and priests. My RN training was at a Catholic school and hospital. However, for me it may have contributed to me being more rebelious and a bit wild. But I was very good in times of change in my years of nursing and had the ability to speak up for my profession as the oppression I felt in school was no longer severing me as a professional. So all those years of being threatened and the instilling the fear of guilt lead me to a place to become a stronger person . As I look back, it all seems so militaristic. I have always tryed to treat LPN's and nursing assistances as a strong part of the team and have tried not to feel like I was telling someone to do something but to teach them the essentials of patient care . I dont like commanding co-workers. I think we all work together for the patients greater and highest good.
    Anyway, this is an interesting discussion on learning techiniques in the current nursing arena. :heartbeat
    Paddlelady
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    After much thought about the pros and cons of my own experience, I have to say that what I got from my early Catholic eduation was more positive than negitive. Oh sure, I rebelled and got a little crazy when I got to college, then again it was the early 70's. I did get shorted changed in some areas, for instance we had very little music and art and my grammer school didn't have a gym. However I know I did get a superior academic education, far beyond what I would have recieved in the local public school and certainly beyond what my parents could have afforded. As a freshman in college I was amazed at how advanced my courses in high school had been and I realized that the all famous CS DISIPLINE extended to studies and that I was a critical thinker.
    I also believe, or would like to believe that since my time Catholic schools have become more progessive and much, if not all of the physical and psychological abuse is gone.


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