Will my medical background help me to survive the nursing program? - page 2
by mrsbreebree, BSN, RN | 2,111 Views | 12 Comments
Hello! I am currently enrolled in a practical nursing program and I wanted to know if my medical background ( working with physicians and patients both in specialty offices and currently a hospital in a non-clinical setting,... Read More
- 0Mar 11, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from mrs bree breeNow I can read it......OkHello! I am currently enrolled in a practical nursing program and I wanted to know if my medical background ( working with physicians and patients both in specialty offices and currently a hospital in a non-clinical setting, being quite familiar with medication names and usage, dosage abbreviations PO= to be taken orally, BID= to be taken twice a day, IM= to be taken intramuscular, medical terminology etc,) will make my nursing experience a little easier than perhaps my other fellow classmates?
Soooo many people tell me that they had to drop out of the nursing program once they got into their first semester because it was so demanding. I don't know if this is because they have no medical experience and are switching fields or what but I would just like to know what is so hard. I currently do not have any children but I am married. So far, I have an 'A' in both of my prereq's. The biggest challenge for me has been trying to balance being a wife and doing all of my homework. I have gotten used to studying all the time and doing all of my hmwhrwen if I am up in the wee hours of the morning. But I have been able to do it and I am so proud of myself!
You see, I am not what you call a traditional student. I have been out of High School for 6 years. This will be my second time going to college and I am much more motivated and determined. I currently work for a local hospital and my boss is quite supportive of my schooling. The hospital also pays for my education as long as I work at least part-time. I am going for the LPN program first because when I first went to college 6 years ago straight out of High School, all of the pre-reqreqsuired for the RN program seemed absolutely overwhelming and I thought it would take me forever just to make it thru those alone so after taking only one class and not being motivated whatsoever, I dropped out of college! To add to my frustration, many of my friends never finished their pursuit of a nursing degree either, they said it got too hard. To top it off, to this day I know people that have been in school for what seems like forever and they still aren't finished!
So, realistically based on my individual circumstances, I must say that the LPN is much easier for me to do first as I only need 4 preprereqnd then I'm able to apply for my clinicals. Once I graduate as an LPN, I will be able to continue my employment at the hospital where I work considering that unlike most hospitals, they do hire LPN'S. LPNS to continue from there with a bridging program to get my RN. Not only will I have nursing experience, I will also have a job at the hospital.
I am so sick and tired of working these 9-5 dead end jobs. I refuse to settle on 'just' being a receptionist or whatever. I am too smart for that ! I love people (sometimes) and being a nurse runs thru my veins just like my blood. It's been my desire for so very long. Learning about the anatomy and physiology of the human body absolutely fascinates me. I enjoyed A&P in High School. I asked lots and lots of questions as I am very inquisitive when it comes to science and i even sat in the front row ( i know im such i'merd If I haven't said it enough, I am madly in love with science.
If this helps any, my mother is also a nurse, she is an RN. My grandmother is a retired LPN. I plan on working FT while I complete my pre-reprereqhen PT while I complete my LPN clinicals so that I can continue to receive my education reimbursement from the hospital. Sorry for all of the info, just want to make sure you have enough background info on me. Please tell me what you think! Will nursing school be hard for me?
Your knowledge about abbreviations are but a minute part of nursing and nursing programs. Having this knowledge is NOT having medical experience. Whether or not you have nurses in your family won't make your schooling easier.
What will help you is hard work, good study habits, an understanding husband, ambition and drive as well as smarts....which you seem to have.
I wish you luck!
- 1Mar 11, '12 by NewGoalRNI noticed that you kept mentioning that a lot of your friends or people that you know didn't finish or dropped out of college etc.
I want to tell you to find new friends, friends that are motivated, friends that want to do well, friends with good study habits. In nursing school, I gravitated to people who were just like me and we supported each other, i.e hard workers, good study habits, goal driven etc. Not that we thought we were better than people but I refused to hang out with constant complainers or lazy students who wanted to get by on my work. That type of attitude is contatagious and I wanted no part of it.
Whatever knowledge or advantage you had from your work or family will help in the beginning but in the next few weeks, that advantage will be gone.
One of the most important skills in nursing schools i found was the art of 'time management', figure that out and it will help you tremendously. I saw alot of students get burned or sufffer because they waited for the last minute to do a care plan, or study or do assignments which invariably caused them to turn in incomplete work or subpar work or to not do as well on a test..Don't procrastinate.