Nursing school isn't easy, period. Its a lot of work, no social life, a lot of sleepless nights and meals on the run - if you're not 110% dedicated and focused you probably won't make it. I was in a bi-level nursing program and if you didn't score 85% or better in each course for the LPN year then you were not allowed to continue to the RN classes. We took Med-Surg 1 and 2 in the same semester, I received an 84.4 in Med-Surg 1 and was not allowed to continue on to my RN year because this was considered a C. A lot of people didn't study as much as they should have, they slacked off and I didn't feel bad for them when they weren't allowed to continue. I was very dissapointed when I wasn't allowed to go on, I ran on no sleep most nights because of all of the tests and clinical paperwork, I did the best I could and was very upset at the results I received. We were listening to 8 hour lectures, would study all night, and the next morning take a test over the previous day's material before we started a new lecture and did it all over again - and this was EVERY DAY. Most of what I heard from people who were already working in health care as techs or as nurses who bridged was that it was more difficult to learn some of the material by the book when they are so used to doing things the "real world" way. Book answers never quite match up to how things are done in the real world and if you are already used to doing them the real world way then its easy to become confused when it comes taking tests on the book way of doing things.
Last edit by Hkroeck on Aug 16, '12