I just got accepted into my college's nursing program for Fall '07. I'm going to have to quit a job I've been at for ten years in order to go. I hate the job, so I don't think I'll have regrets about that. My big concern is what to expect from nursing school
Can anyone give me some idea of what I can expect? Specifically, why does it seem like everyone feels the instructors are worse than Marine drill instructors? Are they mean battle-axes who hate students? Are they looking to fail students?
Also, what exactly are clinicals like? My only understanding of them is that they are days where you go to a hospital and learn by observing and occasionally doing certain tasks.
Finally, and this may be hard to ask without it sounding wrong - are the students who complain how hard it is the ones who don't study as much as they should, or are trying to juggle kids/full-time jobs with the demands of school? I already have a bachelor's degree in business and to be honest I never found college to be extremely difficult. I am single, have relativley few bills, not a lot of distractions from coursework, etc. Do you think this will be a good thing for me?
May 8, '07
Quote from Hopefull2009
School is much more difficult when you have family responsibilities than when you are single. When I was single and going to college, I had the luxury of staying as focused as I want to, and would get my work done quickly and make a decent grade.
When you have a family, especially young children, it's hard to learn difficult concepts and trying to study at home with "Mommy! Mommy" interruption, literally, every 10 minutes. You can't get into "the zone". I have sometimes broken down into tears at how difficult it is.
AND...I don't start the RN program until this Fall.
I think what will make nursing school so difficult (and this is my novice, pre-assessment), is that you are dealing with facts and concepts of which you have zero background on and the information is 100% new.
For example, if you take Nursing Math, you took Math in high school or at some point in your life, so you are learning to apply what you mostly know in a new way. Same thing with Chemistry...mostly math, applied in a new way.
Now take Pharmacology...how many drugs have you actually had to consider all of the uses for and how they affect the body, allergies, etc. None right?
THAT, I believe, is the challenge, not to mention the pace.
I feel that people that fail nursing school, go into it thinking it's like any other major, you show up, listen to lecture, take a few tests. It's not. I believe that the people that recognize it for what it is, are the most successful and complete the program.
Never thought of it like that. It's all about reinforcing new information. If you just study or take notes without fully grasping and understanding, then I think you would have a hard time in nursing school. It's really about application of what you are being taught. I really do see it as steps, one applies to the other. Wthout understanding the previous step you will become frustrated with your current process. Seems like from what I am hearing about from previous students and on this board, is everything is in relation to one another. Thanks for that post Hopeful, it was great.
Last edit by Cherish on May 8, '07
May 8, '07
Do not think that because you have a degree, the program will be easy. Trust me, I have classmates with Chemistry, Engineering, and Computer degrees and they struggle, if not do worse than, other students. It is a different type of process. You have to combine several fields of knowlege and use them to restore patients' health, or help them finish their lives with dignity and compassion. If you go into nursing "just for the money" you will probably hate your job. You're asked to make life and death decisions, not make mistakes, and wipe fecal matter off someone's hiney at the same time. But, I love school and the hospital I work at as an aide. The way I got a grip on the nursing process and did well from my very first exam on is to get an NCLEX study guide. It really gears you up for critical thinking and the nursing process. Good luck and enjoy class. I have found my positive attitude helps a great deal.
Last edit by Kim O'Therapy on May 8, '07