Is it Just me or is school too easy?

  1. Ok, a little history.. 1. I'm a second degree nursing student. 2. I'm 35 and male. 3. I was a teacher in a former "life".

    Ok, is it just me, or is this whole thing about nursing school being "hard" and "difficult" and "the hardest thing you've ever done", just a buncha folks trying to scare me? I've had first tests in every class ( taking 10 hrs, working 30 outside medical field) and they've all been high B's or low A's. In the past, I've done horribly on first tests and then had to work all semester to bring my grades up. It seems like if this is the "hard" stuff, that the rest should be pretty easy or at least not as hard as the rest. Am I totally wrong on this? Let me know!

    Thanks for reading....

    Richard
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  3. by   Tweety
    Everybody's different. Nursing school was an easy A for me as far as the tests went. What made it the most difficult thing I've every done was the amount of time it took while I worked full time. It took every ounce of strength and energy I had those two years.

    Kudos to you for finding it easy. I hope it stays that way for you.
  4. by   richardjboro1
    right, i'm not saying it's not hard timewise. But, it just seems the knowledge part of it is easier than I was led to believe. Anyway I guess I'm good with time management so far. Thanks for the thoughts.

    R
  5. by   PMFB-RN
    I found my RN program pretty easy and managed to work full time (as an LPN) while getting my RN. Only micro was challenging for me. I think it had a lot to do with the very good LPN school I went to (US Army 91-C school at Ft. Lewis!).
    That said, I am now in a training program for new grads going directly into the SICU and I am finding it very challenging and I have to work my butt off to keep up.
  6. by   locolorenzo22
    Ok, school's not that bad for me so far. The next 3 weeks I think will make or break a lot of people. Here's what it looks like.

    For our Seminar(legal/basis) course, we are covering the theory foundation of Nursing practice, Professional nursing roles, then our 1st (of 2) exams covering everything we've covered so far.

    For our lecture in our intro to nursing class, we have 3 weeks of online-only content that we are responsible for. (watching videos/lectures/visiting websites/etc.) When we come back, on same day as seminar test, we have test over ALL online content(and only 50?s so who know what they'll ask...)
    Then we cover Growth/development/loss/death/greiving all on same day....

    For Lab, we have to do ALL demos required by clinical start(10/13).
    We do Documentation, Radiology, & Imagery next week. On the 6th we have our lab test over ALL our lab content, and have to do "well elderly interviews with LTC volunteers that are coming out to campus". Then on the 13th, we start clincals....at least we're not doing those along with everything else!!

    So, it's going to be a busy 3 weeks for sure, everyone's going to need to find time. At least I'm not working yet, but once I start, mornings will be heavy schoolwork, 4-12 will be work, and then class times as well.....

    WHEW! Ok, so I'm of the arguement that it takes a lot of time but if you put in the work, it should translate over to the classroom.
  7. by   chelli73
    School would have been alot easier for me if I didn't HATE school so much!!! During my second year of the ADN pgm, I came to the earth shattering realization (a real "Ophra moment") that I in fact DID NOT like classroom stucture!!!! Or instructors, or the crummy desks, the smells of classrooms, other people distracting me, etc. Once I faced facts, however, it really helped to get me through it all...Nice to know it comes easy for you...Continued success!!!!
  8. by   traumaRUs
    I think much depends on several factors:

    1. Your innate learning style - probably as a teacher already, you had solid background taking tests and studying.

    2. Previous knowledge. When I went to the ADN program, I was already an LPN and yes, I did find it easy. However, when I did my post-MSN program, I specifically chose clinical experiences where I had no experience in order to make it more challenging.

    3. As an adult learner, you already have well-developed organizational skills.
  9. by   bethem
    No problems for me either. I never went to lectures (I get more out of self-directed study) and I didn't have to have my nose in the books for hours. I tended to not study till the end of a course, because then I had complete pictures instead of dribs and drabs.

    I have made this disclaimer in another thread: The way we study nursing in Australia seems a lot less pressured than the way you guys study.
  10. by   Reno1978
    I just had my first test of my nursing program in my theory class on Wednesday. This is the class that everyone said to watch out for. I was stressed because everyone built up how hard it was. Yes, I studied. Yes, I read the required readings. Yes, I took notes in class. Ya know...normal student stuff. The test was easy for me. I ended up with an A. I didn't find it that difficult. With that being said, there were 21 A's out of 48 students. Three students got less than a 75%, which is considered failing.
  11. by   smk1
    I made staright "A's" my first quarter as well and so far have not gotten less tahn 90% on anything this quarter, but I can tell that it already is a bit more difficult academically, and looking through the readings of what is to come this quarter, I expect it to be a bit more challenging along the way. I have heard that every quarter gets harder. 1st quarter was not academically hard (inmho) it was a lesson in time management because there was so much to do. I worked 15 hours per week and have a little one and am married with other responsibilities so it was difficult at times to juggle, but I did fine. I am hoping that everything else well through this process too!
  12. by   Annointed_RNStudent
    A lot depends on the program, here in my program, test average are supposed to be between 77-82. A lot depends on the instructors, their philosphy on teaching etc. Some are definetly better than others! Here in our program no one has made an A in the whole 40 yrs it's been there, and that came from the Dean. There was one person who made A's in the LPN program, but wasn't able to cut it in the profession and quit. So consider yourself lucky.
  13. by   agent
    depends on your school.. i went from a second degree/career 4.0 to struggling to get b's and c's
  14. by   cardiacRN2006
    I found NS school easy also. I got straight A's throughout, and only 2 of us got A's in the last semester. NCLEX was easy also. I worked full time at the hospital the whole time. I think for those who already work in the field or who already have other degrees it may be easier. The hardest part was getting to the hospitals at 0630. That's too early!

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