What's nursing school like? - page 4

I'm working on my prereqs and hope to attend a nursing school next fall. What can I expect? Do you feel overwhelmed and outnumbered at times?... Read More

  1. by   Daytonite
    Quote from bloviate
    Go to med school!
    I had two college friends that went on to med school. It was incredibly stressful. You're talking about 4 years of school, plus at least 3 years of a residency where you earn practically nothing and work double shifts almost every day. If you don't have a spouse or a family to financially and emotionally support you and stick with you for the whole 7 (more like 10) years, forget it.
  2. by   gwt
    Nursing school is a lot like bootcamp, except you spend at least 20 hours per week typing, 20 driving and getting the laundry done when you can!
  3. by   fethahed
    Quote from gwt
    Nursing school is a lot like bootcamp, except you spend at least 20 hours per week typing, 20 driving and getting the laundry done when you can!
    I wouldnt say it was like boot camp... i think its much more difficult and i can say so because i been through both ( well going through nursing school now), boot camp is easy as long as your physically fit but nursing school is hours of mentally and physically draining studying and drilling things into your brains and critical thinking...its fun though and im sure it will all be well worth it in the end!!!
  4. by   ranxerox
    Quote from fethahed
    I wouldnt say it was like boot camp... i think its much more difficult and i can say so because i been through both ( well going through nursing school now), boot camp is easy as long as your physically fit but nursing school is hours of mentally and physically draining studying and drilling things into your brains and critical thinking...its fun though and im sure it will all be well worth it in the end!!!

    Well I made a mistake and thought that it was an intellectual, academic environment....

    When they say they like questions = stop asking so many questions.

    The first round was kicked out for low test scores, fluids and electrolytes got a lot of people. Everyone else seems to be getting kicked from the clinicals.

    You will not get the information that you think you need or deserve...when are the tests/classes, what they will cover, when can I re-take my skills lab.

    You will be asked questions that you never had the information for, or the answer that you memorized won't be a choice, or the 'right answer' directly contradicts the book.

    The clinical instructors are all crazy....I mean that with respect of course, and they can and will kick you out for arbitrary reasons.

    It is not a...if I study hard I will get through this. It's a 'if I study hard, I'm lucky, I'm a good clinician, and my clinical instructors like ( believe in ) me I'll get through this.

    I hope this wasn't too sardonic, and it helps. I wish I knew this before I started.
  5. by   Kabin
    Quote from ranxerox
    Well I made a mistake and thought that it was an intellectual, academic environment....

    When they say they like questions = stop asking so many questions.

    The first round was kicked out for low test scores, fluids and electrolytes got a lot of people. Everyone else seems to be getting kicked from the clinicals.

    You will not get the information that you think you need or deserve...when are the tests/classes, what they will cover, when can I re-take my skills lab.

    You will be asked questions that you never had the information for, or the answer that you memorized won't be a choice, or the 'right answer' directly contradicts the book.

    The clinical instructors are all crazy....I mean that with respect of course, and they can and will kick you out for arbitrary reasons.

    It is not a...if I study hard I will get through this. It's a 'if I study hard, I'm lucky, I'm a good clinician, and my clinical instructors like ( believe in ) me I'll get through this.

    I hope this wasn't too sardonic, and it helps. I wish I knew this before I started.
    Yikes, I'd run run from that program.
  6. by   Euskadi1946
    You haven't lived or died until you've gone through nursing school and taken NCLEX. Every nurse has EARNED their title whether it's RN or LPN, trust me.
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    I'd take Boot Camp over Nursing School anyday! LOL

    Life was so much more simpler :chuckle
  8. by   evans_c1
    Some people honestly are not cut out for any nursing program. I only work part time 16 hrs a week on a med surg unit and go full time at school and it just drains me! It is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting...but its worth it in the end. It sux that we dont have lives at all while in school too.
  9. by   titohan
    Quote from Doug85
    I'm working on my prereqs and hope to attend a nursing school next fall. What can I expect? Do you feel overwhelmed and outnumbered at times?
    on your first day in nursing school, you will literally feel your head begin to swell from all the info that is thrown @ you. your first day of nursing school will mark the beginning of a very intimate relationship with your books. You will love your books, you will care for them, and you will not let them go (except when you graduate).

    Nursing school is rough, tough, but worth it, as they all say

    Don't let our replies scare you. It's is an awesome challenge!!!
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from ranxerox
    Well I made a mistake and thought that it was an intellectual, academic environment....

    When they say they like questions = stop asking so many questions.

    The first round was kicked out for low test scores, fluids and electrolytes got a lot of people. Everyone else seems to be getting kicked from the clinicals.

    You will not get the information that you think you need or deserve...when are the tests/classes, what they will cover, when can I re-take my skills lab.

    You will be asked questions that you never had the information for, or the answer that you memorized won't be a choice, or the 'right answer' directly contradicts the book.

    The clinical instructors are all crazy....I mean that with respect of course, and they can and will kick you out for arbitrary reasons.

    It is not a...if I study hard I will get through this. It's a 'if I study hard, I'm lucky, I'm a good clinician, and my clinical instructors like ( believe in ) me I'll get through this.

    I hope this wasn't too sardonic, and it helps. I wish I knew this before I started.


    :stone 4 Words


    Run for your life
  11. by   Ingo456
    Quote from Doug85
    I'm working on my prereqs and hope to attend a nursing school next fall. What can I expect? Do you feel overwhelmed and outnumbered at times?

    What can you expect? Where the hell do I begin. First off all lets talk about the people you will be dealling with perticulartly your classmates. Women will talk about you stab you in the back tell on you and so on. Use them only for study parteners. DO NOT get intimatlly involved with them. I graduated out of a class of 12. 3 were guys and the rest were women. I have come to dislike maybe even hate all the women except for like 1 or 2. Next the constant assult on your self esteem. Basically the school i went to the teachers in the begining had this mentality of if your were not born a nurse then you should not be a nurse. Next the amount of material is colosal. No way to put it all in your head. Next item is the clinicals i hope you are prepare to wipe ass give bed baths and showers, insert folies deal with crazy people give shots, start IV and see peple in alot of pain. NOw if you can get through all that and still want to be a nurse there is a great pay off at the end. You make a difference in peples life every day and save lives everyday.
  12. by   RudyMvp1
    Im done with Pre-reqs and now on the waiting list, looks like i will get in in Fall of 06, maybe Summer 06. In meantime i just have to take Microbiology and I will have all the Gen. Ed. classes done for a ADN.
    When I start Nursing School I will have 2 classes per term, 1 class 3 days per week lecture and the other is a clinical 2 days a week.

    From what Ive heard in here is that Nursing School is pretty freaking hard and I can understand that, now problem there,,,but what I cant stand are snobby @#*$%& instructors. How do you people handle these teachers?
    In one of my pre-req classes the teacher was all over my case and yelled at me in front of the whole class because I wiped my hands dry and didnt PLOT my hands dry. This was a 1 credit class and we spent a whole week on how to CLEAN OUR FREAKING HANDS! Basically when she yelled at me,,,I was this close to just losing it :angryfire !!!!!

    It was totally uncalled for and I think the only reason she yelled at me cuz I was a guy and shes a 60 yr old hag lol After I got an "A" in the class I went straight to the DEAN lol. (I was very calm since 4 weeks had passed when she REAMED me a new one in front of everybody.)
    I just told the Dean it was emabrassing, uncalled for,,,and pissed me off!!! :chuckle
    I also told him I didn't want to make a big deal over it, just that this is a community college,,,not ROMPER ROOM. I can handle tough classes where teachers are fair and treat you like a PERSON, but when someone tries to bring me down or intimidate me or attack my self-esteem,,,I GET PISSED!!!!
    :angryfire
    Please tell me that Nursing instructors are halfway cool and not PRICKS like the one I had!!!
    If they are mostly PRICKS,,then I guess I will be getting alot of 77%'s :chuckle
  13. by   JohnRN04
    Quote from Doug85
    I'm working on my prereqs and hope to attend a nursing school next fall. What can I expect? Do you feel overwhelmed and outnumbered at times?
    NURSING SCHOOL IS HELL.

    OUTNUMBERED? not so much but sometimes (a lot of times) I missed the testosterone. I had to tone it down quite a bit. Also learn this: Men are different from women, not better. But anyway...i do miss having guys around. I'm not gay. No offense to gay guys...or girls

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