What's nursing school like? - page 5

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   Adam D. RN2005
    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?
    I didn't feel outnumbered at all. But there were plenty of times when I felt overwhelmed. And there were several times that my anxiety got knocked into highgear.
    And I definately did feel the stress. There will be times that you go home and cry because you're so stressed out. Take up Yoga. And make time for you. Because nursing school will take a strain on your mental health.
    And be prepared for the unexpected. Like a patient you researched one way makes a turn for the worst and everything you knew gets thrown out the window. Remain calm when you're patient's BP is 220/130. They need you to be calm.
    Don't bring your patients home with you, leave them at the hospital. Not only does it mean that you will be taking care of them for 24 hours instead of eight, You won't have time to pee, eat, or sleep. Seriously, leave them at the hosipital because it will wear on you. I had a pt die on me, and I brought them home with me. I took it very hard. And was extremely upset for an entire weekend. Forget what you see in the hospital when you leave. It is better for you emotionally.
    And don't take things personally. In the heat of the moment, people will say things that they don't mean.
    But most of all, keep your sense of humor, you'll need it. And use your support system, because you will definately need it.

    Good Luck.

    Adam
  2. by   SteveNNP
    Hi!

    I felt the need to contribute, as someone who graduated a mere month and a half ago from a BSN program. The past four years have been the most challenging and fun yet. I don't miss the hundreds of hours I must have spent working on the care plans and clinical write-ups you will never even see in the "real world." Having been homeschooled all of my education up until college, I wasn't sure I was ready for organized education, eg college. While the biology, A&P and chemistry classes were hard the first year, every year brought its own challenges, You just need to be ready for a new challenge. it may not be solving a chemistry equation, but basing your clinical interventions on your developing assessment results. I was one of 2 guys in my class. We're best friends, and even work at the same hospital now. Even though you will hear that things taught in school are different in the real world, don't brush them off. Old nurses haven't learned some of the new tricks we are taught now. Focus on what's best for YOUR patient, not what's most convenient. I am a Neonatal ICU nurse, and I love it. Preemies are the greatest patients. Even as a guy I melt at the sight of those incredibly fragile patients. It makes me want to be super-vigilant and give the best care. In adult care, you often let things slide that you don't feel are important. In NICU, you HAVE to give it all! I am so paranoid about giving drugs to these kids. I gave 0.085 mg of morphine the other day, the average adult dose is 4-12mg. The challenge and awesome responsibility of all this is why I still love nursing. School was hard, I still have the occasional bad day, and the pay is somewhat crappy in my area, but the rewards of seeing that baby who wouldn't be there without the care you gave it for months go home with their parents. THAT will make a grown man cry!!

    Well, I've digressed from the original post, but I hope this gives you some encouragment. Keep going. It's hard, but the choices and rewards of nursing are limitless!!

    Take care!

    Steve RN
  3. by   Jul2bRN
    Thanks stevern21,
    I just read your post because I'm trying to prepare for NS this fall and am trying to get some tips. After reading your post, it made me remember why I am putting myself through all this hardship with what seems like never-ending challenges. Your post makes me remember why I wanted to become a nurse in the first place and hopefully in a couple of years I will get to experience the joys you are getting as an RN too.
  4. by   SteveNNP
    I actually got a little misty reading that post I wrote as a new grad almost 3 years ago.... a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then...
  5. by   rddsnurse
    Quote from framps
    Also, the testing format is just plain odd. All of our tests are given NCLEX style. I find that it doesn't seem to matter if I study or not. The q's are old NCLEX questions so they don't necessarily correlate with the lecture notes or the texts.
    And neither do the current NCLEX questions if the LVN test was any depiction. Even the one cut and dry question on my test, the learned answer was not there, you had to make the leap.
  6. by   sistasoul
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    What is nursing school like? It horrible!! It's constant assault on your self esteem with nothing but negative reinforcement. On the bright side, only 20 days to go ....

    -S
    I am a female and I 100% agree with your post. I have 7 days left to go.

    My CI drove me to almost withdrawing last Wednesday. At this point I only had 15 days to go. We all know how hard NS is and for me to want to withdraw after going through almost 2 years you know I was under tremendous emotional stress. Thank God the Director of the program stood by me and had my CI call me up and have me come back.
    This CI had me in tears at least 7 times in Clinical. I have never been harrassed like this before.
    I don't know if I would do nursing school again if I had known it was going to be like this.
  7. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    First semester winding down and it's not that bad, IMO.

    It is a lot of work but isn't any harder than the other subjects I've studied. It's not easy but I don't find it to be that hard.

    We're fortunate to have a terrific clinical instructor and awesome resource nurses on our clinical floor.

    We're in a DEMSN program so that may be part of why my experience is atypical.

    Steve, you're half my age but I find you to be an inspiration. I've read many more of your posts than I've responded to.
  8. by   mlblmt
    I just started my first week of Nursing school and it's been utter chaos! I'm taking a pharmacology class online, and of the 4 classes I'm taking, it's the only one for which I've been able to access the syllabus and other course materials. I truly hate going into a new class "cold" but what can you do. I'm taking night/weekend classes which was a spur of the moment last minute decision that occurred during orientation a month ago. I've been chomping at the bit to get started and now that it's here I'm scared *********!!! Interestingly, posts from a few years ago lamented the lack of testosterone in class, but not my school. Perhaps because its the night/weekend track, but 60% of my class of about 24 is male. For this term, of 96 admitted, a LEAST 40% of the total enrollment is male. The one constant I've found in my journey to nursing school is that nothing is as bad as its rumored to be......it's MUCH, MUCH worse! In 16 months when this part of my journey has ended, I hope to look back and still be able to identify with the idealistic, hopeful, energetic, eager to learn and to help person that I am today. Not only to identify with, but to BE that person, only matured, refined and a nurse!
    Last edit by mlblmt on May 6, '08
  9. by   K. Murphy SPN
    I'm a 20 yr old student attending Rasmussen College formerly known as webster, the first semester wasnt too bad i had a 3.4, the 2nd semester which just passed was 7 classes and an online class. You have to maintain a 78% or better or you get kicked out of the program. I had a 3.1 by the end. I was so drained and burnt out from studying by the end. and it is going to be alot of: WORK,TIME,MONEY,FOOD, AND REDBULL for one year. I am going for my LPN, and have less that 5 months left. I am excited about starting OB, PEDS, AND MED SURG. I AND II. You have to completely change your lifestyle if you want to succeed.
  10. by   nads786
    honestly... alot easier then i thought, the tests are pretty easy if you are good at science and are a good test taker

    however, its alot of work, alot of bs busy work

    and clinicals are on the difficult side, there is a lot to know, but its not hard stuff

    I also agree with other posters, that i do miss having other guys in my classes, its quite different
  11. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from nads786
    however, its alot of work, alot of bs busy work
    Amen to that!!

    I also agree with other posters, that i do miss having other guys in my classes, its quite different
    I kinda like being the only guy in my group.
  12. by   nads786
    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    Amen to that!!



    I kinda like being the only guy in my group.

    well me and my really good friend are in it, and sometimes we feel like outcasts....

    maybe it would have been different if i went into nursing school not knowing anybody
  13. by   RedBrick
    I have another semester to go. This has been the most challenging thing I have undertaken. It has forced me to explore ways to increase my self-esteem, which is a very good thing. We are tested, in one way or another, just about every day. It can be exhausting. The sad thing is, before NS began I was very enthusiastic about nursing, but I can't say I feel the same way today.

    Quote from sistasoul
    I am a female and I 100% agree with your post. I have 7 days left to go.

    My CI drove me to almost withdrawing last Wednesday. At this point I only had 15 days to go. We all know how hard NS is and for me to want to withdraw after going through almost 2 years you know I was under tremendous emotional stress. Thank God the Director of the program stood by me and had my CI call me up and have me come back.
    This CI had me in tears at least 7 times in Clinical. I have never been harrassed like this before.
    I don't know if I would do nursing school again if I had known it was going to be like this.

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