EVERY program, whether nursing, business administration, engineering, what have you, has bad apple teachers, Mish. This is an unfortunate, but nevertheless, immutable fact of life. In the end, your program is what you make of it, and you made it.
However, I have to come down solidly in Jane's court here.
Many of the modern-day nursing students I've seen do NOT take their program seriously, do NOT put enough effort into studying and spend way too much time on the social circuit, both in an out of school.
And then they wonder "why" they are failing (or have failed.)
I've spoken to many "old-skool" nurses (many are here on ALLNurses) who tell me that nursing school today is a peach in comparison to what they went through.
Calculators in pharmacology? Not on your life! Tests with 70-100 questions? In their dreams maybe...more like 200 questions.
I spoke with an "old-skool" RN who said to me (in response to an NCLEX question), "Hours? No, honey. When I sat for the NCLEX it was DAYS."
Sorry, but the dumbing-down of our schools has produced nothing but...well, dumb kids! It's time we demand they step up and accept responsibility for their education or "get out of the kitchen" so-to-speak.
Nursing school, as we ALL know SO well, is no walk in the park.
You cannot just "toss" your books in the corner and turn on the TV when you get home, which many STILL do, even when faced with the realization that this program is going to be TOUGH.
And like Jane said, you can WANT to be a nurse all you want; doesn't mean you have what it TAKES to be one!
Hell, I wanted to be Rod Stewart.
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hey, I just re-read my post. Man, I sound like a total bi**h. Sorry, didn't mean it to come out as a negative. I just think the nursing shortage is a massive problem, so I get all churned up about it.