Are your fellow classmates really serious about nursing? - page 3

I'm taking my pre-reqs in order to apply to the ADN program July 06. I'm in Beginning Algebra along with 5 other pre-nursing majors (class of 17) and I feel like I'm the only one really serious about... Read More

  1. by   Carebear77
    Also, (forgot to say this) if they are like this in school with a "I don't care" attitude, what will they be like when/if they become a nurse. They better take a look if this is what they really want.
  2. by   Micci
    From my experience, those who don't really want to get into nursing will not get into the program, because they will drop the idea somewhere between A&P and microbiology. If they don't, they usually don't get the grades they need. You have to really want it to persevere in these classes.

    In my CNA class, there was a young guy who every other week wanted to be something else. He was going to be a pilot and a nurse, then a travelling nurse, then he was going to become a nurse then a cop, then it was real estate and nursing..etc. His parents were rich and they were paying for his ongoing education and living expenses. Nice kid, but I think in the long run he was mostly just goofing around in school because he was getting a free ride. I doubt he will become a nurse.

    On the other hand, I also met a student who has a 4.0 gpa and got into the nursing program. Then dropped after a month. I get madder when I hear about drop outs who wasted a spot in the program, then I do about those who say they want to be nurses, but don't do the work needed to get into the program. I wish our college would bring back the LPN program, because I think it would trim down the ADN program list.
  3. by   FNPhopeful
    (in response to a previous post) Well, no offense but some of us do like the idea of the money or salary we will be paid. I for sure wouldnt be wasting my time going to get my bachelors degree (when I have small children I could be spending time with) if it was a job that wasnt going to pay well. There's a reason nurses get paid so well. Its takes perseverance, dedication, and smarts to get this degree. I dont really see nursing as something thats going to be exhilirating- I picture long hard stressful hours. But I want to give my kids a good future (which is partly fueled by money) and get to the job I really want as a primary care giver or nurse practitioner.
    Please dont take this a negative, Im simply being honest. Everyone is entitled to their own reasoning, and that doesnt mean I cant do well as an RN in the mean time. I have been working my butt off in school for years to reach this goal and I have many reasons for choosing nursing, but I have to say the "money" is one of the main reasons.

    -Jasmine
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from Micci
    From my experience, those who don't really want to get into nursing will not get into the program, because they will drop the idea somewhere between A&P and microbiology. If they don't, they usually don't get the grades they need. You have to really want it to persevere in these classes.

    In my CNA class, there was a young guy who every other week wanted to be something else. He was going to be a pilot and a nurse, then a travelling nurse, then he was going to become a nurse then a cop, then it was real estate and nursing..etc. His parents were rich and they were paying for his ongoing education and living expenses. Nice kid, but I think in the long run he was mostly just goofing around in school because he was getting a free ride. I doubt he will become a nurse.

    On the other hand, I also met a student who has a 4.0 gpa and got into the nursing program. Then dropped after a month. I get madder when I hear about drop outs who wasted a spot in the program, then I do about those who say they want to be nurses, but don't do the work needed to get into the program. I wish our college would bring back the LPN program, because I think it would trim down the ADN program list.
    Half way through the course many of them will also have dropped....it's always crazy in the beginning of the semester. Cellphones going off...yacking when the teacher is talking etc. Bummin' scantrons. My Chem classes were chaotic especially the lab part. But after a couple of tests it gets better, the duds have been weeded out and the rest is hanging "quietly" on to their grades for dear life. If you have a high grade out of a sudden nobody bothers you about anything anymore. It's already happening in my current class. It's gotten so much "quieter"
    Just my , personal experience
  5. by   Nursebaby23
    It is hard being an LPN in a RN program because you KNOW the ones who absolutely won't cut it as a nurse; the ones who are always more focused on themselves and talk about themselves all of the time, the ones who think nursing is a "cute" and "pretty" profession, the ones who are only focused on making good money because they have been laid off of an industrial job, "smart mouths" that know more than the instructor, and the ones who DON"T have to work and have time to memorize the textbook but in no way, shape, or form can put the knowledge to use! I graduated from a LPN program where we had to wear nursing caps at clinical (this has only been 3 years ago!) and taught us the sense of PRIDE that accompanies the nursing profession. They just don't teach that anymore. No one can truly understand nursing unless they can appreciate the profession and appreciate what it means to be a nurse.
  6. by   J-9TylerTexas
    Hmm... I'm definitely going into nursing for the money! Shoot, if I didn't want more money for my family I'd sit home and watch TV all day instead. :P
    However, healthcare, medicine, nursing in general is all I've really ever been interesting in *doing* and as I get older I really feel compelled to do something for society. I worked in an ER for several years just as a secretary, but I saw enough and did enough to know what nursing is like at times. (pretty darn rough) I'm also one of those geeks that loves to watch Trauma, Life in the ER, Paramedics, and ALL those shows on Discovery Health that cover every strange illness known to man, so I'd say it's more than the money, though that is a factor. I can't justify spending all this money and time in college and not coming away with a degree that I can help support my family with. In fact it'd be ludicrous to do so. I spose some folks can afford to get an education and go into nursing for 100% altruistic reasons but I'm not really one of them.

    Anyone else love those shows? Freaks everyone else in the house out, but I think my son likes them, he's just about 5 and sits around watching (the less gorey ones) with me, asks questions, knows what a brain looks like, knows what a stroke and a heart attack is.... hehe.

    J-9
  7. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from J-9TylerTexas
    Hmm... I'm definitely going into nursing for the money! Shoot, if I didn't want more money for my family I'd sit home and watch TV all day instead. :P
    However, healthcare, medicine, nursing in general is all I've really ever been interesting in *doing* and as I get older I really feel compelled to do something for society. I worked in an ER for several years just as a secretary, but I saw enough and did enough to know what nursing is like at times. (pretty darn rough) I'm also one of those geeks that loves to watch Trauma, Life in the ER, Paramedics, and ALL those shows on Discovery Health that cover every strange illness known to man, so I'd say it's more than the money, though that is a factor. I can't justify spending all this money and time in college and not coming away with a degree that I can help support my family with. In fact it'd be ludicrous to do so. I spose some folks can afford to get an education and go into nursing for 100% altruistic reasons but I'm not really one of them.

    Anyone else love those shows? Freaks everyone else in the house out, but I think my son likes them, he's just about 5 and sits around watching (the less gorey ones) with me, asks questions, knows what a brain looks like, knows what a stroke and a heart attack is.... hehe.

    J-9
    Our teacher said that if you cannot stand watching Discovery Health shows don't get into nursing!!!! I watch them and got hooked when I was forced to spent weeks in bed after my numerous surgeries before I decided to get into the profession. I love Dr. G....she is hardcore but fabulous!
    Talking about money...sure I also want to get into the profession for the money, what is wrong with making lots of money???? This is America, isn't it? The land of opportunities....take it from this immigrant When it's all said and done I want a blue corvette with shiny wheels.
    God Bless America!
  8. by   Carebear77
    Quote from stpauligirl
    Our teacher said that if you cannot stand watching Discovery Health shows don't get into nursing!!!! I watch them and got hooked when I was forced to spent weeks in bed after my numerous surgeries before I decided to get into the profession. I love Dr. G....she is hardcore but fabulous!
    Talking about money...sure I also want to get into the profession for the money, what is wrong with making lots of money???? This is America, isn't it? The land of opportunities....take it from this immigrant When it's all said and done I want a blue corvette with shiny wheels.
    God Bless America!
    I agree...if you can't watch those shows w/o being totally disgusted by them, then it isn't for you.
    This is all I EVER watch on t.v., I'm such a nerd.
    THe other night I was watching a VERY graphic autopsy(it didn't blur out a thing) and sat there eating ice cream during it :chuckle
    That stuff totally gets my attention, I just love watching anything to do about health and medicine.
    I love being in hospitals to (not literally 'in' the hosp. like a patient) but being in the atmosphere. It gives me such a rush, and I just want to watch and learn and I get excited seeing everything and have this "want to help the world" mind set when I'm there.
    I cannot wait to be a nurse, this has always been my life long dream
  9. by   FNPhopeful
    Oh me too I love Discovery Health. My husband is always like "Im trying to eat!". But I just think its so cool. And I know its not realistic but I also love ER. I can rarely stay awake long enough to watch it though.
  10. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    !) Everyone has to learn somewhere.

    2) I was always told there wasn't such thing as a dumb question.

    Thank You!!

    I went in to make sure all of the paperwork was done and everything was ready for my CNA course, as well as getting my HSED today.

    I felt kinda lost.

    I dropped out of highschool in my freshman year. Everyone called me stupid, so I went back, made honor roll for a quarter, and then dropped out again. (I had ALL the answers at that age, apparently).

    That was over 10 years ago. Now that I have a different view on life, I'm going back to get an education. The whole "school" thing is a bit foreign to me. I feel like a fish out of water in this environment, and that doesn't help things! This doesn't mean that I'm not serious about persuing a career in nursing, it just means that I'm new. You'd think that a room full of future nurses would be a pretty helpful environment. (I hope so).
  11. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.
    As for Discovery Health..................Also Guilty!!:chuckle
  12. by   maliat
    This thread is wonderful. This is exactly what I've been thinking this semester. Every class I seem to be in has lots of pre-nursing students. Yes, there are the clueless. But the ones I really worry about the earnest ones, who don't get that they are not getting it in class. These are the ones who drive you crazy with their questions. Especially the ones who don't seem to be listening very well, becuase they keep on asking the instructors to repeat themselves. Sometimes I worry becuase the classes seemed to almost be dumbed down for some of these people. How will things go for me when I'm really in nursing school if I don't have those tough classes now?

    Malia

    PS. Is it just me or is there some sort of thing where all the guys you meet who want to be nurses really want to be CRNAs. No offense to any men who may be reading this.
  13. by   rhp123
    My A&P I class is on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. All my classmates have full-time jobs and are very serious about study.

    Imagine who will attend class on Friday night and Saturday afternoon if they are not serious.

    But the competition for good grades is so intense in this class. For those who are with not serious classmates, it is a good thing for you. I am stressed from the competition from my classmates, not from the class itself.

    But luckily I got 94 on the first lecture exam. Another very serious classmate got 88. She looked pretty good at first when she thought she was the hiighest score, cause if one gets the highest score in the class, even with 88, she could still get an A. But after she knew my grade, she looked really feeling bad and another girl had to comfort her.

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