Do not underestimate the difficulty level of nursing school... - page 2

by tenjuna | 49,421 Views | 77 Comments

As I am almost done with my first year of my ADN nursing program, I decided to write this article with some thoughts about where I was a year ago. I know I am being overly dramatic here, but hey what the hell may as well put... Read More


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    Really liked this post thank you. Now my 2cents: My wife is an RN a great nurse I learned alot from her, she did not make the best grades in school. Grades are not everything. Just keep busting your butt in school, your teachers see this. Im in an LPN program now after my kids are all in school. I worked as a tech/ CNA/ ward clerk/ EKG tech/ EMT it has been a long road but finally in Nursing school. I am just as passionette now as I was then. Glad to be taking the next challenge. Im not super smart but what I have learned is common sence and good PT. care will get you very far.
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    Quote from ebinbrooklyn
    For those who touched upon critical thinking skills, do you have any books or exercises that you felt helped you with that?
    I too would love to hear some recommendations for honing critical thinking!
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    We were talking about ourselves in our new clinical groups yesterday. The whole "Why did you decide to become a nurse?" question popped up again. Then, "what's different about school than you thought?"

    My answer made everyone laugh. "If I had known that it's not just doing all the skills but knowing why I'm doing the skills, I might not have picked this."

    But, it's true. Being a nurse means that you have to see a patient, know what's going on with them and why, based on this, this, this and this. It's so hard to get through all the information and get to the cause. Especially with all the comorbidities out there. I think "critical thinking" is being able to see the picture of the patient, and dissect what's happening, and what's the most important nursing intervention and why.

    I love nursing school. It's amazing. But, it's stinking hard. Great job OP.
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    Thanks for the tips

    But in nursing school aren't there only 2-5 classes per quarter/semester? That isn't a lot...unless they are all very time consuming...but some of the classes you can actually take before entering nursing school right
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    Quote from Elkay
    Thanks for the tips

    But in nursing school aren't there only 2-5 classes per quarter/semester? That isn't a lot...unless they are all very time consuming...but some of the classes you can actually take before entering nursing school right
    A nursing "program" is different than just taking a few maybe-somewhat-related courses. You're in a cohesive program, and they own you and your time My program "owns" me Monday-Friday 8-5. They don't require me to be there all that time, but they can, and can give me as much work as they want. And I'm only taking 9 credits.

    Think med school, law school, etc. Professional training is different than traditional schooling.
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    ^ Yeah....there are only "2-5 classes per semester"..no big deal, right?

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    Oh man...sounds like myself. I also quit my $20+ job 4 days before starting the ADN program. Now I am in my 2nd semester and I dont regret quiting. Yes, it is tough not having an income but I also want to give 100% during thr program.
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    Quote from Elkay
    Thanks for the tips

    But in nursing school aren't there only 2-5 classes per quarter/semester? That isn't a lot...unless they are all very time consuming...but some of the classes you can actually take before entering nursing school right
    You might want to talk to current nursing students if you don't believe that its "TOUGH" and I mean really tough. On a bad day, I study 6hrs. On a really good day, I study 8-10hrs.
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    Inspiring post! We have to have at least an 80 to pass. I'm almost done with the second semester and I swear this one was as hard as all get out.
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    Great post. I am glad I did not know how different NS was before I started as I might of never started. My first semester almost killed me. I cried alot.
    You have to realize it is that they are just not teaching you facts but they are teaching you to think like a nurse. And more than one answer on the test is correct.
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