Do not underestimate the difficulty level of nursing school... - page 3

by tenjuna 48,215 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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    Quote from ebinbrooklyn
    This was a great read--this experience has definitely been a humbling one and I imagine it will be for some time. For those who touched upon critical thinking skills, do you have any books or exercises that you felt helped you with that? I wouldn't say I'm a slouch in that area but if boning up on that before starting my program will help, then I'm glad to do the legwork ahead of time.
    ^Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement...Best Book Ever. Search for it on Google or Amazon. One of my nursing professors gave it to me to assist in my test anxiety many moons ago...made me a better nurse!


    Speaking from a failed nursing school once perspective, "critical thinking" IS a huge part of nursing...bringing those classes from the beginning to the nursing theory; your sciences, English, arts, even philosophy puts its all together...and once you enter the field, there's STILL more learning, even after 2, 5, 10 years and beyond. People who choose to enter this profession must be prepared to continue to learn, and practice as such...nurses who have been in the field will tell you "When you THINK you've seen it all, then you get the pt that will make you think otherwise."

    I suggest for those who are struggling to get those recommended books...pay full price for those, and rent, buy used, or utilize the library-that's what I did when I went back to get my BSN. Those recommended books helped me MORE to bridge the textbook and the lecture.

    As for when I got my Critical thinking book? When I failed ADN school, I went back to a PN program (after I finished my prereq's...took a while lol). That program helped A TON of us with test anxiety. They were focused one king sure we had the "critical thinking" as a base. It helped me succeed when I returned to school to go to the next level.

    See you out there...
    Last edit by LadyFree28 on Mar 28, '13
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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
    Yup, 2 classes for me, yet they are 2 six credit classes. Meaning, its like taking 4 three credit classes. It isn't like taking JUST 2 classes. Its the lecture time, studying, testing etc of 4 classes slammed into one.

    It sure sounds easy to those who think they are only one or two classses ..what's the big deal. Until you are actually buried in those "only" one or two classes you have no idea of the amount of reading, studying etc you will be doing.

    And, my program requires an 80 average in order to be considered passing. Get a 79.9, guess what..you FAILED and do not get to move onto the next class.
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    BRAVO ,Everything you said is correct, I have already told my family I will not be meaning to ignore but patience is what I ask.This is going to be a very stressful road I excell in clincal thinking because I have worked in the Emergency room ,but that does not mean I am safe.It is very competeive all the way through I am much like you an over achiever if I made a low score I would be devastated as well. I manage to bounce back the nursing program usually starts off with a full class but windals down to less than half they do a pretty good job weeding out all the student that do not put in a 100 percent. They also if you are late which I never am will get you kicked out.


    What i recommened
    Never be late this will get you kicked out.
    Do everything three times reading that is on all assighnments I did five times.
    Do everything in advance colleges makes mistakes double check grades and assighment dates.
    Ask a lot questions
    Make sure your paper work to get in is done and make sure you call them personally to make sure they got it . I had to do this twice they lost my paper work.
    Get A back pack rolling bag.
    get the NCLEX now. student has said to start on this right away.
    Study Groups ,Study Groups and oh and Study Grouops no more than 3 people. just because other get distracted and talk about hair nails ect omg REALLY . I have put everything on the back burner, including family ect . I have quit work to study and yes it will be 14 hours a day.
    Good luck to all the nursing students Do not give up.

    I am 43 years old and over achiever.
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    that is right
    Quote from CT Pixie
    Yup, 2 classes for me, yet they are 2 six credit classes. Meaning, its like taking 4 three credit classes. It isn't like taking JUST 2 classes. Its the lecture time, studying, testing etc of 4 classes slammed into one.

    It sure sounds easy to those who think they are only one or two classses ..what's the big deal. Until you are actually buried in those "only" one or two classes you have no idea of the amount of reading, studying etc you will be doing.

    And, my program requires an 80 average in order to be considered passing. Get a 79.9, guess what..you FAILED and do not get to move onto the next class.
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    And that is why you are going to do great it will not be under 100 percent I assure
    Quote from Mina E.
    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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    I did everything you did and worked at a trauma center that is why you will a great nurse good luck
    Quote from Mschwab316
    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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    Thank you so much for the real story! I will remember this...
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    Love this post! Thank you!
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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're in for a surprise lol. You take pre-reqs before entering nursing school, but then you have your actual nursing classes. Yes, I "only" have 3-4 classes every semester. Nursing school however is VERY time consuming. There is a ton of information to learn in two short years to make you a competent nurse.
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    Just the post I needed to hear! Thanks!
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