Quote from kg1212
I am a pre-nursing student at a university, and I absolutely hate it. I have never disliked a class so much before, which is worrisome. I am in the Honors Program and have always gotten A's no problem throughout high school and during my time so far in college. Calculus was a breeze for me compared to this. I'm not sure what I hate about it, I'm used to taking classes with lots of memorization, but I think the hands on experience of identifying the parts on models is what I really dislike. I'm starting to think I picked a major that does not play upon my strengths, as I am very good at math and english. However, I am very drawn to the field of nursing because I want to help people and there seem to be endless opportunities. Do you think this is a warning sign that nursing is not for me?
The problem may be that identifying the structures involves spatial orientation, and that's probably something you're not used to using in that particular way. Depending upon how your hands-on stuff is organized, you may be stuck learning the body's bits, pieces, and parts and nothing is exactly the way it looks elsewhere in your reference materials. Try to visualize things and relate them to how they all fit together as a system. That system could be their job as flexors, extensors, stabilizers, tubes to move stuff from one place to another... and so on.
Some parts of Anatomy was hard for me too, while some was really easy. Just do your best and try to engage all the ways that adults learn: visual, audio, and tactile/motor. In other words, look at it, tell yourself about it, and (if possible) touch it or point to it while you do the other two things. Anatomy is important, please don't get me wrong on that point, however, physiology is probably more important of the two part of Anatomy & Physiology.
If you have a passion for nursing/medicine, you'll find a way to get through these courses so that you can really start into the meat of the program. A lot of people have struggled through those courses and are now nurses. Don't do yourself a disservice by giving up now unless you have a really, really strong reason for it, and simple dislike of a course or instructor isn't going to be that reason.