Here is the reality: people that run nursing schools
are the least supportive people in the know.
Here is the other reality: People who teach nursing school
you're going to find a few that will want you to succeed.
Here is some more reality: its pretty much all a freaking joke and now I will say why...
Ok so I'm a second degree nurse, took till I was 30+ to say hey I like to wipe peoples buts and get paid for it. But in the first degree I did something called greek life. Were people attempt to be BAMF and in reality they're not. After a while you get to notice who and what is full of well fecal matter and those that will point out reality. Most of it is fecal matter. In nursing we taught the idea of educating the patient, empowering the patient, but if you were to take some of...well .... majority of programs you would be right to question why does it seem like everyone is a jerk?
Honestly I sat in the back got my A's, did all my projects within the first two weeks of school and coasted. If I could sum up my nursing school experience it was: "cut the (rhymes with dishes) and fix it with stiches". oh to be 19 and female...well 19...I'm a guy so never did the female thing, yet here it is nursing school is a bunch of fear.
Youre going to leave there once you graduate and take a test that only a nurse two weeks out of school is going to know the answers; hopefuly. Half the teachers have no clue what they are doing and even more so on the advisors, and don't get me started on ATI/HESI. Advisors tell you one thing and wait you're two semesters past that class. Be smart. Read the student hand guide, guide yourself through the process, and rely on yourself. ...but above all else here is one tid-bit of advise....never get an education that is going to cost you 100k$.
Here is another little nursing school rhyme "C's are degrees". No one ask when you get that shinny RN license (its not shinny and in most cases the only shinny thing your going to get is a pin from school that youre going to lose so don't spend the money on it) where you went. As long as you can tell a crappy situation, AdPIE (assess, diagnosis, plan, implement, and evaluate) your way out of situations, and know when to ask for help you'll be fine.
I was just thrown two student nurses last week that verbalized every fear in the nursing handbook, yet when I sat them down out in the patient lounge and said "hit me with your worst fears" it came down to hear-say and things I remember being told in nursing school that were like Greek fairly tails that once someone stopped them from focusing on monster on the wall it was just a shadow of a tree.