I am getting really nervous about changing careers into Nursing. I keep hearing these nasty stories about Nursing Programs
in general and how they are nasty to students, fail people at the last possible moment so they don't graduate, put people through H*ll just to get them to quit and so on. Can anyone tell me what Nursing school was like for them? It is just freaking me out a little since I am "older" and am taking a huge financial hit in the Fall of 08 to attend school. I am tired of saying "I should have been a nurse" and this is it for me, if I don't do it now I know myself and I'll never do it. I have done as much as possible to prepare myself (except for the financial stuff, I'll need loans for sure and am saving as much as possible until I actually quit my job next summer). My DH has said he wishes we actually knew someone who has gone through the program so we could actually find out their opinion and get real insight so I'm turning here in hopes of finding some answers.
Sep 13, '07
There are a few toxic schools where the instructors deliberately try to make students fail. There are instructors that target students for no good reason.
I know it exists, but fortunately it's not all that common considering the hundreds of thousands of us who become nurses.
Most schools are pretty good or at least average. The problem is nursing school is so tough and demanding that there is a high dropout/failure rate. Sometimes bitter students like to blame the school and others, and thus I think nursing school reputations tend to be falsely skewed a bit. Also, some students just squeak by and when they can't sqeak by the last semester they again blame the school. NCLEX is tough, nursing is tough, and only the strong and hardworking survive.
To date nursing school was the toughest thing I've ever done. It's not so hard, and I made A's, but it was just so time consuming (and I worked full time) and tiring.
I had good instructors, and one that wasn't so hot. But for the most part it went rather well.
Last edit by Tweety on Sep 13, '07