Nursing School Needs Repair (And Why I Quit) - page 3

I'm a 56 year old former Industrial Engineer and Project Manager who was previously accepted into several accelerated 2nd bachelor degree nursing programs in Florida. Having been a full-time... Read More

  1. by   nursel56
    It's not uncommon for strong personalities with years of experience and high achievement in another discipline to have major difficulties switching to nursing. Hell, I had a hard time switching from fashion display to nursing when I was 19. You need to become teachable and at least consider tabling your expectations and trusting the process. There will probably be a lot you don't like.

    On the plus side, this crossroads will force you to confront the question of how much do you really want this? I think you'd be an asset to the profession, but you have to get here first. Regardless, all honor to you for years of steadfast caregiving to your loved one.
  2. by   Isitpossible
    That was a dumb comment: maybe try psych nursing? clearly OP is not cut out for nursing school. Psych nurses undergo the same training as any other RN and pass the same boards. So what makes "psych nursing" better for the OP. Wrong answer and insult to psych nurses!!!
  3. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    Quote from Emergent
    It sounds to me that you are at a stressful life transition. I don't know if you've just lost your mom, but my sense is that you are grasping toward nursing to fill an emotional void.

    You might want to take stock and reevaluate the direction you want to take. There are many other paths that involve assisting people. It sounds like nursing school is not for you.
    Quote from Been there,done that
    Excellent point. Have you considered psych nursing?
    Quote from Isitpossible
    That was a dumb comment: maybe try psych nursing? clearly OP is not cut out for nursing school. Psych nurses undergo the same training as any other RN and pass the same boards. So what makes "psych nursing" better for the OP. Wrong answer and insult to psych nurses!!!
    Go back and re-read the string of comments. Been there, done that directed that comment towards Emergent not the OP.
  4. by   Been there,done that
    Quote from Isitpossible
    That was a dumb comment: maybe try psych nursing? clearly OP is not cut out for nursing school. Psych nurses undergo the same training as any other RN and pass the same boards. So what makes "psych nursing" better for the OP. Wrong answer and insult to psych nurses!!!
    Re-read the comment. It was directed to the responder, not the OP. The responder brought up the emotional side of the issue and I appreciated that. I would never insult psych nurses, I did psych for years.
  5. by   Emergent
    Quote from Been there,done that
    Re-read the comment. It was directed to the responder, not the OP. The responder brought up the emotional side of the issue and I appreciated that. I would never insult psych nurses, I did psych for years.
    I didn't realize that comment was directed at me. Thanks for the compliment.

    I may have a glimmer of insight into human emotions and inner motives now and then, but psyche nursing is definitely not my calling.

    Of course, every bedside nurse should have some ability in this area, since psychologically unstable people often have physical ills as well.
  6. by   emmjayy
    Oh, please. Let's not pretend it's not frustrating to be in a disorganized nursing program. I do not understand why schools can't get it together on a curriculum they run every single year. I attended two different colleges prior to going to nursing school and I was never met with such a level of disorganization, confusion, varying expectations, etc. as I was when I entered my nursing program. There are constant changes to the topical, sudden test/class location changes, inconsistent application of the "rules", vague and conflicting responses from instructors when asking for clarification.... the list just goes on and on. It's truly mind-boggling to me and I can fully understand why OP hates it. All of that said, I expect stress, sudden changes, unpredictability, etc. in the hospital setting because that's the nature of the game, but I really don't get why school itself has to be such a mess and I empathize with OP!

    I also would never quit my program just because its disorganized. I have managed to get along fine courtesy of my planner, keeping an eagle eye on the topical and online announcements, and networking with my classmates/instructors to make sure I hear about changes as soon as they happen. All of that is worth it if it means that at the end of next semester I get to graduate and be a nurse
  7. by   gM_2010
    We always need new ideas and fresh blood. However-you have to punch you ticket to ride to the NCLEX to be part of the solution. I always enjoyed 2nd degree.career changers for their perspective/maturity/life experience. I challenge the original poster to get to the NCLEX and be part of the solution!
  8. by   OrganizedChaos
    After 3 schools the issue isn't them, it's you. You just have to be adult enough to admit it.
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    And the OP was never heard from again ...
  10. by   NurseBlaq
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    After 3 schools the issue isn't them, it's you. You just have to be adult enough to admit it.
    This! I think I quit nursing school everyday and got up and went right back to class. If you really want to be a nurse, you make a way!
  11. by   nursel56
    Hopefully they're considering the points made, which some may see as unnecessarily harsh, but overall contain the truth from a lot of people who've been there
  12. by   Thanksforthedonuts
    Honestly one of the best things I learned in nursing school was how to fly by the seat of my pants!
    Comes handy in so many areas of life.
  13. by   wannabeny
    How did you manage stay in nursing school long enough to drop out..3 TIMES? What sort of time frame was it that you went through the process of admissions, waited 2-3 weeks for an acceptance letter, a month or so to actually start, went THROUGH part of the program, and then dropped out?

    On another note...nursing school is like a ferret on crystal meth. It spends most of its time running circles around you until you fall flat on your face or sedate it to get through the day. If you want it badly enough be willing to overlook the disorganization to get through it.

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