Pre-Nursing Worries - Anyone Else Experiencing This? - page 3

Okay, so I am going to try to sum this up in the most efficient way possible... I am on my last semester of pre-reqs and am also in the process of filling out apps to FL schools (BSN programs) for... Read More

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    It is perfectly fine to hate nursing school. It's hard not to hate it. The pre-reqs were grueling, although I did enjoy the pre-req subjects. But, I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed taking them on-line. Part of what made A&P enjoyable and interesting was the enthusiasm of the instructor. I think you need to pinpoint why you hate your pre-reqs. If you don't have any interest in the subject, then that might be a problem. But having all that information come at you in a two-dimensional way, flat, without added instruction, could really make it seem like a tedious burden, which is never any fun. I would have pursued it just the same knowing what I do now. However, I would have entered into it with a different attitude. That is, just roll with the punches. It sucks, there's a tremendous amount of BS, but, I know I make a difference in people's lives just by helping with a smile and being kind to them, and by having needed skills. You said you're a compassionate person who enjoys the appreciation of patients and accepts negative family members as part of the condition of working around people who are stressed and irritable. That is key, because if you can't handle the work environment, loving pre-reqs and nursing school won't do you any good. You got "A"'s in both A&P. Good for you! You may have hated it, but you mastered it. That's all nursing school is about. It's not enjoyable, for the most part, but there will be good moments, mostly when you perform direct patient care during clinical rotations. And trust me, everyone will have the same complaints, the same worries, the same exhaustion. The economy is poor right now, but things will pick up eventually. As an 85 year old man once said when asked about his secrete to success, he replied, "Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right stuff". You're in the right place, it's not a great time, but that will likely improve. Getting your RN license is the stuff. What helped me through was continuous encouragement - people telling me to hang in there, that I'll be a great nurse, that I'm smart, resourceful, with an incredible will. I think I would have made it without that, but it sure felt good to my soul to hear it from others. You need that support. It is essential that you have encouragement and emotional support through it. It's very tough.
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    Quote from Isthisforreal?
    It is perfectly fine to hate nursing school. It's hard not to hate it. The pre-reqs were grueling, although I did enjoy the pre-req subjects. But, I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed taking them on-line. Part of what made A&P enjoyable and interesting was the enthusiasm of the instructor. I think you need to pinpoint why you hate your pre-reqs. If you don't have any interest in the subject, then that might be a problem. But having all that information come at you in a two-dimensional way, flat, without added instruction, could really make it seem like a tedious burden, which is never any fun. I would have pursued it just the same knowing what I do now. However, I would have entered into it with a different attitude. That is, just roll with the punches. It sucks, there's a tremendous amount of BS, but, I know I make a difference in people's lives just by helping with a smile and being kind to them, and by having needed skills. You said you're a compassionate person who enjoys the appreciation of patients and accepts negative family members as part of the condition of working around people who are stressed and irritable. That is key, because if you can't handle the work environment, loving pre-reqs and nursing school won't do you any good. You got "A"'s in both A&P. Good for you! You may have hated it, but you mastered it. That's all nursing school is about. It's not enjoyable, for the most part, but there will be good moments, mostly when you perform direct patient care during clinical rotations. And trust me, everyone will have the same complaints, the same worries, the same exhaustion. The economy is poor right now, but things will pick up eventually. As an 85 year old man once said when asked about his secrete to success, he replied, "Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right stuff". You're in the right place, it's not a great time, but that will likely improve. Getting your RN license is the stuff. What helped me through was continuous encouragement - people telling me to hang in there, that I'll be a great nurse, that I'm smart, resourceful, with an incredible will. I think I would have made it without that, but it sure felt good to my soul to hear it from others. You need that support. It is essential that you have encouragement and emotional support through it. It's very tough.
    I think you are right about the online course...I used to enjoy school so much, especially because of the interaction with my teachers. I have had many professors whose quirks and personalities fit the subject they were teaching so well, and in turn, I learned more. I just don't get to have that in my online classes. And usually, when I finally get down to doing my readings and homework, I am pretty interested in much of what I am doing, so that's a good thing.

    I can agree with you wholeheartedly as I am quickly finding out how much support really does help you. I don't have an overwhelming amount of support right now, but I am still lucky to have a few people in my life who are always pouring encouragement into me and telling me I'm going to make a great nurse. I even had a patient's family member tell me that! Made my life!!! I will never, ever forget that person. So far, "roll with the punches" is my attitude. I'm not completely sure what I am getting myself into, but I am preparing in the best ways I can. Right now, I am waiting on a few admissions decisions for next fall, and I'm not quitting. I have to know how this turns out.

    Just so you know, conversations like these help me remember - in the midst of my anxiety and piles of homework - why I wanted to be a nurse in the first place.

    And that 85 year old man is awesome - he is so right.


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