Hello everyone I got accepted into nursing school
for the spring semester but I am scared and excited all at the same time. Is nursing school really that bad because I have read some horror stories on this site lol. Can some of you nursing students or nurses give me some advice or what to expect once I start nursing school?
Oct 8, '14
Definitely take all the horror stories here with a grain of salt. First, I learned in retail management for years, that to every complaint, there are easily at least 10 who would compliment the same thing. Basically, this is an online forum and it is a great place to vent the frustrations you feel throughout your education because it is pretty anonymous. Most people dont come here to gloat when they do well. And those that do get congrats, but also get the negative nancys who post as well.
Your nursing school experience will be mostly what you make of it. There are some terrible schools and terrible instructors that can make the vents true (or be the source of them). But outside of those types of institutions, most schools are pretty good and respectful. Yes some have cattiness, but most dont. Yes some have mean instructors or facilities have mean nurses, but a lot dont.
I have yet to experience any of the negativity that is widespread on this site. And I dont cry, nor to I live in constant stress under piles of reading and homework. ( I am in an ADN program though, and a BSN program will have more workload than I do, so keep that in mind). I don't work, but I am a stay at home mom with young children who would take all my time if they could. I dont spend every waking hour studying. I would even go as far as to say that I dont really read the chapters, just what I dont understand after lecture, and I only actually study maybe 5 hours a week oustide of class. If I study too much, I actually do worse because I start to mix things up or lose learned material because there is so much. I missed an A by mere points last semester and have an A so far this semester. And no I am not the smartest person in my class, I just know how I learn and take advantage of that. And my program is rather difficult as about half of the class failed last semester and a third of last semesters block 2 students also failed. You need to take a good look at yourself and know your strong suits and your weak areas.
You may have a "harder" school that is nothing like mine. You may have a good one like mine. You may do well without trying. You may be stressed the whole time and crying because you passed the final by 1 point above what you needed. It is different for everyone and depends highly on how you manage your time, how you learn, and how well you absorb the material and apply it to the NCLEX style questions. Good luck future student nurses, and dont be scared. Go in with an open mind and be very flexible. Study a lot or a little (however you best learn) and keep up with material. You will be fine and you will make it. The more stressed you are about things, the less you will learn for various reasons. You can do this. GL
Last edit by mrsboots87 on Oct 8, '14