What is Nursing school really like? - page 2

I'll be starting my pre-reqs in the Fall in order to start the BSN program. I was wondering what Nursing school is really like? Is it as hard as people say it is going to be? I've heard that it's a lot of reading and studying.... Read More

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    I agree that the volume of information/ reading you need to digest is the issue. If you want to get the work done and really are committed, it is very doable. I can tell you if you aren't serious about being a nurse, don't take up a chair that someone else really wanted. Clinical work may be a very new experience to some people, but as a previous poster said, you just do it, and somehow you can get used to most anything. Go shadow a nurse for a day before you decide to get into school. Many students fall in love with the idea of being a nurse, but really don't like the reality.
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    You seem very ignorant, or young. Whichever, is elementary education easy? Maybe the course work. Do you have children? Congrats if you do. You 're very specific about a profession you would like to assume is "easy", without any facts. Makes one look at the entire situation as someone with no control of their children or a mediocre nurse making herself TRY to feel accomplished. Sure nursing school is hard, so is dealing with 25 5 year olds on a daily basis.
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    Speaking for myself I say it's hard. I Previously was a student who didn't have to study much to get good grades...the whole time I worked on my Pre-reqs this was the case. My first semester of ADN I failed. Half way through I figured out my own way to get things. I'm in LPN and yes it's even hard. Like others have stated a good background with AP will help you immensely! It takes dedication and focus. I study a lot now and utilize every source I can find to make sure I absolutely understand thins. Nursing involves critical thinking which for some is easy and some it's not. Honestly we can only tell you our outlook with our own experience - its not the same for everyone.
    Good luck!
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    Quote from futurenurse16
    I'll be starting my pre-reqs in the Fall in order to start the BSN program. I was wondering what Nursing school is really like? Is it as hard as people say it is going to be? I've heard that it's a lot of reading and studying. I'm just worried I won't be able to handle the workload! I'm also worried I'll find out I'm really squeamish and not be able to handle blood, bodily excretions, etc.

    Can anyone give me advice about starting nursing school? And were any of you nervous you were going to be squeamish? How did you get over it?

    Thanks everyone
    Yes it is very hard. The clinicals for me are easy and so is the material. It's putting everything together and thinking critically to answer test questions that is hard for me. They don't ask you point blank questions, they ask you questions to make you think. They might give you like one peice of info and a lab value and you have to figure something out. Just study like crazy, read and re-read your book and memorize lab values. You will do well!

    Good luck!
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    Last edit by futurenurse16 on Jul 7, '12
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    Thank you everyone for your comments. This website has been so insightful and appreciate every response that was posted! I know that nursing school will be hard and I am prepared for the challenges I will face. I can't wait to be able to be a part of such a noble profession!
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    I have not started nursing school yet, however I took A&P I and II with a professor who never asked point blank questions like the others did. He really made you think and I am a better student because of it. I received A's in both sections but I put forth a ton of effort and studying because I knew all the exams I would have to really apply the material to the question to get it right, it was stressful. I did notice the material piggy backed each other nicely and once you get the foundation built the rest just seems to flow naturally. I imagine nursing school is going to very, very challenging and I would not expect or want it any other way. In the end, it is important to remember the patients are depending on you to provide the best possible treatment/care and you can not do that if you only skate by in school.

    Good luck with whatever you path choose. I suggest not looking for something easy but worthwhile.
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    Thank you for your response! I finished A&P I and did well! I'm starting A&P II this week and I am very excited. The material looks very interesting and I can't wait to start! I know nursing school is going to be a challenge, but I'm preparing myself in the best possible way I can.

    I wish you the best of luck in nursing school and beyond!
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    I just started my third semester of nursing classes (BSN). Nursing school is difficult, but I will say that it is not the subject matter itself that is difficult. It is the amount of reading, paperwork, clinicals, and various other assignments that make it challenging. In other words, it is very time consuming. For me, comprehension is not the problem. Time management is the real challenge. To stay on top of everything, it is essential that you become organized if you aren't already. Also, exams in nursing school are different. Gone are the days of leading questions, vocab questions, and the like. Questions are NCLEX style. Developing critical thinking skills are a must! You can't memorize the material, you must know it in order to apply it to the type of questions you will have. After all, they are preparing you to think like and be a nurse! Every course builds upon the former. Take A&P seriously. It will be crucial that you have a strong background in it once you start the nursing core. Once you are in nursing classes, its the same way. This class builds upon the former and so on. But get excited! Nursing school is challenging, yet so rewarding! I love it! Best of luck!
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