Why is it all so difficult? - page 2

by K3ndraR 6,827 Views | 12 Comments

I've been so discouraged recently about Nursing School. I've wanted to be a nurse since I was in middle school and my desire to be a nurse has only increased while being in a CNA course. But every time I think about nursing... Read More


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    Quote from Bobmo88
    I'm sorry if I come across as harsh but I am being brutally honest.

    If nursing were an easy career then it everyone would be able to do it. Nurses are responsible for peoples' lives so it takes time and it is tough. I'm sorry you don't like science but if you want to be a nurse then you are going to have to deal with it; it's not going anywhere. It's not as if Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology are irrelevant classes in which you'll never use at least some of the information again.

    As far as the length of the pre-requisites and program is concerned, of course it is going to take more time than usual because it isn't like some other majors where you can take classes in a different order. For example, in pre-reqs, you can't take microbiology without having had some sort of general or intro bio course first. As far as 6 years to complete a BSN, that is not too far off from people who study other things because it is becoming increasingly difficult to earn a Bachelor's degree in 4 years due to things such as less course offerings. I graduated from high school 6 years ago and I barely just got accepted to a nursing program, I'll be 26 years old when I finish school and many of my hospital coworkers say that I'm still very young and have the rest of my life ahead of me. Many people go back to school in their late 20s, 30s, and even 40s or 50s. My point is that although 4 years for an ADN or 6 years for a BSN may seem like a long time to you, in the long run, it doesn't matter how long it takes you as long as you complete and don't give up.

    There are so many people on these boards that have faced adversity to get into school or did it while providing for their families but they "didn't drop out of school and go live in the forest" when the going got tough.
    My advice to you would be to continue with your CNA class and see if the field is really for you since you don't like science, don't think you will ever be able to get into nursing school, complain about how long it will take to finish, and are ready to give up before you have even started. I think your attitude towards something is everything and you are already setting yourself up to fail with that kind of mentality. You should be confident in yourself and if nursing is really what you want in life, you will find a way to reach your goal. I wish you the best of luck.
    I somewhat agree with Bobmo, and I feel your pain. I will also be almost 25 when I finally graduate from the ADN program, and it is sometimes discouraging, but to be honest, if it is for you, then you will find a way, and things will work out! It sounds very cliche, but I don't know many people who are working in glamorous careers these days even well into their 30s!

    My parents are both going back to school. My dad is getting a second degree, and my mother wants to finish a masters--they are well into their forties. Many of my classmates at the school I attend are also well in their 40s. One of my lab partners is in her mid-twenties, has a bachelor's degree and a job she doesn't too much care for, but is going through the same thing. Imagine having already spent 4 years in college just to decide you want to do something else! I am so glad I figured it out before finishing a degree I wouldn't be able to do much with. Most people in their 20s these days are hardly working in careers that they saw themselves in high school. I am currently working just under full time while attending school full-time, and hope it will pay off soon.

    I have two friends my age graduating this week--they are both turning right back around and going to graduate school after realizing there is not much to do with their degrees. My cousin did the same thing--graduated, moved half way across the country..twice. Life happened, and she went back to school to get yet another degree. My rant is basically to say, we should be lucky! At least we have it figured out at this point. Do what you love, and don't give up. So many of my friends are pre-med as well. They will spend the ENTIRETY of their youth in school. Feeling lucky yet? =) Any career in the medical field where people's lives and health are at hand should be rigorous and demanding. It weeds out the bad ones and leaves only the best of us standing!

    Good luck, and keep your head up! I recently have been feeling the same way and made a similar post, but answering your question has enlightened me and given me the answers to my own =)
    FutureRN_26 and Bobmo88 like this.
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    Not to sound too harsh, but if you don't like science, then nursing may not be for you. Part of the reason I decided to go to nursing school is because I have a passion for science! The science part of nursing isn't going anywhere.. And I'm thinking as healthcare and technology advances, the nursing profession will require nurses to learn more and more science in their lifelong education. No offense, but maybe you should explore other options that don't require such an emphasis on science. With that being said, I do wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, hopefully you can figure out what works for you to enable you to reach your goals.
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    K3ndraR,

    I personally don't believe that you must be passionate about science to be a nurse, but one should have at least a keen interest and curiosity in biology and the human body.

    You said no matter how you try you just aren't into it. Did you mean taking courses or just readin books? Have you tried watching NOVA on PBS? Sometimes things we study in the classroom are so abstract that a show like NOVA could stir your interest many times beyond the class room. How can anyone not be curious about the 4th dimension, the quantum world, and the advances in genetics that continually prove Darwin's theory?

    If that still doesn't work and you still have no interest in science, then think about the parts of what nurses do that enthralled you. Maybe it's not the technical/science part, but the feeling/compassion/helping/educating part. If that's the case, there are many career choices out there that would fit (non-profit, social work, public health, education etc.)


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