Do Not Underestimate the Difficulty Level of Nursing School

It's easy to become complacent about the difficulty level of a nursing program, especially if you have been doing well in your pre-reqs. However, realize that it's not anything like you have ever done in other classes. Do not underestimate it, expect it to be hard, and most importantly, be prepared.


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And that is why you are going to do great it will not be under 100 percent I assure :)

Oh man...sounds like myself. I also quit my $20+ job 4 days before starting the ADN program. Now I am in my 2nd semester and I dont regret quiting. Yes, it is tough not having an income but I also want to give 100% during thr program.


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I did everything you did and worked at a trauma center that is why you will a great nurse :) good luck

Really liked this post thank you. Now my 2cents: My wife is an RN a great nurse I learned alot from her, she did not make the best grades in school. Grades are not everything. Just keep busting your butt in school, your teachers see this. Im in an LPN program now after my kids are all in school. I worked as a tech/ CNA/ ward clerk/ EKG tech/ EMT it has been a long road but finally in Nursing school. I am just as passionette now as I was then. Glad to be taking the next challenge. Im not super smart but what I have learned is common sence and good PT. care will get you very far.


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Thank you so much for the real story! I will remember this... :up:


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Love this post! Thank you!


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Thanks for the tips

But in nursing school aren't there only 2-5 classes per quarter/semester? That isn't a lot...unless they are all very time consuming...but some of the classes you can actually take before entering nursing school right

You're in for a surprise lol. You take pre-reqs before entering nursing school, but then you have your actual nursing classes. Yes, I "only" have 3-4 classes every semester. Nursing school however is VERY time consuming. There is a ton of information to learn in two short years to make you a competent nurse.


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Just the post I needed to hear! Thanks!

rubato, ASN, RN

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Elkay, my nursing program this semester is 9 credit hours. I spend 70 hours a week on it. You tell me if it's the same as 3-3 credit hour classes? Not even close. I am in lecture, clinicals, simulation lab, lab, studying, working on skills in my spare time, and trying to watch videos to make it all make sense. It's just not the same thing!


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so you cant have a job period? i work as a cashier 4 days a week


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so you cant have a job period? i work as a cashier 4 days a week

Lots of people in my class have jobs (maybe half?) and almost everyone is planning on finding some sort of hospital job soon. It's definitely do-able for most people. I put in about 40 hours a week (including classes, clinical, and studying) and haven't made anything less than an A. I could probably work part time, but my grades would come down.

Specializes in ICU. Has 7 years experience.

Thank you so much for this post. I like hearing stories from people who have actually been through the experience. Although I am not in a nursing program yet, I will take your advice to not underestimate it.


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This post is wonderful. I love your raw honesty and truthfulness. Thanks so much!!!


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Well I go to a school that serves mainly nontraditional students and 95% of us have jobs/kids/husbands. Once you get a schedule figured out it is totally doable, you just have to stick with it and learn effective study habits.