First quarter of nursing school...

by LalaJJB LalaJJB Member Nurse

Specializes in Emergency. Has 1 years experience.

Can anyone tell me what the first quarter of RN school is like? I'm just curious to know what to expect. If you could possibly tell which school you went to as well, that would be so great. I've applied to a few schools that begin this spring and I was just trying to figure out if I should completely quit work, or just go down to very part time.. (that is, if get accepted into any of them :) )

Any info would be most helpful!!

Thanks :)



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Hey there... I don't go to school in WA, but I'm in my last semester if that will help you out any! I joined the army nurse corps and am hoping to get stationed in WA once I finish in May, but anyway, they say the beginning part of nursing school is one of the hardest and I agree b/c in my opinion, you have to learn how to study all over again. I remember I could get by with cramming the night before in my pre-req classes and doing fine, but when I got to the tests in nursing school, I was in for a surprise. As much as I hate hearing about critical thinking and how important it is, that's exactly what nursing school is about. You really have to look at the questions and think what the nurse should do opposed to naming a body part or something straight foward like that.

As far as working, it really depends on you b/c there are some ppl in the program who work full-time and support a family and then those who are fortunate not to work at all. I kept a part-time job and mostly work on the weekends and work more during breaks and holidays. You'll have to see what works best with your studying and school life. Hope this helps!!

Are you going for your ASN or BSN?



Specializes in Emergency. Has 1 years experience. 92 Posts

Thanks so much for your input!! I really appreciate it. I'm going for my ASN (hopefully) unless I get into the BSN program first.... but financially, the ASN program is ideal at this time.

Perpetual Student

Perpetual Student

Specializes in PACU. Has 4+ years experience. 682 Posts

The first quarter is when they lock you in the dungeon for weeks at a time while yelling incomprehensible things at you. Seriously, expect to be extremely busy with studying and learning the basics of how to be a nurse and a nursing student. Some of it is kind of common sense and doesn't seem that complex, but you will expect to know it anyway and WHY it is the way it is. It isn't hard so much as time consuming and intense.