Did anyone hate nursing school? - page 10
I am in second semester and I am just sooooo tired and run down. Every week I feel like quitting. I have an hour commute and 2 small kids so thats an added difficulty. Is it normal to dislike nursing... Read More
Mar 9, '09Occupation: student From: US ; Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 31; Likes: 9I would like to thank all the traditional nursing students for venting. I now know there is not an ice cubes chances in Hades I would be caught dead in a normal nursing school. If I need the degree I can get it distance. My heart goes out to those trapped. I begin to understand why the Navy nurses I knew were such horrible people.. they'd been to nursing school... you beat a good dog enough.. it will snarl at even a friendly person.
Mar 19, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 182; Likes: 67what you exactly wrote...is what i'm exactly going through right at this moment. you just made my day more positive because i know i'm not the only one.... even made me a lil teary eyed because i know i try try try so hard, but then i feel so down on myself. thank you for the message
Mar 19, '09Occupation: Full-time Student Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 190; Likes: 58I wouldn't say that I hate nursing school, but I will say it's been hard and a real struggle, and I can understand how others feel when they say their self-esteem has been affected by some of the nursing insructors and others encountered while in nursing school and clinicals. It is a very difficult program and the egos are VERY LARGE! I thought that being an "older non-traditional student" would prevent me from feeling so insecure at times, but no . . . . that hasn't been the case. I still feel insecure sometimes while pursuing this degree and I think it's because of the attitudes and environment we are subjected to as nursing students. Many times instead of being "lifted up" and praised for your efforts and hard work, you are being subjected to negativity and belittlement of your ideas, thoughts and questions, which can only lead to less confidence of one's abilities. I think the nursing instructors and RN's need to remember that they too were "once nursing students" and that you are still learning and as a nursing student you want to be able to do the best you can and learn the most you can in the short amount of time that is allotted. There's so much information to learn, so many experiences that are unfamiliar, and you need that instructor and RN who has compassion and understanding of your struggles and insecurities. None of us are perfect and the answers aren't always obvious. Yes, as potential nurses we need to learn to be strong, how to be resourceful . . . but we also need a friendly smile and a gentle pat on the back to say "you're doing alright, just hang in there"!
Apr 26, '09Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 7; Likes: 4Nursing school was by far one of the most miserable times in my life. At my school, it was a prereq for all instructors to be bipolar. I had one clinical instructor who was the wicked witch of the west. I honestly have never seen so much disfunction in my life -- from the instructors, to the nurses that precepted me. You couldn't pay me 10 million dollars to ever go through that experience again. I put my time in the hospital for experience, and now do home infusion nursing. It's much better than running around like a chicken with your head cut off for 12+ hours. I would never recommend nursing to my worse enemy. You have to be a glutton for punishment, or just not like yourself -- to ever like this job.
Feb 8, '10From: US ; Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 466; Likes: 192I absolutely detest it to the fullest extent of the law. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone. I was starting to think something was just plain wrong with me. I don't even have a large family or too many extra things to worry about and I detest it..I can only tip my hats off to those that do have to deal with that. I'd shoot myself first. Thanks
Feb 8, '10From: US ; Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 466; Likes: 192Quote from xgingerxNot even $10 million dollars? Now I know I'm not the only one! lolYou couldn't pay me 10 million dollars to ever go through that experience again.
Apr 22, '10Joined: Oct '08; Posts: 25; Likes: 9I know what you mean about quiting! I'm at a 77% in my RN, L&D, postpartum, women's health class with only 2 more exams to make it up otherwise I have to take it over again. I have never felt low self esteem like I have in nursing school. IT'S AWFUL!
I keep telling myself that maybe i'm doing so bad because i'm a guy in a women's class?? I also think I should just take the LPN exam after this is over and be done with it instead of going through for my RN. I just don't think I can deal with the torture of this anymore.
Apr 23, '10Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 182; Likes: 67I HATE NURSING SCHOOL TOO! i am going for my lpn and will be hopefully done by the end of july! am i going back to get my rn? hell no.
Sep 26, '10From: NY ; Joined: Dec '09; Posts: 8; Likes: 2I HATED NURSING SCHOOL and i recently graduated as an LPN. I've already started taking pre reqs towards my RN and I really have nightmares when i think about going through that all over again. My instructors treated me like I was worthless like I'm nothing, and other students bullied me and each other, I would go home and just cry my heart out and dread waking up the next morning. My mother's a nurse too, she said she went through it also (back in her day) I'm in my 20s. I like helping people but I HATE NURSING. I've been through a lot of things in my life and this was the hardest... out of sexual abuse, violence in relationships, trying to quit smoking and drinking, foster care, group homes, running away, and living on the streets.
Sep 27, '10Joined: Jul '10; Posts: 69; Likes: 14I'd call my feelings about nursing school a love/hate relationship. LOL. One needs to make many sacrifices to make it through and it definitely puts a strain on family. However you can learn so much and there were many rewarding clinical experiences.
Sep 27, '10Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in CCU ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 157; Likes: 57Quote from cutie194353I HATED NURSING SCHOOL and i recently graduated as an LPN. I've already started taking pre reqs towards my RN and I really have nightmares when i think about going through that all over again. My instructors treated me like I was worthless like I'm nothing, and other students bullied me and each other, I would go home and just cry my heart out and dread waking up the next morning. My mother's a nurse too, she said she went through it also (back in her day) I'm in my 20s. I like helping people but I HATE NURSING. I've been through a lot of things in my life and this was the hardest... out of sexual abuse, violence in relationships, trying to quit smoking and drinking, foster care, group homes, running away, and living on the streets.
I'm a new grad RN and also hated nursing school to no end. I've cried and been humiliated in my life in many ways and nursing school takes the cake of being the most emotionally and physically draining challenge in my life. I just can't figure out why it is this way. Why is nursing education so brutal only to then finally make it through, graduate and work as a new nurse...the torture starts all over again. I'm going back for my BSN and hate the thought of the coursework ahead of me.
Oct 4, '10Joined: Sep '10; Posts: 2; Likes: 2I have always been a person who loves school and learning. I loved all of the college classes that I took before I actually entered the nursing program at my school. I made A's in every class.
Then, I entered the nursing program. I still made A's (except 265-B there), but I no longer loved the process. The environment was one of fear and intimidation.
Many of the instructors talked to the students like we were complete idiots, and raked us over the coals if we had a question.
The program had no compassion for students at all. Keep up, or get out.
I am thankful that I did keep up, but I saw many students "weeded" out of the program due to uncontrollable events in their personal lives.
I wanted so many times to quit.
The thing was, I wanted to be a nurse more than I hated anything they threw my way. It meant enough to me to grit my teeth and keep on keeping on.
I prayed everyday for strength and endurance, and with the help of the Lord Jesus, I made it.
Think of nursing school like giving birth. The process is painful, but the result will be a brand-new nurse...YOU!
Oct 5, '10Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: Certified Wound Care Nurse ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 175; Likes: 161Seriously - and I started out with low self esteem. Now that I've actually been a nurse for three years now, I feel like my self esteem is even lower (how in the world is THAT possible???) and that I'd be no good anywhere else. Wow - how sad is that?
Right now I'm in school - again - pursuing my BSN. After that, I'm probably going to take that degree and try to transition into something else other than nursing. The disrespect is too overwhelming and I deserve better.
Best of luck to you...