Did you ever doubt your intelligence for Nursing school....

  1. ...But made it into a program and became a RN?
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  3. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Oh my gosh yes! Nursing School was ALOT harder than I ever imagined it would be, and I had always been a good student. I don't think nurses get enough credit for what it takes to make it through the 'bootcamp' that is Nursing School!
  4. by   ZASHAGALKA
    No. And don't you doubt it, either. Believing is 90% of doing.

    There's a book about millionaires and how they got to be that way.

    The most common answer: I believed I could.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm not sure I doubted my intelligence but I did have doubts. Just the logistics of going to school with 3 children and having to drive 70 miles one way. Plus going back to school at 38.

    I do remember a few times crying . . one time in particular stands out. I was washing the dishes and crying and my dh came up to ask me what was wrong and I said "I can't do this, it is too hard". And he said, "Yes you can". And held me as I cried.

    I have to say that even with the doubts, somehow . . someway . . I'm a nurse.

    steph
  6. by   tara.danley
    Quote from RebeccaJeanRN
    Oh my gosh yes! Nursing School was ALOT harder than I ever imagined it would be, and I had always been a good student. I don't think nurses get enough credit for what it takes to make it through the 'bootcamp' that is Nursing School!
    :yeahthat:

    I'm not what you'd call a good student...but I don't doubt my own intelligence...I got into nursing school with a 2.73. That along with my writing skills, and a fabulous reference got me in...that was in 2000. I couldn't get into nursing school now with that.

    Gradepoint averages don't make the nurse!!! I'm a lazy studier but retain info ridiculously. There's so much that contributes to making you the competent and caring RN that you are! Life experience, socialization...blah blah blah....

    Good topic!
  7. by   NurseyBaby'05
    I put off studying nursing for a long time becasue I thought I wasn't any good in science. I always got Bs and Cs. Then when I was twenty-three or twenty-four, I had a wake-up call one day. I didn't get Bs and Cs in science because I didn't understand the science. I got those grades because I turned in four lab reports in four years of science (We were only assigned one report a week. Oops!). Oh, I slept in class a lot too. I had a hard time at home and at school during my teen years and had terrible insomnia as a result. Once I had that breakthrough and got my feet wet, I knew I was where I was suppossed to be.
  8. by   bethem
    Nope, not for a minute. I wanted to quit nursing once, but that was because I absolutely hated the clinical rotation I was on (geri) and thought that meant I hated nursing altogether. It turns out I just hated that rotation, and I absolutely love ICU and paeds.

    However, I am strongly considering doing medicine at the moment. I do doubt my intelligence - and my ability to get in - for that.

    Also, how cute is this?

    ETA: The RN program in Australia seems to be far less intensive than yours. It's a three year degree, and I'm not saying that either produces better nurses, or is harder than the other, just that we don't seem to have the stress that you guys do.
    Last edit by bethem on Sep 15, '06
  9. by   chelli73
    Talk about doubts! Try being a teenage (18) mother of three! NO formal high school training! Did I even POSSESS intelligence??? Funny thing, I did. Thank God even though I was not LIFE smart, I WAS book smart...and the exact things that "held me back" gave me the strength to "forge ahead"!!!!!! I don't regret my children EVER. I do regret the gap in education, because I love to learn. Like I say about getting my driver's license--if I did it, anyone can!!!!!
  10. by   RGN1
    I doubt my intelligence every day!:lol_hitti

    If I was intelligent I wouldn't have had 3 kids, I'd be in Australia or New Zealand instead of fighting throught he minefield to get to the USA, I would have married a millionnaire etc etc etc

    So I obviously don't have intelligence but I do have belief. Just as has already been posted - believe in yourself & you can do whatever you want to do (even if it's not intelligent!)
  11. by   rambisisking
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    No. And don't you doubt it, either. Believing is 90% of doing.

    There's a book about millionaires and how they got to be that way.

    The most common answer: I believed I could.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    You are so right, in my younger years I used to THINK that seeing was believing. Now that I'm old, I KNOW that believing is seeing.
  12. by   cicada
    I did not doubted my intelligence while in the nursing school. However, now i always am reminded by my preceptor that they expect inteligence in their hospital. Hmm, I think I'm pretty inteligent if I hold MS in Finance and AD in Nursing. Went to university while kids were toddlers, graduated from nursing school while both kids were already in colleges. ? my preceptor's inteligence
    rather than mine. However, I had many doubts while in the nursing school. It was brutally tough. As a nurse in US, hate such a high liability, law suits for docs&nurses. Agree that in Australia less stress for nursing students and nurses, so planing to relocate there. The good thing is that nurses are welcome almost in all countries.

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