Quote from jojotoo
Shut your mouth. Do as you are told. Keep a low profile. And know if you do these things, it will eventually be over and you will be able to make a pretty good living for yourself. (You can probably tell that I didn't enjoy nursing school very much.)
Yup. I didn't enjoy it either because some of the instructors' decisions seemed so subjective and arbitrary. I felt more like I was in boot camp than an educational program.
I was always taught that you could be anything you wanted, and if you wanted to do something badly enough, you'd learn how to do it, and eventually you'd learn how to do it well.
Watching instructors try to cut students down to make their own workloads more manageable, and justifying it by trying to tell themselves that those students wouldn't make good nurses, was infuriating to me.
And always, all it took was one bit of gossip or hearsay to start the ball rolling. Pretty soon everyone was looking at these students funny.
As I'm a very liberal rebellious type, a lot of that sheep-mentality behavior that's such a part of nursing culture just didn't sit well with me. Still doesn't, but there's not much that can be done about it. So I'm still just doing my work and shutting up a lot.
I still say there are times when you just need to set your jaw, dig your heels in, and be stubbornly set to get through it, and nursing school is one of those times.