Is becoming a nurse harder now? - page 3

I entered my RN program in 1978, when I was 17. It was a three-year college program with clinical rotations in each semester. While I can't say it was easy, I don't remember it being particularly... Read More

  1. by   PANurseRN1
    But I think the level of difficulty is relative to the time period. There weren't many docs familiar with hemodynamic monitoring years ago...does that make them "lesser" doctors than newer ones?

    I hate all this, "My education was better/harder than yours was, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah." We should all appreciate what each of us brings to a department: a wealth of experience from all ages.
  2. by   rita359
    Quote from S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Would it be fair to say that the level of knowledge expected from today's students is higher than years ago, but that the clinical opportunities, educational tools, and learning methods now available make learning far easier than it used to be?

    No, I don't think that is true. Educationally the level was probably about the same. Some things are more complex today than in the past. The amount of knowledge in the past even 20 years is amazing. Avalilability of that knowledge is also amazing. Those being educated today take all of this in stride like it has always been.
  3. by   floridagirl0103
    Good question. I just finished my first semester of nursing school and while I wouldn't call it hard, it is very time consuming. I have a prior bachelor's degree and I did not have to study anywhere near what I am now. They throw so much at us at one time. Time is my enemy not so much the information. But, then again, I haven't done any meds. yet. We have mostly just done communication, vitals, the basics which was pretty easy. I ended up w/ a B+.

  4. by   ann945n
    Im in nursing school right now and while its hard its not impossible. I have a hard time understanding when people in our class wash out. If you put in the study time you will do fine. The concepts arent hard you just need to learn them, just my opinion