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My friendly nurses in Allnurses Land!!! :) Tell me the truth. Deep honest truth!!! :confused: Is/Was nursing school HARD? Is/Was it difficult for you to pass the course?... Read More
Sep 20, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 38nope not hard .. just sometimes overloaded with lots of different subjects n so on assignments ...
not difficult to pass
once ... chemistry ... got through it tho
nah u get used to talking it when u r working it
mmm im pretty unsure if i would recommend it
Sep 20, '02Joined: May '02; Posts: 726; Likes: 17Is/Was nursing school HARD?
nursing school = hard but doable
Is/Was it difficult for you to pass the course?
this of course i think depends on the person. it wasn't difficult for me to pass because i have devoted my life to nursing school. so while classes are going on, everything else gets put on hold until i feel like dealing/doing it. that leaves me the time to put extra effort into my studies and enables me to do well without struggling to make the grade.
Did you think you would fail?
there were a few exams that i thought for sure i failed. but i didn't. when something makes you use this much of your brain, i think it's almost instinctive to think you've done poorly. especially, considering that most likely you haven't ever done this type of thing before.
Is/Was it difficult for you to grasp the ?
not for me since most medical terms are built with prefixes, suffixes and root words that 99% of the time always mean the same thing. once you have a good base knowledge, it's not hard.
Most important question that I'll ever ask.....
Would you really recommend that anyone (interested in nursing-of course) take the ADN course to be an RN?
of course! if the person is thinking nursing is for them, i tell them that it's hard but doable and i could never imagine doing anything else!
Sep 20, '02Occupation: Critical Care Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 2,629; Likes: 20I did not find school to be hard, I think that is because I was always fascinated by science and always wanted to know how everything worked. I loved microbiology and the labs that was one of my favorite classes. I definately think ADN is the way to go first then you will know if nursing is for you before you commit to another 2 years of school. Some hospitals will also pay for further education so that is another plus. The only downside for me was that I had to work full time and raise 2 children alone; when I look back at how little sleep I got is scares me but if I can make it so can you.
Sep 20, '02Occupation: RN, outpt onc/hem unit Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 1,233; Likes: 8The subjects required attention to detail, but I would not say the academics part was hard. Whether a particular clinical rotation was hard depended a lot on the leadership and abilities of the clinical intructor, plus the fact that some (fortunately, I had only one) instructors tend to be "bullies". (But you find that type of person everywhere -- not just nursing school. ) I never thought I would fail -- I never approach anything with that attitude. Which degree to go for is a personal choice, tking into consideration prior education, finances, responsibilites you have at home, etc.
Sep 20, '02Joined: May '02; Posts: 827; Likes: 42Yes, nursing school was very hard for me, but it was fun. I loved clinical, hated chemistry, love microbiology. But one of the insructors nearly drove me crazy, one of the other instructors they liked me told me that the one who didn't like me was going to make a point to get me kicked out. ( She announced this at a meeting!) What a jerk. It just made me more determined. I always made Deans list and graduated with honors so there mean old teacher!! I knew I wouldnt fail, I was too determined. I kinda enjoyed the, I took Latin in high school, it was fun to figured out where the terminology for me, like a puzzle. Does this help any? I'm kinda rambling, but for me it was all worth it coz I love nursing!
Sep 20, '02Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 4,738; Likes: 104Yes, I found university life to be very hard! Nursing course load was very heavy (6 courses including clinical). I lived in residence so there were all kinds of distractions there. I never actually failed a class, but struggled in quite a few. Workload (especially all the readings and those 20 page papers) was a killer, and there were many times when I was very discouraged.
What helped was having a lot of supportive people in my life and friends who were classmates whom I could study with. It is worth the hell, though.
Sep 20, '02Occupation: RN, MS home health Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 7,472; Likes: 49It was very hard for me but I had two children under two , worked part time and babysat six kids under two during the day and went to school at night. I recommend getting your ADN and start working then go back for your BS or BSN. I just got my BS after being out of school 14 years and am working on my graduate program now that my five kids are older.........
does that help?
Sep 20, '02Occupation: Special Populations Paraeducator Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 166; Likes: 6Yes it was hard. Yes I wanted to quit every other day. I don't know about the RN course cause I'm an LPN but it was the hardest 13 months of my life as far as education goes. I was so sure that I wouldn't pass the state boards but I did and with a pretty decent score too. I'm so proud of myself today for sticking with it. Hubby now (hubby-to-be then) wanted to get married before I finished and I knew if that had happened I would never have made it thru. Finished school in January of 1985, got my very first job ever in Feb. of 1985, got married in May of 1985, got pregnant 2 weeks later in May of 1985, got second job ever in Sept. of 1985. That was a pretty busy year for me but I don't regret getting my schooling finished first. Was hard but was very well worth it. The job I have today (out of nursing) I was hired for only because I had nursing experience. God Bless.
Sep 20, '02Occupation: Cath Lab Nurse Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 42; Likes: 12I went through an ADN program 12 years ago. It was very difficult for me. I started at the age of 18. I had finished high school in May of that year and started Nursing School in the fall. I failed two courses along the way. When I say I failed two courses, I made D's (a 74.3 and a 74.2- You have to make a 74.5 which rounds up to a 75). It wasn't that I did not study. I think that it had alot to do with my past in high school. I never had to study in high school. I made A's and B's with an occassional c. I think my problem is that I did not study properly, if that makes sense. The ADN has alot of reading weekly because so many things are compressed into a two year program. I was not able to do all of that reading (neither did most people I know). The best thing that you can do is to keep up. If you get behind, it is hard to catch up !! The one thing that really helped me after repeating those classes was that I met a friend that had also failed a class and we became study partners. Learn from each other. We practically sailed through the rest of nursing school, but if I had failed one more course, they would have kicked me out !
I am proud to say that I did return to school to get my BSN and graduated with a 3.96 GPA May 2001. The difference in my experience was 1- age. I did better the second time because I was more determined and more experienced. 2- I read everything ! Even Economics and History. You know what? I enjoyed school alot more and learned more !! I guess what it boils down to is that Nursing school will be what you make it.
As far as ADN being more difficult or harder than BSN, I really don't think there is any difference. I took classes in the ADN that were just as hard (or easy) as the classes in the BSN. If I had to do it all over, I would do it the same way. If you do the ADN first, you can work as an RN while you go for your BSN if you want. I went for my BSN to prove to myself that I could do better in college and I plan to get a Master's later.
Good Luck !
Sep 20, '02Occupation: RN, CHPN Specialty: inpatient hospice house ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 143; Likes: 18Is/Was nursing school HARD? It was very hard for me. We had to get 75 percent to pass. I was a divorced single parent who worked a full time job, lived in a single family home with a big yard that I took care of by myself and went to nursing school all at the same time so, yes it was a struggle.
Is/Was it difficult for you to pass the course? I had to study hard to pass. There was a lot of paperwork, care plans, etc...not to mention all of the other work I had to do for me and my son to survive life.
Did you think you would fail? I thought I failed each test. I never did though. I alway did 75 percent or better which you had to get to continue. sometimes I'd pass by the skin of my teeth. I also passed my boards the first time. I knew I passed my boards though. The school I went to had between 98 to 100 percent pass rate for boards. We were an adn program and we were well prepared for boards and being a new nurse. Only one person in my class failed boards and no one failed the year before our class.
Was it difficult for you to grasp the medical terminology? We had to take a class in medical terminology as a prerequisite. This class made the terminology pretty easy.
Would I suggest ADN vs BSN. If you are young and can go to BSN, especially if someone is paying for you to take it, than go for it. But, if at this time ADN is what is most right for you than go for that. ADN does prepare you to be a good nurse. If you choose to go on to get BSN or MSN than you can. no big deal. The more school you have the better off you'll be. Good luck
Sep 20, '02Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 29; Likes: 2I also did an Associate program. I agree with the previous posts - do NOT kill yourself worrying about perfection and all A's - I graduated with a 3.8 gpa, that and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee. An RN is an RN is an RN. I also got my first greys and wrinkles, and my family suffered as a result. If I did it again I would worry less. The med terminology is not hard. And yes, it's definitely worth it to get your degree.
Sep 20, '02Occupation: ADON-LTC Specialty: 19 year(s) of experience in LTC, ER, ICU, ; Joined: Feb '01; Posts: 5,856; Likes: 36as i think back to lpn school, it was so much information for several classes at one time, this made it hard. i was single with 2 toddlers and 1 pre-adolescent. i worried about every single test.
i graduated with having only one c in all of my classes as a final grade (i was ill, planning a wedding, and just tired). 19/20 graduates (including myself) passed state boards the first time and the 1 student passed the second time around.
yes, i would recommend nursing . i would suggest to anyone to get at least a bsn.
i am in an asn program at this time (again single, same three children but much older, 2 teenagers and 1 young adult); it is hard but i am determined to succeed in more than one way, and i will get my bsn.
Sep 20, '02Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,750; Likes: 16,271Nursing school WAS hard, but also FUN...I learned a lot. I learned a hell of a lot MORE on the JOB than nursing school could never hope to teach me. Medical terminology? Easy! The EASIEST part if you ask me. Do not EVEN sweat that.
And, did I think I would fail? sometimes..yes. at least superficially......but really deep down NO. I knew beyond a doubt I was "meant" to be a nurse and never swayed from my desire to do so.......
Do I recommend an ADN for RN nursing? Umm-- as a graduate of such a program, sure I do. But think carefully what your goals are....If you want to get into management or community health nursing, or want a BSN for any reason, do that NOW rather than later on....you will save time and headaches going back to school later on as a working RN. Clear as mud? Did I tell the truth, of course! Would I ever LIE???? Good luck!Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Sep 20, '02