How hard is nursing school? - page 2
Hi, i know the question is hard to answer since it is different for everybody.... but in general..... how hard is nursing school? I plan on applying to the ADN program at our Community College.... Read More
Feb 5, '07Specialty: Case Managemnt, Utilization Review ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 168; Likes: 40The academics are hard, but that is relative, to flipping burgers is hard to if you do it every day , year after year.
If you want to be a nurse, you put your nose to the grindstone and do it. How bad do you want it? If you want it bad, you will succeed. ZGood pay, fair benefits and an education that you can always fall back on. All good things take hard work.
Feb 5, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in CWOCN ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 91I had an easier time with my Masters Degree than my current ADN nursing program.
The material is time consuming. The smartest move I made was taking all of my science courses before I got into nursing school. Some of my colleagues are in nursing school and taking the science courses simultaneously and they are overwhelmed.
The program is demanding whether it is a BSN or ADN because everyone takes the same NCLEX.
Take every suggestion the nursing instructors tell you. Do the assignments they tell you to do and study what they tell you to study. Time management is essential and you have to pace yourself because there is no way to play catch-up before a test.
I got 3 A's my first semester and I'm in my second semester now. It's about three weeks into the semester and we have covered 12 chapters from the OB material and about 8 chapters on regulatory/endocrine and psychiatric issues. Had one big test already and start clinicals this week.
I have no regrets. I love learning the material. I am determined to finish the program. It is hard work but really interesting.
Feb 5, '07Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 124; Likes: 63It will be easier if you get your pre-reqs and non nursing core classes out of the way.. you still need to read and study and it will sometimes seem really really hard.. but I know people in my class that are capable of getting A's but just can't because they are taking all the other courses assigned because they wanted to "do it in 2" well now they are struggling to pass both Anatomy II (which has a lab- so is 2 days a week- 5 hours total) and their English (3 hours a week) plus their Nsg 120 & 122 class (which is what like 20 hours) so they are in school 28-30 hours a week.. not counting studying! so obviously they don't have the time to really study.. get everything you can out of the way, it may take a year longer, but it will save you in the long run!! Good luck!
Feb 5, '07Occupation: Medical Specialty: Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1 ; Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 2,257; Likes: 366Quote from WannaBeNrseIf you're worried about the English/medical-ese part of nursing school, any health-related experience/knowledge you can learn ahead of time will help immensely. I think the terminology is what gets to me sometimes as I spend a lot of my reading time looking up terminology in my dictionary!!i am currently working on a medical assistant diploma via distance ed, so hopefully that will at least help me get back in the "study mode"....
Quote from WannaBeNrseWe have several single moms of small kids....child care is a huge issue, as is juggling everything for them, but at least one of them also works the weekends plus one day a week and she's doing quite well....it can be done...make sure you've got lots of childcare options for your kids' vacations, sick days, school closings because you won't be allowed much, if any, time off other than what's already scheduled while you're in school.I have two little daughters and will also have to work part-time during school.... do i even have a chance with all that? i plan on only working every other weekend, though.
Quote from WannaBeNrseGet as much as you can out of the way...the folks that are having to fill in with A&P, micro, history, etc., are going a little nuts between scheduling and the extra work. NS is a lot of information and reading and it's thrown at you FAST and FURIOUS!! Try to eliminate as many distractions as you can, read a lot that was written before me in this thread -- and GOOD LUCK!!the soonest i can start the actual nursing classes is 2009, anyway, due to the colleges waiting list. so i guess i got some time to prepare myself and at least get all the generals out of the way....
Feb 5, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: Ortho/Neuro, Med-Surg, ICU ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 644; Likes: 279Definitely try to get as many non-nursing courses completed as you can ahead of time. I have taken ALL of my liberal arts and science courses so I only have core nursing courses left, which equates to about 10-13 credits per semester. So far for me, nursing school is not hard per-se, but very challenging to juggle all the components successfully. There is theory class, lab and clinical with requirements to meet and assignments to complete for each component. Plus lots of extra study time outside of class, research and, and practice in the lab plus skill validations. You have to stay on top of everything, stay organized and have good time management skills.
Feb 6, '07Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 17; Likes: 2For me nursing school is not hard academically. The "hard" part about nursing school, is all the clinical experince, and having instructors that don't teach, and the pass or fail classes. I would rather get a grade then a P or F. Nothing is more stressful then knowing you have to recieve 100% on certain exams.
Nurses also have a tendency to kill their young..I had my fair share of this. I think I have gotten better at dealing with it, but it can be very tough.
Feb 6, '07Occupation: staffnurse at a residential center for children with behavioral issues Specialty: Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home ; Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 498; Likes: 47I really thought nursing school was a breeze.I had alot of experience prior as a patient care tech.N/A treatment aid as we were called back in the day. Ive always found medical issues interesting.Learnedon my own.To this day study and learn about diseases ongoing.Graduated fifth out of 45.without exserting sp?myself.Alot of persons failed out.So I dont think the academics were below par Everyone is different.Although I do hate Math and had to study that alittle .Other than that,for me wasnt hard.
Feb 7, '07Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 7Nursing school is ALOT of work and very stressfull!! But, if you are committed to being successful in the program and putting in the study time you will get through. . .it is definitley do-able. Just prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a very busy, intense schedule going in. I have a bachelor's degree in English literature from UCLA and this ADN degree is much more challenging! Good Luck!!
Feb 7, '07Occupation: Adolescent psych Specialty: Adolescent Psych, PICU ; Joined: Feb '03; Posts: 2,164; Likes: 384What makes NS hard is the amount of work you have to do in a short amount of time. You have no choice but to retain the material you learned because of the nature of tests in NS (critical thinking, NCLEX styel). You can't just memorize the info, you have to understand it. I'm really interested in the material so I enjoy studying and since I enjoy it I retain it fairly easy.
It is time consuming, but the material (IMO) isn't hard for me, but that is a very subjective statement to make.
I'm 33 years old, married with 2 young girls that I homeschool. I do very well in nursing school, never made anything less than a B and I do have a life. I also work part time as a nurse tech. I think being the age that I am gives me advantages, in fact most of the "older" students in my class who work, have families, etc do very well! I have single friends who don't work and are barely passing each semester (a couple have flunked out). So I actually think you probably have a lot more going for yourself than you realize!
Feb 7, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Med Surg, Specialty ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 763; Likes: 1,176It is a huge time investment. It really helps if you have a good support system, and, as another poster mentioned, it helps to have healthcare experience prior, such as CNA.
Feb 7, '07Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 7all I have to say to this post is
LOL!! Is nursing school hard ?!!
I learned how to "pray without ceasing..."
but, like a good friend of mine (in the medical field as well) said
"just jump through the hoops, take it one task at a time."
Feb 7, '07Occupation: Telemetry, surgical, IV team, FNP Specialty: Telemetry, Med-Surg, Educator, IV Team, FNP ; From: FL, US ; Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 287; Likes: 54My LPN program requires a 75% to pass and move on each semester. If you do not pass the ATI tests, which are set up to be similar to the NCLEX-PN you cannot move on either. It is very difficult if you have not taken andy A&P or Micro. I had a little previous experience as a CNA and from my BSN prereqs, and it has still been very difficult for me. You have to plan on your time in nursing school being devoted to school 100%. Make sure your friends and family understand that you are concentrating on school for that one year or how ever long your program is. You cannot make it through without support from your friends and family. It is very rewarding when you succeed and you know that it was EARNED
Feb 7, '07Occupation: Student Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 4I just started my nursing classes a month ago. I have already completed my gen eds, pre-reqs, and co-reqs. So....I have it easier than the people who have their co-reqs and gen eds to do along with nursing. I think that it is time consuming. I find myself wondering away from my books sometimes. We have our first nursing tests in the next 6-10 days. I am hoping I do well. This info we have now seems basic to me, but I already did my CNA in summer 06'. You can definately tell the difference between people who have their CNA and not. Us who have our CNAs grasp this infor much easier right now. The thing I am worried about is the test format is completely different from tests we have had before, even the science classes. We haven't had much guidance of what the tests are like, so many of us are wondering how the tests will actually be worded/format. We also have our Dosage calc test in two weeks and they have taught us nothing. I did my calculations book and have been reviewing it. My sister graduated with a BSN last month and she studied her butt off! I am in a BSN program. I was a straight A student before, not too sure how nursing will turn out. But, they told us during oreintation that the C and low B students will not be doing too well because the higher grading school and if they have a hard time grasping the basic gen ed stuff, they will have to work twice as hard to pull their weight. It is time consuming and a lot of information to take in, in a short amount of time, but I am hoping it will be rewarding as I anticipate. Try to be positive and work hard!