new student, not what it seems. - page 3
I am 9 weeks into an accelerated bsn program. we just finished all of our skills checkoffs and start clinical rotations soon. So far i have taken 4 theory tests and did 9 check offs, above average. I... Read More
May 18, '09Occupation: student From: AU ; Joined: May '09; Posts: 31; Likes: 1where there is a will
there is a way
May 18, '09Occupation: Medsurg RN Joined: Dec '07; Posts: 207; Likes: 47All nursing schools conduct their programs and expectations differently (not all nursing schools are the same). But one thing I can say about my program is (i just completed number 3 of a 5 semester BSN program) Intro and fundamentals were not that hard. It definitely gets harder towards the middle and thats because the content is much more, it's focusing on disease processes as well as skills, and there is a lot more material to cover in a shorter amount of time later than in the beginning of the program. I study alot moe now than I did the first and second semester and have to take an Exit exam after the final for every course starting with fundamentals. That's how my school is, and what I have experienced up to this point. Oh I have 2 children, and a fiancee that I wouldn't be able to get through this without.
May 18, '09Occupation: Student, wife, and Mom of 3, and that is plenty! From: US ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 900; Likes: 298I think it's true that everyone's experience is different. In my program 1st semester was Fundamentals and Pharmacology. I breezed through Funamentals probably because of my CNA experience but Pharm almost killed me! The next semester was Med/Surg 1 and OB/Peds. I loved OB/Peds and devoured the content; Med/Surg 1 almost killed me, lol! We will see how I do in Med/Surg 2 this Fall...I've heard it's hard...but I've heard 4th semester is much better with Transitions to nursing practice which has no tests and Psych which is a lot of short papers and 3 tests plus a final. I think if you can keep on top of all the stuff i.e. careplans, papers, clinicals, reading, etc. it's doable.
May 19, '09Occupation: Looking From: US ; Joined: May '09; Posts: 15; Likes: 3I haven't even started school yet. I have registered and now where I am going. I am scared I can't lie. I been dreaming for years to be an RN. So far I've had some people tell me it's hard. I guess my biggest worry is knowing how bad I want it.
Right now I am going to go to Wallace Community College in Dothan, AL. I just got my finacial aid and have to go talk with a counselor. One of my main questions I guess would be should I take all my academic classes and leave my nursing classes last. Or try to take them as they are noted on my sheet of course examples. As of right now I figured I would knock out all of the academics and leave the nursing classes for the end so I could focus better on them rather then learning to be a nurse and then worrying about passing math, Bio, Phy, Eng all together!
I hope someone could tell me what they think about that idea so far!
May 19, '09Occupation: Student, wife, and Mom of 3, and that is plenty! From: US ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 900; Likes: 298I went into my program with all my prereq classes done, except English, and I did that one in the Summer last year so I could concentrate on nursing classes only my last 2 years. It has worked out best for me that way. It depends on your situation though, I have paid for college myself all the way through, so I could take as many or as few hours as I wanted. If you're doing financial aid you may have to take a certain amount of hours each semester so you might need to save a class or two back for that. For example our 2nd semester is only 7 hours, so some of my fellow students had to take a wellness class to fill the gap to 10 hours for their financial aid. Just check if you can to see what your semesters will be like if you have financial aid...otherwise those classes over with now! Hope this helps!
May 19, '09Occupation: Medsurg RN Joined: Dec '07; Posts: 207; Likes: 47I'd get all the none nursing class out of the way if I could. At my school you can't even apply to the program until all prereqs are completed and with good reason. I have a 17 credit hour load a semester of nothing but nursing so if I had prereqs on top of all those nursing classes I think my gpa would suffer as well as actually learning the stuff and storing it long term verses just knowing it to pass the class and in a few months time you hardly recall anything because you didn't have time to learn it well enough for long term memory storage.
May 19, '09Occupation: RN - Med Surg From: US ; Joined: Mar '08; Posts: 709; Likes: 155Quote from jeanyisLast time I checked, above average grades only come to those who go the extra mile...Which nurse do I want taking care of me: The one who gets "above average" grades without studying, or one who goes the extra mile and actually cares to learn, comprehend, and apply the content?
To the OP: thank you for posting this. Because it is nice to hear that nursing school isn't always the hardest thing in the world. Good grades come easier to me and I consider it a total blessing. Because when I study something, I actually retain it, and can better apply it when needed. Apparently not many people appreciate hearing how well others are doing. But I sure do.
Maybe you broke some sort of code, where you are not allowed to say that it really isn't "what is seems"
May 19, '09Occupation: Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Specialty: Psych ; From: US ; Joined: May '08; Posts: 472; Likes: 745Quote from ddr436"i do not think nursing school is as hard as everyone makes it seem." "I think people exagerate a lot.'lol i dont understand why people are getting so hateful. i wasnt trying to make anyone mad i was just trying to understand why its not as hard for me and really hard for some poeple. and like i said I DO study i do comprehend the material. i think a lot of people that are reading my post are thinking that im saying its so easy and anyone can do it..no thats not what i said. I know its not supposed to be easy...which is why i am confused. i realize that im only 9 weeks in that is WHY I AM ASKING FOR OTHER PEOPLES EXPERIENCES. not lectures, not "what nurse would i want to take care of me" nonsense. soooo i hope people are not wishing i fail haha.
i have a test today so we will see how THAT one goes
thanks for all the positive responses and feedback. and NO THANKS to criticism and lectures. be a little more compassionate people. all i want is feedback about your experiences.
Well...since you don't seem to understand how you might be coming across...I'll venture a guess that you ruffled some feathers when instead of stopping with not finding it hard, you then when on to suggest that folks who ARE can't possibly be serious.
May 20, '09Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 13; Likes: 11im not trying to undermine anyone. its just that i have spoken so several nursing students who set me up to think that this is the hardest thing anyone could ever go through...
and you know you've heard it too..its out there.
i just wanted to see what was going on, not bring anyone down.
May 20, '09Occupation: Student/ Pizza Delivery Driver Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Neuro ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '08; Posts: 183; Likes: 94About the prereqs. I was able to get into my program without all of mine done, but I was the only one my year. I ended up with 24 credits (all nursing, A and P, chem and nutrition) in one semester. However, I passed. And this was my first semester, so yes first semester is considerably less of a challenge than other semesters, but I sincerely hope that you find nursing school as easy all the way through! There is nothing wrong with that.
May 20, '09Joined: May '09; Posts: 431; Likes: 158I felt the same way up unit my last semester of nursing school and it was then that I realized that there is nothing easy about nursing school.You really have to understand chemistry,physics,biology science in general and apply it to nursing in order to understand the diseases processes and nursing practice.You must master the physical assesment and learn all the nursing procedures (and there are many of them) in order to be be a SAFE nurse (that is why the instructors stress the importance of developing a good physical assessment skills.Just imagine when you graduate your patients will trust you with their lives and you will need to prove that you have all it takes to be a competent nurse so there is nothing really easy about nursing.
May 22, '09Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 84; Likes: 56Hi,
I suggest taking all of the basic classes first. My program actually makes you take those classes first before you can even get accepted into the program. I think it's a smarter way to do it. I am currently taking Micro now which is the last class I have to take before I petition in June for the nursing clinicals. I'm glad that I will just have to focus only on the nursing classes themselves.
May 22, '09Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 99; Likes: 50I get good grades- high As - and I work very hard. I have children, I homeschool a high-schooler, and my spouse travels. My youngest is a preschooler. I have lots of problems just like everyone else. I take tests well, but I also understand and remember what I read and can apply it in clinical. I do well in clinicals, too. But when you start seeing your class shrink every semester, you'll realize that your fellow students are not exaggerating. And it can happen to you- we've had students with baccalaureate degrees in sciences flunk out.
I also recognize how very much harder I *could* be working- if I had more time, or fewer responsibilities outside of school, I could study so much more and deepen my knowledge on all levels. There isn't enough time in the day to do so. If you find the program easy so far, I suggest you buckle down and work harder; it can only benefit you and your patients.
A lot of what's hard is the stress- and that's not always academic stress, though the head-game test questions are exhausting. But a good deal of the stress comes from seeing so many seriously ill patients and taking care of them. Feeling awkward giving that first bed bath to a man who smells like a homeless person on the D train. Cleaning up people who can't control their bowels and are old and ashamed of being a burden. Knowing elderly patients aren't going to get the rehab they need for their injuries because their insurance won't cover it. Feeling overwhelmed with love and your own inadequacy when a young guy who's permanently damaged himself with heroin and cocaine thanks you tenderly for that heparin shot even though he doesn't know what you're giving him. Seeing jaded nurses and doctors and nurse-practitioners hurt people physically or emotionally, and seeing those nurses and doctors who are so wonderful you want to emulate them in every way. Putting an NG tube into an unconscious patient and they start retching and you don't know if you're doing it right. Watching someone die. All while being frightened you're doing something wrong or might forget to put the bed back down and get yourself expelled over something stupid.
This is heavy. Take it seriously.