Not as hard as I anticipated.... - page 4
O.k. I am only a first semester student, but I was under the impression from other students that nursing school was going to be insanely difficult. (I am in an accelerated BSN program by the way) ... Read More
May 27, '07Quote from decartesThis is pretty much how I feel, most days. I'm almost 3 quarters done with my ABSN program and 99% of the time I LOVE studying because I LOVE the things I'm learning! I don't find studying to be difficult or a chore because I am excited to learn the material, and I try to find ways to make it easier to understand for me.I personally wouldn't call nursing school easy out of respect and the fact that it's not easy. However, I enjoyed the knowledge and the challenge of its application. Maybe you find it "easy" because you are enjoying what you are doing. I sure did.
I don't usually feel too stressed out, although when I asked my boyfriend the other day if I seemed stressed he shouted a resounding Yes, so I guess I just don't notice it. After a while stress becomes my norm, so it's not even noticeable.
May 27, '07Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25How is it possible for her to be gravida 1 para 3? Isn't she pregnant now? I assume so since you ask about the baby's condition. She would at least have to be gravida 2.
Sorry! Grav 3 Para 1 you guys know what I mean! LOL
May 27, '07Quote from sistermikeWhoa... I am sure you didn't direct this at me, but rather were probably speaking in general. However, I do not do well in school by memorzing facts. In an earlier post I had stated that I flat out stink at rote memorization. I have a horrible time just memorizing information -- I need to learn it. Thus, when I study (whatever subject, nursing or non-nursing), I focus on learning the material, and not memorizing. So I am not doing well in school because I have a good memory. I do well because I try extremely hard and try to learn it.
And as I stated before, I understand that there will be plenty of challenges in nursing school -- especially in the latter semesters. I am not trying to imply that nursing school is easy for me. I am just saying that it definitely isn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.
Like CRNAHopeful, I think a lot of it comes down to attitude. I am probably the most cheerful and optimistic person you will meet. I rarely have bad days, and when I wake up in the morning, I tell myself "today is going to be a good day!" I am also big into running (training for my 1st marathon actually) and that helps me focus on school as well. I think my attitude helps me out a ton in school -- because a lot of people around me are "freaking" out and getting stressed out because we are in nursing school. I, on the other hand, am excited to be where I am, excited to learn, excited about my professors and classmates, and as a direct result I am doing awesome and not having much difficultly.
Sistermike, yea I just meant in general- thats good your a cheerful person, mindset will help alot in nursing school. I was depressed most of the time, because I went from A's in micro, A&P, and everything else to barely passing Fundamentals. I had always thrived on the competition to get the best grade in class.
I think I was in a state of shock for most of my first semester and it took me awhile to adjust.Not to mention the curve is high 76%. Its kinda like boot camp- your in class everyday 4 days a week with the same group of people (not always good) and struggling to not the let pressure get to you. Just doing return demonstrations was soooo scary for me because of my fear of public speaking.
I also have 2 small children. I dont know if you said you have kids but that helps alot if you dont have kids yet. Anyway just get through one exam at a time! I can see how some might say its easy. It depends on your situation.
Good luck- sorry if I sounded rude, its hard to get tone of voice across on the message boards.
May 27, '07I felt the same way my first semester, easy as pie. Just wait until next semester it gets soooooo much worse.
May 28, '07I am entering fourth term next week. I just finished patho of the systems and of course their medications as you could see from my medication lists posts. (BTW i have a new set of meds for musculoskeletal) To be honest it was an odd term. Of course I loved the amount of information I have learned but thats not what I mean. Im talking about how I did exceptionally well in endocrine, cardio and respiratory, (the "harder" subjects) and did less then my standard on GI, musculoskeletal, and neuro, (the "easier" of the subjects) Odd how that worked out ^^
I am just glad to be closer to graduating! And next term I get to care for babies and mommys! Woot!
May 28, '07I had the exact same reaction in my first semester as the OP. I just finished my third semester out of four. I have to admit, it's gotten MUCH harder. I've still managed to do really well in the classes, and while the material does get more conceptually difficult, that isn't really the hardest thing in nursing school to me. It's getting such a good understanding of things that you are able to apply them both on tests and in clinical. Med-Surg II was supposedly the hardest class in the program. The material wasn't easy, but it was the competencies and the amount of knowledge expected in CLINICAL that made the difference.
So, it will get harder, definitely. But also more interesting.
May 28, '07Sistermike:
For you this is a second degree, but for many this is a first degree. Imagine not only learning nursing but how to study, write papers, organize, etc. It can be overwhelming for someone who has had only high school and pre-reqs. I'm at a community college and many of the students did not have the best high school education. Some do not speak English that well. The program is really difficult for them and I am really impressed.
As a second degree student what I do find is the extremely difficult multiple choice questions they give us, I assume in preparation for the NCLEX. It's not enough to know the material, you must also decipher the questions...
May 28, '07I'm glad it's easy for you. May it always be that way. My last 2 terms of nursing school were extremely difficult for me, but then again I have 3 active children and a work-a-holic husband that took top priority over my school work. I was grateful to receive 1 A, and 2 C's for my very last grades. Several of my friends failed a class or 2 and didn't graduate. (One close friend was getting an "A", took the Hesi, failed it and ended up with 77%=F for the class. I think the difficulty of nursing school greatly depends on how your program is .
May 28, '07I'm in an accelerated BSN program too and I haven't found it to be crazy difficult either. I'm in my second semester (of 4) and so far so good. Just got my first adult health 2 test back and I got a 94! Whoo hoo!
I find it helps to organize my notes from each lecture into double column notes. It's the only thing that works for me.
May 28, '07I have an engineering degree and obtaining that was pretty hard, especially since I also worked full time..tons of work and having to study all the time will not scare me...failing nursing school is not an option for me...so far, from what I read on the site, the scariest thing for me is the clinicals...I just hope I don't end up with a clinical instructor who doesn't like me and is bent on failing me...that's the only thing I'm nervous about so far
May 28, '07I am finding school to be easier than I thought. I was a CNA for over two years, and I think that really helped. I did think Pathopharm was hard and I worked my butt off for my B, but it wasn't my kind of class, one that interested me highly so I had to force myself to study. Med surge was hard too, worked hard for that B, but it wasn't understanding the material it was the NCLEX style tests we had. So while I could explain concepts to anyone and well, and did very well in my clinical, NCLEX would biff me a bit, always get down to the two right answer but psyched myself out of the best answer.