Quote from alexsys
ns takes up more time than just any program. it is much more time consuming. to say people that gained weight during ns probably pigged out on junk food and just didnt exercise is just plain generalizing. in your second post, you stated that was your experience, which you failed to state in your first post. as i said, this coming from someone that has not been in a nursing program yet. you will see how going through ns is different than obtaining a different type of degree (when you get into ns) i do not disagree that health should be a priority, but we all didnt pig out on junk food simply because we went to ns
this is a public forum. 95% of the posts are opinion. it's fine that you don't agree with me. i don't agree with what you say. however, i don't feel the need for anyone
preface each of their posts with the statement "this is my opinion so be sure to take it with a grain of salt." it's simply understood that a forum is just that, a public medium for an open discussion of ideas and opinions. you have to consider that not everyone thinks the same or has the same background, and that your experience doesn't trump that of anyone else. i realize that i am reading, for the most part, peoples opinions and experiences, and that they are not necesarily the last-say on a particular subject. but i do respect their opinions.
as for my first post, you obviously did not catch the subtly of my words. i said: "i bet that a large number of people who report weight gain in nursing school (or any school or new profession for that matter), probably didn't work out, and turned to quick-fix food, such as junk food and fast food."
this clearly implies that:
1) by using the word "bet" i am wagering, or theorizing on this topic.
2) by saying "people who report weight gain" i am referencing the people who have already voiced their opinions on this topic, and have in fact reported weight gain. i am clearly not lumping just nurses together, as i state that this also commonly occurs with other students and professionals. rather, i am hypothesizing that from what has been said (much of it on this forum), that the two main reasons for weight gain are poor eating habits and lack of movement.
3) by using the word "probably" i am clearly saying that this was what i think likely
happened. take that word out, and i would have made a very definitive statement. however, since it's there i am only theorizing.
4) i did not limit my observation to only nurses. i clearly stated that many people who start something new, such as nursing school, any other school, or a new job, often find themselves in situations of limitation. this limitation usually is one of time and resources.
5) i did not
say that anyone
"pigged out" in any
of my posts. in fact, i said nothing at all about the quantity of food consumed, merely about the quality. people can just as easily "pig-out" on healthy food!
6) by saying that people often turn to "quick-fix" foods, i used junk-food and fast food as an example and relate that by saying "such as". if people did not do this, then there would be nary a vending machine or mcdonald's to be seen. i was merely stating that the likelihood exists. for me, "quick-fix" foods are typically fruit, fresh vegetables, and pre-prepared meals. however, that is not the case for many.
7) finally, the evidence from this very forum:
-"and gained a lot of weight from all those late nights and unnecessary eating sessions."
-"i gained 10 pounds and lost considerable muscle mass."
-"i gained around 50 to 60 pounds...out of nursing school since may but have kept the same eating habits (food for comfort and much easier than excercise)."
-"i, too, gained 35 pounds during nursing school. however, i have not lost the nursing school weight. in fact, i have gained an additional 10 pounds by way of eating fast food on the run and living a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle."
-" i'm starting back to school in two weeks and have been contemplating my 5 lb. weight gain last semester. my downfall is dinners...we seem to be eating drive-thru more often than not. i'm sure that contributes a lot. we all make good choices for breakfast and lunch but dinner is a problem."
- i have probably gained 10lbs from eating out of the vending machines and at burger king! too tired and lazy...lol to exercise"
in all i feel that i clearly gave my opinion. you just don't agree with it. and that's fine. i don't agree with your opinion that a nursing program is more difficult to handle than "any program". you obviously worked very hard throughout your studies, and took them very seriously. that's wonderful. however, as hard as it is to believe, nursing is difficult but it's not the only college major that's difficult and time consuming.
i think that there are many other degrees that suck up a lot of time, and although i'm not in the nursing classes yet, from my experiences (aka in-my-opinion) i think that it will be hard, but manageable. everyone is different. for you, it may have been very difficult. i just find it rather narrow-minded to think that "ns takes up more time than just any program". there are many degrees and disciplines that have as much "practical application" as a nursing degree. what about pre-med? they take many of the same classes, including many more difficult math and science classes, and most pre-med students immerse themselves in the field through jobs and internships to make themselves more appealing to med schools. or how about music? music students take a huge number of 1 credit courses that often meet a minimum of 3 hours a week, usually meeting for 6-10 actually hours a week. musicians also spend up to 6 hours a day practicing their instrument. or what about education majors? the spend several semesters student-teaching and often have classes that require observation and hands on experience, which is always outside of classroom work. or what about foreign language students that are required to spend countless hours in the lab? many disciplines involve a ton of practical application, as well as schooling. most undergraduate programs are all about 130 credit hours, no matter what major! anything outside of that 130 credit hours is practical application, may it be clinical or something else. i think that it is ridiculous and rather narrow minded to think that only a nursing student will have a schedule that "will take up the majority of your time, even away from class". i have the utmost of respect for students of any major and discipline, and it is my opinion that any student should work hard, and try to make the best effort to balance their studies, social life, and personal time.
if your opinion is that nursing students work the hardest, so be it. however, if you were to ask my opinion on the same subject in year, i can guarantee that it will be the same. and it will still be my opinion.
anyway, this is the last i'll say of this. if you have any other concerns about this matter please pm directly so that we can give the op the thread back. i think that aside from this, everyone seems to have great advice for the op, and i really hope that you'll be able to make things work for you! good luck!
oh, and here's a good thread to look at: