Nursing school is stressful - page 2

Arrgggghhhhhh! Let it all out! Breath... We all know that nursing school can be stressful but it seems that some are coping more than others. What are your secrets? Click Like if you enjoyed... Read More

  1. by   yetunde becky
    nurses cartoon relieves ones psychological problems
  2. by   bols27
    I am not being a troll here, but I am just finishing my first year of a 2 year program and I don't understand what all the fuss was about. I mean by no means is nursing school easy but there is no way it is as hard as everyone makes it out to be. I have actually lost weight while in school (I am a 6'4" man who started nursing school at 250 lbs and am currently hovering just under 240). My grades suffered for the first semester (by suffered I mean I got my first B in my college career) due to "weed out" classes that were incredibly poorly taught, and this semester I have actually had time to start golfing more than I ever have since highschool. I think it is all about where you are coming from. If you are trying to transition to nursing school from a cushy college schedule then yes I am sure it is quite a culture shock, if you are transitioning to nursing school from an 80 hour a week job that has you so stressed out you are hypertensive at age 28, then it feels like a vacation. Everything in life is about prespective, I think talking up nursing school to be like a 2-4 year boot camp is a disservice to prospective nurses and only creates more anxiety for what seem to be a group of people that are already prone to be quite anxious. Just my 2 cents.
  3. by   Patti_RN
    Interesting perspective, bols. Nursing school is what the student puts into it. Of course there are people who absorb information like they're sponges, and others who have to review multiple times with multiple techniques. Some of my nursing school classmates 'ran the numbers' each time they took a test; they'd figure out exactly what they needed to get on the next one to pass. For me, the stress of hovering on the edge of failure would be much, much more stressful than studying 50 hours per week. Besides, this was my one chance to learn everything I could; I was going to make the most of the experience.

    People have different aptitudes for different subjects. My forte is verbal skills; my ability to grasp math is marginal and it's a battle to learn and retain complex math. For me, nursing school was way tougher than law school, but others would say the opposite. Most everyone thinks nursing school is grueling, so it's more like 'fair warning' than creating undo anxiety in future nursing students.

    Many instructors have pointed out that those who get the best grades are often the ones who struggle in clinicals, and visa versa. Thankfully you're able to go golfing and enjoy some leisure time. That wasn't my experience; and it doesn't seem to be the typical nursing student's experience.
  4. by   staceym
    I am waiting for my acceptance letter and have been grappling with how to "feel" about entering nursing school. You often hear how hard it is in regards to difficult tests, grasping a vast amount of knowledge quickly and the intimidation of clinicals. I find both bols and patti's perspectives interesting. I agree with Patti that what you get out of something comes from how much you put into it-attitude really is everything. I would love to have Bols's confidence, but the unknown and the thought of not taking care of a patient properly concerns me to the point of jitters. My goal is to really find a balance: confidence in my ability to learn and make mistakes along with the stress of getting all the reading, studying and comprehension in that I can for an assignment/test/care plan,etc. I do not want to be the type of student to get worked up over things I cannot change so I am going into nursing school with a positive attitude and confidence that I earned my spot there for a reason. I know from my volunteer hours that nursing is what I want to do, I just need to focus on that when an amount of work/reading/difficult test feels daunting. "One day at a time" will be my motto.
  5. by   momtojosh did you do on the math in nursing school?
    Math is NOT forte...i struggle and get all anxious just thinking about it....and to have to do a calculation in front of an instructor is very nerve wracking for me.....i go blank......i have to be able to take my time and figure it without pressure....i will be starting the RN program in the fall....i went thru LPN school 5 yrs ago....i havent done a doasge cal since then...
    i know this is one portion of the program i will be getting extra help in!!
  6. by   Patti_RN
    Momtojosh, congrats on your acceptance to school this fall! I'm sure my math skills are way, way beneath yours, and I pulled it together! Funny thing is, you do this stuff for school and after graduation, you rarely have to repeat any of it... and if you do, there's always someone to ask.

    Identifying your weaknesses is half the battle. Some people don't even know what they don't know. I'd go back through any old nursing books you have and have a look at drug calculations. It's so much easier without the stress of other classes, the dread of dealing with the instructor and fellow students staring at you while you try to come up with the answers. You have four months until school starts; that's about as long as your first semester--surely you can review and even get a head start on the math over the summer. Call the nursing school where you'll be attending; ask them what books they use and what the expectations are for drug calculations or other math. Schools and instructors like students who are responsible and set themselves up for success.

    Go to that big online bookseller (or your local library) and do a search for 'drug caluclations nursing' or 'math nurses'. I just did this and a bunch of interesting titles popped up. (I hate the name of those titles 'For Dummies', but the books are great. They start out with the basic concepts but cover all the information you need, and are written by professors in the subject--just delivered in a way that anyone can understand.) For $25 you can get a couple used books and spend an hour a night reviewing them (or free from your library, if they have something suitable). By September you'll easily have covered all the math for the entire program. Instead of starting your program with a fear that you're behind, you can start out ahead, feeling confident about what used to be a weakness--and be able to concentrate on other subjects!

    You can do this! Good luck!
  7. by   ♑ Capricorn ♑
    To not stress over that you cannot change.
  8. by   staceym
    I think it's "what" not "that"
    But great quote
  9. by   itsajob
    Here's a concept. Think carefully before you choose nursing. Considering looking into a career that pays about the same a nursing, yet doesn't have anywhere near as much of mind-bending stress and responsibility that nursing has. Case in point, I have two friends that have basic four-year degrees. They are now working with computers, make over $70K/year. And the best part? They never come home stressed that they may have killed somebody by accident.