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Is nursing school really that hard?

Hi. My husband is currently in getting his RN from Alvin Community College and will graduate this May. He acts like it is a total piece of cake. In fact, I have never even seen him crack a book, but he makes all A's. (He says he does study a bit on his down time at work). I am pretty surprised by this since most people say nursing school is very hard. Maybe his school is just easier, but it was still pretty competitive to get in. He does have a BS and MA degree in HR Management so maybe nursing school is just easier than his other two degrees? Just wondered what others thought.

vamedic4, EMT-P

Has 23 years experience. Specializes in Peds Cardiology, Peds Neuro, PICU, IV Jedi.

Your husband is probably one of the .005% of the population that this happens to. All I have to say is GOOD FOR HIM!! For most people nursing school is very difficult indeed.

I don't think his nursing degree is any "easier", but if he's excelling in the way you describe, it's because this comes natural to him - and he obviously knows what he's doing.

Oh, and welcome to allnurses.com!!

vamedic4

Chick Fil A here I come

Very true, congrats to him!!! I'm currently in nursing school but it has been a hard road to get there and remain there. In order for me to even attempt to get into nursing school, I had to quit my semi-decent paying fulltime job, give up my beautiful apartment and move in with my boyfriend, sell my sports car (thee pride and joy) and have my parents be kind enough to give me one of their hand-me-down vehicles to make it to school every day. It's a lot of sacrifice but will pay off in the end. Please tell him to keep up the good work!! :)

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Has 20 years experience. Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor.

To me nursing makes complete sense. Everything seems to fit together for me and I never had a problem understanding anything in school (as far as nursing goes)... However, it is not the same song and dance with anything else. I cannot understand some subjects that people would find easy like Sociology. I had to take it twice to get a A and I had to work at this way more than any of my med-surg classes. I think there are some people that just have better nursing instincts and can intake and process this information easier. just my opinion...

I am a new graduate and I am relieved that it is over. It is not that it was real hard it is just very demanding. I had to manage children and school. This was tough. I do agree that if it comes to him that easily then this must be his calling. Hats off to him!!!!

I do not think nursing school is hard, I just think it is time consuming. The information is not that difficult to understand, you just have to make the time to read and understand. As for me, I had a good Anatomy background, so now, the chapters get easier for me to understand. I am doing GI, GU and skin intergrity.

I found it challenging physically & emotionally (on my feet for long hours at clinical, sleep deprivation-which can make anyone nuts) and intellectually (in a good way). I'd like to echo the poster that said it was demanding, because demanding it was. A lot was expected of us, and the scope of knowledge to synthesize in the (relatively) short amount of time in school was what made it hard.

I am a new graduate and I am relieved that it is over. It is not that it was real hard it is just very demanding. I had to manage children and school. This was tough. I do agree that if it comes to him that easily then this must be his calling. Hats off to him!!!!

Speaking of raising kids and going to nursing school....did y'all have to work full time and attend classes? How did that work for you?

I'm a single mom, looking for a career change at 40. Although I really want to go to school, I will still have to work. What about tuition? Pell Grants, etc...?

Any advice is greatly appreicated.

Kat

General E. Speaking, RN, RN

Specializes in floor to ICU.

Hi. My husband is currently in getting his RN from Alvin Community College and will graduate this May. He acts like it is a total piece of cake. In fact, I have never even seen him crack a book, but he makes all A's. (He says he does study a bit on his down time at work). I am pretty surprised by this since most people say nursing school is very hard. Maybe his school is just easier, but it was still pretty competitive to get in. He does have a BS and MA degree in HR Management so maybe nursing school is just easier than his other two degrees? Just wondered what others thought.

I'm applying to their LVN-RN transitional program in the Spring...if I get in, I'll let you know ;)

Yes, it is one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. I finished my ADN then went right back for my BSN. Obviously, it was not horrible but, yes, difficult.

I have not stopped getting certifications since either. I guess the education is addicting. The education and challenges are so rewarding.

Go for the Brass Ring.

The education is addicting and well worth it! I've been in the medical/patient care field for 10 years before finally deciding to upgrade my career in nursing and I admit this is the most challenging program I have ever done. I have two days (sometimes less) to study, memorize and KNOW chapters and then take the exam. I'm excited to continue on and see where the education takes me. Good luck to all!

Yes, it is one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. I finished my ADN then went right back for my BSN. Obviously, it was not horrible but, yes, difficult.

I have not stopped getting certifications since either. I guess the education is addicting. The education and challenges are so rewarding.

Go for the Brass Ring.

Speaking of raising kids and going to nursing school....did y'all have to work full time and attend classes? How did that work for you?

I'm a single mom, looking for a career change at 40. Although I really want to go to school, I will still have to work. What about tuition? Pell Grants, etc...?

Any advice is greatly appreicated.

Kat

I am a single mother of three children. One is a responsible 12 year old boy, one is a little rascal 5 year old boy and of course there is the princess. She is almost three! I am in my last year of a BSN. It has been difficult to say the least. Not the material for me but the time and juggling the roles of student, provider and mother. I have no family to help but there are grants and scholarships out there for single moms. I am making it but it is the most difficult challenge of my life! Many hours of reading, research, clinical rotations, papers, etc. During each semester I loose sleep!!!! But in the end it will be worth it. It is interesting and the challenges are rewarding! Good luck to you and if you have family to help, enlist them before you make the leap!

mizzou_ivy

Has 6 years experience.

Hi. My husband is currently in getting his RN from Alvin Community College and will graduate this May. He acts like it is a total piece of cake. In fact, I have never even seen him crack a book, but he makes all A's. (He says he does study a bit on his down time at work). I am pretty surprised by this since most people say nursing school is very hard. Maybe his school is just easier, but it was still pretty competitive to get in. He does have a BS and MA degree in HR Management so maybe nursing school is just easier than his other two degrees? Just wondered what others thought.

Great for him! Do you do all the household chores (i.e. cooking, cleaning, kids, etc.)? Just wondering because most folks in the nursing programs feel that nursing school is one of the hardest things they will ever do. What you have to understand is that most nursing students today are not fresh out of high school straight into college types. Most have had other careers, jobs, families, responsibilities. I commend him if nursing school is easy just wonder what it's like to follow him on the floor?

Funny you should ask if I do all the chores! Actually, he does a majority of the chores! I know I'm lucky to be married to such a great guy. Like I said, nursing school appears to be a breeze for him. He also works about 32 hours a week and also has plenty of time for TV, hobbies, chores etc. Last year when he was in school, I was finishing up grad. school in psyc. which appeared to comsume much more of my time then his school, so he did many more of the household tasks. Now that I am finally finished and work full-time, he still does almost everything! I just tend to get overwhelmed easily and he doesn't at all. We are young and do not have children yet so I'm sure things are much easier for us! He will finish in May and we cannot wait for him to begin his nursing career!

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