OMG I may have a nervous breakdown... - page 2

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  1. by   WSUCougarBSN
    Good grief. That is the worst thing I have EVER heard. That doesn't sound like nursing school... that sounds like prison. When I started nursing school, they told us that we are a family and that we have to pull together and help one another get through. I wore jeans to class, sometimes pajamas depending on how late I stayed up the night before...

    Is there a dean or someone there that you could go and talk to and express your concerns? I know at my school, our dean was very approachable. She knew everyone by first name, and we were sorry when she decided to take a new job.

    I was one of the older students in my class, and I was afraid that the "high school drama" would carry over into their approach to us on the first day. I was pleased to see that they treated us as adults (yet still with a lot of hand-holding).

    Bottom line is, for that amount of money, I would want some respect. I would talk to the dean, express your concerns, get their opinion (reminding them how much you want to be a nurse) and see where they guide you. After all, they are there to guide you (supposedly).

    I wish you luck!
  2. by   doesdad
    Well, you all have scared the b'Jesus out of me. I was hoping to work full time and do an lpn program at night - is that crazy?
  3. by   WhoNeedsaShot?
    Quote from DOESDAD
    Well, you all have scared the b'Jesus out of me. I was hoping to work full time and do an lpn program at night - is that crazy?
    My program is days 8-3 and I can honestly tell you that we had a hand full of people that worked full time start class, but as of last week, the last one of them failed out of the program.. he failed in Geriatrics.
    Now mind you he was having marital issues also..... So I honestly think he may have just given up.

    But all in all, 6 months into the program, of those of us that are left, if they work at all, its part time at best.

    Good Luck and Im sure if you want it, you will find a way to make it work.........
  4. by   NamasteNurse
    you know, I've been thinking and we have to realize that when we get 'out there' we are going to be working under an RN or MD and so had better get used to taking orders and doing what we're told. If the instructors are hard on you, I think it's probably a good thing to get used to. If you can't take it as a learning experience, either do something else or learn to love learning experiences! LOL..... :heartbeat
  5. by   doesdad
    LOL- From my Catholic school experiences, being taught by nuns, priests and Irish Christian brothers I know all about taking orders and doing what Im told.
  6. by   paddlelady
    I too went to Catholic schools throughout elementary and some of high school. I went to a Catholic nursing school. I was taught by nuns and priests. My RN training was at a Catholic school and hospital. However, for me it may have contributed to me being more rebelious and a bit wild. But I was very good in times of change in my years of nursing and had the ability to speak up for my profession as the oppression I felt in school was no longer severing me as a professional. So all those years of being threatened and the instilling the fear of guilt lead me to a place to become a stronger person . As I look back, it all seems so militaristic. I have always tryed to treat LPN's and nursing assistances as a strong part of the team and have tried not to feel like I was telling someone to do something but to teach them the essentials of patient care . I dont like commanding co-workers. I think we all work together for the patients greater and highest good.
    Anyway, this is an interesting discussion on learning techiniques in the current nursing arena. :heartbeat
  7. by   doesdad
    After much thought about the pros and cons of my own experience, I have to say that what I got from my early Catholic eduation was more positive than negitive. Oh sure, I rebelled and got a little crazy when I got to college, then again it was the early 70's. I did get shorted changed in some areas, for instance we had very little music and art and my grammer school didn't have a gym. However I know I did get a superior academic education, far beyond what I would have recieved in the local public school and certainly beyond what my parents could have afforded. As a freshman in college I was amazed at how advanced my courses in high school had been and I realized that the all famous CS DISIPLINE extended to studies and that I was a critical thinker.
    I also believe, or would like to believe that since my time Catholic schools have become more progessive and much, if not all of the physical and psychological abuse is gone.
  8. by   FTmomemployeestudent
    Quote from DOESDAD
    Well, you all have scared the b'Jesus out of me. I was hoping to work full time and do an lpn program at night - is that crazy?
    I currently work full time, married and have 4 children. I am in the nights and weekends program here which is tough because you have the same amount of material to learn in less time. Most of the previous nights/weekends students have been workers (which is why the program started) and usually most go to part time or quit their job entirely. I think if you really want this, take a DEEP breath, and push forward you can survive nursing school and work. It is tough but doable. I am currently in my third class (having already taken Fundamentals and Pharmacology) and I know it will get tougher but just take it one day at a time.
  9. by   doesdad
    4 kids and woking full time? God bless. The fact is that if I go for this I will put everything I have metally & physically into it and use every resource available to me. I will have to work full time - no doubt, but if it gets too tough I'll find a way of getting by with less income and tough it out until the end of the program. The program I'm looking at is only 13 months.
  10. by   paddlelady
    My experience in Catholic school was not a positive one. There was alot of psychological abuse. We did not have any of the arts and just some gym. The classes were very boring . My biology teacher would not approve me to take Chemistry which I needed as precollege course. She embarassed me in front of the class and told me that I would never be a nurse. The reason that she did not want to approve me for Chemistry is that I would kill the butterflys and pin them on a poster and bring to class like everyone else did. Me and my Mom started to cry when we had to do that. So I took pictures instead and brought pictures with the explanation of the species. Unacceptable to this woman. We all know how important our butterflys are to the planet. We had about 25 kids in that class we had to catch at least 10 butterflys. So 24 kids did that . Look at all the dead butterflys! Anyway , I transferred to public school and took my Chemistry and did well. Loved the labs. Took a course called Great Books and read the classics that I should have been reading in my other school. In fact I needed to catch up in most of my classes. So our Public school was much better than the Catholic school. They have since evolved. Thank goodness.
    Nice to share experiences.
  11. by   stasis_DC5
    Quote from wannabedone09
    whoneedsashotsaid? that was a perfect post.:bowingpur My school is the opposite of the original poster. The students come late all the time. Have cellphones going off. Texting in class my Lvn program is a joke. We are in our last semester and some students can't even take a B/P let alone know what b/P is they dont even know the blood flow of the heart. I would only let 2 students out of my whole class take care of me or my loved ones. I can see why schools are tough you are dealing with peolpes lives but my school doesnt seem to understand. All they understand is $$$$$
    hahaha! i definitely feel you on this one. my school is a joke too. they are all about the money. luckily we have been blessed with a couple of good instructors who care about their students and do their best to help us understand the material so we can pass the class. although our school is such a joke, i would trust everyone in my class to take care of me and my loved ones.

    btw i actually wished i was attending a school that was more like the thread starter's. i can definitely say that i'd be more knowledgeable and confident as a student.

    to the thread starter: good luck with everything!
  12. by   missjennmb
    Quote from ~Kristen~
    It is the same in my school as well - to the T! From the 10 point deductions if absent to the "being locked out if late".
    I'll trade you. If we miss class we get a zero on whatever was due. Period. I am halfway through my LPN program and took my first day off of class my daughters both had that horrific hourly vomiting stomach virus, and I got a zero on the pop quiz that was given that day. Earlier this semester one of our student's daughter was in the hospital due to an infection in her foot (it was really bad...she spent an entire week in the hospital) and she missed 1 test and 1 quiz and even came to class while her daughter was in the hospital (little kid type daughter too not teenager or adult or anything) and she got zeros on both. When we only have 4 tests per class...lets just say that I have no idea how she is going to manage to pass no matter how hard she tries. Generally speaking only 1-2 people out of 14 get an A, but we are all trying very hard (anyone who didnt was weeded out long ago).

    I'm sorry you're having so much trouble OP. I think the obsession with clothing is silly. Hopefully this new program will be better for you.
  13. by   dsomday
    Wow, when I read your post, I thought I had written it!! Seriously, I am 42 years old, a medical transcriptionist for 20+ years, and started NS in November. I am getting ready to enter my 2nd quarter, and it has been a rough one. I am lucky in that my school seems to WANT you to succeed, and gives you every opportunity to do just that. But still, there are people in my class who are failing, but it is their own fault. They miss too much class, and dont seem to study or take anything seriously. No cell phones are allowed in our classes either, but still students sneak and do it, and I have to admit it is very distracting.

    I myself am scared to death every time I walk into clinicals as I have NO patient experience whatsoever. I didnt have the benefits of being an aide prior to NS. I am so afraid I will cause harm to someone, it is paralyzing. Sometimes in class or clinicals I look around and have to ask myself just what the h*&* am I doing here? I cant believe what I have gotten myself into, and the fact that I actually WANT to do this job. I also am working part-time still, 25 hours a week, on top of going to school full-time, which makes it even more difficult.

    I do believe the other posters who have said that NS is tough, and the weeding out is important. I am lucky in that my class is small with only 12 people, which makes it a LOT easier. I am doing well in class, and i firmly believe that transcription has really given me an edge, and I am confident I will make it through. I am amazed sometimes by the knowledge I have gained already w/o even realizing it. Even if only 6 of us make it through, I KNOW I will be one of them. I will not let myself be defeated. Please dont give up your dream, or any allow anyone else to scare you into not pursuing it. If you have the dedication and the drive to make it through, you will. I wish you the best of luck!!