I know it's hard. But is it really that hard?

  1. 26 year old male wanting to become a nurse. I'll be doing my pre reqs soon. ( The reason why I want to become a nurse is become I love being around elderly people who can't help them selves.) My question is nursing school really that hard in community college. I know nothing about science or math. How hard is this road? Besides assisting those in need I want a job that a robot won't be able to replace me..
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  3. by   klone
    I didn't find it hard so much as something that requires a lot of persistence and just putting your head to the grindstone. Lots of things to do. Sort of like that old saying "What's the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

    YMMV.
  4. by   Stillthinkin
    One bite at a time.. I love that thank you
  5. by   cleback
    Depends. Are your study habits good? Will you have a lot of competing responsibilities in school (family, full time job, etc.)? How competitive is your nursing program (admission rates, GPA)?

    The content is not that hard to grasp, particularly if you're interested in biology and social sciences. What tends to make the program hard is the level of competition for some schools and the fact that returning students have full lives already. I would be realistic in carving out time for studies and developing good study habits early. If you're able to do those things, you should be fine.
  6. by   Lucydog14
    It's not hard so much as it a massive amount of information that you have to assimilate in a short period of times. Plus it's not so much just remembering stuff but it's learning how to apply it. Good luck.
  7. by   Stillthinkin
    Quote from cleback
    Depends. Are your study habits good? Will you have a lot of competing responsibilities in school (family, full time job, etc.)? How competitive is your nursing program (admission rates, GPA)?

    The content is not that hard to grasp, particularly if you're interested in biology and social sciences. What tends to make the program hard is the level of competition for some schools and the fact that returning students have full lives already. I would be realistic in carving out time for studies and developing good study habits early. If you're able to do those things, you should be fine.
    Part time job no kids and the gpa level is a 2.5 in the community college. I've never been interested in biology but I do love social sciences
  8. by   Stillthinkin
    Was was the toughest for you?
  9. by   Horseshoe
    It all depends. How much raw intelligence do you possess? Do you have the ability to read and memorize large volumes of information and retain that information even after the exam? Do you learn new material easily? Can you organize your study time appropriately, prioritizing according to "hints" professors give you? Can you accurately and quickly do basic math and algebra? Do you do well with timed tests or tasks? Do you take criticism well, or do you get defensive and blame others for your shortcomings? Do you fall apart when taken to task, breaking into tears and making a catastrophe out of a critical comment? Do you have a lot of other responsibilities competing with study time? Are you physically fit and able to perform physical tasks associated with nursing? Do you freeze up when having to demonstrate a skill or when asked on the spot a question about something you were supposed to have read or learned?

    How do you handle stress? Can you think on your feet? Can you remain calm in a crisis? Do you have a good amount of common sense? Can you apply "book knowledge" to real life situations? Do you require a lot of direction and hand holding? Are you offended easily by rude or stressed out people (who will be patients, their family members, and other members of the health care team)?

    All of these factors will play into whether or not you find nursing school and actual nursing to be "hard."
    Last edit by Horseshoe on May 3
  10. by   not.done.yet
    I always have felt that schooling for nursing isn't so much hard as it is voluminous.

    Of course you can do it. Look how many already have.
  11. by   not.done.yet
    Quote from Stillthinkin
    Part time job no kids and the gpa level is a 2.5 in the community college. I've never been interested in biology but I do love social sciences
    If your GPA is 2.5 you will need to raise it to be a competitive applicant. Unfortunately there are not enough instructors for all the people who wish to be nurses. Getting into school is one of the hardest parts.
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Horseshoe
    It all depends. How much raw intelligence do you possess? Do you have the ability to read and memorize large volumes of information and retain that information even after the exam? Do you learn new material easily? Can you organize your study time appropriately, prioritizing according to "hints" professors give you? Can you accurately and quickly do basic math and algebra? Do you do well with timed tests or tasks? Do you take criticism well, or do you get defensive and blame others for your shortcomings? Do you fall apart when taken to task, breaking into tears and making a catastrophe out of critical comment? Do you have a lot of other responsibilities competing with study time? Are you physically fit and able to perform physical tasks associated with nursing? Do you freeze up when having to demonstrate a skill or when asked on the spot a question about something you were supposed to have read or learned?

    How do you handle stress? Can you think on your feet? Can you remain calm in a crisis? Do you have a good amount of common sense? Can you apply "book knowledge" to real life situations? Do you require a lot of direction and hand holding? Are you offended easily by rude or stressed out people (who will be patients, their family members, and other members of the health care team)?

    All of these factors will play into whether or not you find nursing school and actual nursing to be "hard."
    This. ^^ And to be honest, getting good grades and passing the NCLEX aren't all that hard...it's being able to critically think and apply what you've learned to the next situation, and the next, and the next.
  13. by   cleback
    Quote from Stillthinkin
    Was was the toughest for you?
    I hate performing physical tasks under pressure (give me an exam or paper any day... just don't ask me to demonstrate x skill while 5 people watch me). Some of the nursing instructors were quite brutal and seemed to be looking for those they deemed unsafe for practice, as opposed to working with you to fulfill course expectations. So that was pretty intimidating. But I got through, and for other people, that performance piece is no problem.
  14. by   Everline
    Yes, it really is that hard...depending on what your definition of "hard" is. Nursing school was one of the hardest things I've done in my life. Others will say they breezed through and went to parties on the weekends. Oh and they LOVED their clinical rotations AND their clinical instructors! Me? I disliked it all and studied until my eyes went bad. But then, I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree. The volume of information they expected us to learn in no time was mind boggling. And then the tests were like no other tests I'd taken before and I'd already gotten an undergraduate degree. Not to mention the emotional roller coaster ride they put us on. But I survived. And eventually I even found that despite my intense dislike of nursing school, I love being a nurse.

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