Is Nursing School Hard? - page 4

How hard is nursing shcool? Did many of you have difficult times when you went to nursing school? What motivated you and how did you make it through?... Read More

  1. by   MLEkim
    I've read the first few posts about nursing school seeeming not so hard. I really don't get it. NURSING SCHOOL IS HARD. Many of my classmates have dropped, thrown-up, cried, had nervous breakdowns, lost or gained weight. Nursing school is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I had a 4.0 GPA until i went to nursing school. It has butchered my GPA. I'm not sure if it is my school that is difficult, but i have worked my butt off for many a measly B's. NURSING SCHOOL IS HARD. BRACE YOURSELF!!!
  2. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from MLEkim
    I've read the first few posts about nursing school seeeming not so hard. I really don't get it. NURSING SCHOOL IS HARD. Many of my classmates have dropped, thrown-up, cried, had nervous breakdowns, lost or gained weight. Nursing school is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I had a 4.0 GPA until i went to nursing school. It has butchered my GPA. I'm not sure if it is my school that is difficult, but i have worked my butt off for many a measly B's. NURSING SCHOOL IS HARD. BRACE YOURSELF!!!
    They must have amnesia!

    Im out of school since May, and I have forgotten somewhat the stress of nursing school. But I will never claim it easy. Nope, no way. Untrue.
  3. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from SillyLilly


    Nothing prepares you well enough for the first year.
    Amen. NS has nothing on the first year of nursing.
  4. by   Alexsys
    Quote from multicollinarity
    What the heck is up with this thread? It seems like I've read so so so many threads here on this board about the horrors of nursing school. You know - everyone ends up on psych meds because it's so stressful, half drop out/fail out, the stress of clinicals, etc. Then comes along this thread and it sounds like...nursing school...eh...it was fine.

    What gives?!
    I didnt say it was fine and I dont think that anyone here is saying that either. We were just pointing out the harder part of nursing school. For me it was getting up extremely early for clinicals compared to going to class and studying. We were relaying our own experiences during school. Overall, generally , it is not easy at all. Just seems since I have studied hard for pre courses as I have in the actual ADN program,the class part didnt seem as grueling as the clinical part., but I didnt have 0615 clinical start times during pre courses. The BSN program I am in now (graduate in April 07) consists of research and writing papers. That I could handle better.

    Overall, yes the ADN program was not easy, but I have no regrets on doing it. Its one of those things that you are glad you did it, but do not want to go through it again. But then again, no one handles stress the same way. I just didnt let the ADN program stress me out.

    People have different perspectives on NS, the majority can think it was hard, but there are a small few of us that didnt have a coronary while in the program
    Last edit by Alexsys on Oct 8, '06
  5. by   NYTramaRN
    I went to nursing school after a busy combat tour in Vietnam as a ranger.
    Nursing school was harder.
  6. by   JoniL&DRN
    Did someone say it was EASY? Gosh I hope not EASY. I would never say EASY. I said it was time consuming. The didactic piece isn't hard for me, for some it is, others it isn't, that is what it is... BUT I think we ALL agree it IS stress provoking. I have cried my fair share (mostly out of sheer exhaustion). I am enjoying the journey but I will be glad when it is over.

    And to the poster who wondered about church activity... my spiritual well being (and the well being of my family) helps me keep an eternal perspective. Very important stuff when life is a laundry list of care plans and research.
  7. by   nataliaxtine
    we all have different definitions of HARD. IMO nursing school is not HARD & i'm not saying it's easy either. i do find it very time consuming & combined with everything else going on in my life... stressful, overwhelming, & exhausting.
  8. by   pyrolady
    One of my classmates had NINE children going through school. She drove over an hour to get there and was planning to divorce her husband at the time (hence the return to college). I had just gotten a divorce, was raising two children, had no car for four years, my mom and best friend died the day before I started. I hauled laundry and groceries any way I could, worked in a bar, sold shoes and prayed a lot (cried too). But I made it....if you want to you will, if there is no drive then you won't. Good luck to you - there are tons of stories of "survivors of nursing school" out there. Another one of my classmates gave birth to twins the last semester of school You'lll make it, don't worry. Have fun !
  9. by   kbettencourt
    It depends on the school you go to, The school I went to I heard was very hard to pass the 1st semester of Nursing it was a 2 yr program, some schools are 4 yr not as hard because it's spread out. I found it very hard, very demanding and alot who get in drop out the in the 1st 2 semesters because they didn't pass the tests. The Younger you are the better because the tests are everything. They prepare you for the Boards/ It's all about the tests. the younger you start the easier, as you get older memory gets difficult.
  10. by   ASSEDO
    Yes, its hard.
  11. by   miss_kaley
    Well, I don't know what nursing school everyone else went to...but mine is hard! I'm going through a 2 year program...and I'll graduate in June! It's very demanding. There's been several times these past two years that I've said "Alright, I've seriously had it with all this stress!!!" But I've just kept on working hard, and it's paid off. I'm 21 years old, so I jumped right from high school into nursing school. Some of the frustration has come from my friends (who have no clue what they want to do in life, and don't understand me at all) call me and tell me how much fun they're having partying, etc. It takes a lot of self control to do my homework all weekend rather than go out and have fun with friends. But I'll be graduated with a secure job before they even pick a major, so its worth it. I've held onto the quote: "Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on!" Bottom line is...if you want it bad enough, you will make it through. Just keep thinking about how awesome it will be when you're finally finished. And make sure you save all your paperwork...it'll come in handy for future reference. :heartbeat
  12. by   GadgetRN71
    I don't think it was hard necessarily as far as coursework...what was hard was time management because I worked while I was in NS. Many of my classmates both worked and had children at home. Nursing school instructors still see students as mostly young and financially unencumbered(ie parents pay for everything) so this could be hard.

    How did I get through it? I learned to get by on 5 hours sleep a night and coffee and Red Bull became my best friends.

    People vary as far as academics, some struggle, some don't. That's just the way the world works. I have always been a strong student, I take good notes, and I test well. I was already working in a hospital, I was comfortable in that environment, so clinical wasn't bad either...But,I am someone who loves her sleep so getting up at 5am 3 days a week was hard, having to bite my lip when the instructor treats you like you're 5, that was hard.

    I believe that's what most were driving at when they said NS wasn't hard..they may have meant academically.
    Last edit by GadgetRN71 on Feb 15, '10
  13. by   Argo
    I actually thought it was pretty easy. i am a good test taker though.... I never study and had worked in health care for quite a while before doing nursing school so alot of it was kind of second nature to me...... If you are a good student, dedicated to what you do, you will be just fine.

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