Is Nursing School Hard? - page 5

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   taticlassof2010
    Quote from BecomeNurse06
    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?
    School is difficult. I pray all the time. I study hard and i'm in a study group.
  2. by   JakeF
    Yes, nursing school is hard! Those who say it's easy can go ask half the class that failed out, see if they will agree with you! What kept me focused was keeping my mind on short goals and to not get overwhelmed. Also, when there are persons who say you can't make it... some how that can drive a person (like me) more into completing my goal.
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  4. by   Anne36
    Im amazed at all these people who say it was easy or not hard. I have been told that only half the people who entered the LPN program graduated this year. If its not hard, than I dont know what to think because after putting in all the hard work of the pre-re'qs I cant imagine people not putting forth their best effort.

    Im confused, some say not hard and others say it consumes their life. I guess we just have to find out for ourselves.
  5. by   Multicollinearity
    Nursing school theory classes were not hard for me at all. Clinicals were another story. Clinicals were hell on Earth to me because I had such anxiety and terror that I was going to make a mistake and hurt someone and/or fail out. Now that I have RN behind my name I'm not so terrified.

    So for me, it wasn't that nursing school was complex or challenging subject matter wise - it was my own mental hangups that caused me such fear in the clinical setting.

    On another note, I'm taking an upper-level psychology course that blows away any nursing course I've ever taken as far as workload and complexity.
  6. by   SarcasticNurseCares
    Nursing school is more stressful than hard. The actual reading is not very difficult to understand, however the AMOUNT of reading makes it stressful. Basically what makes it "hard" is the amount of material you are having to retain, combined with the tests. Nursing tests are not black and white. They are gray, with many different types of gray to choose from. All of the answers are about a particular subject, 2 of them are really good answers, however ones is just a little better then the other. The tests do not really test your knowledge of the material (because they already expect you to know that) they test you on how well you can apply what you know to ANY given situation they can think up. The books do not prepare you for that, or the notes you receive. A great portion of the tests are critical thinking based. Basically, even if you took the test and know 100% of the information, even if they let you have the book when you took the test (haha yeah right) you would still have to rely on your critical thinking skills.

    as long as you read the information and while your doing so are thinking of how you can apply it, then nursing school is 100% doable.

  7. by   studygirl2011
    It IS extremely hard for me, personally. I am studying, applying myself, using good time management, and I still barely have my head above water (academically) sometimes.

    It might depend on the specific program that you are in a.k.a. the specific teachers/curriculum covered. I'm in a BSN program in Texas. In my program, a lot of people have failed out, at least half of the remaining people ARE on anti-anxiety meds, and we don't get to sleep much. It's not uncommon to see crying people after a test. (Because we're worried that one test could fail us out of the program. Because, unfortunately, it could.) We study all of the time.

    This semester I've started relaxing a bit, giving myself breaks, and NOT beating myself up about test grades. You'll go crazy if you don't. The tests are hard, and, at least in this particular program, you can walk into a test knowing "everything", and still fail.

    I think a lot of graduate nurses block it out. A lot of them don't seem to remember how hard it was. It's definitely hard, but it's also definitely do-able. If I can get through this, I think I will be MUCH better prepared to get through other hard challenges in life, and I've already started to see my critical thinking skills pay off in every day life. (I'm noticing that sometimes I "get" simple things that other "non-nursing-trained" people do not.) A positive attitude, and good time-management skills are vital for getting through nursing school.

    And, as far as instructors go, just remember that they were PROBABLY "helping" people a long time ago, or else they wouldn't have gone to nursing school in the first place. Try to pull that "helping-ness" out of them again. Don't view them negatively. That will get you nowhere.
  8. by   blackflower19
    After reading these post, am sitting here with tears in my eyes !! am not in nursing school yet and i feel the stress (oh goodness) ! i have been a CNA for 3 yrs and am ready to take it a notch ! i already made a mental note ! HARD BUT DOABLE !
  9. by   iRonDayan
    Wow.. yeah............ Lol... Havent even started my pre reqs yet but all I need is 3 classes A & P, English, and Psycology to get into my nursing program. And Im actually kind of excited to get started. After reading so many posts about how hard it is, I'm a little nervous as well but its something I really want to do! So Im gonna suck it up and not give up! :rckn:
  10. by   Ya-Ya 61
    I am a 49 year old woman. Have always wanted to be a nurse. Throwing around the possibilities of starting 2 yr. RN program. Is it really harder on the older students? By what i have read so far it, it is really making me think about it! Anyone have any advice?
  11. by   studygirl2011

    I worked as a CNA for a little while, and now I'm in a BSN program. You can do it! And because you already have experience in the healthcare setting, you will understand what is going on during clinicals (and during class) MUCH better than the other students. It will also be easier for you to find a job when you graduate, because employers look for experience, and you will "catch on" faster simply because you've had 3 years of experience, learning how it really is to work in healthcare. You know about vital signs, you can probably tell when "something's up" with a patient, you're not afraid to get in there and work, you've already proven that you can deal with blood, sweat, tears, and BM's, etc. You will also get a little more respect from your nursing instructors if you let them know that you've been a CNA for 3 years, as well. (Don't harp on the fact and tell them every time you see them, but if you just casually let them know, that might be good. They'll probably worry about you slightly less than they worry about the other students. (They worry about us accidentally harming a patient during clinicals. Which is understandable. New nursing students ARE kind of dangerous because we don't know much yet.)

    I can tell you this: working as a CNA is very PHYSICAL labor. I would come home, and be EXHAUSTED. Every muscle in my body had given out. Working as a nurse is similar, but it's not QUITE as physically exhausting. --Don't get me wrong-- nursing is still VERY tiring. Now I come home after a 12 hour clinical, and every muscle in my body is aching, but not completely given out. From what I can tell so far, nursing is physically and mentally tiring, but, honestly, I think I'm SLIGHTLY less tired after a day of nursing vs. a day as a CNA. (Of course, you have to remember: this is coming from a student who has experienced 12 hour clincials which consist of following a preceptor (an RN) around. I haven't yet had the burden of being responsible for a 12 hour shift all by myself yet.) These are just my observations so far.

    But I think you should take the step up! It IS supposedly getting harder to find a job as an RN, but you should do it, anway! (If you heart is in the right place, and you actually LIKE taking care of people. Which I'm sure it is ) I KNOW you can get hired with experience. And I'm sure you know a lot of people who can help you get a job. That always helps.

    Just don't get "down" on yourself and think that you are dumb, because you are not. Let me tell you something: EVERYONE in nursing school feels like they're dumb at some point (usually the WHOLE way through). Even the students who are making A's feel dumb sometimes (although they won't always TELL you that unless you're really good friends with them ). There are some students who were valedictorian of their class, or already have another degree and had a 4.0, and even they feel dumb in nursing school at times. So, when you're in nursing school, just keep going--don't give up, and eventually you'll get there.
  12. by   studygirl2011
    Note: I worked as a CNA during nursing school for 1 semester. I think it would have been VERY helpful if I'd gone INTO nursing school with some CNA experience.

    BUT-- for those other prospective nursing students out there, that doesn't mean that you should NOT go to nursing school just because you don't have CNA experience. Don't let me discourage you.

    When I STARTED nursing school, I'd been through CNA training, so I had basic knowledge of vital signs, and I'd done a 2 week training session at a nursing home, but I certainly did NOT have what I would call "CNA EXPERIENCE". I got that LATER, when I started working as a CNA DURING nursing school.
    Last edit by studygirl2011 on Feb 4, '11 : Reason: accidentally posted the same response twice.
  13. by   sltenbroeck
    Go for it Ya-Ya! I'm 45 and about to start nursing school. If it is something you really want then you WILL be able to do it. As for it being harder for "older" students, I have found that I do need to study much more then I did when I was 20!