Okay, Folks: Here is my dilema. I really, really, really, really, really, really, really wanna be a nurse. I thought, for sure, I would be going the LPN route but the more I think about it - I just may go for my RN License. I can learn to deal with the math & I can learn to deal with the sciences. Yeah. I was terrible at them in high school, but it's been 10 years & two kids later - I'm ready to do what I need to do to set a good example, you know?
HOWEVER - I am terribly concerned about the dissecting aspect of nursing school. Can you say, EW??? Sigh. Dissecting a live frog? Doesn't that HURT them??? Ouchie! Anywho - do you get over it and if so - how???
Poor, poor froggy...
Does this mean that nursing ISN'T for me???
I sure hope not.
Apr 12, '07
I know how you feel... I felt the same way. But (as far as I know) the only dissecting you will do is in A & P, and once you start learing all about the human body.... the dissecting part just turns out to be really cool...
I'm not sure if you will dissect a frog (I've only heard of that in grade school)... most classes either dissect a rat, cat or pig. (along with the sheep brain, heart and cow eye)
It's really not that bad. It's really cool actually. Once you get in there and start seeing all of the things you have been learning about... It just sort of happens and before you know it... you've dissected your animal.
And no, they won't feel a thing. They are already dead once you receive them... LOL. I'm not going to say it isn't gross (at least at first)... but it turns out to be really interesting and I learned the most from dissecting the rat! I wish we would have done it closer to the beginning of the semester... I think I would have done even better on my exams if I would have known some of the things I learned from those labs.
Good luck to you! You will do fine. Don't think about it too much and everything will be just fine!
ETA: I also got the opportunity to go to the cadaver lab at the U of M. I was very nervous about that, but once we got there it was the most amazing thing I have ever done or seen in my life (well, next to having kids). But I got to actually touch and feel the organs and different parts of the human body and it was really really a great learning experience. If you have that opportunity, I totally recommend it!
Last edit by luvmy3kids on Apr 12, '07
Apr 12, '07
We're dissecting a fetal pig . . . next week, actually! I don't know if it'll gross me out yet or not. I suspect not too much.
I never heard of dissecting something that's live! That is bizarre!
Good luck with that!
Last edit by krenee on Apr 12, '07