I'll try not to write a book here. I'm middle aged, and am only in 'semester 5' of a nursing program, although it's obviously nearly the end of the semester.
I did pretty well in a previous career, but was bored to death with it, finally quit it, and after being my mother's caregiver - and for other reasons as well - decided to try this route. I thought - and still think - that I can do fairly well at this too, for several reasons, but we all have our strengths/weaknesses. Some on here have trouble with math (I wish I could help every one of you, seriously), some have trouble with the classroom stuff (I'm not making A's, in the inflated nursing school grading scale, but I'm doing fine), and some have trouble (that would be ME) with the clinicals.
I think my problems with clinicals - and the insane paperwork we have to do (does this sound familiar?) - are partly mine, and partly them, whether it's a lack of *enough* or *clear* instruction beforehand. We have to do a 'teaching plan' that is ridiculously overwrought (what's required when writing it) compared to the usually quick/simple bit of 'teaching' we would be doing at this level. Our paperwork takes many, many hours, and to me there's something wrong with the picture when I have to physically abuse myself (i.e. get 4-5 hours sleep if I'm lucky) before each clinical - thank God we only have a few the first semester, and will allegedly maybe not have to do so much paperwork the next semester. To me it's counterproductive. I'm not going to do the greatest job the next day, and more importantly, my PATIENT isn't going to get as much from me either (as they would if I'd gotten at least 6+ hours sleep). Something could and should be cut out of this.
Part of it is my problem - I'm gregarious in a way, but a little shy in a way. I do better with the actual patients, but I loathe having the teacher (although if I had a different one it might help) watch me do anything. I understand the rationale, but it's tough. This stuff is tough enough without the added pressure of a teacher watching you - I'd rather it be a fellow student or a nurse (most seem to be helpful).
I think the gist of it for me is that I'll be decent at this IF I can get through school, but that's the hurdle. I honestly would like to help people, and make a difference in just one person's small way; I'm detail-oriented, I'm damn sure worried about giving someone the wrong med or too much (so I'll be very careful about it, and ask for help when I need it), and I'm interested in medical stuff... not to an extreme, but quite a bit.
So... no need to comment or give me help or approval, but I just wanted to kind of vent a little bit. It's been tough - I knew it would be, but it's been tougher than I thought it would be, although some of my gripes may only be at my particular school (and I have more than I've listed here :^).
Good luck to all.