regret the nursing school i choose to attend. do you???


just started my first semester of nursing school. its my second time around, so i am pretty familiar with what is expected. 3 weeks already in the semester and i am having serious regret of doing it all over especially at this school. its a n associate program. i already have a b.a. in a different field. chose the associate route because it was cheap and i figured it was less stressful then doing an accelerated program. however i am feeling like i made the wrong decisions. maybe i should have taken my chances at an accelerated program. at my current school it feels like an accelerated program becasue your are pretty much teaching yourself everything. 3 weeks into the semester should i drop out now or get over my feelings and stick it out??? anyone out there that regret attending the school they chose but still made it out???


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Specializes in Forensic Psych. Has 2 years experience.

I'm not sure what your reasoning is for considering dropping out.

Are you afraid you're going to fail again?

What would make the accelerated program different?


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I'm not sure what your reasoning is for considering dropping out.

Are you afraid you're going to fail again?

What would make the accelerated program different?

I have the same feelings. Nursing school contains so much information that you are basically teaching yourself, there isn't enough time for the professors to go over everything.


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Maybe it's just our school but we're expected to come to class prepared? Notes ready, readings read, homework done. Class goes into more detail explaining what we went over in our book to fill in any gaps, but it also includes group activities, real life scenarios, things that make you THINK for when the real situation happens. I think most nursing schools are like that...

I did transfer colleges during ns though because the original one I went to was horrible, but not for the reasons you mentioned. The college I started at actually is on probation and may lose their accreditation if they don't shape up, their professors don't teach off of the course objectives and there are no surveys for some of the professors, they just kind of "wing it" and when they "wing it" they try to be much more difficult than necessary, not to teach you anything but "just because". The school I transferred to is great though, they are tough, but they are amazing.

One of the things I noticed about other majors (I was a criminal justice major previously, and I have a lot of English/Psych majors in my class too) but those classes you could come to class unprepared, it wasn't a big deal. Nursing school you're expected to know your stuff. You're dealing with peoples lives. Would you want yourself to be responsible for your family's healthcare?

If the reason you're considering quitting is because you're self teaching I honestly think you'll be unhappy at the majority of schools that offer nursing.. just my two cents.

I do wish you the best of luck though.

i feel your pain. the amount of reading n assignments that's being heaped on my classmates n i is ridiculous. you really do need to go to class having read the assigned material -that is, if you want to understand what the prof is saying. my arts degree friends are smokin pot n drinking almost every day of the week while i'm stuck with my butt in this damn chair. we are, however, in professional programs that'll land us jobs in the very field that we are studying. don't mean to sound like an arse, but most of the dudes that are slacking now will prob find life real hard after uni. you've made it this far n i don't think u should quit. if ur school/profs are really bothering u, i would recommend that you look into transferring. a bsn degree is more sought after (at least that's what i've read), but an rn is an rn i guess. best of luck.


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I agree with post about other degrees requiring less preparation for classes. I have friends with Psych or criminal justice degrees who honestly never seemed to be worried about any tests or quizzes.

Nursing is different, much more difficult and more material to grasp, nurses deal with ppls lives so I understand why it's difficult.

Stick to it if it's really what you want yo do. But i honestly don't think an accelerated program will do much difference, thus the word "accelerated", chances are it'll be more tedious than the program you're currently attending.

Good luck :)

Brett SPN

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I think I would choose a different school if I could do it over. I would do much better in a traditional lecture environment. I'm maintaining a 90% in A&P but I constantly feel like that could come crashing down at any moment, like I'm one bad test grade away from disaster. I'm tired of teaching myself from a book and having no time for questions or class discussion. It's very difficult for me to learn information at face value. I need to know how, why, and where, along with the "what". I test very well and that's the only thing keeping my head above water. I can find the most logical answer using an educated guess and process of elimination. That will only get me so far and level 2 will stress my foundational knowledge, of which I feel I have very little. I've literally been told to just memorize information for tests. Memorization is not true learning, it's simply a regurgitation of facts. Knowing and understanding is what I desire and what every medical professional should want to achieve.


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fortunately or unfortunately that's how nursing school works. I've talked to doctors at work and they said med school was much the same. YOu can only learn so much in a classroom, your teachers have 2 years to feed you as much info as they can for you to be able to use that information to think critically about what you're doing. It's hella work but changing schools won't change anything for you in that respect


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Has 1 years experience.

I really do. The profs at my school are absolutely in love with the nursing process to the point that they neglect clinical skills big time. I mean, they skipped over fluid and electrolytes twice - I taught it to myself because it's important, but they've really glossed over some big things that we should know. There's not much tying together of concepts - everything seems to be compartmentalized and taught in a vacuum. I'm already halfway done, but yeah--like many above, making each test 50% of your grade and only 25 questions (as many profs do here) has put my grades in absolute peril at times. So many incredibly smart people with crappy GPAs, a lot of us are scared we're getting shut out of grad school because of this program's poor teaching and grading.