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TitleTownRN has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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I did not find it hard and didn't need to spend countless hours studying, but I think that was due to knowing my learning style and adjusting. I also jumped right into everything and asked questions as well as in was a fly on the wall during grand rounds because I wanted a greater dept of knowledge. I agree with blocking out the negative stories. I was more just over it to be honest and wanted my free time back. I graduated with my ADN 2014, BSN 2016, and MSN APRN 2019. I feel the same way about all 3 degrees. I maintained grades, worked full time, and raised a child through all 3.

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11 minutes ago, TitleTownRN said:

I was more just over it to be honest and wanted my free time back.

But actually...this is so true. My last semester for ADN starts in January, and then I'll be finishing up the BSN in December of next year and I am OVER nursing school. Over. It.

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Laci_love has 1 years experience as a CNA.

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@BagelBomber I know how you feel, your lucky you got only one semester left, I have basically another year until I’m done, but I just tell myself in the end it will be worth it. Good luck

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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I found that those that had the easiest teachers ,were the worst off as employees.

soo make of this what you will......

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ArmyRntoMD has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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School should be hard- but it should be the material that is hard. Many schools make it hard with gotcha bs trick questions.

I had a difficult time my first semester in nursing school until I learned the secret. Don’t over study. Learn JUST enough. It isn’t like science where the more you know, the better. You need to know enough general info to answer the questions but if you learn too much, it makes it harder.

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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Academically, it was not hard for me.

I found the politics challenging though.

Overall, I learned a lot and my school made me a really good nurse.

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ArmyRntoMD has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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It was good for me the same reason the army was, it taught me to think on my feet really fast! I’m pretty good at bsing out of trouble. Some people BS their way INTO trouble.

Case in point- a student I went to school with checked a patients BP manually as was required by the school, and got an off result, she asked me if I would confirm with an automatic and I said hell yeah I would. She’s double checking with an automatic cuff and the nurse instructor walks in on her and says “WHAT DO YOU THINK YOURE DOING?!”

She says “ITS NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!” Boom CU.

I would’ve just casually explained “yeah I got an off result so I wanted to make sure mine was accurate for patient safety”

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TitleTownRN has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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4 hours ago, Leader25 said:

I found that those that had the easiest teachers ,were the worst off as employees.

soo make of this what you will......

Couldn't agree more! Since graduating I have precepted countless students and oriented many new grads. The type of instructor or professor a student had was more important than ADN versus BSN in regards to preparedness.

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Laci_love has 1 years experience as a CNA.

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Exactly I am in an ADN program and they expect the most high from us. They are making us write bachelor status papers because in the past they didn’t make their students do it and follow APA and then they found their students struggling in graduate school

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TitleTownRN has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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1 minute ago, Laci_love said:

Exactly I am in an ADN program and they expect the most high from us. They are making us write bachelor status papers because in the past they didn’t make their students do it and follow APA and then they found their students struggling in graduate school

Yup, I call my BSN my *** in nursing degree because I breezed through it due to already having a solid foundation in research, theory, methodology and proper APA formatting. I seriously feel my ADN program laid the framework for my current studies and made graduate school tolerable.

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ArmyRntoMD has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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We wrote a lot of papers, but that’s easy. I mean they have an APA manual, all you have to do is follow instructions. I just wish it had gone deeper into the sciences. We covered pharmacology and didn’t even know how molecules interact.

Didn’t enjoy nursing research because at least the articles I read were heavily flawed. For instance they wouldn’t account for extraneous variables.

I read one study on whether having people take an additional ACLS style class would help prevent step down decompensations to the ICU. What was their evaluation? A self evaluation on how prepared they felt and a mock code. Yeah.. what a good measure.

How about study the rates of decompensation on the floor after the education and see if there is a change.🤦🏻‍♂️

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TitleTownRN has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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12 hours ago, ArmyRntoMD said:

We wrote a lot of papers, but that’s easy. I mean they have an APA manual, all you have to do is follow instructions. I just wish it had gone deeper into the sciences. We covered pharmacology and didn’t even know how molecules interact.

Didn’t enjoy nursing research because at least the articles I read were heavily flawed. For instance they wouldn’t account for extraneous variables.

I read one study on whether having people take an additional ACLS style class would help prevent step down decompensations to the ICU. What was their evaluation? A self evaluation on how prepared they felt and a mock code. Yeah.. what a good measure.

How about study the rates of decompensation on the floor after the education and see if there is a change.🤦🏻‍♂️

Yikes didn't even know how molecules interacted? Sadly nursing schools vary widely. And you would be surprised at how many can't write an APA paper even with a manual 🤷🏽‍♀️ And those sound like low level of research articles and less of a problem with nursing research. I don't touch those "studies" no matter who writes them...

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