September 22, 2004

Nursing School

I have a big exam tomorrow. I hate nursing exams! I absolutely hate them! I would rather take a beating, be sick, fight with my ex, give an enema, or any number of terrible things that I hate to do rather than take a nursing exam and wait on the grade.

When I was accepted into the program the first time, I was an honors student, on the Dean's list, etc. My goal was to graduate with honors. My goal now is to just graduate. The nursing program gives you a whole new least many of them do. I have heard many horror stories. At least there is a reason behind the madness at ours. It is a two year RN program and requires a lot of information to be crammed into a short period of time. The pressure is intense! I'm often wondering if it is worth all of this. Afterall, I already had a career. I quit it and went back to school. However, I always wanted to be a nurse and I was getting too old to chase that dream if I didn't run quick.

So here I am, sitting in the classroom with all different ages of women and men, but mostly women in their twenties asking me for advice on how to cook a roast in a crockpot, how to cure diaper rash and making me feel old & wise. And if that isn't depressing enough, I'm not making A's and I'm watching my GPA plummet!

Hopefully I will survive the nursing program without dying from some severe anxiety disorder.Then I can graduate and put RN behind my name so I will have another job to complain about like all other nurses I've met. At least I can be proud to say that I survived nursing school. Anyone that KNOWS what that means will have the highest respect for me until I die!

Posted by Barbara at September 22, 2004 10:47 PM

How did you do?

Posted by: Buck at September 24, 2004 10:40 PM

Not as well as I had hoped, but I didn't bomb it either. Quite a few did. I'm questioning the score because I came up with something else when I graded it after the test. So for now, we will say high "C"?? Pray for me that the next one "cardiac" goes much better.
Thanks for asking! :o)

Posted by: Barbara at September 24, 2004 10:55 PM

Nothing at all wrong with a "C" high or low. It will get you the degree you are looking for and the job you are looking for. Any learning of any value that you get is going to come from on the job training anyway.

I pray that you will study. That will make all of the difference.

Posted by: Buck at September 26, 2004 09:35 AM

Trust me! I study until it feels like my brain will fall out! That worked for Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc...and I managed to pull out of those with A's and B's even in shortened summer classes taking multiple sciences at a time. I have even started taking practice tests, making note cards, buying extra books on the subjects that break it down further, and it just boils down to the fact that nursing is different. Very few people make A's on nursing exams. I have great class grades...always A's there. ???

Posted by: Barbara at September 26, 2004 10:06 AM