The Good and the Bad.

One of the questions I was asked to write about was, “What is the worst part of nursing school?”

Several things.

The worst part is:

-the first day of class being told that you will be seeing much less of your family and friends in order to succeed.
-going from never needing to study a day in your life to eating, breathing, and sleeping with your textbooks.
-explaining to your non-nursing friends why you can’t go out. Again.
-studying for hours and hours both alone and with study groups with more flashcards and supplemental textbooks that you can count and still barely passing.
-knowing that if you get a 79, it is considered failing and that anywhere else it is a C+.
-clinical uniforms.
-having to do uniform inspections.
-reading nothing but nonfiction for the duration of school.
-getting weird looks when you talk about bodily fluids at the dinner table.
-when you start having dreams about clinicals.
-feeling like a fake nurse when you’re just starting out.
-how many trees have to die for your printed powerpoints.
-group projects.
-having a whole bookcase devoted to nursing textbooks.
-that it is the hardest thing you will ever do in your entire life.
-academic standing.

But, allow me to throw in another perspective.

The best thing about nursing school is:

-how badass you feel when you learn a new skill.
-the moment when you advocate for a patient for the first time.
-the family you gain b/c the bonds you build are like no other.
-when your patients tell you that your care made a difference.
-understanding what the medical dramas did wrong.
-being the respected opinion on everything medical at home.
-knowing that a stable career is at the end of the tunnel.
-being able to advocate for yourself when you go to the doctors office b/c of your new perspective.
-learning how to save lives.

I know I probably wrote more cons than pros, but that’s cause I’m still in it and my and nursing school are not the best of friends now. But keep up the faith! It’ll be worth it in the end.

Do you have any to add to the mix?
Also, be sure to check out the new section for more questions over here!

Thanks to Kim at Emergiblog for all the Change of Shift mentions and welcome to my new readers.


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  1. hey there! I loved this post! I just started classes this week for my prereq’s to apply to the accelerated BSN….right now i’m taking only 2 classes, Microbiology and A&P, but already I can tell that I will be studying nonstop, reading only nonfiction, and despite spending tons of money and time on supplemental textbooks, only doing half as well as I’d like!

    • Yup, it’s a tough life. Please let me know if you have any questions about supplemental study materials or whatnot. And I can’t wait to hear about the difference of an accelerated BSN program (mine is just associates).

      Good luck! You’ll be great!


    • Amber
    • January 18th, 2010

    Sounds like you have a good balance in your head of what its all about šŸ™‚

  2. i’d also add to “the bad” becoming paranoid of the germs you could be tracking into your apartment

    and to “the good” having access to cavicide :-p

  3. This is great, and in six months I will start to feel this pain! I can’t wait.

  4. Thanks for the comment and best of luck to you!!

  5. I love your list!

    How about… being told you’re gross when you ask your loved one(s) what their poo/pee/vomit/phlegm looks like when they’re sick.

    • Thanks!

      Oh yeah, that’s a good one! I tried that once with my husband and I got the “are you crazy?!” look….

  6. I would put “being the respected opinion on everything medical at home” on the “bad” list as well. There are moments when it’s nice, but it can also be kind of (bittersweetly) annoying when family members and friends expect you to treat every bump and bruise as a medical emergency! I’m currently eating breakfast with my 9 year old daughter and two of her friends, over for a sleepover. One of them dropped a drawer on her toe before coming over yesterday and has been obsessively seeking reassurance that she won’t need to have her toe amputated. šŸ˜‰ It’s a blessing and a curse!
    Good luck with your program! Just graduated mine and passed NCLEX on the 20th. Glad to find a new nursey blog to read (now that I’m no longer sleeping with Saunders)!

    • That’s a good point. I guess after the shiny newness wears off, I’ll be on that boat too.
      Thanks for reading!! And I hope that now the amputation fears have (somewhat?) subsided, you’re enjoying your breakfast!!

      Oh, and congrats on passing your NCLEX- I envy you!!

  1. January 21st, 2010

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