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Seriously, how much studying is involved in nursing school? Say, for a person who didn't have to study at all in high school and very minimally (1 hour per test on average) in normal college courses.<br><br>
DH and I have been talking about me going back to school for nursing. I would start taking the few basic courses I need probably in the fall of next year (one course per semester), but I wouldn't be starting the actual nursing courses until the fall of 2011 when all three kids are in school. I wouldn't be WOH after I got into the nursing courses, but I'm afraid I'll get that far and decide it's too hard to balance studying with three kids and managing a household. I've heard horror stories about how grueling nursing school is.<br><br>
Any insight would be appreciated!
 

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Just a small anecdote, I'm not a nurse but my DH is. He went to law school twice and dropped out both times. Then he went to nursing school. Seems to me he spent about 1/2 as much time studying when he was doing the nursing degree as he did when he was working on a law degree. I'm just talking about the studying part. Of course there were clinicals when he was in nursing school and that was sometimes difficult to coordinate especially since they were in a variety of different hospitals and we only had one car at the time.
 

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IT IS HARD!<br><br>
Between clinicals and studying and papers.<br><br>
It was difficult for me when I was still living at home and didn't have any real "things" to do. I know people whi DID it with kids and stuff, but I was also in a program with a 60% divorce rate. Now was that due to the program.... or was that one of the reasons they were in the program (to get out of a bad marrage and make money).<br><br>
You can do it, but it is not easy!
 

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I have a 1 year old and have been working on the 3rd year of my degree over the past 8 months. It is hard, like mentioned above the clinicals are the hardest because you have no flexibility as to when or where you are. I have managed to complete my 3rd year now and continue breastfeeding. As for the studying you probably won't find it too difficult especially if you liked courses like biology in high school.<br><br>
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It is time-consuming. Your intro courses shouldn't give you much trouble, especially if you are science-minded, but once you get into your clinical courses, expect to spend more time. Good luck!
 

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I'm in nursing school right now and am now a senior (BSN program). I have 2 kids that I homeschool and I work part time as a nurse tech in the pediatric ICU.<br><br>
I am really good at science so for me nursing school has been time consuming yes, but not "hard" (I guess that is subjective though)--I feel that my age (I'm 32) helps as well as having a good pre-req foundation coming into the program. What is hard for some is not hard for others, some people think medical school is easy (yes that would be my best friend!), I have a friend in law school who thinks it is easy....most people don't obviously. I am making nothing but A's and B's in nursing school, but we have people in my program who flunk out every semester who work and study for hours and still can't make it. It's certainly not for everyone.<br><br>
But nursing school is NOTHING at all like the real world of nursing and medicine and Dr's and hospitals though....it can be VERY intense and overwhelming and frightening. I work in the ICU and we seriously are dealing with peoples <i>very lives</i>. Nursing is a kick ass job, you SAVE LIVES (<i>most people seriously have no damn clue what RN's do</i>) I do just fine in school but it is the real world where you really learn what you need to know.<br><br>
I love it though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I say go for it.
 

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I don't think it's "hard". You just get a crash course in cramming, organizing, shuffling, half playing like you know what the heck you're talking about, and studying.<br><br>
Honestly (and i'll just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: myself) I don't plan on buying any books next semester. I never use them. I study power points, my own notes, and i'm good for the tests, usually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> There have been a few tests that kicked my butt, but i've been passing *knock on wood*<br><br>
Pre Reqs are easy, Intro courses i've found are easy, what killed me was patho (i found patho either hit or miss- people either love it or hate it) pharm and clinicals. Granted i'm okay with all of them. I learned, but it was just soooo time consuming. It's not the classes themselves that are "hard". It's just about prioritizing, you'll have a test each week in all of your 3 classes and you have NO IDEA what to study first. You need to know it all, but at the same time, it's not realistic for you to study EVERYTHING.<br><br>
Personally for me, my first semester, i almost dieeedddd... I had Clinical, Patho, and Health Assmt. I swear all the teachers conspired against us because they would test on the same week during the entire semester. It's like you know you need to do well in clinicals, because, it's clinicals. But then I knew i needed to do well in Patho and Health Assmt because you NEED to know patho (and if you don't, it really comes back to bite you in the butt for clinicals... every <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"> semester!), but then you really need to study for Health Assmt, because assessment is so important.<br><br>
It's just a shuffling game. I KNOW this is what I want to do, I KNOW this is where I can see myself, It's not "hard" for me, It's just seriously emotionally draining because most nurses are anal retentive (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I know, i'm sterotyping, but I think it's okay to sterotype when you're actually in the sterotype, right?) and want to be perfect- but it's just not realistic when you get sucked into nursing school. It's so rewarding, challenging, and fun. I've made some awesome friends and I've learned so much. If you have a passion for it, you'll do great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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It's demanding, for sure. How much time you need to spend outside class really depends on the program and the instructors. In our program we spent a lot of time outside class doing careplans, writing, etc. Definitely get the pre-reqs out of the way before you do the nursing courses - that was the way I went and I sailed through the pre-reqs for the most part. I'll be honest though and tell you that when I was doing nursing classes I averaged studying several hours a <i>week</i> and came out with a B+ average (that doesn't include time spent doing paperwork and careplans). A lot of my classmates spent all of nursing school freaking-out about every little thing and studying the wrong sh!t for hours. Really, the details are good to know, but the important stuff is big picture, big concepts (which by the end of the program you can put together to figure out the little stuff on your own, rather than studying every little thing).
 

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Another website you might like to checkout is allnurses.com<br>
There is a lot of info to be found there and plenty of experienced people to let you know what to expect.<br>
I did my pre-reqs one course at a time (except for some that I transferred from another university where I was an Enlish major) and found it doable with children.<br>
I will be starting the RN program this fall and it looks like I will have class two days a week and another full day of clincals. Spring semester will be two days of clincals a week.<br>
I think if it's in your heart, you should do it.<br>
I would expect it to be difficult but manageable if you work hard from the tons of people I've talked to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You will just learn time management like you've never known it before and laundry, dishes, etc. just have to take a backseat to the children and your studying.
 

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I found the pre-recs to be more difficult, but the nursing courses to take more time because of the amount of content. Some people study a lot, and some much less.... seeing the forest through the trees is a big part of it but you do really need to know your stuff. It becomes less and less about the tests and more about being a knowledgeable professional. You say your kids will be in school, so I think you will be fine! Just stay organized, form study groups, get sleep, and make sure your family understands why you are so busy. It is so worth it in the end!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm in nursing school right now and am now a senior (BSN program). I have 2 kids that I homeschool and I work part time as a nurse tech in the pediatric ICU.<br><br>
I am really good at science so for me nursing school has been time consuming yes, but not "hard" (I guess that is subjective though)--I feel that my age (I'm 32) helps as well as having a good pre-req foundation coming into the program. What is hard for some is not hard for others, some people think medical school is easy (yes that would be my best friend!), I have a friend in law school who thinks it is easy....most people don't obviously. I am making nothing but A's and B's in nursing school, but we have people in my program who flunk out every semester who work and study for hours and still can't make it. It's certainly not for everyone.<br><br>
But nursing school is NOTHING at all like the real world of nursing and medicine and Dr's and hospitals though....it can be VERY intense and overwhelming and frightening. I work in the ICU and we seriously are dealing with peoples <i>very lives</i>. Nursing is a kick ass job, you SAVE LIVES (<i>most people seriously have no damn clue what RN's do</i>) I do just fine in school but it is the real world where you really learn what you need to know.<br><br>
I love it though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I say go for it.</div>
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If you have time, maybe you can address this thread that I posted, regarding me going to school and homeschooling my kids and if it's possible.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=678288" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=678288</a>
 

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Pre-nursing student here, watching this thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My youngest will be in K when I start nursing school if all goes according to plan.
 
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