Nursing School Confession #2: Nursing School Isn’t Hard?

Hello everyone! I am back with a controversial confession. Is nursing school hard? Well, whenever I am asked I am a little hesitant to reply. If you are interested in my humble opinion, keep reading!


Is nursing school hard? I say that depends. Now, before you start getting overly confident or extremely offended, hear me out (or should I say read me out). When asked this, I do tell people that the hardest part is the busy work. I also believe the hardest part for me was realizing how important the nurse is in life or death decisions.

I will never deny the sleepless nights, long hours, long days and tears. However, they were usually all due to the busy work which ended up taking longer than it should have due to “nit picky” grading. Nursing school would not be hard if it was not for the busy work. As far as the content goes, the tough part is understanding YOUR role as the nurse. I know that in my program, many people struggle because of a lack of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology reinforcement. I am not saying that to belittle anyone, but that is what my professors have told me. Everyone has various strengths and abilities, this is simply my experience.

Honestly, my AP and Magnet health science courses in high school prepped me for nursing school/prerequisites well. Why? I learned the art of time management. I believe that is what makes people say nursing school is hard. In nursing school you have chapters of readings, papers, assignments, clinical, clinical assignments, proctored examinations, weekly exams, etc. all thrown at you at once. Not to mention, life seems to hit you hard in nursing school and many students work, which can be another added stress.  If you do not know how to manage your time, nursing school will definitely let you know.

I am in no way discrediting anyone’s education or experience as everyone is different. I completely admire my classmates who are mothers, fathers, full-time caregivers/financial providers. I believe the added stressors (tuition payment, personal issues, bills, etc.) make nursing school hard, but NOT impossible. Also, please keep in mind I am NOT in an accelerated BSN program. I can only imagine how difficult that would be as well.

I am by no means a perfect student, my grades reflect that as I am not a 4.0 student; however, this is just my quick opinion. I hope this somewhat made sense, as I do not want these posts to be too long.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Nurse In A Skirt


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