16 feelings every nursing student experiences

Anyone who has attended or is currently attending nursing school knows that it can be an emotional roller coaster at times. (Okay, all of the time!) Here are 16 of the most common feelings that every nursing student experiences…

1. When people told me that nursing school would be difficult:


2. When I wrapped up my first week of classes and I realized that those people were right:


3. When I get a test question that has more than one correct answer:


4. When I get a test…yes, ANY test:


5. When someone ACTUALLY gets an answer right in class:


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9 Responses to 16 feelings every nursing student experiences

  1. Minnie4ou

    So true! Haha

  2. JulianV

    As a nursing professor I can empathize with the students’ sentiments.. Trust me, I once was a student just like all of you and I had the very same feelings when I graduated. Now as an instructor I could also share you a few things on how I feel:
    1. When I see the frustration of a “fresh” student, it reminds me to change my game plan and focus on this student and others who have the same puzzled look
    2. When I see a student struggling with a test question, I look back at my teaching methods and ask myself “did I explain the subject matter right?”
    3. When I see a student fail an exam, I feel like I failed as an instructor
    4. For every care plan I assign, I want my students to realize that the dynamics of healthcare is changing and they should be able to keep up with the times otherwise they will be stuck with more paperwork and less bedside care
    5. When I see how students struggle with the “right answer” from a multiple choice question, I want them to apply their critical thinking skills to know which has a higher priority..
    6. I want students to realize that the NCLEX and passing or failing it is not a “dumb test of memorization and a game of chance” rather a road map in determining how well can you apply nursing priorities and theories that render the best care for your patients
    7. When students graduate and are so excited, I honestly feel two things: am I ready to start over again? And is the excitement of a new grad well enough for them to be dangerous on their own out in the field?
    8. And for some selfish reason, when I sign off each of my students’ form to graduate, I ask myself “should I become a patient one day, will I trust this student to become my nurse?”

    • NewNurse2B

      Comment for JulianV. Keep up the caring and self evaluation. In our school re: your #1-3… 1) “students come here thinking they know everything; it is our job to show them they don’t”; 2) “you are going to have to learn how to ‘think like a nurse'”; 3) same as #2, “it is a privilege not a right to review your exam” (even though finals are comprehensive), one course test reviews – review top 10-18 questions that at least 70% of class missed (from 50 question exam) (we lost a LOT of students in our class that semester; we have lost probably 30% since J1); and “you have a good point and you might not agree, but did you learn something.” I can’t help but wonder how different a good, caring nursing school would have been – one that builds students up instead of tearing them down.

    • sharonad5

      You seem like a teacher that cares. However the nursing program needs revamped, for one thing no one spends a lot of time doing care plans. Also they need to teach not trick you. When a nurse gets on the floor and they do care plans all they write is a few lines in each section. It would be better to teach how to hang blood, chemo. tpn etc.or what to ask the doc when you call for admission orders. What to do when there is a code. Students don’t need to know how to make a perfect bed anymore we have fitted sheets today. There is too much importance on things that will not matter when you are on the floor working. Most nurses will figure out a dose but they will call pharmacy to get a second opinion and some call and let pharmacy tell them the exact calculation. Also instead of teaching RN’s to delegate everything and sit at the desk which is so not the right thing to do, nurses need to work together as a team. RN’s can hang antibiotics, answer call lights. take pt’s to the bath room too. The school’s need to promote team work such as don’t hunt down a Lpn to give a pill or a pca to take someone to the bath room. We see it all the time when we get new grads and then everyone is mad on the floor because they feel like someone is not pulling their weight. Our manager had to write in the Friday note’s, RN’s please do not hunt down a pca or lpn to put someone on a bed pan it makes us look bad. If the floor is going to run smooth everyone needs to chip in not just a few. Healthcare has changed in the last 15 yrs the patients only stay if possible 2 or 3 days and now Cleveland Clinic is pushing ortho patients out in one day so now my hospital is about to trial it too. We are also about to trial LPN’s to do primary care. LPN’s are taking on new tasks again they are now flushing and hanging antibiotics on picc lines which i think is great Keep teaching with all your heart and soul and send out some nurses that have knowledge. caring and team player attitude so patient’s get the best care.

      • MarshaHunterRN

        While I understand the frustration about writing care plans, I feel strongly that they are an important part of learning to think critically–like a nurse. In addition, learning to plan care teaches prioritization of needs. I have found over the course of my career that the ability to “care plan” at least in my head, can be applied to much more than patient care. At one point, as a DON, I inherited a totally dysfunctional staff. I created a mental care plan on how to solve the problems and ended up with a staff that worked amazingly well across all shifts. It wasn’t instant, it wasn’t done in a day, but it kept me on track as to how to handle it. Care planning is problem solving in depth.

  3. #16 gets me rolling, hahaha! Hilarious post! 😀

  4. Kelly Childress

    #3!! DOCTOR WHO!!!!

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  6. pom_girl06@yahoo.com

    Omg I can totally relate to all of these!!!