I’m hanging by a thread


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Will it ever happen? Will I ever see the light at the end of the tunnel?  Will I really be able to write the prestigious letters “RN” behind my name some day?  This semester I am taking my Adult Medical Surgical class and it has been horrific to say the least!!

This is the class at our University that makes or breaks the Nursing Students.  I however feel as if I am going to break! I studied for my last test at least (no joke) 20 hours.  I did not pass the test….along with 65% of the class….(ok maybe not 65% but close) this class has a very high failure rate.

I find myself getting extremely discouraged.  I know the material, I excel in my clinical practices, but I couldn’t pass this test?  I am not an over-achiever, nor a straight A student.  I have never recieved great grades as a kid;  and school was always a struggle.  Is there some secret to passing these tests?  I continually practice NClEX questions and seem to do fairly well on them.  What gives?

Did you ever have a time in your career or as a student when you just wanted to throw in the towel?  I have come so far, but have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel!!  I always knew nursing school would be a challenge, but I don’t think people really know how hard it is until they get there.  Well, I am there…with one year left.  I feel as if I am going to go off the deep end and end up on the evening news!!! AHHH!!  If I cannot get through this class, how will I pass my NCLEX? How does this stuff just come easy to some people?  I have a few friends who barely study and get A’s on all of their exams. Seriously?!  So all you seasoned RN’s and former students…..what can we as students do to get through this?

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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4 Responses to I’m hanging by a thread

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    Megan, there isn’t an RN out there that hasn’t walked in your tough shoes. We all have had this moment in our schooling. Some get through it early, while others later in their education.
    Don’t give up. Never. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel. It IS all worth it. The doors that will open for you are limitless – but we all have to/ had to suffer through this rough spot.
    Talk with your instructors, fellow students on better tips for studying.
    Find out what you’re good at, and what is tough. Concentrate on the tough.
    Create a schedule for studying and reviewing.
    Studying with other nursing students helped me A LOT. It’s amazing how helping others, and getting help from others enhancing your learning.
    Keep your chin up!
    Contact me if you need ANY help.

  2. When you do the NCLEX question pay attention to the ones you are getting right vs wrong. If you are getting all of the Knowledge based ones right… then there in lies the problem with the Nursing School tests. They are based less on Knowledge base and more on application and analysis. These are also considered the harder ones on the NCLEX and I hear the harder the question is you answer the more weight it is given in NCLEX land for passing the test! Best of luck!

  3. Noidgediory

    I must say thanks

  4. Maggie

    Just about every RN goes through “Hitting the Wall”.
    mine was in my last semester. Stick with it. This too shall pass. Nursing isn’t an easy major I started with 125 in my class. 49 graduated and 5 failed the boards the first time. That was 30 years ago. Todays Nurses need to know more in a shorter period of time. I suggest a study group. Get together with a couple of other students and STUDY