10 Things to Know Before Nursing School


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1. It is really hard.

I am not going to lie.  Nursing school is the hardest thing I have done in my life.  It tests you in ways that you can not prepare for.  I began nursing school after already earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science.  I had been out of school for several years.  I was not working in my chosen field, however.  I worked in retail.  I decided I needed to make a huge change and that nursing school was the way to do it.  Nothing prepared me for what happened after that.

I have never written so many papers and read so much material in my life.  The homework assignments and studying for exams was a non-stop job.  The college I attended recommended spending 10 hours of study/preparation time per 3 credit hours of classes you were taking.  At 12 credit hours, that was a whopping 40 hours per week just in study/prep time!  That did not include time spent in class.  Somehow you have to squeeze that in to sleep time, eat time, and some work time (if you have to).  Continue reading