7 Challenges That Student Nurses Face

 7 Challenges That Student Nurses Face

One of the best days in your life is going to college. Here, you will meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and ethnicity. If you choose to become a nurse, nursing school can be one of the most memorable times of your life. There are many challenges that student nurses face during their time in college, and here are seven of them.

Bring on the Challenges

Congratulations on making it through high school and into college! Consider this as one of the best days of your life but also the most challenging. Choosing a nursing school is a good decision, but you must first learn from the beginning to truly become a nurse. So what can you expect on your time in nursing school? 

1. The long lecture hours.

If you think sitting in your high school chemistry class was hard for an hour, expect that nursing school can double that! I am not threatening you, but lecture hours in nursing school can last for hours. It is the lectures that set nursing apart from other college programs. Most lectures revolve around complicated concepts and theories. It also introduces you to pre-nursing subjects like Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, and many others.  

Not only will you attend regular classes, but you also have to attend long lectures and retain what you have learned from other lessons as well. On top of that, thick nursing textbooks are your best friend. These usually come in two volumes (Medical and Surgical Nursing textbooks especially), are weighty, and are not very easy to grasp in one reading. 

2. Grueling homework and projects.

Besides going to long lecture hours, student nurses face one of the challenges is the projects and homework. These usually include tons of research and reading. Some come in case studies, nursing care plans, and reports. By the end of your school year, you will be presenting a thesis that you need to defend. That said, you need to brace yourself for intensive research and learn how to manage your time effectively.

3. Unexpected clinical rotations.

As a student nurse, clinical rotations are part of your routine. Your shifts can change during your clinical, and so will your patient assignments. To survive your nursing school, you must learn to be adaptive and quick learners to pass. 

4. Stressful and limited time in college.

Nursing school is, no doubt, stressful. Most of your time is spent studying, researching, and reading. Clinical rotations also limit your time to do other things like going to places or parties. However, as you adjust, you will learn to balance your school life and personal life like a pro. So don’t worry about this too much!

5. Nerve-racking exams and tests.

As a student, exams, and tests are part of your life. But if you are a nursing student, these exams usually test your knowledge and nursing skills. However, these exams are for a good reason too. It is because your nursing school is training you to become future professionals handling the life and health of other people. If you do well in these exams, you are a few steps to becoming the nurse you have always wanted to be. 

6. Training after graduation.

One of the challenges that student nurses face after graduation is the training. If you think you are done with nursing school, think again! Your graduation only leads you to more mandatory training you need to earn certifications to increase the chances of securing a job. In some countries, passing the nursing licensure exams is essential for a registered nurse [1]

Meanwhile, nurses in the U.S. require you to train for basic life support, IV therapy training, and cardiac life support before hiring a staff nurse. The challenge here is that the competition is brutal, so you might consider working through your Master’s degree to stand out among all applicants. 

7. Pressure from other people.

Many student nurses are expected to do well in school, especially during emergencies. People will expect you to know what to do when you face an emergency or if someone is sick. Most of the time, you will feel that they are uncalled for, but it does happen. Just don’t give in to the pressure. 

In Closing

Yes, being a student nurse is challenging, but in a good way! Be sure to find time to balance life and school work; you will be alright. Your time in nursing school can be your best days or worse days. It can be overwhelming at times but make sure that these experiences taught you lessons that you can apply as a future nurse. 


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