Nursing may be one of the toughest courses in college. Being inclined to a medical related course is no joke, especially when we are about to handle and take good care of LIVES. But behind those seemingly jail bars of the Nursing classrooms and the discipline given by our “school before hoes” clinical instructors, we have encountered different kinds of personality inside the classroom. The personalities that will be described here may be compared to every student on other courses, in lieu, the circumstances will be related to my experiences as i have ventured my Nursing Life throughout the four years of college. So here we go! Here’s for all of us Nursing/Nurses pips!
1.) The facade of saying “I didn’t study” but after the exam, gets the highest score
There are two sub category of this: first are those students who TRUTHFULLY did not study and aced the exam, i bet the trend of their quizzes are “gets a high score when not studying and fails when the topic was studied” what an irony. The second are those known to be The Smarties and Nerds in the class who SECRETLY studied weeks before the exam, and then when asked if they have studied, they’ll just tell you “uhmmm, the topic was really difficult…” Or “i really didn’t study, the topic, it was so confusing” and after the exam *tadaa* gets the highest grade! Then you’ll find yourself telling them – “i thought you didn’t study??!” And they’ll say “i don’t know..” with a smirk, which on the contrary makes me want to smack their asses out!
2.) The Bulimics
You do the research about the condition Bulimia Nervosa. These are the petite, sexy, fit boys and girls on the first years of Nursing who will have there white uniform first be measured by the tailoring services. These little pythons will ask the sewer to make there uniform slim fit. Too fit in a sense that they look like wearing skinny jeans and there upper dress fits snuggly on there curved highschool hips! Thus, they are called the Bulimics because as every year goes by, they get fatter and bigger- for sure! And their uniforms gets smaller and smaller for them, they get more depressed about their size, and the barometer they use to know if they increased in weight are their white uniforms. Food for the brain eh?
3.) All Org, No Nursing type
These are the students who are so inclined with their extracurricular activities. They are so into it that they forget their nursing subjects and quizzes to think of to. These are the students you usually see going from classroom to classroom to announce upcoming activities in school. These are also the students who says “..vote straight , vote alliance..” Don’t get me wrong, i got few good friends who are like this, and i salute them for balancing work between two demanding fields and finished nursing and its hardships for four years. But beware to those nursing students who are this type, just a word of advice: “just stick to studying”. If you were to ask me? I’d choose my future first.
4.) The LGBT’s
These are the lesbians, gays, bisexual, transexual pips of nursing! These are the rainbow among the blacks and whites in the class. Pretty sure we have gay or lesbian classmates especially where Nursing as a course is predominantly women. Some may be late bloomers, who will show their true colors maybe around third, fourth year or maybe they will NEVER tell anybody about their sexuality until such time the crow turns white. (Well albino crows are now possible, i guess) and some LGBT’s have these unique personalities already since the beginning of time and who has no fear of showing who they really are. Let’s just respect who they are and what they want to be. World peace baybeh!
5.) The Iron Man
These are the students who goes to school or goes to duty with a uniform comparable to crumpled paper! They shirts were unpressed, and an imaginary iron is chasing them from behind. Well, this is common to students who are late commers, who goes to school runnin’ to save their asses from extension, and because they are in a hurry, they had no time to iron their shirts. Or maybe they are on a dorm life, flat irons are not allowed in their respective dorms. Beep beep!
6.) The Car pool Driver
In every duty rotation, you are assign to a group composed of 10 to 13 students – this is what we call the duty groups. You go to your hospital together and many other requirement stuffs. The standard of a good duty group, aside from having a genius group-mate, is that one of your duty group-mate should have a car. Ironically, out of 13 students in a group, sometimes, only 5 students are rides that car when used, make it 6 if the clinical instructor hitched hiked. And the others commute, because off course not everyone get along from each other. But if all of you get along really well, then you have a damn good duty group! Having someone having a car in group is so damn convenient. So the next time the duty group assignments are posted, the first question you need to ask is “does anybody have a car?”
7.) The 1st batch Breakers
These are the students who goes to duty, who are always looking forward for the snack break. The break time usually goes around 9am, and these students starts looking for the break sheet around 7am so that they can reserve their name in it to be included in the first break. “I’m stressed, therefore i eat.”
8.) The “ALDUBS” and “Pastillas boys and girls”
These are the nursing couples. These are the couples who are separated for life and becomes close to impossible to be classmates because clinical instructors arranges the block assignment in a way that these couples don’t come together. Bittermelons..
9.) The Coffee shop Scavengers
These are nursing students who spend most of the time studying on coffee shops! Starbucks, Coffee Works, Dave’s beanery, Bo’s Coffee -name it! They are there to study and pump there brains with caffiene. The technique will be – if allowance gets low at the end of the week, buy the smallest and cheapest coffee and study the whole day in that place. Pretty sure they won’t kick you out because you bought something from them. Why do we study out? Because we don’t have time to study in the day, and our clinical instructors sets so unrealistic deadlines and exam schedules. Well, that’s what they call Excellence. Weh?
10.) The Photocopier
These are the nursing students whom their group mates think they will contribute better if they just keep quiet. So instead of being a decoration of the group, he/she is tasked to do errands such us printing and photocopying stuffs. Easy as that! The group uses glucose for their brain, while you have to use it for your voluntary muscles. Well done Leader, nice logic! If Nursing is an online game, where characters is divided into three categories: Strength, Agility, Intelligence type. Everybody is Intelligence type and you are the Agility type. You do the running, we do the thinking. Well good luck by the time your clinical instructor ask questions about your paper.
11.) The Extension collector
Yeah, you got it right! These are the students whom at the end of every semester gets the highest number of extensions. Greater than the number of hours our clinical instructors were paid for. If you’re one of them, then you’re screwed!
12.) The Althetes
Long before our school does not allow nursing students to join the University’s varsity team due to the hectic schedules we have. One more thing, we have duties on Intramurals, local holidays like fiesta or even on our school’s holiday where all the other students from other courses are chillin’ at their crib. While us nursing students are toiling and moving our butts taking care of patients in the hospital. I bet we’ll still have duty when the world ends. Well, going back, these athlete students are so into their respective sports that they will do everything to practice and play for the upcoming Intramurals. They will practice after their assessment (the day before the actual duty when we go to the hospital to assess our patients before taking care of them the next day) , they will practice on Sundays where it will most likely be our rest day or the only day when we can study, they will practice after duty, they will practice anytime and are willing to sacrifice their time studying , just to have a play. Lastly, when the intramural day comes, and the schedule of their game is on the same day as their duty, “YOLO”! They will choose to play rather than saving lives -“LOL i’m just kidding, hahaha! I understand these athletes, because i myself was a soccer player during my student days”. I’d rather have extension rather than not playing! “So we can”t stooop …🎶🎶”
13.) The potential Topnotcher
These are the smart people. It is either the ones that are smart, and let’s you copy on the exam, or the smart, but doesn’t let you copy. They eat books as their breakfast, snacks the NANDA book, drinks the Pharmacology book, sips the Medical Surgical book for lunch, and studies even when commuting on the way to school.
14.) The YOLO
“You only Live once!” These are the nursing students who love to bar hop or drink with friends from nursing or other courses. They do this maybe M-W-F basis, everyday, or whenever they feel to! “Quiz tomorrow?” YOLO. “Duty tomorrow?” YOLO. That’s there life! Usually after the night’s drink, they get hangover the next day. They usually go to school wearing sunglasses to hide there sleepy red eyes. Is that you? I bet you have exam or quiz tomorrow and you came across reading this article in the internet – well you better study now. YOLO?
15.) The InstaPips
These are the nursing students who loves to take pictures and selfies on there phone. They take pictures in the canteen of the hospital. They take selfies EVERY after the end of the rotation. They take selfies of their new stethoscope – with the emphasis of “Litman”. They take selfies of the babies on the OB or Delivery room, the placenta, umbilical cord, blood, poop, poop (okay enough). They take selfies of everything! They usually have Iphones i guess? You better upgrade to a 128Gigabyte with all the pictures you have, you need a lot more space to store those files.
16.) The UNLI
These are the students, who are assigned to group message each and everyone in the class. Without these persons, everyone would have no assignment, won’t know the exam schedules, or some simple announcements. They are in-charge of posting announcements and schedules on facebook! These students are necessities in our Nursing life! On the other hand, being like this person is a pain in the ass sometimes! Your classmate tends to ask everything to you, As if the clinical instructor was your mother! In the end, they will help us a lot ! Especially whenever you wake up in the morning and you will receive a text message from them that says “ANNOUNCEMENT: no class today!”
There are a lot more i guess, but these are the notable ones. Nursing is really a difficult and tiring course. You need to put a great deal of energy towards everything. That is why when the time comes and you passed the licensure exam and get your license as a Registered Nurse, there will surely be a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction especially the NCLEX.
Share to your own experience, or tell me a notable characteristic you usually see in your Nursing experience by commenting below. I’ll be waiting. Peace!