Any other new students getting really nervous? - page 2

I am getting so nervous about starting anesthesia school this fall. I mean, first there's the money thing, or more accurately, the lack of money thing. Don't get me wrong. I've been saving up money,... Read More

  1. by   Athlein1
    Hey,

    Just wanted to tell all of you up-and-coming SRNAs not to worry! You will be fine once you get started. Waiting to get going is really the hardest part. Once you get over the emotional and mental hurdles of the first couple of weeks, you will settle in. The unknown is almost always worse than the known!

    A few more comments from old Athlein:
    She said that the most important thing is to not become competetive with one another and instead to share both pitfalls and successes with your class, because this way everyone can learn something from each other's experiences
    This is excellent advice. Heed it! Getting a bunch of type As together is a set-up for competition and stress. Push yourself to be better, but do not make the mistake of turning classroom or clinical activities into a competition. Some classes just naturally work well together and form a cohesive group, others do not. You can't do much to change that. But you can come to school with a good attitude, keep any negative feelings to yourself, and share what you are learning.

    Don't worry about the money, don't worry about school, everything will work out fine
    Before you sweep all those troubles under the rug, make sure that you have a solid plan for financing your education and you take this time before school to take care of life's little errands that can eat away at your free time
    (health insurance, ACLS/PALS, finding a perdiem job, etc, etc. ). Worry about the money a little bit, because if you don't have a budget that works, you can't pay your tuition with your charm!

    Also, if you can, find a upperclass student in your program to act as your mentor. Some programs pre-arrange these relationships, and some just come about naturally. Try to cultivate this friendship, because someone who is a year ahead of you can be an invaluable source of advice, support, and motivation. Believe me, it's a powerful motivator when you talk to your buddy and they are fielding job offers and prepping for the cert exam.
  2. by   Ava's mom
    Just a thought...
    After reading everyone's comments, I would like to point out that these feelings that we are having are healthy and it is really good that we are feeling this way!! I think we all are humbled at the TREMENDOUS responsibility that we are about to undertake. We aknowledge the dedication, commitment, and hard work that lies ahead.
    I mean, just think if someone actually thought, "My nursing skills are awesome and I am sooo smart." YIKES. I just want to give everyone a pat on the back for sharing their emotions. It sure made me feel better to know that others out there are feeling this.
  3. by   NCgirl
    Some advice from a SRNA a couple semesters into it....at the end of your first few days of orientation, you will think to yourself, "What am I going to do with all these loans when I fail out?" Not IF, but WHEN. Then you'll get past that orientation and feelings of dread, and realize that maybe you can do it after all. But it ONLY GETS BETTER. At least in my classes experience. We all know how competitive this is to get into. The admissions committe did not make a mistake. You deserve this. Now repeat that to yourself. Now say "I can do this". You will all be fine, and I wish you the best of luck!
  4. by   Future SRNA
    Thank you all of you for sharing those feelings. So, I'm not the only one. I am anxious and of course nervous of the unknown. What has helped me the most to ease these feelings is to think of the past. I am hispanic and came to this country with very little command of the English language, and with God's help first, coupled with iron like determination, and a great family support system, I have gotten this far. So, when I think if I am smart enough, or how I will pay for school, I have to look back and say: I can do it. One more thing that has helped me to get through my nursing career is to understand that I will encounter many different personalities, from multiple backgrounds, and with varied degrees of knowledge and intelligence; but we are all there for the same reason. To learn and become future CRNAs'. So, I will try to support and help and share what I have. Lets be positive and believe in ourselves. We can do it.
  5. by   susswood
    Ditto to everything posted. I'm right there with you guys....especially the part about slipping past the admissions board! :chuckle
  6. by   EmeraldNYL
    Quote from JennInColumbus
    Your worries about not being smart enough sound so familiar to me because I've been there myself. So I think I will share a little story with you.

    Last Thanksgiving my boyfriend had to work and I didn't feel like spending the holiday at home alone so I piled my two great danes in the car and drove to Michigan to spend the day with family.

    It is a 2.5 hour drive so I had lots of time to think and I was mostly thinking about the acceptance letter I had received from nursing school the week before. I started out excited at the idea that I would be starting soon, but I couldn't help but wonder, am I smart enough for nursing school? How can I even think about potentially being a CRNA when I'm not sure I will even become a nurse? I'm probably not smart enough to be an RN, let alone a CRNA.

    The longer I thought about it the more positive I was that didn't have a snowball's chance in he** of becoming a nurse and that donkey's would fly before I would become a CRNA. The closer I got to Michigan the more upset I was. I'm sure anyone in a passing car was wondering what is up with that clown car... 2 huge dogs hanging out the windows and a sobbing basketcase behind the wheel. I had allowed my negative thoughts to get me so down that I was alternating between sniffling and sobbing, utterly convinced that a moron like me could never be a nurse.

    Between sniffles I became aware of a car passing me... a nice car, a lexus SUV. Nothing out of the ordinary really, until it passes me and I read the license plate. I did a double take GAS PASR. I was flabbergasted. I can be dense sometimes but that struck me loud and clear as a sign.

    I'm now in my second quarter of nursing school. I was the only person from my entire nursing class that got an A in into to nursing... 70+ people and I was the only A, but I didn't need that grade to prove my worth anymore, I know I'm good enough because I saw a license plate that told me so. I guess I owe a thank you to an MDA or CRNA somewhere in Ohio who has vanity plates.

    The moral of the story... listen to all of the people who believe in you, especially those who chose you out of so many applicants to be an SRNA. Don't worry about the money, don't worry about school, everything will work out fine.

    I hope to be following in your footsteps in a few short years.

    Jenn
    Awesome story Jenn, thanks for sharing.
  7. by   louloubell1
    I am so glad to hear others expressing the same feelings I have. It's a big relief to know that we share common fears. Thanks guys!

    Lou
  8. by   CRNA, DNSc
    If you see a Michigan License Plate that says CRNA - wave because it's mine!
  9. by   SRNACHIC
    Hey everyone, I am a new to the website, but excited to know there are others out there feeling the same way. I start school this August. I am leaving a management position and nervous. I haven't had physics or a lot of chemistry and I know that would be my most challenging area. But I want this bad enough and I have waited long enough. With God all things are possible and he is my co-pilot. So good luck to everyone. Let's keep in touch and give eachother pointers!!!


    SRNACHIC
  10. by   geecue
    Quote from CRNA, DNSc
    If you see a Michigan License Plate that says CRNA - wave because it's mine!

    that's so obnoxious....


    go wolverines!
  11. by   dneill01
    Starting in September cost of program:$48,000 (10 semesters). I have worked weekend nights for 3 years with bonus shifts during the week, grossing approx. $90,000/year. My wife works as an Outpatient nurse makes around $40,000. Obviously there is going to be a significant change in lifestyle. I have spoken with many friends/SRNAs/CRNAs that all sing the same tune: dont worry about the money, the loans are there and the reward is enough to offset them. Dont sign with anyone early to help with school, many will pay off loans when signing after school, and how are you to know what it is that you really want to do? Would you have wanted to work in long term care nursing so someone would help you during school? Not hardly!

    Particularly 2 friends of mine are now married finishing school this year and will be Appox. $200,000 in debt but will be starting with a combined income of approx. $320,000/annually not including maxed retirement, health and dental benefits, overtime and call pay etc. It will take care of itself. Think about this: most Undergrad nursing students (BSNs) graduate with $15-25,000 in loans yet make 32,000 starting, didnt think much about it, do the math: $100,000 debt load vs. $140,000-$220,000/annual?
    Hell, working days, 1:6 call, no weekends (except call) is enough to make it worthwhile to me.

    Good luck to all!!!

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