Am I doing the right thing by quitting Nursing School? Advice please! - page 2

by Olive_Juice

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Hello, I am reaching out for opinions and advice as I feel so lost and confused about my journey with nursing and my career path. I am 24 years old and a first year nursing student. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 4... Read More


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    I believe your anxiety comes out of fear of desapointing yourself, not doing the right thing. I would seek medical treatment, because this problem is not related to nursing. It is related to how you react to uncertainty and fear. Look, if others can do it, you can do it too. So as one of the previous posts said: "get it under control before you take a final decision".
    I had a friend who left nursing school on her first semester, became a shoe designer and is happy now.
    All the best!!!
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    I started college as pre-med and then gave up on it because I didn't have the emotional strength or wisdom to deal with people when they needed someone secure and grounded. I was too young and had too much to sort out. I majored in something else, did two different careers and have come back to school to be a nurse this time.
    Now the things that I formerly didn't have the strength to deal with are what draw me to being a nurse and being with people in their hard moments.

    Maybe nursing isn't right for you now. Come back to it after you get more life experience if it still calls to you.
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    The OP is also planning a wedding and wanting to give her marriage the best start possible. Nursing school is intense, so is the first year of marriage. I'd concentrate on the marriage rather than university and a degree.

    Remember we are all different. Like tigerlogic, I wanted to nurse as high school grad. My Mum talked me out of it. Flash forward 20 years, I sailed through nursing school and could deal with the body fluids, the need to prioritize study time and just deal with people.

    Everything doesn't have to be done NOW.
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    I'm a pretty relaxed guy and pretty much coasted through school, but I still get mild anxiety occasionally when I go to work. It only gets worse once school ends. I will hop on the 'get help with the GAD' bandwagon and encourage you to get that under control before you get too deep into the nursing program. Honestly, school is a breeze in comparison to hitting the floor and being in charge of your own patients. Sure, you don't have an instructor keeping an eye on you...but you will have to bear the duty of making sure that everything you do is in accordance with best practices and hospital procedures. The feeling of knowing that there is nobody making sure you don't screw up is worse than the constant scrutiny of an instructor, in my experience. You write very well, and I'm sure your intelligence could be put to other uses if nursing doesn't pan out. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    The OP is also planning a wedding and wanting to give her marriage the best start possible. Nursing school is intense, so is the first year of marriage. I'd concentrate on the marriage rather than university and a degree.

    Remember we are all different. Like tigerlogic, I wanted to nurse as high school grad. My Mum talked me out of it. Flash forward 20 years, I sailed through nursing school and could deal with the body fluids, the need to prioritize study time and just deal with people.

    Everything doesn't have to be done NOW.
    Great advise!!

    "No day but today"
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    You've worked so hard. I wouldn't suggest quitting just yet. I agree with the others; seek help! There really is no difference in quitting now or in the middle of a semester. Who knows, this next semester may be completely different and you can hopefully be better prepared for it. Maybe consider pushing your wedding date up a bit as I think that could definitely be a major source of stress in addition to nursing school. Either way, do some deep reflection and think about what is most important to you and good luck!
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    at the end of the day, you're still the only person who can decide what's best for you!!Sacrificing childhood dreams isn't really that bad, because that's what happened to me, There are still a lot in this life which can make us happy other that our career/dreams! I wish you luck in whatever path you may take and hope that you can get help for your anxiety=)
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    Because you have been so careful to finish the semester, I assume that if you stopped classes now you would be eligible to reenroll? If that's the case, I'd talk to the director of the program, let her know that you have to take a break in enrollment due to unforseen life circumstances, and would like to know if you can reapply to the program to start next spring - or the spring after that. Find out how long is too long.

    Then, get some help with the GAD.

    And if any part of you still wants to be a nurse, get your CNA. Your fundamentals of nursing class should qualify you to test, but if not the class is less than $300. Get a job as a CNA, doing the nursing -hospital bit but without the RN responsibility. If you enjoy CNA, and you get your GAD under control, you may be able to go back to nursing school a new woman. If you hate CNA, perhaps nursing as a profession isn't for you. If you're set on the 'helping people through healthcare' train and find that nursing ISN'T for you, you might look into Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical therapist, Massage Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Applied Behavioral Analyst, Social Worker (the pay sucks, but the SW'rs I know LOVE their job).. I would not keep going to nursing school with the health issues you're describing, but I wouldn't chuck the towel and sit at home with the four walls either.
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    I too suffer from anxiety. I'm not a nursing student yet so I can't imagine the stress you feel but i have work in the medical field and I'm going to start my CNA soon and couple years ago I would have never saw myself being interested in this or the confidence but now that I got help with my anxiety everything has changed. I had anxiety so bad just walking out the door made me get diarrhea. I started taking medication and it is a lot better. Of course I still have my panics but I feel more in control and that I can do this! I think like others have said start with the CNA and go from there and your anxiety should be the first thing on your list. If you are already taking meds maybe talk about adjusting them or talking to someone so you can really enjoy the things in life you really love! Congrats on your up and coming wedding! Best of luck!
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    I agree with the previous posts... Start out as a CNA. I originally did that so I could have some patient experience when I was interested in Occupational Therapy, but after being a CNA I realized that I loved it and wanted to go into nursing. It's less stressful and may help you feel more comfortable with patients. I don't know how long you have been on Celexa, but keep in mind that they take a while to work. Talk to your doctor more about your symptoms ... He/she may up your dose or change your medication


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