Hello. I am unsure I want to become a nurse. I have been having back and forth feelings throughout the program. And I in a week I graduate. And I have never felt more unsure. I don't know why and I don't what to do. I don't even remember why I got into this field. I am doing great in clinically and in class. But i feel something is off. Maybe I'm not ready to gable the responsibility of becoming a nurse. I don't know.
Sounds like the "about to be a real grown up omg" crisis that often hits when you graduate.
Relax. Take NCLEX, get a job, start working and if you absolutely hate it you can absolutely go back to school and do something else. You aren't locked into this forever. When you start to feel worried or panicked, remind yourself of that.
Take a vacation right after graduation if you can. Even if it's just a week chilling at home. I was incredibly Burt out my last semester in school and I had the preceptor from hell. A vacation helped.
congratulations! Welcome to the feeling!
The feeling that will come about your entire career. It will creep in when you least expect it.
After your first medication error, your first code brown, your first patient AMA, your first patient death (comfort care). It will be overshadowed by a patient thanking you for holding their hand during a tough procedure, crying with a family when bad news is delivered, discharging a favorite patient that just finished their last round of chemo, and when your patient who had been fighting cancer slips away peacefully with their husband by their side.
It's a feeling that keeps us safe in a profession where each move we make is so critical, by reminding us to be always alert.
Personally it's like I always have one foot in and one foot out. One foot in the wonderful world of nursing and one foot out, where I am terrified of it just the same.
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