Anxiety Over Starting Senior Year

  1. Hi!

    I was hoping for some advice, insight, or words of encouragement from other nursing students or nurses who are/have been in the field .

    Ever since I signed up for my senior year nursing classes I've had such bad anxiety over anything related to nursing. This is by far my best semester that I've had in nursing school and I'm doing very well in my claases. But after I signed up for my final year I've been having this overwhelming feeling that I'm not cut out to be a nurse or that I'm not smart enough. I know that I obviously will not know everything going into my first job, nor will I ever know everything. But I feel like I forget all the information that I study two weeks after the exams. I've been told that you go to school to pass the nclex and that you learn in the field. How many people feel like that is true? I'm worrying about the craziest things like will I know when something is an emergency, will I know what insulins to mix, or will I remember how to put a catheter in. I'm also terrible at math, that's also weighing down on me. We have to take an ATI exam this week for med-surg, peds, and mental health. I never do well on these exams and based on my scores from these tells me I will not pass the nclex. This obviously does not help with my anxiety. I know that I am just really stressed and this feeling will eventually pass, but it's so bad that I'm having trouble concentrating on my homework.

    I'm sorry for rambling. But if anyone could share their feelings or just tell me it's going to be okay, I would really appreciate it.
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  3. by   classicdame
    Been a nurse for years, but I do remember that time in my life. My anxiety was related to feeling I would soon be on my own and did not feel ready. I now work with new grads, and can tell you that MOST feel the same way. You only have to do one day at a time. You will have people there to help with questions. You are not alone.