Anyone ever felt this way starting out .. - page 3

I was estatic when I found out that I would be starting nursing school in the fall. I've dreamed about it for as long as I can remember. Now that I am about to embark on this new journey I am terrified. I'm not scared of the work... Read More

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    I'm starting in the fall and am 25. I'm in the same boat. I am also super stressed out and worried about if I can handle it. On top of that I'm also depressed because this is a second career, there are no jobs for my first one (which I have two degrees and tens of thousands in student loans), and in order to do it financial, I'm moving back in with my parents. Beginning nursing school is such a mess of emotions for me as well! I'm nervous, scared, excited, happy, depressed, upset, disappointed in myself for having to live with my parents again. But I keep taking one day and one task at a time. I will do it and figure out how to succeed and become a fantastic nurse. And so will you!!
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    One thing that had me a little scared is we had orientation this week. They had some nursing students from our schools nursing student association come speak. Just looking at them terrified me. LOL! To quote my grandmother "they look like they've been pulled through a knot hole backwards" LOL! MEANING, they looked tired, haggard, stressed, and not happy. They all agreed this was the hardest thing they have ever done. They all agreed they had no life and all they did outside of school was study. One of the ladies I had a class with when I first started schoool. She was a second year nursing student and will graduate after next semester. I remember how she acted and looked before nursing school and I can tell you she behaved like a completely different person. BUT, even though they did not look happy she stressed to us they all were very happy, they just worked so hard and are tired but they are very glad they did this.
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    I am in the same boat at 26. I try to explain it to people and they don't get it. I don't think 26 is "old" or "too late", but I feel like I'm at the point where something has to give. I'm tired of doing jobs that don't interest me. I want to do something Im interested in. This has to work.

    My plan is just to take it one day at a time. I've always felt this pressure to get all A's. I'm going to try my best, but realize I may get a B or C and that's fine too. I don't have to be the smartest. I don't have to learn things the fastest. I may have to put more time in than other people. But I really feel like I "got this". I can't say I'll have a 4.0, when I graduate next year, but I know I'll graduate. Though I do admit sometimes its scary to hear the stories of people who fail. Especially people who seemed to really try. Nursing school is hard, but I'm going to do it. Just keep telling yourself its possible. Stop listening to the negative voices in your head. I literally sometimes will just picture myself in class to calm down the thoughts. LOL. I will even say things like "When I graduate next year and get a nursing job".

    Sounds crazy, but speak you becoming a nurse into existence!

    Good luck and think positive!!!!
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    I know how you feel! I'm just starting out with my Pre Reqs this Fall and I'm sooo nervous! It's been on my heart and mind for so long and I really hope it works out.

    You (we) can do it! We can't let doubt get in our way!

    You've come such a long way! I'm sure you can make it through! Good luck!
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    Ok, ok...let's NOT psych each other out here. I see these are some pretty universal feelings/emotions we are all going through now. These emotions must be the first initiation rite into nursing. I'm done with prerequisites - and I miss the excited person I was when I first 'hatched the plan' to become a nurse.

    I'm in the same boat with you OP. I am running around trying to get my immunizations done, making a BIG production out of it, and I was wondering why the drama when it dawned on me that I'm running the last leg before actually becoming 'shaped' into a nurse. Well, that's how I see it - I'm a fruit bowl of emotions, which is very unlike me.

    I wish you well, OP and I believe your emotions (and mine) will transform into the stuff that'll make us excellent nurses.
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    All you can do is try to stay positive and learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before you! All you can do is your absolute best - if you do that, everything will fall into place . If your best means you'll be a straight A student, great. If it means you'll be a B or C student, great. If it means you'll have to look at other career options, you can cross that bridge if you come to it, and in the end it'll STILL be for the best. It'll all work out.

    I started NS a couple weeks ago and I'm also taking statistics, and I gotta say...I was a ball of nerves and excitement, but I'm already so tired and busy I don't have any time for any crazed emotions. Just taking one day at a time. I planned on becoming an NP from the very beginning, so I was super stressed about keeping my GPA high and the cruddy job market, but now...no time to worry about all that. One day at a time
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    You haven't failed until you have given up. Don't let anyone grind you down. Just keep on going, no matter what. You'll get there.
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    Make sure you get some really good question and answer books, they will help you to test your knowledge and get used to the type of questions you will encounter on tests.
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I know with hard work and determination we will get through it and be the best nurses we can be. It made me feel much better reading all your responses.


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