beginning nursing school in the fall...scared!

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    I will be starting nursing school next month and I am extremely excited but incredibly scared! I know it will consume my life and I am ready to work hard but I am afraid I am not smart enough. My boyfriend tells me I made it in so I can do it, but it was my third attempt at applying before I made it. I also have zero medical experience compared to other students who have at least their CNA. Another one of my worries is that I'll hate it. I've been hearing a lot of horror stories of nurses who hate their job. I always felt like I have a passion for nursing but im afraid it won't be what I expect. I guess I'll never know until I try though, right? Just looking for some encouragement
    hopefulRN'17, Joe V, and priorities2 like this.

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    I had zero experience when I started school, and it seemed like the only advantage the students who worked in the hospital had over me was they knew where the clean linens and ice machines were.

    They teach you everything you need to know in nursing school.

    As far as not liking it, that is something only you can discover. I would encourage you to be as outgoing as humanly possible in clinicals, be prepared to jump right in and help no matter what, because you will be exposed to more. For me burnout happens when I am not challenged.

    Good luck to you!
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    I start next month too and I am super anxious. I just made my appt for a physical and I'm getting my vaccinations tomorrow. I still need uniforms, books, and other stuff...I'm ready to start but nervous at the same time. A friend just graduated from the school I'm going to, and she gave me her books (I can use some, but I still have to buy more) and I flipped through some of the books and sort of freaked out a little, thinking how on earth will I be able to learn all of this ?? It's so much info, but if others can do it, I figure so can I...good luck in your program!
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    I started nursing school with no CNA experience or anything. While CNAs have a certain advantage when it comes to clinical work, they usually do not have any advantage when it comes to course work. Just remember that you and your classmates are in it together and you'll become closer as you go through the semesters. Good luck on the journey!
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    Everyone, listen up!

    Listen to yourselves-- "freaked out"-- "terrified" -- "super anxious" -- "incredibly scared" !!

    Some advice. You will learn in school that you never tell a patient not to be scared (or in any way deny his/her feelings) because, well, all people are entitled to their feelings. So I won't tell you not to feel the way you do.

    I WILL tell you that there's nothing ahead of you that hasn't been done by many thousands of people before you. I will tell you that despite what you think, nursing faculty really are interested in seeing that you learn to be a nurse, and learn it well. They will help you if you ask...but you have to ask, it's part of being a grown-up professional, and you'll learn that in school too even if it's not in the formal syllabus.

    I will also say that a little anxiety is a good thing. It makes your eyes focus more clearly, it jolts your liver to dump a lot of good sugars into your bloodstream to feed your brain and muscles a little extra...all useful and functional responses to stress. However, being panicky is not functional.

    You are in charge of your brain. You can tell it to shut the heck up when it starts getting you revved up. Tell yourself you are ready for this challenge, lots of people have done it before you, and by god, you're good looking and people like you. BANISH those words at the top of the page. Never let them leave your lips or your fingertips again. You can train your brain to be better at this, and that's how you start. It will feel better and work better for you.

    Have fun!

    augurey, drkncurly1, FrenchieRN2Be, and 23 others like this.
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    I just finished up nursing school, and am getting ready for the nclex. I don't know. I wish someone told me that it's not brains that get's you through but consistent study, and handling the anxiety. It's being able to drop what is not important, and just focus on what is needed. So do everything you can to stay a step in front of your professor, and 2 steps in front right before finals. Eat right, get enough sleep, make sure you have your financials in order, and just have fun. The time just flies by.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Tell yourself you are ready for this challenge, lots of people have done it before you, and by god, you're good looking and people like you.
    Aw, thanks. But, seriously, your post is a great encouragement. Probably one to be bookmarked for future freak out moments.

    The good news is that nursing schools don't expect us to come in knowing how to start IVs, insert foley caths, and spout off a list of medication side effects. That's the very reason why we're going to nursing school. To learn. To study. To graduate. To be nurses. When I feel overly worried about starting nursing school this fall, I just think of this, and it doesn't seem quite as daunting.
    FrenchieRN2Be, GrnTea, and lorirn2b like this.
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    Hey! I start nursing school in the fall too, and the closest I've gotten to medical experience is volunteering in discharge at a hospital - in 8th-9th grade, lol. So I feel you there, I know that many people have been CNAs and gotten a lot of experience. But, it's okay, nursing school is meant to teach you everything you need to know to be a novice nurse-previous experience is not a requirement!
    lorirn2b likes this.
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    I also start school next month and I'm a little nervous! I know it will be extremely difficult and stressful but I know I'll get through it. What gets me down is people's reaction when they find out I'm a mother of 4 kids ages: 7, 5, 4, and 6 months. Instead of giving me words of encouragement I get the opposite. I think having kids give you that extra drive to stay on top of things and do your best; along with the extra stress. Any words of wisdom will help.....
    FutureNurseK likes this.
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    I'm nervous too. I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. I am a returning student after a very long break! Any advice on time management would be warmly received : )
    FutureNurseK and lorirn2b like this.

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