Everyone starting to break down...

  1. Were in week 9 (I think) of fundamentals and people are starting to get mentally exhausted. I myself have had a couple moments where I just wanna cryyyyy, wahhh. Its soooo exhausting all of this. I have an hour commute each way so thats part of it. Im tired.
    Someone actually noticed they had business cards out in the skills lab for psychologists, that will help you if your stressed. How ironic.
    I still have a year and a half to go..........God give me strength.
    I just wish I could turn off nursing school mode sometimes and just "be". It consumes me most of every waking hour.

    Im just gonna go take a nap zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (yea right!)
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  3. by   Suninmyheart
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Were in week 9 (I think) of fundamentals and people are starting to get mentally exhausted. I myself have had a couple moments where I just wanna cryyyyy, wahhh. Its soooo exhausting all of this. I have an hour commute each way so thats part of it. Im tired.
    Someone actually noticed they had business cards out in the skills lab for psychologists, that will help you if your stressed. How ironic.
    I still have a year and a half to go..........God give me strength.
    I just wish I could turn off nursing school mode sometimes and just "be". It consumes me most of every waking hour.

    Im just gonna go take a nap zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (yea right!)
    Just a couple of moments of wanting to cry? Not to minimize that however I feel like I have mini-meltdowns at least once a week. I am taking Nursing Integrations, Health Assessment, and Clinical Integrations in a RN program AND orienting at a job as a new LPN. I sooo understand your being overwhelmed. I worry about making it until May. I go to bed and wake up thinking of medications, disease processes, patients.... I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of these things.

    Ok - on a more positive note - I take some deep breaths and keep moving forward. I rely heavily on my study group for support. We check in with eachother on a regular basis. We even take turns holding eachother up for a moment or two. I am blessed with having formed a study group that really sticks together. I try to get enough sleep (at least half the time). I try to eat well and pack healthy food for the day. I ask for lot's of understanding from my significant other (no kids). I accept that my social/leisure life will be non-existant during this time. I really try to keep anxiety at bay because that will just feed on itself and make things worse. I especially rely on "staying in the moment". That is all we have. This is hard! But it is good and wonderful! There are so many doors that can open as a result of accomplishing and succeeding in getting a nursing degree. I hang on to that. What really keeps me going is knowing that someday - hopefully not too far away - I will reach a point where I can say to myself "yeah, this is why I made the decision to become a nurse". Do I sound like a student with rose-colored glasses? Sigh. I know that the "giant med-fest" LPN job I have is not why I am on this journey. (another thread perhaps) but I just keep moving forward.

    Hang in there - regroup - pull out all your resources. This is making us stronger!
  4. by   rpbear
    You need some time for yourself. I know that it is hard to "turn it off" but in order to make it though the marathon of nursing school you need to. Set alside just an hour or two a week for yourself, go shopping, get a pedicure, go to lunch with some friends, or sit at starbucks and read the sunday paper. Anything that is not school related. This journey is not a sprint it is a marathon, so pace yourself!
  5. by   hospitalstaph
    I know how you feel but it will get better. You will gain confidence and get to use those skills and it will all be worth it. First semester was a killer for me, but now it's much more doable.

    T
  6. by   locolorenzo22
    My friend made the comment in seminar today that everyone's starting to look tired and a touch wore down. he's right. My problem was that I wound up going to bed later than I planned, had a really Freaked out dream(That I can still remember so I am NOT going to share it) so I woke up at 6 for my 10AM lecture, and couldn't fall back asleep. Plus, I have to go do some shopping and study at the B&N for major test tomorrow.....
    I think that as long as we get some personal time every week, it goes good. I wound up spending a lot of my day up in Chicago on Tues for a job interview requirement and made a good day of it(took pics of Millineum park, and the new fountains, the art inst lions, and just in general) Wrote a few new poems and had some lunch up there, bought 3 new books that I don't see down here ever.
    Know that every period of stress has a period of relaxation right after it....
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    As nursing students, we have ALL been there! It will pass - and honestly, as you learn more and make it through the semesters, you will just "get it" and not have to spend so much time studying anymore. The beginning is hard when you have no knowledge of nursing and instructors are cramming so much info in your brain that you feel like it will pop! It won't always be that way though. Nursing is a lifelong learning process, yes, but it will get easier. Promise!
  8. by   mishmisha
    suninmyeyes, that's an awesome response! thanks for that.

    i am just in my first week of a BSN program and i can already feel the tension in my body and nervous system, so i feel you OG poster. i looked up lists of how to deal with stress and breathing exercises, printed them out and slipped them into every notebook i use for school. just to remind myself. and i constantly remind myself that i'd be WAY more flipped out had i not made it this far. for me, i just keep trying to count the blessings. it's what keeps me striving for the positive mental attitude.

    i also went out to the health food store and bought herbal teas like, 'calming' and 'stress relief'. they help! and i also use some flower essences (rescue remedy or five flower essence) for stress relief. my idea is to flood myself with stress relief techniques and tools to beat it back.

    hope this gives you some ideas. i am freaked out and stressed too, you aren't alone but you will and can do it!
  9. by   tddowney
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Were in week 9 (I think) of fundamentals and people are starting to get mentally exhausted. I myself have had a couple moments where I just wanna cryyyyy, wahhh. Its soooo exhausting all of this. I have an hour commute each way so thats part of it. Im tired.
    Someone actually noticed they had business cards out in the skills lab for psychologists, that will help you if your stressed. How ironic.
    I still have a year and a half to go..........God give me strength.
    I just wish I could turn off nursing school mode sometimes and just "be". It consumes me most of every waking hour.

    Im just gonna go take a nap zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (yea right!)
    Sometimes the nap is the best use of your time. If you're really sleepy, you're not going to really learn or accomplish much. A half hour nap can be a real refresher.

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