I start nursing school tomorrow and I am scared!

  1. And I am absolutely terrified. I have been working on this for the last year and a half. I did well, studied like mad. Now, I am about to start and I am scared out of my mind. It all seems unreal. Uniforms, clogs, books. Any words of encouragement for a scared nursing student? :wink2:
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  3. by   cn2007rn
    I felt the same way when I started, I just finished my first semester 2 weeks ago. It's not bad, a little nerve racking at time when teachers are testing you on your skills in lab and watching over you as you give an injection or flush a g-tube in clinicals. But it's not bad, my scariest moment was the first injection I gave on a real patient, I was so nervous. I was shaking afterward, but it hurts us more then them. But now I love giving injections, it's fun!

    Don't be nervous, if this is what you want, you can do it! Study hard, but also take time for yourself. My first month of school I was a wreck, but then I got into the groove of things, and I love it. I can't wait to be a real RN! Study everyday, even if it's only 20-30 min., work on skills a lot, look over notes. The tests are not too bad, some teachers are tricky, and you might get frustrated at times, but that can happen with other classes also. If you got through all the pre-req's for nursing, you will do fine!

    If you love, you will get through it! Study, get a good group of students to talk to and study with, keep a positive attitude and stay motivated!

    Good luck! You will do great!
  4. by   ads24
    The first semester of nursing school i felt like i had been thrown to the wolves. The following semesters get easier, not because of easier material but because you begin to learn what to expect and how nursing school works. Don't freak out if you fail a couple of test.Most all people fail at least once. Then there are some people who are geniuses who ace every single test. I have failed some test and i've always passed with an A or B. Study hard and try not to put things off to the last minute.Pharmacology was the hardest class for me, so pay attention in that class. This is the class that gets people in the most trouble. Don't get discouraged when everything doesn't come out right. You will do fine!! Don't sweat the small stuff!
  5. by   luvmy2angels
    I totally understand how you feel. I was the same way. It had been 15 years since I was in any kind of classroom and I was terrified!! It wasn't so bad though, I am going to be graduating in 7 and a half weeks. Time flew and I am actually sad that it will soon be over. Try your best to relax, it is normal to feel this way, but I guarantee in a couple weeks you will feel right at home in your new surroundings. Good Luck to you !!!
  6. by   MIA-RN1
    Try to relax. You are about to start living your dream and you ought to be able to enjoy it. Yes you will work hard, and yes it can be nerve-wracking, but try not to go in with fear.
    You are going to meet some really nice people, some really awful people, and a whole lot in between. You will make friendships and memories that you are going to carry with you forever. You are going to learn how to help people live, and how care for them when they die.
    You get to do something that you have been working towards for quite some time. Instead of spending time worrying and being scared/nervous, try instead to think of all the great things that are going to be happening for you in the next couple years. (OK other than cramming for tests and getting up for clinical at 4:45am lol)
    Seriously tho, fear is not necessary.
  7. by   hpfulrn2007
    I know exactly how you feel I'm starting my second semester next week and
    I am just as nervous as I was in August. However once my first semester got going with all the test, clinicals,checkoffs, projects, reading assignments, and my home life I didn't have time to worry. Once I got myself into a routine the semester actually went by fast. I think the initial nerves of starting something new are natural. Good luck!!
  8. by   chechebaby
    go girl! evrything will be fine, just start with a smile. goodluck
  9. by   MMARN
    Thanks for starting this thread. I start in a few days and I gotta say that I'm in the same boat as the OP. Thanks for all the great advice!!! Good luck nursestudentin05!!!!! Good luck to us all!!!!
  10. by   Daytonite
    Make sure your car is gassed up today. Get all the books and papers you want to take with you tomorrow morning piled up and ready to go before you go to bed tonight. Set two alarms clocks to make sure you get up on time. Eat breakfast. You'll get through this just like you did your first day of grade school. Take time to write a post on how your day went tomorrow evening.
  11. by   AllyRN82
    I am glad I am not the only one who is scared out of their boots to start nursing school. I don't start for another 2 weeks but I am TERRIFIED. I too have been working on this for so long and now that the time is approaching QUICKLY I am losing my appetite and sleep. I'm pathetic.....

    it's good to know there's someone else out there who feels the same way I do. We can be each other's rock!

    Yes, please let us know tomorrow how your first day went.
  12. by   truern
    Listen to Daytonite....get everything ready tonight..what you're going to wear, your notebook, pens, pencils, etc. Don't leave anything to do in the morning besides get up, get dressed, and get to school. Leave EARLY!! You're already stressed enough without worrying about arriving late.

    Get a nice warm bath tonight, get on some warm snuggly jammies, and get a good nights sleep.

    It really will be okay
  13. by   liljsmom02
    i start my last semester in 2 weeks. my best advice is to feel things out. setr ealistic goals. i used to be an honors student and was obsessed with A's. best grade so far B+. no potential employer will ask what your grades were. also, get to know the people you go to school with. they are the only ones that will understand what you are going through. take time for yourself and your family or you will burn out. time will fly and next thing you know you will be graduating(and don't be suprised when your first day as a nurse is even scarier than school that will pass too). last but not least remember that as a nurse you will (should always be a little nervous and thats ok. when you stop feeling it then it's time to worry.

    best of luck to all you new students!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. by   SoulShine75
    Quote from nursestudentin05
    And I am absolutely terrified. I have been working on this for the last year and a half. I did well, studied like mad. Now, I am about to start and I am scared out of my mind. It all seems unreal. Uniforms, clogs, books. Any words of encouragement for a scared nursing student? :wink2:
    Uh
    I feel your pain. I start in 2 weeks and I'm frightened. I keep waiting for them to realize I'm not suppose to be there and make me leave. :chuckle I really am scared though. I am starting to feel a little dread. I think the majority of my worries are because I'm driving 45 minutes back and forth each way everyday. It's not too bad, but it's very hard working around my kids and my husband's schedule. I hope it works out. :uhoh21:

    Good luck to you!

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