I am starting Nursing school next week. I had THOUGHT I wanted to be a Nurse for years now. I like to help people, I'm very nurturing, I've got an interest in medicine as well.
Yesterday, I picked up my books (12 in all) panic finally set in! These books are SOOOO thick I can't believe it! These books are for the Fall Semester ONLY!!!! My Syllabus alone, is about 6" thick!!! My stomach is in a knot! I will also have to take Microbiology 2 nights a week. I'm freaking out!!!
For the first time, I have zero confidence. I really am starting to have serious doubts about myself. Suddenly working in an office for $8hr seems appealing! It is really hard to believe that I can learn all the stuff in these books in just 15 weeks, and manage my two kids, husband, dog etc.... I have never been a quitter, but I have the urge to get up and just RUN away!
HOW on earth do people do this? If some of you can offer me some insight as to what helped you to survive, I'd appreciate it! I am so intimidated!
Aug 14, '01
it's ok!! i promise. I'm enrolled in the ADN program at my local community college...and i know exactly how you feel. I just finished my first year...fresh out of high school i started these classes. My first semester i took nursing 101., with clinicals and 2 labs, Anatomy 1, psych 101, and an elective (pottery). I felt the same way about the text books....only to find out that we only used two the majority of the time...the fundamentals of nursing text and the pharmacology text. The other ones were basically for referance....ooo except the careplan book!! that was my BEST FRIEND last year.
i know you feel overwhelmed...i did too...i still do. i am yound..18 y/o...and people are teling me that in less than a year i will be taking my state boards and taking care of people...i feel the same way you do about having the competence required after only 2 years...or 15 week semesters as the case may be. Just relax...you will be fine. everyone there feels the same way you do . take eveyrthing one day at a time, one paper at a time, one assignment at a time and you will get through. and you will be so proud of yourself when you do get through!!
best of luck to you in your first semester. Feel free to email me if you have any questions (this holds true to anyone) or comments or just need to vent to someone...i've been told i'm good at reasoning! have a great semester!!
Last edit by LJoyW_27 on Aug 14, '01