Nursing students have so many challenges to handle simultaneously. You can get so caught up in deadlines, classes, studying, etc that you wonder if you will survive. When something good happens, it almost seems overwhelmingly impossible. Tell about how you have felt when you finally see that you are making progress as you are finally completing some of your challenges and are on your way to becoming a nurse.
Mar 10, '14
Not exactly a new..new grad, however I will be wrapping up my BSN in 2 months. I have had this goal for years, even after suffering burnout and leaving a profession I once loved for 5 years. My journey will end after 16 months of fatigue, tears and frustration of trying to juggle work, family, and school. I can't even fathom what it will be like to know that after 20 some years of waiting and 16 months of HARD work that it will be over. I find myself thinking I will probably crumble in a puddle of tears of joy and relief.
Mar 11, '14
Like tokmom, I am almost finished with a second-go-round of school after 20 years. I've been a paramedic for 15 of those and I finally decided to bridge over. I can't tell you the thrill of almost being done with what I set out to do. I'll graduate in August, but I set out to be an RN before I turn 40, and I'll hit that goal this year (I turn 40 in December). I still have a long way to go after that, with a speciality, but I am happy with my decisions. My kids couldn't be more happy that I am finishing what I set out to do, and I am setting a good example to them by finishing college. They can see that it can be done, even by an old fart like me.
Mar 13, '14
Congratulations to both of you! You can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Mar 24, '14
For me, the bad times have been significant but only *occasional.* I think that after going against the flow for so long that now I have an opportunity to do something that I really love, I am so grateful and can see the silver lining in it all somehow. Things have clicked for me and are finally going my way for once that when I get a compliment from an instructor or am given an opportunity to teach my peers about something I managed to master that it is absolutely thrilling. Me? Doing something right? Weird! I have a long way to go and I hope to keep the good times going but on the eve of every new quarter I'm still just peeking around the corner, slightly terrified of what awaits me.
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