Where shall I begin??? I'm feeling so overwhelmed right now and some times out of the day just feel that I can't go on any longer in this program and how will I ever get my RN degree. The LPN nursing program I am in a 1 year straight through program that is very accelerated and intense. I have worked so hard since August and these clinical rotations and all the papers and tests I'm just really having a hard time keeping up mentally. I know everyone has been there and have survived somehow but I'm not everyone and need some encouraging words. I will finish NURSING SCHOOL, it isn't an option for me not too and after all the hard work I've done already I'd be crazy but how does one survive. I might add I am a young single mother of a 2 year old to top it of, lol. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 19, '01
Oh Dawn! You need a hug! Hang in there, you'll get through it. Just try to stay focused and take a deep breath every once in a while. I'm a single mom too, just finishing school, I'll graduate in a few weeks. You've made it this far, you'll get through the rest of it. It is so much work- I think everyone is overwhelmed, so don't think you're alone in feeling that way. Try to stay focused on the end results of all your hard work- it will pay off soon. Feel free to email me if you ever need to vent.
Apr 19, '01
Dawn, Hang in there It may seem trite but anything worth working hard for is worthwhile... Just think how your little one will feel when he/she starts school and says my mommy is a nurse.. He/she will be so proud of you and feel secure that you will always know how to take care of him or where to look for extra help.... Also rememeber you are doing this for yourself too.... It is worth it.... I've been a nurse for over 20 years and started out as an LPN now RN with BSN,,, I went back in my 40's as a single mom with a teenager and it was good for my son to see me struggle a little and a lot because he has become a fine young man in the USMC.... You are doing more for more people than you realize... Hang in there I'm in your court and rooting for you... You can do it. I'm thinking about getting my master's in nursing ed so I may have to call on you for help one day...... Please be there,for both of us.... TTFN.....
Apr 20, '01
Thank you both for taking the time to cheer me up, it is exactly what I needed. I think I need to try out that breathing I use for patient education of a pt/ with anxiety huh? lol... thank you so much and take care.
Apr 22, '01
Just keep plugging away, and occasionaly sit back take a deep breath and relax a few minutes.
Apr 29, '01
Dawn it sounds like you need a great big Hot fudge sundae!!!! You need to remember you have so many weeks and then it is done
Start marking off the weeks on your calendar and pick one day where for a few hours you and your child got to the park or mall or even to the zoo just to destress. If you can't afford that right now -how about a picnic out on the lawn just to enjoy the day??You can do this for just a couple of hours and then go back to your school routine, as you know the books,tests,and papers will be there waiting,but you will come back hopefully refreshed and read to start again. I send you a huge hug and a pat on the back
Apr 29, '01
I was in a really intensive LPN program awhile ago also...tests (not quizzes) every day. I finally had to force myself to take one day a week (usually Saturday) to not even think about school or look at a book!!! It was hard at first, then I found it really helped to have that one "down day". I was able to concentrate better and retain more of what was being taught.
I think this would be really beneficial for you...not to mention your little one. Now that the weather is getting a little better, how about a day picnic to a park with your little one to relax and have some family time?
Just a thought...good luck!
p.s. I'm now in an "intensive" RN program and am still following that regime....I have maintained an 89% average so far! Hope this helps!
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