Nursing School Blues?? - page 4

You know how there is post pardum depression and pre mestrual mood swings.... can there be such a thing as Nursing School Depression?? Well if there is such a thing, I must be going through it! ... Read More

  1. by   NICU_nurse2b
    Quote from Cfitz
    Wow, that sounds like a handful and a half. I know exactly how you're feeling though, believe me. My house is a disaster (why is it that we're the only ones who seem able to keep the house clean, and when we're out of commission, it just doesn't get done? What's wrong with this picture?). Today in clinical my RN asked me to do a Foley (I'm in my second semester). I gave her a look that must have been like "WHAAA? ME???" because she said "aren't you allowed to do them?" I said "well, yeah, we're allowed to do them, but I've only ever done one on a mannequin!" I asked if I could just watch her do it, and she agreed. About 5 other students asked if they could come too. I didn't feel right about that for my patient's sake, but the RN said it was ok. She did great despite the great challenge of my patient's size and condition. I think I could do one now if I had to.

    Please don't quit yet. You've come so far and don't have that much to go, if you really think about it. This too shall pass. YOU TOO shall pass if you just put in a few minutes every night studying. Just bear down, dig in, do what needs to be done even if it means everything else sort of gets pushed to the wayside (I mean housekeeping). Maybe your husband needs to learn to do YOUR job for awhile and keep things picked up.

    I don't know you, but your personality comes through, and I think you'll make a great nurse. The fact that you have enough compassion and caring to actually worry about your patients and their safety tells me you'd be great. It's the ones who say they have no stress or concerns that really worry me. Hang in there, ok?

    :::hugs:::
    Thank you so much for you kind words. I am feeling a a lot better. After lecture yesterday we went over our test and I was not the only one that seemed to be having a nervous breakdown. My instructor asured me that I could easily recover from this bad score. It is just scary knowing that I have 6 more tests and that is it. That is all we have grade wise in that class. Plus is doesn't help that second year students AND the instructor herself call our final for second semester the final from hell!! My dad called me today and helped me talk through all the feelings I am having which helped greatly. Being able to come to allnurses helps a lot also. I think in clinicals I will just pretend I have confidence until I actually do. My instructor called me her nervous nelly. I really don't want to be known as that.
    Thanks for listening. Well I better get back to my books!:studyowl:
  2. by   k.lvn.mom
    Count me in! Last semester was my first semester of nursing school, and I study my butt off until we got to Thankgiving break, and when we came back to school, we still had 3 wks of school, and 1 wk of finals. And i just quit studying. I could not do it anymore. And i didn't... but I made it out of the first sem with 3 a's and 2 b's. but I don't recommend that.
  3. by   Waffles
    I have been looking for your posting. Now that I have, I know I'm not alone. I too am all messed up right now. Perhaps all we need is to keep trying.

    Best of luck.
  4. by   blueheaven
    Hang in there!! There is actually a light at the end of the tunnel (and it isn't an oncoming train) Most people that are not in the medical field have NO IDEA how difficult and time consuming nursing school is, plus family, etc. Top that off with varying standards from instructor to instructor and trying to figure out what they expect...it's a miracle any of us are sane!!!
  5. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from blueheaven
    Top that off with varying standards from instructor to instructor and trying to figure out what they expect...it's a miracle any of us are sane!!!
    I'm already seeing this this semester...it is amazing the difference between last semester's instructors and these so far...but then, we haven't had our first test yet....and if thought staying motivated through 16 weeks last semester was tough, I am having TERRIBLE time making myself hit the books again after winter break....and the thought of clinicals starting this week, care plans, and the total unknown in the hospital is making my gut just ache something fierce!!!
  6. by   ann945n
    Thank god for this thread, i was so depressed tonight even the hubby who so nicely tries to comfort me wasnt working. I too feel soooo burned out and just saying the c word (clinicals) makes me want to crawl into a whole and cry. I feel like nothing we do is good enough and we will forever be nursing students. Please tell me is it over yet?
  7. by   Cynica
    This is one of the last 3 days of our RLE in the Nursery. While others are having fun because of taking care of the babies, I'm really having a hard time because I don't know how to carry a newborn, I failed my first quiz in that area and I didn't come to that area today... I feel I'm not really ready to face this day.
  8. by   JBGC4
    WoW! Check out the dates for this board. It's from the graveyard!!! A good one to bump yup, however.
  9. by   DAVISJA
    I know how you feel. I'm a nursing student as well. Don't feel down and out about nursing school because you have come to far to start rethinking things now. I know that once you are done, you will be a great nurse!! As far as messing up on doing BP,you were just having a bad day. You were probably just tired. Give it another try, I'm sure you will do better next time!! Good Luck!!
  10. by   Cynica
    i came to our area today, despite the slight difficulties I told myself I can do it
  11. by   Nicole2010
    Count me in as well. I have a little over 8 months left of school until I graduate & just recently, I feel like I know absolutely nothing. Feeling that way doesn't help with anything, I just got sad and really doubted myself. About once a semester I have a break down and cry. It's a common feeling in school. It doesnt help when you learn so many skills in class, but have limited opprotunities to practice them in clinical.
  12. by   Gretchen, SN
    I'm glad this thread is here. I was so bummed out my first semester of nursing school. I made good grades and did okay in clinical, but it was sooo stressful. Toward the end of the semester my housework was going down the tubes and I couldn't even cook anymore. I had so little time with my two boys that I just didn't have the energy for anything besides them and school. And I still had to work every weekend. It was awful and I didn't feel like myself.

    I'm so worried about this next semester. I'm going to be working 30 hours a week and I'm scared it's going to be too much. The semester's only 3.5 months long, so I just keep telling myself it's only for a few months and then I get a break. I just wish that I didn't have to work while I was doing this.

    Thanks for letting me vent.
  13. by   MotivatedOne
    I've yet to start Nursing School...I'll start my first semester August 17th. I'm both excited and nervous. I was such a pessimist when it came to being accepted and now that I've been accepted, I'm pessimistic that I'll mess things up. I'm a huge procrastinator and I think that I may have ADD. I don't want to become dependent on any drugs but somethings gotta give. I can't expect to make good grades by waiting until the last minute and although cramming has gotten me this far I seriously doubt it's going to take me places in the nursing program. Especially considering the type of information I'm definitely going to need to retain. Basically I need a study buddy and someone to push me when I feel like giving up because I just know that I will someday be overwhelmed with the amount of information I'm to learn on a day to day basis.


    Good luck everyone!

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