quit?

  1. Any of you feel like quitting? I'm not sure if I can do this (LPN) and not sure if its right for me, but I have over 2 years and lots of money sunk into it. I heard its gonna be alot harder than the first one. We have reading, drug cards and online charting stuff to do before our clinicals start this friday and I don't know if I can get it done. Then we have a clinical paper due every week, 3 reports to due, a presentation, quizes every week, tests every two weeks, pharm. class which I heard was hard. Then the regular class and clinical all day friday. I have to work at least 16 hours a week (I really need to work at least 25-30 hours to week or I'm gonna run out of loan money a couple months early), but I know thats too much work to get the assignments done.
    I'm thinking of looking into something else, but not sure what, maybe state patrol or truck driving. I already have an associates in CAD and accounting, but never got an interview for acc. from 3 years ago and I got laid off from my first Cad job and fired from the second about 8 years ago. I just don't know what to do...
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   CityKat
    I look at it this way, I want to be a nurse, I feel like I was meant to be a nurse and to help people. There will ALWAYS be obstacles to getting what you want in life. Ie. money, time, stress, etc. However, how will you ever get anywhere if you don't continue on and continue working through the toughness of things? It's a part of life. If you are not feeling like you want to be an LPN and this is the wrong profession, then you should stop. But, if it is just the thought of all the work it is going to take, the stress and working, continue on, you will find a way to get through it all
  4. by   RN1263
    I'm in my last semester of an RN program and yep....IT'S HARD.

    but, i have somehow made it through this far. sooooo, like the other poster said if you want to be a nurse, then push forward and it'll work itself out. just take it one day at a time!

    BUT, you're the one who has to "do the time", so if it's not right for you, then maybe talk to a career counselor to get your thoughts together before moving forward?

    OH, i didn't answer your question....."have i ever felt like quitting?"- YES.... and in thoughs times i complain and moan to anyone who will listen, but still manage to push forward.

    good luck w/ whatever you choose!
  5. by   Daytonite
    Hang in there and do your best to keep up. I promise you that no nursing job is going to be this demanding of your time. It will all be worth it in a few months.
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    While I think Daytonite is probably the expert in this situation, I will just add that you will not be the first, last, or only person that all of this will be required from...don't you imagine that if "they" did it, you can, too?!?! What do those "others" have that you don't?!?!

    I am going to run out of money pretty soon and really need to start at least looking for weekend work and wonder how I'm going to do that and my second semester of NS....however, I'd say maybe close to 40 or 50% of the students in my first semester worked at least 1/2 time and managed, so if they could, then so can I....

    Do I expect it to be easy? No. Am I totally convinced that I've made a right decision 100% of the time?!?! Heck no. But I, too, have got a lot invested at this time, so until I have been hit upside the head with a 2X4, I will show up and dig in once again in a few weeks...

    I truly wish you the best of luck as you make this decision....
    Last edit by WDWpixieRN on Jan 2, '07
  7. by   goldengirl25
    wdwpixie,

    bravo! my feelings exactly!
  8. by   MBARNBSN
    I agree with the others. If you want to be a nurse then it is time to step up to the plate! If this is not what you really want (and you know it because you have no burning desire to continue to work through the challenges), then you do have something to fall back on. I am not advocating that you quit, but you do have options.

    If you are interested in another CAD job or a job in Accounting walk over to the career center (or something similar) and talk to the staff about obtaining an internship or receiving an interview in one of those career fields. Most colleges provide this kind of support to students. So take advantage of the opportunities your college provides and land that first accounting job or another job in CAD. Good luck to you in whatever you decide! :spin:
    Last edit by MBARNBSN on Jan 2, '07
  9. by   LadyNASDAQ
    Quote from Medsport
    Any of you feel like quitting? I'm not sure if I can do this (LPN) and not sure if its right for me, but I have over 2 years and lots of money sunk into it. I heard its gonna be alot harder than the first one. We have reading, drug cards and online charting stuff to do before our clinicals start this friday and I don't know if I can get it done. Then we have a clinical paper due every week, 3 reports to due, a presentation, quizes every week, tests every two weeks, pharm. class which I heard was hard. Then the regular class and clinical all day friday. I have to work at least 16 hours a week (I really need to work at least 25-30 hours to week or I'm gonna run out of loan money a couple months early), but I know thats too much work to get the assignments done.
    I'm thinking of looking into something else, but not sure what, maybe state patrol or truck driving. I already have an associates in CAD and accounting, but never got an interview for acc. from 3 years ago and I got laid off from my first Cad job and fired from the second about 8 years ago. I just don't know what to do...

    Nursing isn't easy on the job or the schooling before the degree or even after the degree. It's all about school,school,school! If you hate the classroom, trust me, this will wear you down.

    There are so many opportunities out there. My Niece who is 19 y/o is now working for a firm doing Web Design. Her starting pay is $25/hr. without experience but she was smart and earned a few certifications. There is no college degree necessary and the longer she stays with this firm, the more money she will make. She's happy and doesn't have to become a Nurse which makes my sis and I both thrilled.
  10. by   SoulShine75
    The thought of going back to school in 2 weeks is making me nauseous. It isn't because of nursing, because I love it, it's because I know what's coming......STRESS! Plus I have micro this semester along with 3rd semester and I'm really starting to panic. When I start thinking of quitting I always look at my incentive sheet. It's a list of reasons why I'm in school and that helps me keep things in perspective. A few things on my list are...my kids, the fact the flexibility of the job, the pay, the time I've already spent in school, the fact that I've always wanted to do this, the amount of time I have left until graduation, etc..., etc...

    I think everyone feels this way from time to time. You can't look at everything you have to in the future, look at what you need to do at this time and do that. Focus on what you have to do first and don't focus on the other things until you come to it. Take each day as it comes. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Follow you heart...it will lead you in the right direction. :spin:
  11. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from SoulShine75
    You can't look at everything you have to in the future, look at what you need to do at this time and do that. Focus on what you have to do first and don't focus on the other things until you come to it. Take each day as it comes. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Follow you heart...it will lead you in the right direction.
    Nice thoughts!! And don't we all need that right now!!

    Good luck all!!
  12. by   BeccaznRN
    Take everyone's advice and HANG IN THERE!

    Here's my moment that I wanted to quit: I was almost finished with my second semester - I was completely out of money with a maxed-out credit card (and it was right at Christmas, making it 10x worse), had not done anything with friends/family for months due to the constant studying and work, and my stress level was already sky-high d/t my SO being in Iraq. I wanted to throw in the towel so bad, especially since I was only halfway through the program. I felt like I just couldn't take it anymore. At that point, the only thing that really kept me in the program was knowing how much student loans I had already taken out that I would have to pay back without having my nursing degree.....and having to face everyone and say that I had dropped out of the program.

    I'm so glad I stuck it out, because not only does the time fly by, but what a feeling of accomplishment when you are finished!

    Good luck to you. Hang in there! :icon_hug:
  13. by   Curious1alwys
    Quote from StlRn2b1206
    Take everyone's advice and HANG IN THERE!

    Here's my moment that I wanted to quit: I was almost finished with my second semester - I was completely out of money with a maxed-out credit card (and it was right at Christmas, making it 10x worse), had not done anything with friends/family for months due to the constant studying and work, and my stress level was already sky-high d/t my SO being in Iraq. I wanted to throw in the towel so bad, especially since I was only halfway through the program. I felt like I just couldn't take it anymore. At that point, the only thing that really kept me in the program was knowing how much student loans I had already taken out that I would have to pay back without having my nursing degree.....and having to face everyone and say that I had dropped out of the program.

    I'm so glad I stuck it out, because not only does the time fly by, but what a feeling of accomplishment when you are finished!

    Good luck to you. Hang in there! :icon_hug:
    Congratulations to you NEW GRADUATE!!

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