Quitting nursing school? - page 6

I am at the point where I am truly considering quitting nursing school. I love helping and taking care of others, but I do not feel I am enjoying what I am doing. I've worked so hard to get here, but... Read More

  1. by   jobellestarr
    It's ok to change your dreams and there is no shame in that. I call it "reconciling your dreams" and it's just part of the process of living and change. Best of luck to you in what You decide.
  2. by   Rebekaha95
    I felt that way when I first started my nursing program..Now I'm about to graduate and feel way more confident. Now that the light is at the end of the tunnel I cannot wait to be a nurse! Unfortunately not everyone has it that way, do what you think is best and don't worry what other people will think about you. Ultimately it is your decision..Your time and your money! Maybe try going to school to be a surgical tech?
  3. by   QueenRN299
    Do you work as a nursing assistant? Working as a nursing assistant can help tremendously in understanding how hospitals operate and wil help you understand what it's like to take care of patients. My few semesters of nursing school, I wasn't working as a nursing assistant, and I felt out of place during clinical because I didn't understand the routines of hospitals or how to properly interact with a patient. Interacting with patients can be awkward if you don't have enough experience in the clinical field. Once I starting working as a nursing assistant, I started to feel more confident in my abilities as a nursing student. Also, remember that your entire life doesn't have to revolve around nursing school; do what you love still and nursing is just one part of it! Believe in yourself!
    Good Luck!
  4. by   AnalystRN
    I can relate to your situation when I was in nursing school almost 10 years ago. My first semester was terrible and I cried after my first clinical day. I wanted to quit and change majors because I hated med-surg and thought I could never be a good nurse. But, I stuck through it and kept telling myself that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I finished nursing school and went straight to OB. If you don't like Med-Surg, there are other areas in nursing that might be a better fit for you - OR isn't the only option. It's normal to feel anxiety as nursing school isn't easy. However, you have to do what feels right in your heart. There are so many other options (like informatics, quality - which I am now in and I don't take care of patients but am an RN) and you don't have to force yourself to be in a career you won't be happy in. It's important you know what you want and it is okay if nursing is not the answer. There are many nurses who go into other non-patient care areas that are still indirectly helping people.
  5. by   Joelle66
    Don't give up! It can be so challenging and I've been where you are trust me. Here's what I've learned: you're never going to be truly be comfortable as a nurse until you start working and gaining experience and it will take a bit. I'm still terrified of certain skills and forget steps and that's okay. Just review and give yourself credit for how far you've come, you deserve it.
  6. by   Froggybelly
    Stop and take a few deep breaths. Now, write down why you want to be a nurse. Regardless of how you may feel while in school, no one wants you to fail. They just want you to graduate as a safe, entry-level Nurse. When it comes down to it, you just have to want to be a nurse more than you want to quit. You have to trust your intelligence and grit more than you fear making a mistake. Mistakes happen to every Nurse- yes, every single Nurse. No one expects you to be perfect, so try to give yourself a break.