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.
  7. by   Bex27
    I also felt that way multiple times during nursing school. First off, I am proud of you for reaching out for help, talking with us here, and with a professional. Secondly, have you thought about why you wanted to become a nurse in the first place? I want to tell you a tad bit of my story, not to make this all about me, but to help you understand that you are not alone in the way you feel.

    The first time I felt like nursing school wasn't for me was when I failed my first nursing class. I had always been on the honor roll, and even cried when I got my first A- when I was a young child. Well, as you can imagine, I felt like my world was crumbling around me when I had failed and thought nursing school just wasn't for me. I had a couple of huge meltdowns and it made me question my abilities not only as a nurse and a student, but also as a person. But it ended up not being the end of the world. It actually ended up making me work much harder to prove that nursing is what I wanted to do with my life. As I continued to work through balancing work and school, I met new people I would have never met if I hadn't been held back and was an overall great experience. I had an awesome clinical group that was very supportive of each other. But then, in my very last semester, during my very last clinical, I started to feel like giving up and wanted to walk away from nursing completely. I was only in a 2 year program, but it still kept me very busy, and at the end, I questioned if I was pursuing the right path. I went to class and clinical feeling defeated and depressed, not really feeling like I wanted to do it anymore. I wanted to have a different life, not one that was just balancing work, school, studying and sleep. It took a lot for me to get through the last part of school, and as I talked to my clinical group about my feelings, they helped me through it all. They didn't let me quit because in the end, that wasn't who I was nor what I really wanted. Nursing school can take a lot out of a person because it can be stressful. I had to remind myself numerous times why I wanted to become a nurse and had to look back quite a lot to see the progress I had made.

    I do not know if feeling the way you do is normal, but I know for myself, it was something I was able to deal with and overcome. I graduated with honors only 6 months later than my original graduation date, and I have been working as a nurse for just over 3 years now. I am finishing my last semester for my BSN and am grateful I didn't give up. Are there hard days that make me wonder why I became a nurse? Sure! There are shifts that make it hard, patients that frustrate me, and other things in life that make me ponder different career paths, but then I think back to what lead me to nursing and it all humbles me back to a rational, humbling place.

    I really hope my story helps you in some kind of way. I know nursing school can be very tough and overwhelming, and I really hope that you find the path you want in life. If you ever need to talk, you can message me. Just know...you are definitely not alone.
  8. by   Remimaco
    You have to do what is right for you. I had five people in my own nursing class change majors, and in various semesters, because they realized it just wasn't for them. One freaked when they had to place an NG tube. Now she's a pharmacist and very happy. One just decided he didn't like it 1st semester. The rest I am unsure of. I am now a nursing professor and had a student approach me the other day about wanting to change majors. My advice to her is what I will give to you:

    1. Talk to your academic advisor. It is important that you understand how changing majors will impact you and how your credits will transfer. It may be just fine. And if it's not a financial burden to change, even better. But its always best to stay informed.

    2. Remember this change, if you make it, is for YOU. Not your parents, your spouse, your friends, but you. Do not let anyone be disappointed in you. If you've done your research and you choose an otherwise fulfilling and rationale career, its your life.

    3. Do talk to your course coordinator or chair to get some insight into whether or not the feeling is common for your particular place in your track. They do know. And they should not kick you out because of this.

    I also second the person who said therapy takes time. I am not here to convince you to stay or go, but make an informed decision and then choose your path. I wish you good luck.