It takes an arm and a leg to even be accepted into Nursing school
but I managed through all of the requirements and pre-reqs but I've always suffered with sever anxiety and now that school is about to start, I'm seriously considering dropping all of these classes and considering a different major. Just looking over the syllabus and required readings for my classes nearly gave me a panic attack. I've read about how stressful it can be for some and how others didn't have as much trouble with it. It would suck because I've spent so much time and MONEY towards getting here in the first place but I'm not sure if I'm willing to spend anymore of either for the purpose of being a Nurse. Maybe I should go into Info Tech instead, what do you guys think?
I just began my second semester of nursing school
. I didn't feel like I had a decent handle on things until about week 5 of my 1st semester. And that feeling of being completely overwhelmed? Yeah, that comes and goes. It likes to sneak up on me at least once or twice a week. But here's the secret - all of your classmates feel the same way! It will never be just you.
Take a look at your study habits and time management skills before classes start. Do you feel like they need improvement? Make a plan to keep yourself on track, but keep it flexible. I personally had to change my tried and true study habits early on in order to keep up with the workload. (Quickly realized that writing things over and over wasn't super practical!) Do you have any methods that have worked for calming your anxiety in other situations? If so, use them and use them often! I have anxiety, and I'm a big fan of deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. They're both quick and effective at calming me down. I also got about halfway through my first semester and realized that I had been putting things I enjoy on the back burner. I love to read, and I realized that I hadn't picked up my Kindle
since August. Don't do this! Forcing myself to step away from the nursing books and picking up my Kindle, turning on Netflix, or taking the dog for a walk at least once a day has really helped with my stress levels.
Nursing school is 100% doable, and you're probably way more capable than you think. You've gotten this far - don't give up on it yet!
Last edit by lehaley1989 on Jan 16
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Believe me when I say that I know exactly how you feel. I'm actually currently in my second week of nursing school. Its. Been. Insane. I've never done this much work for school in my life. I'm so scared that I'll somehow screw it up. I'll get kicked out. I'll fail. I'll make one lousy mistake. I worked so hard to get here. My sister has been working her butt off to get in & she didn't. That puts a lot of pressure on me from my family as well.
BUT . . . I just do what Scottishtape recommended; I take it a week at a time. I don't turn in any of the work I do (we're responsible to complete it & then we get tested on the readings before every class) but I still make sure to get it done. The other responsibilities such as clinicals/Sims/Validations/Papers are all sort of spaced out so if you just get the basic routine & then look a week or 2 ahead to get a heads up of when the bigger assignments are coming in, I think you'll be fine.
ALSO, other people in your cohort are probably anxious as well. Make friends. Talk about it if you're not too anxious with socializing. Get a study group (I'm currently in 2 separate study groups - it really helps!). I think you'd regret it more if you dropped it now. The mere fact that you wrote a post/ reached out could be an indication in of itself. Anyway, whatever you choose, make sure you're 100% positive =)
Last edit by UnknownChild on Jan 17
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