Quitting Nursing School - page 2

So I am in my second semester junior year in my BSN program. This is my second degree, so I spent a year taking a few prerequisites part-time before getting accepted into this program. It's one of... Read More

  1. Visit  whipwreck82 profile page
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    Let me tell you something.....I never freaking imagined in a million years that it would be this hard....not just school, but the profession, and i'll tell you something, if I would have known what I know now, I never would have done it, I would have gone to school for something else earlier
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  3. Visit  hfarrellnurse profile page
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    Your posting made me think of a conversation I recently had with my daughter. She was just accepted into nursing school to begin in the upcoming spring semester and since I am a nurse, naturally I am thrilled but I wanted to make sure that she was wanting this for herself and not because I am a nurse or for the salary or any other reason. First and foremost make sure you are doing what's right for you and not what others think what you should or should not do! Sure, they may be disappointed if you decide to quit but if they truly have your best interest in mind they absolutely would NOT want you to continue with something that makes you miserably unhappy or that you would regret. Life is way too short, so don't waste time or energy for something you hate! Secondly , don't go to nursing school to become an RN for the money! Those 'kind' of nurses are in my opinion, the worst 'kind' of nurses there are, for everyone involved (patients, co-workers, collaborative staff, etc.). You really must have some some sort of caring and compassion for those you are caring for. Nursing is not just something you "do" it something that you "are"! With that being said, you have come this far, why not make something of all of you hard work and effort! Have you looked at all of your options? One great thing about nursing is all of the options and avenues you can take. Are there any specialties in nursing that you might enjoy? Nursing is not just strictly clinical or 'floor' nursing. Before you quit, make sure there isn't some pathway you can take as an RN that you might really like - forensic nursing, nursing informatics, education, OR or PACU, etc. etc. etc. there are so many different types of nursing that maybe you can find one that fits you! Also, I think you are making a great choice not to drop out abruptly but are taking some time to slow down a bit and reevaluate your situation! That shows a lot of maturity (so I disagree with the earlier comment someone made of questioning your maturity). Don't quit until you have exhausted ALL of your options!!! Maybe there is some sort of nursing that incorporates animals (there is a lot of research that shows how animals are helpful in the healing process, or that are being trained as companions for people with seizure disorders or even diabetes now) there might be a career as an RN like that!! Any nurse would be lying if he or she said they never questioned there nursing abilities or career! And, at some point nursing school sucked (pardon the language) for almost all of us - I got written up and almost kicked out my last semester for some attitude issues I had but I adjusted and made it through!! Lastly, I don't know if you are religious or not but - I have had some seriously lengthy talks with God throughout my nursing endeavor and I am not the most religious person but there were always some little signs or whatever you want to call them, that I was on the right path. Good luck with whatever you decide just make sure those decisions you make are for YOU because YOU are the one who has to live your life and you have the power to make yourself happy!!
  4. Visit  rudy5095 profile page
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    I know these posts are kind of old, but I could really see myself in what you said here. I am working on my ADN as a second career. I love learning about health and health care, but I detest my clinical rotation. Just like you, I feel live I can say and do the right things, but I feel no connection and passion for what I am doing. I'm holding on until the end of the semester and then I'll go inactive. If I truly regret it, I can go back. I'm considering health care administration and health information studies. I am much better "behind" the scenes. The nurses are great, the techs are great, my classmates are great, my instructor puts me on edge and I just don't see wanting to be in this role in the future. It seems like all med passing and charting. Yuck.

    I woke up last night having a panic attack in the middle of the night. I've never had a panic attack while I'm awake, let alone asleep. It was awful. I've held on to my cushy business job part time so I think I can go back full time. I can go back to feeling like I know what I'm doing, being able to go to the gym, spending the evening relaxing, not feeling like I'm falling behind on everything. I'm too old for this.

    I'm having chest pain right now thinking about it. I'm sure it's not for me. Time to move on . . .
  5. Visit  Hargrove86 profile page
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    rudy5095, it's funny that you reply to this post today. Shortly after I wrote the original post, I dropped out of nursing school. I felt like such a loser. I still have a hard time explaining myself to people even though I shouldn't have to. Nursing wasn't for me, and I am still very sure of that. I wasn't grossed out by anything, I just didn't like the reality of what nursing was. I agree that it seemed like mostly doling out meds and charting. The nurses never seemed to have time and for me I was dreading every shift as a student nurse. I couldn't imagine feeling that way for the rest of my working life. I have worked on farms my entire life and that work is hard but I never dread doing it. I like feeling like I know what I am doing and not just waiting for myself to screw up. I don't regret leaving nursing school at all. Today was the day my class did final presentations and had their last day of clinicals. I will admit, that it is not easy seeing all these girls I went to school with posting on Facebook about how good it feels to be done and just a few weeks away from pinning. I'm a year out of leaving school and still not sure what I am doing. I am supposed to start working as an ophthalmic technician in January. I am actually sort fo excited because I think it will be a lot less overwhelming and the hours are so much better. I totally know how you feel with the panic attacks and that feeling of never being able to keep up. Some people seem to thrive on such a challenge, but not me. I want to go to work, know what my task is, and feel like I know what I'm doing. Nursing was just too stressful for me. Since you know for sure it is not for you, good for you for moving on! People can make you feel so crappy for quitting because they say it;s such a good career path. But I've come to notice that it is not a good path if you are going to hate your life, dread every day you go to work, and be so stressed that you can't function. There's a million other jobs out there, go find the one that makes you happy. Sounds like you have a lot of options. Good luck! Feel free to message me if you want to talk about it. I know it's not the easiest decision
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  6. Visit  motay68 profile page
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    I'm sorry.... I can't feel anything but annoyance for this post. If you hate it drop out. Is anything worth making you feel like you're losing it? Nursing isn't for everyone. Neither is being a CEO or an accountant or a social worker or a CNA (no offense to any CNA's) who work with animals.
    Figure out what you want to do. If we were in school together I would be ****** off because I worked my butt off for the opportunity to be in a nursing program and you are there but don't want it. Really??
    And for that matter I do not want a nurse taking care of me that can't find a redeeming quality about the nursing profession or only does it because they will make "good enough money". Stop whining... Your mind is already made up. Don't wait for everyone's validation. Do what makes you happy. Continuing with this isn't doing anybody any favors, including yourself
  7. Visit  trymybest profile page
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    Quote from motay68
    I'm sorry.... I can't feel anything but annoyance for this post. If you hate it drop out. Is anything worth making you feel like you’re losing it? Nursing isn't for everyone. Neither is being a CEO or an accountant or a social worker or a CNA (no offense to any CNA’s) who work with animals.
    Figure out what you want to do. If we were in school together I would be ****** off because I worked my butt off for the opportunity to be in a nursing program and you are there but don't want it. Really??
    And for that matter I do not want a nurse taking care of me that can’t find a redeeming quality about the nursing profession or only does it because they will make “good enough money”. Stop whining… Your mind is already made up. Don’t wait for everyone’s validation. Do what makes you happy. Continuing with this isn't doing anybody any favors, including yourself
    I hope this post helped you let some steam out. The comment is not really helpful. You are not in the op shoes. Sometimes you don't realize that you don't want something, or something is not good for you until you experience it for yourself. Nurses/ nursing students are supposed to be so caring, yet they have no problem chewing each others head off. SMH.
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  8. Visit  rubato profile page
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    Quote from motay68
    I'm sorry.... I can't feel anything but annoyance for this post. If you hate it drop out. Is anything worth making you feel like you’re losing it? Nursing isn't for everyone. Neither is being a CEO or an accountant or a social worker or a CNA (no offense to any CNA’s) who work with animals.
    Figure out what you want to do. If we were in school together I would be ****** off because I worked my butt off for the opportunity to be in a nursing program and you are there but don't want it. Really??
    And for that matter I do not want a nurse taking care of me that can’t find a redeeming quality about the nursing profession or only does it because they will make “good enough money”. Stop whining… Your mind is already made up. Don’t wait for everyone’s validation. Do what makes you happy. Continuing with this isn't doing anybody any favors, including yourself
    She did. Read all the thread.
  9. Visit  notnursezelda profile page
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    That is a tough position to be in. And only you will know what is best. I will say this, nursing is a diverse field. If you don't like the clinical aspect of it, being in hospitals, there are OTHER OPTIONS.

    Firstly, nursing is just not in a hospital. There are forensic nurses, legal nurses, research nursing, you can work with the Red Cross, try nurses without borders, you can work on clinical trials, or with pharmaceutical companies, you can even get certified to teach courses.

    Don't give up just yet. Your degree can still work for you. There are many different positions in which a nurse can do good and benefit themselves. And depending on which field you decide, the work load is quite different. The experiences are not all the same.

    Do some research, see what appeals to you. There is more than one way of being a good nurse.
  10. Visit  MrsComboCurlz profile page
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    Quote from motay68
    I'm sorry.... I can't feel anything but annoyance for this post. If you hate it drop out. Is anything worth making you feel like you’re losing it? Nursing isn't for everyone. Neither is being a CEO or an accountant or a social worker or a CNA (no offense to any CNA’s) who work with animals.
    Figure out what you want to do. If we were in school together I would be ****** off because I worked my butt off for the opportunity to be in a nursing program and you are there but don't want it. Really??
    And for that matter I do not want a nurse taking care of me that can’t find a redeeming quality about the nursing profession or only does it because they will make “good enough money”. Stop whining… Your mind is already made up. Don’t wait for everyone’s validation. Do what makes you happy. Continuing with this isn't doing anybody any favors, including yourself
    You started your post w/ "im sorry"...are you really? and for what? I totally agree...with @Trymybest! Why are YOU so annoyed. The OP came to this revelation unselfishly...stop being so judgmental. YOU know what YOU want to do in life, thank GOD for that. The OP is now in limbo (one leg in one leg out). Not a comfortable place to be. Were suppose to be here to uplift, morally support one another. Your post comes across as bitter anger. Im sure the OP and as every other student has worked HARD to get acceptance into their nursing program. Life doesn't come with a memo you know. He or she owes you nothing. You must walk on water...
    Good luck in whatever path YOU CHOOSE OP! ;^)
    Last edit by MrsComboCurlz on Nov 27, '13
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  11. Visit  Bonnieparker22 profile page
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    I can relate to the OP. I have spent the last 4 years working with animals in a fast paced, very stressful setting, but have recently decided to start taking pre-reqs to apply to my local CC ADN program (This is after two years of a Wildlife Biology program ). I have been undecided lately as to which program I wanted to pursue because I am passionate about animals and love the outdoors, but was unsure if I really wanted to work with animals for the rest of my life. I am very drawn to nursing, love science and I love helping people. Strangely enough, it was the technical and medical skills I learned working with animals that led me to look into nursing...

    Good luck OP!
  12. Visit  motay68 profile page
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    I apologize for that. It was incredibly rude and really, if I had read it my reply through before I posted it I would have backed up and started again. It was not well said. Yesterday was a long day and it is always easier to act like a two year old to an anonymous face then it is to the people who are causing your stress. Either way, not your problem.

    You should be able to vent and not have a snoot bite you head off for doing so. Next time knock me down off of my soap box and hit me over the head with it.... twice

    It takes incredible courage to admit something that requires this level of commitment isn't for you and even more to act on it. Kudos to you. I'm not sure I would be able to make the same decision if I was in your shoes.
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  13. Visit  phillycb profile page
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    I am about to finish my second semester of nursing school. I thought about quitting a month ago and decided to gut it out. I don't understand why nursing school has to be so brutal and unpleasant! In what planet does crying and having mental breakdown are normal? My neighbors (ER physician and pediatric nephrologist) saw me cried so many times they thought someone had died in my family. I told them about nursing school and they chuckled at the absurdity and the intensity. They assured me nursing school is so different from the real world. I hope so. If nursing school is an indication of what I have to deal with everyday as a RN, I really don't know if I want to endure it.
  14. Visit  phillycb profile page
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    I know you posted this awhile ago so I just want to know if you are happy with your decision? I am thinking about leaving nursing school because the longer I stay, the more I think this is not for me. The stress and insanity are just not reasonable to me. I don't know, I have two more semesters to go so it is kinda too late to quit. I do fantasized about a different path...


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