Really questioning myself-imput needed - page 2

I'm due to enter the ADN program this fall and am taking Microbiology this summer. I feel like I'm barely making any sense out of what they're talking about. I look at the posts of people doing... Read More

  1. by   Jen2
    Cheryl

    I know how you feel. I am going into the ADN program this fall and I am scared to death! I have alot of experience in the medical feild and currently work in a hospital, my boyfriend is also an RN. However, I am still scared, even though I've done well with pre-reqs. I just don't know how I'll do but I just keep telling myself that if I fail at least I tried. I am not a person who can accept failure so I will do my very best. I have also studied extremly hard during pre-reqs and can't imagine studying harder than I have, but I know the nursing classes are even tougher. Hang in there. We'll all do it together.
  2. by   D.Rollins
    Cheryl, I totally understand what you are talking about. I have had my Associate Degree since 1991 and decided to go back to get my BSN. I am almost finished with that, and I have made good grades. However, because I am older and have made good grades in the past, there is a lot of pressure on me (I'm 46 y.o).
    My family just assumes I will make A's. It has made me study much harder, but I am always worried that I will not live up to their expectations. All I can say is do what is best for you. I believe you will succeed since you have been able to conquer your preliminary subjects. Don't worry about living up to others expectations. If you are planning on continuing beyond the Associate Degree, you will need to be worried about your grade point average however.
  3. by   shyne
    I've been feeling the same way. I took A&P last year, so some of the material that I've learned seemed to fade away. I've just been reviewing the chapters to refresh my memory and practicing some of the nursing math. You'll do fine and good luck to you!
  4. by   studentdeb
    I can totally relate. I am question myself continually and I am due to begin in the fall also. My problem is that I have dropped A&PII that I was taking this summer because I just couldn't keep up with it. Too much info crammed into such a short time and I was not doing well. I feel bad that I dropped it and I 've already heard from one person "there is only 3 1/2 wks left, why didn't you just muddle through it". I don't want to muddle through it, I want to feel good about it and that is definitely not what I was feeling.

    So I have also been questioning my ability to do the nursing courses now. Thinking about trying to get my job back where life was so much easier. The problem is I think I would be a good nurse if I only could get through the program.

    Good luck you!!
  5. by   4XNURSE
    Ya wanna hear the really sad part?

    After you struggle and sweat all of this out. You graduate and start working, and it all starts to make sense. Some of it you will use daily, and you'll see why you needed to know that. Some of it you'll never see again and forget all about. Trouble is they want you to learn all the useful stuff, and the useless feces all together.

    Cheer up! We can get there from here!

    ken
  6. by   dosamigos76
    Gosh you all have really been wonderful to take the time to post. Thank you so much. I really am feeling much better. I have to keep reminding myself that I CAN do this and to quit wasting time and energy doubting myself. If I give it my best effort and still fail, then I have nothing to be ashamed about, but that is not likely to happen. I am too competitive with myself, and I know that one way or another I will get through it.
    I dislike the feeling of doubting myself so much...I guess it's part of growing-no one ever said it was easy lol
    Thanks again everyone!
    studentdeb-PLEASE hang in there!!! We will all get through this with our own support here at allnurses!!!
    Cheryl
  7. by   studentdeb
    Thanks Cheryl, I am trying to hang in there and will have to take A&PII sometime soon. I am trying to get this one instructor for A&PII and if she gets the class she has asked for, I will take it with her. I hear she is really good.

    You hang in there too!! I love this website, it really helps.
  8. by   Jennerizer
    Careplans down to the cellular level? I've never seen anything like that before. Can you give us some examples?

    Micro is a tough class & even tougher if you don't have a very good professor. You will see some of what you're learning in the nursing program.....but what you're learning now is just a basic foundation. You aren't expected to know it all just from one class. Hang in there...do the best you can do & be proud of yourself for the effort.
  9. by   dsczephyr
    To dosamigos 76: Just wanted you to know that I took the NCLEX-RN day before yesterday. The computer shut off at 75 questions, the minimum number of questions you can get. About a fifth of the ones I got dealt with infectious disease. The questions were often worded along the lines of: If you saw a nurses aide going into a room with a gown and mask, or gloves, or gown and mask and shut the door, you know she is taking care of which patient. The answers consisted of diseases where you either needed to take airborn precautions, droplet precautions, contact precautions, or a combination, along with standard precautions. If you learn the immunization schedule, and all the details of the diseases being immunized against- it's a big help when you get to this point.

    By the way, today, the 4th of July, I learned that I passed the NCLEX-RN exam!! For me, it really is Independence Day.

    It is a huge relief to know that it is done. Now I can just enjoy learning to be a nurse and be focused on that, rather than on passing the exam. Good luck to you!
  10. by   dosamigos76
    dsczephyr-Congratulations!!!!!!!! Wow, that is awesome!
    Cheryl
  11. by   geekgolightly
    Originally posted by dosamigos76
    I'm due to enter the ADN program this fall and am taking Microbiology this summer. I feel like I'm barely making any sense out of what they're talking about. I look at the posts of people doing careplans and taking stuff down to the cellular level and I'm thinking...huh? I kinda "got" it in A&P2 (got an A), but a science whiz I'm not. I love to understand what I'm doing, but I'm wondering if I'm gonna "get" it or if I'm going to stay lost.
    I'm not sure I'm making a whole lot of sense here. My fellow students think I'm smart, I keep telling them I'm not...it takes a whole lot of studying on my part to understand some of this stuff and some of it just honestly goes straight over my head. I get tired of people assuming that it comes easy for me, or just assuming I'll do well. What if I flunk out?
    Does anyone else feel this way? I'm seriously questioning my ability to learn what I'll need to learn to become a nurse. Help.
    I don't know if I'm just feeling the pressure or if I'm just not that good and won't make it at all. I'm not meaning to sound like I'm whining.......I don't like negativity.
    Has anyone else dealt with this? Please comment, I'd really appreciate it!
    Cheryl
    Sweetie you learn it all in the program. It IS hard work, I'm not saying that, but you will be adequately educated before you are thrown to the wolves. xxxxx

    kathy
  12. by   geekgolightly
    Originally posted by Jennerizer
    Careplans down to the cellular level? I've never seen anything like that before. Can you give us some examples?

    Micro is a tough class & even tougher if you don't have a very good professor. You will see some of what you're learning in the nursing program.....but what you're learning now is just a basic foundation. You aren't expected to know it all just from one class. Hang in there...do the best you can do & be proud of yourself for the effort.
    I use cellular level data all the time esp for Impaired Gas Exchange etc. etc.
  13. by   zacarias
    dscz,

    Congrats on becoming an RN on independence day! I take my boards on Wed. I'm ready!!

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