Regrets

  1. I just posted on a thread that in the pre-nursing forum that asked "why do you want to be a nurse" and as I wrote, it really hit me that I could have been a nurse years ago and I missed out on so many opportunities, and now I litterally have to start over. Now I have to go through all this aniexty, dread and fear that I won't get apcepted to the program I applied too and that I will fail the NLN. I attended both cc and uni both of which have excellent nursing programs. But I was so caught up in the med school drama, I never really explored my other options. I know I shouldn't have any regrets and everything happens for a reason. I am greatful for the exposure I have from current job that has helped me to know without a doubt that this is what I want to do. Still, if I knew then what i'd know now.....

    Anyone out there experienced the same situation; your thoughts are welcomed
    Last edit by shippoRN on Dec 10, '06
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   azrn08
    I am a 38 year old woman with 2 teenagers and I am starting all over. 3 years ago I went to the local CC and they were very discouraging; telling me that the program is really intense and you cannot work we don't advise somebody who has children and responsibilities to enter. That only drove me to start in a different direction by taking some online classes. This was helpful for reestablishing my confidence yet I wanted to be a nurse!
    Long story short do not let anything stand in the way to your dreams. I was excepted into the program and I start in January. They didn't like the fact that I took 16 credit hours and worked 2 days a week with an hour and a half drive one way and guess what I pulled A's. Amazing what a mind set can do. Strive on,:roll you can do this.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    It is better late than never.

    I was poised to attend a regional university immediately after high school, but never made it due to unsupportive parents and a lack of money. I have found that attending school has been much easier 7 years later since I now have much more money, flexible work hours, and a home life that's 1,400 miles away from my parents.

    I am my own support system for school and, while I would have liked very much to have completed school at a more 'socially appropriate' age, things are looking much better this time around.
  5. by   JeanettePNP
    I regret not having done nursing school back when I was single without kids. But, at that age I had no interest in pursuing nursing w.h.a.t.s.o.e.v.e.r.
  6. by   F_Nightengown
    I regret being single with no kids, but there ya go.
  7. by   puresass
    Quote from mystiqx
    I just posted on a thread that in the pre-nursing forum that asked "why do you want to be a nurse" and as I wrote, it really hit me that I could have been a nurse years ago and I missed out on so many opportunities, and now I litterally have to start over. Now I have to go through all this aniexty, dread and fear that I won't get apcepted to the program I applied too and that I will fail the NLN. I attended both cc and uni both of which have excellent nursing programs. But I was so caught up in the med school drama, I never really explored my other options. I know I shouldn't have any regrets and everything happens for a reason. I am greatful for the exposure I have from current job that has helped me to know without a doubt that this is what I want to do. Still, if I knew then what i'd know now.....
    i feel like i could have written this entire paragraph myself. i feel like i missed so many opportunities along the way & set myself back so many years, but i guess everything happens for a reason... anyway, just know that you're not alone!
  8. by   shippoRN
    thanks everyone, your responses are much appreciated
  9. by   mixyRN
    Quote from puresass
    i feel like i could have written this entire paragraph myself. i feel like i missed so many opportunities along the way & set myself back so many years, but i guess everything happens for a reason... anyway, just know that you're not alone!
    Been there...done that... got the t-shirt!!
    I am 34 years old and FINALLY know what I want to do when I grow up!

    I understand now that my life experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, and I can use those experiences to enrich my life now. I appreciate the little things in life, stop to smell the roses, and know the value in working hard to acheive a goal. I am ambitious, driven, and have a positive attitude. My life lessons have helped prepare me for the nursing profession!!
  10. by   PiperLPN
    The nerve of the school to discourage you! Keep up the good work!

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