Sinking or swimming???

  1. I just wondered if anyone feels like they are sinking in Nursing school? I feel that way sometimes...okay alot of the time. We had a Physical assessment, nutrition paper, Nursing diagnosis cluster sheet, and a plan of care due uesterday. 3 rd test on Monday and I have to move this weekend...I am freaked. I'm not sure if I am gonna pass this one and I really feel as if I am treading water about to go under....anyone else????/
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  3. by   wv_nurse 2003
    Its been a long time since I was in school, but I very MUCH remember that same feeling!! It can be extremely overwelming at times--especially if you happen to have any sort of life (family, job, children, etc) outside of school. One day at a time, one assignment at a time, one test at a time--sounds canned, but its all you can do. Any mountain can be climbed, one step at a time!
    Hang in there!!
  4. by   kittyw
    Have you seen a counsler yet? It could be very likely due to your current situation that you're experiencing some depression that is adding to your load factor.

    It all IS very overwhelming ... don't know anyone who thought nursing school was a piece of cake. It CAN be done, but get help if you need it. :kiss
  5. by   Robin61970
    No I have not seen a counselor yet.....I take my son to his first visit today....hoping they will set up an appointment or consult for me as well.....
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    Robin, feeling overwhelmed is pretty much a universal experience for nursing school. One of our instructors used to say:

    "You can eat an elephant if you take it one bite at a time."

    Hint: Nursing school's the elephant.

    Just keep plugging away, you'll make it.
  7. by   J-RN student
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes

    "You can eat an elephant if you take it one bite at a time."

    Hint: Nursing school's the elephant.

    Love that quote, Thanks!
  8. by   javamom
    I can say that I often feel like I'm sinking instead of swimming. We've got so much to do, in so little time and then top that off with 3 little boys, a husband and two co-requisite classes (AP2 and organic chem) with 2 nursing classes, my plate is full and I run around like a chicken with my head cut off. But I do it, and I'm trying to do it well! :chuckle

    I think anytime I get overwhelmed I have a tendancy to throw my hands up in the air but this nursing school stuff is good practice to avoid that. The minute I'd throw my hands up, I'd drown! At least this way I can swim and sometimes have to tread water for sure! I think you're feeling like a lot of us for sure!
  9. by   babynursewannab
    Sink to swim ratio:
    1,000,000: 1
  10. by   RN2Bee
    I am always overwhelmed.But I developed some very wonderful friendships because of it. We all take care of each other emotionally. We hug we cry, we laugh we really try to be there fo each other. Having a support system in school is what keeps me going.
  11. by   essarge
    I prefer to think of it as treading water in the deep end!! If I stop then I will drown. But that's ok..I've treaded water this far and I'm ok. Just put in a bid on a house so I'm sure I'm going to have to tread just a little faster for awhile!
  12. by   da nurse
    Yes, that burned out feeling is quite familiar
    although it's been a while since I've been in school. I had to leave clinical once because I just lost it (I had fed an NPO patient breakfast, oops!!) and I was crying so hard my instructor made me leave! I was mortified. I had terrible migraines all through school because of the stress; I passed out one day because I hadn't had time to eat and I took migraine medication on an empty stomach. My instructor, who was a big guy, had to carry me out to the clinical lab room to revive me! When I got my diploma, I clutched that thing to my chest and swore to fight off any instructor, or the dean herself, if they changed their minds and decided not to let me graduate. Guess what though? I graduated. I passed boards. I consider myself an awesome public health nurse, and that stress I was under in school helped me to deal with the stress of actually being a nurse. Use the stress to your advantage. Oh, a little tip for how I actually survived all that. Wednesday night was "spa" night. I took a bubble bath, listened to my favorite cds, and did absolutely NOTHING for at least 2 hours. It worked for me!!!

    Hang in there!!!
  13. by   Ortho_RN
    Well Robin, up until a few days ago I would have said swimming.. But since Thursday (day we found out about our classmate) I feel like a have a weight attatched to me pulling me under... The funeral is Monday at 2.. We have lecture at 10 that morning, then we are going to the funeral as a class.. Then clinicals on Tuesday and Wed...

    It is crazy.. and not a good crazy
  14. by   EmeraldNYL
    Robin, YES!!!! I didn't feel that way until this quarter and now it is only one clinical but it is making me miserable. The prof doesn't know how to give *constructive* criticism and instead likes to belittle us and make us feel stupid. No matter how much we know it isn't enough. We have to research our patients the night before, and most people in my clinical group only get about 2 hours of sleep that night because we are terrified of what will happen if we don't know something, because she LOVES to write people up. Only 4 more weeks in the quarter and I am praying I don't have this professor again....
    P.S. NursB, sorry to hear about your classmate.
    Last edit by EmeraldNYL on Feb 21, '03

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