To the down and out student...

  1. There are many students out there who are in the same boat as you are right now. They are feeling like giving up, quiting, fighting, etc because the stress of nursing school is so tough. They feel like they can't handle it, so they want to give up nursing school and lose all the hard work and effort that they have put forth towards nursing school.

    My advice to you, down-and-out students is this...don't give up! There are many students, nurses, teachers, etc that have gone through what you are doing today. They will tell you that their journey was harder than yours is now, but don't listen to them! You have put so much time and energy into nursing school that it is too difficult to drop out now! Don't do it! Not only am I feeling this, but many peers of mine are also feeling the same pressures you are feeling. You may think you are the only one in the boat, but you are not! Look around you. There are other students who may not say they are hurting right now, but they feel the exact same way as you do. We are all scared! (Believe me)

    Many of us have lost friends, family, relationships, jobs, money, homes, well-paying jobs all for the glorying of having RN behind our names one day. We are doing it, and we will finish doing it! Even though you may have lost things along the way, we are all right by each other through this wonderful, crazy trip. Remember you are not alone and will never be alone because we are all here to help each other out, whether it seems that way or not.

    Even though I am just a fellow student, I am here to lift up that student who feels down and out, and that is the job of each and every single one of us. We know what you are going through, and are here for support.

    To those graduating in June (or nearly done) don't give up now becuase we can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, to those of you just beginning this wonderful adventure, don't give up yet becuase things do change and will get better. If you are the kind of student that everything just flows so easy, please, please, please do not place a burden on the other students to "come up to your level."

    And, finally one last bit of advice...if you believe "A's all the way"...great, but remember this...C=RN!

    Continue the hard work, and continue hanging in there. It will be done before you know it!
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   drivefast
    THANKS i needed that i am feeling the pressure and while i am not ready to give up just yet i am second guessing my self. my grades are good but starting to slip, and the lack of a social life is starting to get the best of me. i knew when i started this that it was going to be tough and that i would give up a lot but the feeling of lonliness is overwhelming....glad to know i am not alone.
  4. by   Italia13 RN
    I have been feeling down and out lately.. I am Senior graduating this MAY hopefully! But recently I have been doubting myself, I recently failed my last exams, only a couple of questions away from passing so I know I can def bring up my grades but sometimes I just feel like I am not smart and sometimes not cut out to be a nurse, but i know this is my calling in life, and I wouldnt know what I would do if i dont do nursing. I hate the feeling that these couple of tests can make or break my career! I keep pushing myself to do the best that i can, its just a bummer to study as hard as I do and I have nothing to show for it except 3 failed exams... And i agree with your saying C=RN... I heard the best nurses on the floor are B-C students, so theres some hope for me LoL! Thanks for the pick me upper I needed it!!
  5. by   mcknis
    You are very welcome. I just know how I feel when I get down and out and I knew that other people out there felt the same way.

    We will get through it...don't give up.
  6. by   stuffbubby541
    My dear, I am the down and out student,

    Today, I really wanted to quit, last week, I cried. Right now I am crying. I am in an intense lpn program 10months and I don't know how I am going to make it. I am working so hard with my swollen painful left knee, headaches, saddness. Wondering, did I do the right thing?

    I've got a degree and was a 3.9 student. But my passion was and still is nursing and when the opportunity came, I grabbed it to go back to school! I say all of this to say, I am not doing well in A/P and I am doing well in nursing fundamentals and in my first rotation in clinical. I ask myself, will I make it? We will be starting pharmacology next week...gotta get a 90 or NO graduation.

    After reading your thoughtful and meaningful e-letter to all down and out nursing students, I hope that I can get up tomorrow and still have hope, hope to continue in a godly profession of helping people and learning new things.

    So thanks so much. You have lifted my spirits some, but tears still flow.

    Take care!
    Quote from mcknis
    There are many students out there who are in the same boat as you are right now. They are feeling like giving up, quiting, fighting, etc because the stress of nursing school is so tough. They feel like they can't handle it, so they want to give up nursing school and lose all the hard work and effort that they have put forth towards nursing school.

    My advice to you, down-and-out students is this...don't give up! There are many students, nurses, teachers, etc that have gone through what you are doing today. They will tell you that their journey was harder than yours is now, but don't listen to them! You have put so much time and energy into nursing school that it is too difficult to drop out now! Don't do it! Not only am I feeling this, but many peers of mine are also feeling the same pressures you are feeling. You may think you are the only one in the boat, but you are not! Look around you. There are other students who may not say they are hurting right now, but they feel the exact same way as you do. We are all scared! (Believe me)

    Many of us have lost friends, family, relationships, jobs, money, homes, well-paying jobs all for the glorying of having RN behind our names one day. We are doing it, and we will finish doing it! Even though you may have lost things along the way, we are all right by each other through this wonderful, crazy trip. Remember you are not alone and will never be alone because we are all here to help each other out, whether it seems that way or not.

    Even though I am just a fellow student, I am here to lift up that student who feels down and out, and that is the job of each and every single one of us. We know what you are going through, and are here for support.

    To those graduating in June (or nearly done) don't give up now becuase we can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, to those of you just beginning this wonderful adventure, don't give up yet becuase things do change and will get better. If you are the kind of student that everything just flows so easy, please, please, please do not place a burden on the other students to "come up to your level."

    And, finally one last bit of advice...if you believe "A's all the way"...great, but remember this...C=RN!

    Continue the hard work, and continue hanging in there. It will be done before you know it!
  7. by   mcknis
    Tears flowed for me the first time this past summer but sometimes you just have to let it out. Just remember that this is a Godly profession and, "with God all things are possible!"
  8. by   frez
    I have to say thanks for this posting I read it yesterday and Iwasn't able to post until today. I was having a horrible week and very stressed out for obvious reasons and reasons I wont get into. I was crying for a good part of the day yesterday and I felt inadequate and useless. I came upon this post and it helped me put things into perspective. I can do this no matter what! Thanks for the uplifting helpful post

    Frez
  9. by   Carebear77
    Thanks for the post. I was/am having a hard week. I'm stressed beyond limits between 4 papers due next week along with studying for 2 exams and having clinicals I just want to cry. I appreciate the words of encouragement and needed the boost. I know it will be worth it in the end, just have to make it over this hurdle.
    Thanks again.
  10. by   barbaratruth
    I expect to graduate in June.

    This semester has been so draining between the volume of work and the negativity of other students and teaching staff. In addition, my clinical instructor is an extremely unhappy individual and consistently unprofessional. I feel like I'm expending enormous amounts of energy just to maintain my determination to complete the program.

    I just learned a large number of students didn't pass the NCLEX and that the only ones who passed paid for a Kaplan review course.

    I could care less about a graduation ceremony. I just want to finish school, take the NCLEX, get a job and live my life.

    It is taking so much energy to stay focused despite the negativity. Some of my fellow nursing students are burning out in front of my eyes.

    Thank God I did a summer externship, otherwise I would think the entire nursing community is like this.

    I will finish the program.

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