What do you do when you want to quit?
- 0Jan 31 by NukedI had heard/read before entering nursing school that everyone experiences a time when they want to quit. I couldn't fathom it. Yet, here I sit. I'm starting my last semester, and I just completed my first week at a new facility (my fifth site of my two year program, not counting the "mini rotations"), and it just didn't go well. They want us to chart before we leave the floor. It takes me over an hour to complete charting on the system the school makes us use. My head to toe this week? Dreadful. Nobody noticed, but I knew it was awful. My instructor didn't like my primary nursing diagnosis or my priority setting, and I still can't see where she was coming from on some of it. My patient was challenging, but that's no excuse. I'd never felt like quitting before, but as this semester goes on I know they're going to expect more and more, and I don't feel at all capable of handling it.
What do/did you do when you felt like quitting?
- 0Jan 31 by sjalvI simply remind myself that nursing is a huge field. There are hundreds of settings in which a nurse can work, and every single unit/facility has its own unique culture. Sooner than later, your nursing skills will become second nature and the only thing we will have to focus on is critically interpreting our patients' situations. In my case, I have to do that now along with remembering how to do each skill and what to consider when giving a certain medication. Once we are comfortable as nurses, if we find that we don't mesh well with the unit we end up on, we can see about getting a new job which isn't only a new job, but a whole new unit culture.
If that somehow doesn't solve whatever problem we'll be facing, as nurses we can always pursue grad school, which opens up even more opportunities.
- 1Jan 31 by Loves2scrubI can completely relate to your feelings. Last semester (my third) I hit a rough patch with school. I seriously considered taking a year off. I cried a lot, but I made myself stick it out, because in my heart I really think this is what I'm meant to do with my life. I believe that the misery that is nursing school will be worth it in the end. Best of luck to you!
- 0Jan 31 by sali22Quote from Loves2scrubMy motivation is zero and I'm so ready just to quit and come back next year.I can completely relate to your feelings. Last semester (my third) I hit a rough patch with school. I seriously considered taking a year off. I cried a lot, but I made myself stick it out, because in my heart I really think this is what I'm meant to do with my life. I believe that the misery that is nursing school will be worth it in the end. Best of luck to you!
I only have 20 weeks to go. And 10 of those weeks are my preceptorship.
- 1Jan 31 by springchick1I am in semester 5 of a 7 semester program. My first 3 semesters I thought about quitting. I was tired and burned out from the year of school I had already completed. So how did I handle it? I cried. And then I cried again. And then I called one of my best friends who is a nurse and she would talk me down off the ledge. She would remind me of all the blood, sweat, and tears (not always mine) that have gone into my schooling. She would reminded me how far I have come and that though it may seem like I am never going to finish or get done, I will. You will too! You are in your last semester! Think of how far you have come and the sacrifices you have made. Yes, you had a bad day but think of the good days where you have made such a difference in a patients life. Think of the friends you have made! It will be worth it. I promise!
- 2Feb 1 by jt003You are human. You have come this far and you will get through it. Let yourself melt down for a minute and then pick yourself back up and focus on what you need to do today. Don't think of the entire semester right now, just take it one week at at time. This experience will make you stronger. Don't be so hard on yourself, you are almost to the end.