Depression After Graduation... - page 2

Restlessness, agitation, sensitivity, sadness, feeling stuck, inattention... Anyone ever experience these feelings after graduating from nursing school? What did you do to alleviate these feelings?... Read More

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    It really helps to know that it's not that unusual. It makes sense, but it's not what one might expect after such an important accomplishment.

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    I know how you feel, I've been in college since 2001, (I. Now have 3 degrees+certs ) so its been my whole life . Now I have all this free time
    And I don't know what to do with myself. I've partied for a week straight. I've cleaned my house , I've tried sleeping all day. I'm just lost. I took a kaplan review class and I'm waiting to really sit Down and study hard core once I have my att.

    I quit my tech job 1/2 way thru this semester, so my job has been filled and it's silly to interview for my Job back after a few monts when I'm just gonna leave for an RN job.

    So no school no work. Not a darn thing to do but sit and think =\
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    I would rather have these feelings after graduation than to have them instead of graduation.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    I would rather have these feelings after graduation than to have them instead of graduation.
    This is true
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    Thanks. Wow, sounds like it's fairly common. Don't get me wrong, I am truly grateful for all of my experiences--good and bad. But I've never been someone who does well with too much time on their hands with no means to alleviate that restlessness. I'm self-directed provided I have the means, which in my case the 'means' usually equates to money. Outside of running and working out, my interests are expensive--I'm a thrill-seeker.

    Since my original post, things are getting better. I still have moments, but I'm learning how to enjoy down-time with my family.
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    Learning to enjoy this down time is ironically difficult after so many years of school, when we dreamed about all the things we would do given time. Whenever my boyfriend joked about having a young college girlfriend, I would always say that I'm not in college, I'm in nursing school. Now with that phase of my life over, there's more opportunity to focus on strengthening those relationships that supported me and put up with all the tears.
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    Quote from Despareux
    Restlessness, agitation, sensitivity, sadness, feeling stuck, inattention...

    Anyone ever experience these feelings after graduating from nursing school? What did you do to alleviate these feelings?
    I am in the same boat! I have spoken to a few fellow graduates who are experiencing similar emotions / feelings. It is especially frustrating in the Southern California job market which is virtually non-existent for new graduates.

    I am also feeling really frustrated as I was an LVN for 16 years and worked at the top of my scope of practice in a busy urgent care as a charge nurse, ACLS certified provider, starting IV's etc. but when I go to apply for a position the pre-screen computerized application process immediately boots me out when it asks if I am a "new grad" Which I am, but not one without experience in healthcare. it is soooo frustrating. I appreciate the suggestions and advice on this post and thank you for sharing, what the above individual stated, are "normal" feelings after graduation.


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