I'm just curious... I never thought the end would be near ((2 weeks-- then preceptorship!!)) I've sacrificed taking care of myself (mentally and physically) SO MUCH in nursing school. Did life get better for you when nursing school wrapped up? Maybe this is extreme, but I feel like I'm a prisoner getting out of jail and I'm not sure what freedom will be like!
Thank you! xoxo
First, congrats on graduating! Nursing school is tough and you should be proud of yourself.
I caution you though about thinking life after nursing school will be stress free. Being a nurse is also stressful and I certainly wouldn't call it freedom. You don't have to do homework or study for a test. And you have a lot more money than you did in school. You have a different kind of freedom than you had before but you also have a different kind of stress. I remember feeling free for a few months after graduating while I was still being oriented to my unit. And then I came off orientation and my patients became my own. The realization that I was primarily responsible for someones life was humbling at first. You work with the medical team but you are the primary caregiver for a patient. You will be the eyes and ears for hundreds of patients a year. The decisions you will make as a nurse could change someone's life forever. That kind of stress is a stress that people don't experience as students or at desk jobs. You have to experience it to understand. You will get better at dealing with the stress overtime but it will always still be there in some form. I just recommend being cautious in assuming that your life as a nurse will be stress free.
You should enjoy the upcoming months, graduating from nursing school is a huge accomplishment. I remember it feeling like a whirlwind of events. Graduating itself was exciting and a little sad. Passing the NCLEX is one of the best feelings in the world. After you get your first nursing job, your life will change a lot. My favorite memory was buying my car... I still treat it like its my baby since it was my first big purchase after getting a job as an RN.
Last edit by yuzzamatuzz on Mar 10, '13