I am very worried. I am feeling very sick please help - page 2

I graduated and got my LVN certificate about 5 months ago. After I graduated many bad things started happening in my life. My grandfather has been critically ill. My grandmother passed away. I am going through a strong... Read More

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    You sound like you are grieving a profound loss in your life and you have every right to feel sad, worried, and overwhelmed. I agree that maybe you should take some time to deal with these losses.

    I would suggest you contact your BON just to inform yourself of your options there, and then try and focus on taking care of yourself in this very difficult time. You've got your schooling completed and no one can take that away from you. Nursing school is hard and you should be proud of yourself for that accomplishment, as I'm sure your grandparents would be.

    If you don't feel like you are ready to throw yourself full-on into a new job or job search, this is the time when most agencies are starting to recruit nurses for things like flu clinics and health fairs. I did that kind of work when i was going through a very complicated bereavement and it helped me keep things together.

    Many organizations offer bereavement counselling and I hope that you can find some help with that. I would say that you could look at religious organizations, and also, some hospice organizations can give you information about where to look in the community for that kind of support, even if they don't have resources specifically for you.

    This isn't the end of the road; it's a setback, but it's also a process, and you'll get through it.
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    I don't know if you have found the answers you were looking for but here's my suggestion regarding the depression.If you haven't been diagnosed & treated for the depression, you may want to take your NCLEX before then if you can. Not saying you should not seek help but maybe wait until after you're licensed. Then seek treatment before seeking employment. BNE requires you to file a declaratory order if you have been diagnosed with a mental illness in the last 5 yrs. I was treated for depression after being laid-off from Enron. It ended up costing me over $2000 for psychiatric evaluations & so on. The entire process of the declaratory order & their requirements also took almost a yr. Not sure if that's how long it usually takes or if it was due to a natural disaster we had during the process. Hope this helps.
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    Call your nursing board, I know what it feels like to have anxiety over these things, even to just pick up the phone, but you will feel much better knowing, and they can help you! Don't stress about it, remember, they will work with you, they don't want to turn away educated nurses! And remember, as an LPN your giving back, its a hard job, but can be very fulfilling, when ive felt depressed I found that work was my safe place to focus and not worry about life.
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    So sorry to hear about everything that's gone on. My prayers are with you and your family. Anyway, your education doesn't expire and you should be just fine. I'd recommend a NCLEX refresher before you tackle the beast! I had a fellow graduate wait over a year to take her NCLEX because she was travelling around Europe with family. Hang in there!!

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