Second guessing my self

  1. So I started my bridge program for LPN to RN program this week. And since the first day I was already freaking out! I kept thinking to myself...."oh lord...what did I get myself into?" I am so scared of failure and haven't even started my first actual lecture or clinical in the program! This school I am in has been tagged as having one of the hardest program to pass. I had a couple of my LPN classmates who went into this program and only 3 of them actually graduated from it. There was at least 13 that went into it. I keep doubting myself thinking, these other student's didn't make it, what makes me think I can?? I find myself doubting my own abilities sometimes, and I'm not sure if that's just normal anxiety. I'm scared of failing, I always wanted to become an RN and is something I really want to accomplish. I'm just scared this anxiety will be worst if I progress into the program.

    I would just like to know that I'm not the only one going through this, and that there are more nurses out there that have experienced similar feelings when starting an RN program.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   BSNbeDONE
    First of all, you need to pull yourself together. It's only nursing school, though seemingly hard and difficult at times. You know more now than you did the last time you were accepted, true? What if NONE of that stuff happens to you? You have two options that you can focus on right now: success and failure. Pick one and proceed accordingly, although I must tell you that you've already begun a path of success: you were accepted into a program. Keep traveling that road until you're done. Panicking before you even get started won't help you at all. Relax, because the worst possible thing that can happen to you, LPN (aka nurse) is that you will still be a nurse, right? Good luck to you! It can be done...AGAIN.

    ****I just noticed that your username indicates that you already have an Associate Degree in Nursing. Forgive me if I have completely misread your thread. What type of program are you entering? Or are you preparing for the NCLEX?
    Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Jun 20 : Reason: Clarification
  4. by   NurseMari2018
    Quote from BSNbeDONE
    First of all, you need to pull yourself together. It's only nursing school, though seemingly hard and difficult at times. You know more now than you did the last time you were accepted, true? What if NONE of that stuff happens to you? You have two options that you can focus on right now: success and failure. Pick one and proceed accordingly, although I must tell you that you've already begun a path of success: you were accepted into a program. Keep traveling that road until you're done. Panicking before you even get started won't help you at all. Relax, because the worst possible thing that can happen to you, LPN (aka nurse) is that you will still be a nurse, right? Good luck to you! It can be done...AGAIN.

    ****I just noticed that your username indicates that you already have an Associate Degree in Nursing. Forgive me if I have completely misread your thread. What type of program are you entering? Or are you preparing for the NCLEX?
    Hi, no you didn't misread my post. I am an LPN-RN student. I had clicked on ADN by accident on my settings but I corrected it. Thank you so much for those words. I just got overwhelmed literally for no reason. I felt like if they weren't good enough, why should I? You know what I mean? But then I just kept telling myself exactly what you said, bad karma brings bad things. Think, you will make it, think you will do it, think you will give it your all, think that you will be graduating and taking the NCLEX-RN in a year and then it'll all be over! So on my first exam yesterday I was starting to sweat and getting all shaky....and again I paused, prayed and took deep breaths. I can and will do this, I know this stuff.....I know this. And thankfully I passed that exam! But it definitely helps to hear people like you tell newbies like me that it's worth it....that I will survive this. I've only been a nurse for a year...I was in banking for 11 years, so I still consider myself new. Thanks for your words! Truly appreciate it.
  5. by   BSNbeDONE
    Congratulations on the pass! Focus on one hurdle at a time until it's done. If you should stumble, get up, regroup, and try it again...until it's done. Good luck to you!! Keep those nerves in check...
  6. by   FavoredLPN2RN
    @NurseMari2018, I think that you are completely normal. I start my classes next month and I am freaking out! I remember my PN program and am really anxious about LPN to RN. I have only been an LPN for 16 years. Lol! However, I know that I am capable and I remain positive. We can and will make it! You have the power to speak things into existence, both positive and negative. Why not choose the positive? That's my choice, but I know that doesn't mean I won't have to work hard. I wish for you the absolute best and I believe in you.
  7. by   NurseMari2018
    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, sometimes I give myself credit and just think I know I can do this....and then that feeling creeps in, like.....what if I don't? But then I just tell myself one thing at a time, focus on the now, pass this exam, pass that exam....and take it that way. Keep studying...keep going....keep believing and in one year it'll all be over with! Good luck to both of us and I know we'll both have that RN title behind our names soon.
  8. by   10-eel
    I had to smile when I read this post. Today was supposed to be my first day back to school after failing my dosage calc back in march. I totally psyched myself out and didn't not go in. I've been working on my RN in bits and pieces for a few years now, and my anxiety has gotten worse. I want to finish my RN soo badly but the disappointment of failure is so hard to deal with and recover from. I thought it was just me. At this point I'm even embarrassed to go back on the campus, I feel like I've been a student there forever.I have a meeting tomorrow with a mentor who hopefully will help me get out of this funk. Trust me its not just you. Nursing school is not easy but let's try and get through this, it will be worth it in the end.

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