straitgirl77 (1,036 Views)
Joined Jun 4, '12.
Posts: 14 (64% Liked)
Wow!!!...I am so thankful to be saying that I can now call myself...Straitgirl77 LPN...It is truly an unbelievable feeling to see your name and your nursing license number listed next to it.
I'm 50 years old and really feel like I have accomplished something worthwhile....something that will last! It doesn't stop here though. Nursing is not a profession to take lightly...The learning never stops and I love to learn. I'm even feeling like I may have enough gumption to pursue my RN...after I rest up...lol!
My thoughts exactly...you really nailed it....I'm glad I'm not alone in how I feel in clinicals. It's a learning process we all must go through...Very well-written!
Please don't quit...I did quit my program a couple years ago and really regretted it....I'm in another lpn program and will graduate in September....I am so determined now to finish! As far as your problem with rude nurses, it's just the way it is. That kind of thing bothers me, too, but keep going and persevere. What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Nursing school is demanding in so many ways. Med Surge won't last forever, so just take it one day at a time.
Here's the way I look at it...Every nurse was once a nursing student. If they did it, so can I and so can you. Once you graduate and get your license you can work in whatever setting you choose. I made a decision to try to look at each new skill I do on the med surge floor as conquering one more insecurity I have. Until I actually perform a skill, I'm afraid of it. After I do a skill for the first, am I then a pro? No, not by a long shot, but I'm more ready the next time I do it. This may sound a little odd, but I actually pretend that I am not nervous and that helps. Positive self talk can help too. Keep your head up...you will get through it and you will be a nurse someday. Keep the goal in the forefront of your mind. Keep in touch. I'd like to know how things work out for you.
On a more serious note...hositals are the only place you go to get better, but, instead you end up with a hospital- acquired infection ):
I'm a mere student lpn, but I really learned a lot from your article...I've heard of the 'present- oriented patient', but didn't fully comprehend it until I read your post...I will recognize this phenomenon now that you have explained it so well...thanks Commuter...I always take heed to what you have to say because you really make me think...keep the wisdom coming!
I hope that I would do as well as you did in that situation...You kept it together and I bet your gram is proud of you...I hope shes home soon and well!
Hi meatball Girl, I was in an lpn program almost two years ago and I, too, was extremely stressed. I quit the program and I've regretted it ever since. I would have graduated yesterday. I will start lpn school again on October 1, 2012 and this time I'm going to finish. One thing I did wrong the first time was I put way too much pressure on myself. I was impatient and felt incompetent. What I forgot was that I was a nursing student....not a nurse. I wasn't expected to know everything yet. Maybe you are putting excess pressure on yourself, also. Just think carefully before you make a rash decision. I really wish you all the best!
Congratulations....I can't wait til Sept 25, 2013...my graduation day. Allnurses has been a big help to me, also!
I'm excited and fearful too...but everyday that passes will take us one day closer to our goal....I wish all of you the best.
Keep going leenie45...I was in your shoes a year and a half ago and I DID give up. After I dropped out of my Lpn program, I was happy for about a week. Then I realized what a mistake I had made. School was so mind boggling, but at least I had a goal. I regretted my decision so much that I am now enrolled in another lpn program that begins Oct 1. I have to finish this time. I will be 50 when I graduate. Good luck to you. You'll make it and you'll be so happy you stuck it out!
Congratulations...I, too, start my Lpn program soon...Oct. 1....Good luck in school!
Congratulations!!!!!! I start my Lpn program Oct. 1......I can't wait till I can make the same declaration as you!....I wish you all the best!
This is a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone on allnurses will be attending the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center Lpn program this fall.
Hello everyone...This is my first post, so I hope I'm going about it the right way. Here's a little bit about me. A year and a half ago, I was enrolled in an Lpn program. My grades were excellent, but the clinicals intimidated me. I was great with the patients, but I guess you could say I was a sissy. I feared doing invasive procedures, such as caths. I now know that many of you also had fears, but you pushed through and conquered them. I finished the first level of the lpn program successfully, but then, regretfully, I withdrew. I was relieved at first....no more strict rules; no more tests; no more nervous days at the hospital. Gradually, I realized that I actually missed school...I missed the challenge of learning. It was too late, though. I had allowed my fears to win...like I always had. I would dream that I was back in school, working toward my goal of becoming an lpn. Then I would wake up and come back to reality. I quit school and I knew I had made a big mistake...Well, a few months ago I decided to pursue my dream once again. I have been accepted into an lpn program and this time I will finish it successfully...I have a new attitude. I know that I will be as busy as a bee during the year long program, but I will face my fears and with God's help, I will persevere. I didn't discover Allnurses until after I had already withdrew from school. If I would have, maybe I would have hung in there...I now know that I'm not alone in my fears. I will be 50 years old when I graduate, but better late than never, I guess!
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