I have essential tremors. 20 years ago in the Army Medical Corp, my hands shook so bad whenever I held a needle that I gave up on ever making it as a medic or nurse. I've always known that my mother and aunt who have the condition take beta-blockers but I was to proud and considered that to be a last resort. So I beacame an electrician instead (No, I'm not about to tell you to stick your finger in a lamp socket.)
Well, this past spring after seeing the construction industry collapse all around me, and being almost 40 now and tiring of manual labor I started thinking about nursing again. I decided it was time to beat these tremors before they got any worse as they do with age.
Beta-blockers really do work for tremors, I am taking Propranolol 20mg. and they only cost @ $4.00/ month and I have no side effects other than a slight blow to my pride. I've found out that a LOT of people use them to treat performance anxiety too ( public speaking, entertainment ).
Another thing I'm doing is target shooting. I bought an air rifle and built a shooting range in my basement. This has exactly the same effect as meditation but with more sense of purpose. I feel immediately rewarded when I see shot after shot go through the same hole, which of course requires stready hands. As a result I am now becoming very proficient at steadying my hands by thought alone.
And finally, I went to the pharmacy and bought myself a few 5cc syringes to practice with at home. Just practicing sticking that needle through an 18 gauge hole over and over. I'm very certain now that I'll be fine in nursing school
and in my future career.
You'll be fine