Hello there! I am in my first semester of nursing school (it's midterms already!). I am 25 years old with a BA. I have wanted to go to nursing school for some time and once I got in, it was all I looked forward to. Now that I am in school and have started clinical, I have become anxious, depressed, and I can't handle anything. My clinical instructor always tells me what I am doing wrong and never what I am doing right. Everyone that I've talked to says that nursing school was the worst 2 years of their lives. I am getting good grades but find that I never have a minute to just relax. Most people in my class don't even work. I'm one of the few who does. I guess I just want to hear from other nursing students/past nursing students. Does it get any better? I want to be a nurse so badly but is it worth 2 years of hell?
I was 25 when I started nursing school, and also held a job throughout. I only worked 2- 10 hour days a week, and had every weekend off. Even that amount of work seemed like too much at times. How much do you work? Nursing school can be so demanding that you feel like you are in your own little world. I neglected my family, friends, husband and housework for two years. I would try to catch up with people and chores when I had a chance, but that really wasn't that often. It really helps if your family and friends are understanding of your commitment to nursing school.
Nursing instructors will be very tough on you, but some will be more encouraging than others. Just keep plugging away. You are already an 1/8 done with school. Can you believe that? I whole-heartedly believe that the "two years of hell" is indeed worth it. I have been an RN for 8 month and love it. Being a nurse is way better than being a nursing student.
Last edit by kylee_adns on Oct 6, '12
: Reason: Good Luck