Scared To Start Nursing School - page 4

Hello...I will be starting my first semester of nursing school in August. While I'm THRILLED and ready to jump in with both feet, I'm scared to death! I think I'm scared of the "unknown" as it's... Read More

  1. by   dschueler
    Well, my clogged bile duct is starting to hurt again, and I was afraid of this, so I decided to postpone and hold back to the next class starting in October, that way if I have to have surgery again, it will give me a few months to get well, and heal up. It really pained me to do this, but my doctor had asked me to wait, but I just didn't want to admit I should not start now, but when I woke up this morning, so nauseated I could barely lift my head off the pillow, so I called the director this morning, and I told my instructor yesterday and the DON what had been going on with me, and that it had taken me months to get to the point where I finally was getting into the doctors now. I had gastric bypass 19 months ago, and plastics last December, and also a lap assisted ERCP last October, where they did a sphincterotomy since I did not have a gallbladder since 94. My body is making bile stones...and they are getting lodged in my sphincter, as well as the scar tissue we think which has clogged it again. I feel really good somedays, and somedays I have lots of pain. All I could think about today was, I could tough it out all year, feeling sick, and when I graduate, I will have (to myself known) that I would have really done twice as much "work" having to deal with the illness on top of school, so it was stupid of me to try to push it now, but no worries. The DON and director of the college both said to just get well, and no worries, I can start with the next class in October, and I will.....better be, healed and feeling 100% then.



    Don't be scared....I had a blast yesterday, except because I had been in RN school before and used to be a lab tech in Microbiology and worked in both PACU and the Lab for 3 years back in the 90's, we were doing all medical terminology this week, and I was the only one who knew all the answers...so I was bored to tears yesterday. There was one other guy who was an EMT, who also knew a lot, so I was really glad I had all my background experience.

    I know I could have taken all the tests and done well even if I missed the classes, but you cannot legally pass and miss classes even if you got 100's on everything. SO, I also did not want to seem arrogant or want people to think me a "know it all" so I made sure not to answer all the questions yesterday unless no one answered, and the teacher kept asking for someone to answer, then I did.

    I am sooo upset I can't do it now I really wish I could, I just know I won't feel well enough, and the director told me not to even think about it, my spot is safe, and my tuition will stay the same since I already paid, and for me just not to even worry. I just get so mad that I had been telling them since last February that I was feeling bad again, and it took this long to get all my tests re-done and appointments with specialists....good grief. I know its the best thing to do, but it doesn't make it any easier to have to hang back. Oh well, if I did it part time, that is 2 years, and by holding back, it still will be quicker doing that, than a part time class. So, I wait an additional 3-4 months, who cares, right? It will still happen, and in the mean time, I can study like crazy and get ahead even more.

    Take care, and much love....you will be fine!! Lots of studying, and time consuming, but you can do it!! Just be glad you are not sick like I am, and can do it now, and it will be fun. You will love it!!

    Best wishes, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you on your first day/weeks.

    Love,

    Deb
  2. by   mom2sam
    Hi mustang sally,

    First of all I must say congratulations!! It sure is a long, hard journey to enter the clinical aspect of nursing but hooray you have done it!! Now sit back and relax, take a deep breath and be prepared to work twice as hard as you have in your prereq's to maintain a 4.0 in Nursing C=RN my personal advice is forget about the A's aim for it but do not kill yourself over not getting an A just get a C I just completed my first year of nursing and even though it was a challenge i most definitely enjoyed every moment of it!! Last but not least do not lose yourself and keep on smiling it sure is contagious! sorry for the long reply...)
  3. by   sissyboo
    Just some sympathy for you! We're in the "same boat"!!

    Good luck to you!!
  4. by   Mommyto3NursetoBe
    Hi Sally!! First of all I hope you are not getting washed away in Dallas! I am from there too and have been keeping an eye on the weather, can't believe how much rain ya'll are getting! Second, I am totally with you on nursing school, I am soooooo nervous about starting. I start in August as well and every day find myself becoming more and more terrified!! I have these clinical dvd's that I am supposed to watch and I put one in the other day and started to have a panic attack!! (at least I think that is what it was, hee hee!) Crazy I know! I think if I knew something that I could do to better prepare myself for what's to come I would feel better. I also have three kids and am married so I am concerned about how I am going to manage scheduling and taking care of everyone! And I know other people are going to have to take up some of my slack and that makes me feel bad, but they are all willing so I am just going to graciously accept their help and hope someday I can make it up to them!! Good luck to you!! Kiss the ground for me at home, I miss it!!!
  5. by   Syncere
    [font=book antiqua]it really feels good to know that i'm not the only one who is scared and second guessing themselves. i'm truly afraid of starting nursing school, but i know that i can do it. i'm working on maintaining a positive attitude no matter what. i'm in it to win it and i look at myself as already being a nurse...i just need the actual certification. as someone already said, being successful will come down to having effective time management skills. i'm in the process of looking for a book that offers tips on how to survive nursing school. ladies, if we have made it this far, we can do this! we will succeed and we will become nurses!!
  6. by   RN2BN2009
    [quote=syncere;2274379][font=book antiqua]it really feels good to know that i'm not the only one who is scared and second guessing themselves. i'm truly afraid of starting nursing school, but i know that i can do it. i'm working on maintaining a positive attitude no matter what. i'm in it to win it and i look at myself as already being a nurse...i just need the actual certification. as someone already said, being successful will come down to having effective time management skills. i'm in the process of looking for a book that offers tips on how to survive nursing school. ladies, if we have made it this far, we can do this! we will succeed and we will become nurses!!

    hello, everyone
    i too will start nursing school this august. and i agree with you syncere that we have came to far and "were in it to win it!" always remember to keep your eye on the prize.
    but, i can also say that i'm excited and scared, however i have permanently etched into my brain my motto:
    " i will be a rn in 2009!"

    congradulations to everyone!!!! and good luck to all!
  7. by   tippy02
    I also start nursing school this fall. I am very excited and also nervous because I don't know what to expect. I have a sister that's a RN and her advice to me was to take a vacation before school starts. She says that it is hard work but in the end it is all worth it.
  8. by   MB37
    My first semester is over in 17 days! One piece of advice - strive for As. I know that everyone says C=RN, and I absolutely agree. The thing is, if you strive for Cs, you might fail out. Your professors will say thing like "On average, people who get As in this class devote 12-16 hours/week to it alone." Well, so should you. Not everyone who put that much time in got an A, so you really need to just try and do your best. Don't get too disappointed if you lose your 4.0 (I'm trying to steel myself up for that when it happens), but you need to devote all your energy to this to succeed. Also though, do take a little time out for yourself - don't go out every night, but try to have one night where you do something fun each week. Try to keep yourself healthy and try not to get too sleep-deprived either, you'll never feel like you've studied enough, but one more hour at 3 in the morning isn't going to make any difference come exam time the next day. Good luck!
  9. by   Monty78
    I am also starting NS in the Fall and am very nervous about it. I will be taking the advice given here. The last thing I want to do is fail out of NS. I am terrible about asking people for help, but I will learn to just ask.

    Good luck to everyone starting NS over the summer and Fall.

    Thanks for all the great advice from all the current students and grads.
  10. by   orange23
    Mustang Sally I too am a nursing student in the Dallas area going into my second semester. What school will you be going to, I may be able to give you some specific tips.
  11. by   islandvirtue
    I have known that I am supposed to be a nurse all my life. It took me until the age of 29 to actually do anything about it. I have started at the LPN level (graduating in 2008) and hopefully to go straight into an RN program. I too am here for moral support, B-cuz I will sure need it when I go into my clinicals in the fall. Take good notes, if you can get the books before hand and review. Good LUCK
  12. by   beth66335
    I start school in Aug and I just got a letter from my school for a NS workshop day 2 weeks before school starts! How great is this?! apparently my school has received a grant to do this to help with new student retention. They will have sections on nursing math, time mgmt., test taking and test anxiety, critical thinking, and the characteristics of a successful nursing student. I can't wait to go, not just for the help, but because I'm having a hard time with the waiting to start part. I am not scared about anything but the math. I am not good at math at all and struggled to get a "C" in my prereqs.I worked in a hospital as a CNA for 4 years, so I helped with procedures and watched a lot of stuff, I also got really good at taking blood and reading an EKG and taking vitals signs. It all just makes me want to keep learning more and more!!!
    Quote from Mustang Sally
    Hello...I will be starting my first semester of nursing school in August. While I'm THRILLED and ready to jump in with both feet, I'm scared to death! I think I'm scared of the "unknown" as it's different than other majors. Has anyone else dealt with this fear and how did you handle it?

    Thank you!!!
  13. by   Hydakins
    I start on 8/29, and my orientation is 8/28. No time to prepare for "surprises"! Good luck to you all.

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