When will if ever will I get it...

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    Let me tell you a little about myself.. I am a thirty-two year old mother and wife.
    I worked a unnamed shipping company for 12+ years. Which I hated everyday going into work.

    I always wanted to be Nurse and just never thought I had what it took to be one. I mean the intellegence. I thought of myself as being intellegent, however, I didnt think that I could pass nursing school.

    I am now in my second semester/quarter at a local tech school going for my LPN. ( do to the extermely long wait period for RN) And my question to all of the new grads or the experienced nurses in Ohio or where ever; When will it weave together and I get it?
    I get pieces here and there and have to do work sheets in clinc, but, they confuse me.
    There are so many stipulations on what is expected of us and what we are aloud to do as far as doing our clinical rotation.

    When in the world will I get it? I am decent student and I work really hard at understanding the processes in the body (A&PI, II) and I get all of the disease processes. I get the nuring concepts... But, when will it make sense to me as far as when to do what???
    I read so many intelligent conversations on this website and I wonder if I will ever get that intelligent. Are the terms and lingo something that you adapt to as you gain your experiences? Am I putting to much pressure on myself to do well and to be to anal about my personal expectations?

    I really want this bad, and I want to be the best nurse I can be. I am having a great deal of anxiety about the role transisition...

    Can anyone shed some light on me... Give me words of wisedom? Tell me I am being to hard on myself and that I am learning and I will continue to learn?? Or am I just plan mentally challenged and I should give up now...

    Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated....
    Thanks for lettiing me vent my insecurities to you, I would'nt dare say any of this to my classmates, they look for me to lead them.

    Thanks,
    Lori
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    Think about how clueless you felt on your very first day of school...now think about what you've learned since that day.

    It takes time for all the pieces to fall into place. And some things just take practice, practice, practice.

    Don't be too hard on yourself. If you really think you are struggling, though, please talk to one of the instructors you like and feel comfortable with. Sometimes getting some constructive feedback on how you are doing really helps.

    Also remember that a lot of people on this board have a LOT of experience. That doesn't happen overnight for any of us.

    I'm really good at what I do, but then again, I like what I do and I've done it for 15 years...

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    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Think about how clueless you felt on your very first day of school...now think about what you've learned since that day.

    It takes time for all the pieces to fall into place. And some things just take practice, practice, practice.

    Don't be too hard on yourself. If you really think you are struggling, though, please talk to one of the instructors you like and feel comfortable with. Sometimes getting some constructive feedback on how you are doing really helps.

    Also remember that a lot of people on this board have a LOT of experience. That doesn't happen overnight for any of us.

    I'm really good at what I do, but then again, I like what I do and I've done it for 15 years...

    Thanks! I know I am doing better in the clinical enviormetn then in class room. I doing good in both, but. clinic is really where I shine.... I love it and I hope to get there, but, you remember the anxiety ? dont you????

    Thanks, Lori
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    .... I love it and I hope to get there, but, you remember the anxiety ? dont you????
    BOY, DO I!! My hands literally SHOOK while I was giving meds via g-tube in clinicals. Ask my insturctor!

    I've been an LPN for a whopping two years now. And let me tell you, the pieces don't fall together until you get into the workplace. School basically gives you knowledge,and know-how, and those are your missing pieces to the puzzle of working as a nurse. I can't tell you how much I've learned since I've been out of school. I'd almost venture to say I've learned more at work than at school. Stick with it. Study hard.
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    I think closer to the end you will have a moment of clarity when WHAM it all meshes together.

    renerian
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    Lori!

    I am also a fellow student starting my MN at MSJ in May! I know what you are going through, just think of it this way, you can do anything you want if you want it bad enough! It sounds like you are just what the nursing field needs, someone with a passion for nursing and compassion for people, dont concentrate on your anxiety but on you passion for nursing and you will do great!!!!!
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    I still fondly recall one of the last lectures we had in our first year on CHF or some such complicated process.

    For about an hour, our instructor rambled on and on. Then she stopped. "Any questions?" she asked.

    Finally one of my classmates shook her head and said, "I just can't believe that I completely understood every word in the entire lecture!"

    So did I. It was quite a moment, I can tell you.

    Give it time, you're getting a lot of information in a very short period of time, and it'll take a little while for you to put it all together.
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    Quote from renerian
    I think closer to the end you will have a moment of clarity when WHAM it all meshes together.

    renerian
    This is very true. Time, practice/experience, and patience, that is what it takes.
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    Hang in there. Just like the other posters have stated, one day, out of the blue almost, you just know what to do for a patient. It may be something simple the first time or two, but it will suddenly dawn on you how well you handled the nursing needs of the patient. I wish you good luck, you sound just like the kind of nurse I would like to work with.
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    Keep in mind that school is designed to give you a ton of information in a short period of time. The practice of nursing involves a great deal of common sense;schools of nursing often do not. Once you learn to filter the critical info from the fluff I'm sure you'll find it all makes more sense. A word of advise-find a mentor, an experianced nurse who can help you focus on whats important for patient care.
    Quote from loriannlpn
    Let me tell you a little about myself.. I am a thirty-two year old mother and wife.
    I worked a unnamed shipping company for 12+ years. Which I hated everyday going into work.

    I always wanted to be Nurse and just never thought I had what it took to be one. I mean the intellegence. I thought of myself as being intellegent, however, I didnt think that I could pass nursing school.

    I am now in my second semester/quarter at a local tech school going for my LPN. ( do to the extermely long wait period for RN) And my question to all of the new grads or the experienced nurses in Ohio or where ever; When will it weave together and I get it?
    I get pieces here and there and have to do work sheets in clinc, but, they confuse me.
    There are so many stipulations on what is expected of us and what we are aloud to do as far as doing our clinical rotation.

    When in the world will I get it? I am decent student and I work really hard at understanding the processes in the body (A&PI, II) and I get all of the disease processes. I get the nuring concepts... But, when will it make sense to me as far as when to do what???
    I read so many intelligent conversations on this website and I wonder if I will ever get that intelligent. Are the terms and lingo something that you adapt to as you gain your experiences? Am I putting to much pressure on myself to do well and to be to anal about my personal expectations?

    I really want this bad, and I want to be the best nurse I can be. I am having a great deal of anxiety about the role transisition...

    Can anyone shed some light on me... Give me words of wisedom? Tell me I am being to hard on myself and that I am learning and I will continue to learn?? Or am I just plan mentally challenged and I should give up now...

    Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated....
    Thanks for lettiing me vent my insecurities to you, I would'nt dare say any of this to my classmates, they look for me to lead them.

    Thanks,
    Lori


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