I had to drop out this semester

  1. I went and landed myself in the hospital for 9 days. I could have maybe made school work but I'm still recuperating and didn't think I could hack it, or hack it as well as I'd want to. So I dropped A&P and will try again next Fall. Maybe.

    Feeling a bit discouraged though. Yet another setback. And after my stay, I'm not so sure about this anymore. I think it was the needle pokes and many many IV starts that got to me. I'm not sure if I can do that to someone. I never had any needle phobia before this. Maybe it'll pass? What if it doesn't?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
    You're just feeling a little down cuz you're on the sick side and had to drop and fall behind. Work on your health. Rest up. Study the material. If you have the energy, start an online course for one of your other classes. You might be able to get it done or nearly done, before the new semester starts. You'll perk up and feel better, then you can look forward to starting a new semester. Good luck. (Might not be a bad time to start a good exercise, rest, diet program, while you're not under the stress of school).
  4. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from AZmom
    Feeling a bit discouraged though. Yet another setback. And after my stay, I'm not so sure about this anymore. I think it was the needle pokes and many many IV starts that got to me. I'm not sure if I can do that to someone. I never had any needle phobia before this. Maybe it'll pass? What if it doesn't?
    I have always HATED needles....with a passion...so when I started watching the IM and SQ videos last semester before checkoffs, I honestly got the creeps....I wasn't sure if I could do that...but somehow, after sticking oranges endlessly over the weekend, I passed checkoffs (on a rubber dummy arm).....then came the time to give a heparin AND insulin injection <gulp>.....I knew she needed them....I wasn't being cruel; I was aiding in her healing, and I doubt she had a clue she was my first human injection...wasn't difficult at all...we just learned IV insertion, so that's got me a little creeped out again, but honestly, I want to be the BEST at IVs so people won't cringe when they see me coming....there's nothing better than a nurse who's good at starting a quick IV....

    I'd take some time to rest and recuperate and think about this some before you totally throw in the towel....there's a whole lot more to nursing than needles!!
  5. by   dani_girl
    I hope you are feeling better:icon_hug: I know how some set backs can seem just so overwhelming. Try to find something good in it though.. maybe you can have one of your classmates give you the notes so you can get a head start for next semester?? With A&P it never hurts! An online class would be great too! I wish I would have taken Med terminology.. (not required for my program) because so many words are one or two letters different and change the meaning completely!!
    But don't give up! When you were in the hospital wasn't there one nurse that seemed to stick in your mind.. one that seemed slightly nicer, a bit more empathetic? Focus on how one day some patient will think of that nurse and it will be YOU!! Good luck
    Last edit by dani_girl on Mar 4, '07 : Reason: spelling errors r/t lack of sleep!!
  6. by   Batman24
    Work on getting healthy and strong first. Things always look icky when we are under the weather.

    No one likes being poked and prodded, but it's a necessary evil at times. You sound compassionate and I believe that goes a long way towards being a wonderful nurse.

    I like the idea of taking an online course when you are feeling better.
  7. by   medhead
    I hope you get back to 100% soon! I understand being frustrated at losing your momentum in school, but you'll get there again! I'm sorry this whole experience has left you questioning yourself. Try not to be too quick to judge that your experience was a call to you to give up nursing as opposed to something else. These feelings you're having actually have the potential to make you a better, more compassionate nurse! It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now and a huge decision to make and I have no doubt that you'll evaluate it to its fullest and make the decision that's best for yourself in the end!

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