I have enrolled in an FNP program. I want to advance my career however, I have developed panic attacks and feelings of dread and doom. I would love to be an APRN but my anxiety is so extreme I am already wanting to drop my classes. I am a successful nurse of 25 years with med/surg, OR, PACU, ER, ICU, GI, conscious sedation, Pre and Post op and infusion nursing. I love being a leader and solving issues that other nurses can't. I love teaching and helping others. Because of my experience I would love to take nursing to a higher level but my fear is really affecting my life. Is this something I just have to work through or do I need to admit to myself that this is not meant to be? Any suggestions?