About to start school- is it normal to be unsure?


I am getting ready to start college in January. I have tons of prereqs to do but thanks to a big stroke of luck I'll be able to go full-time, which I thought would be impossible! I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a kid; my mom was a nurse in the Vietnam war and I have been so inspired by her. I've spent the last several years dreaming and planning for my nursing degree and waiting to be able to achieve it.

Buuuuut, despite all that... I still don't feel quite sure that this is what I should be doing! Sometimes I think I'm too shy to be a nurse, and sometimes I think the classes and clinicals will just plain be too hard. Other times I feel like I won't be able to handle the responsibility. And yet other times I feel like I should just get a different degree, even though that is not where my heart lies.

Are any of you other students feeling like this? Anyone else totally want to be a nurse, but totally feeling unsure all at the same time? :confused:

I would really appreciate any advice, opinions, or encouragement, thanks! :yeah:


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Has 2 years experience.


I have doubts all the time if I have what it takes..but I cant think of one other profession that I want to do more than nursing..so I keep pushing forward.