Advice, kind words please..

Specialties Doctoral


I am currently in a DNP program 1st semester, I was loving the work at the beginning of the semester, I was excited for everything. End of semester, I am doubting everything, and I am working on papers that I would normally love, but I am unsure of what I am saying. I thought I knew what my project was but I am looking at it and it seems like the stupidest thing. Ugh. What am I doing?


Be kind to how you speak to yourself, you're in the right place and deserve to be there! Take a break away- mentally and physically away and read it with a fresh mind and body, you'll remember what it is you're trying to convey. If you're really worried about your content utilize your institution's writing aids and your professor for insight, I've found great relief with these. 

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN.

Maybe it's just a case of ''the more you learn, the more you find out what you don't yet know.'

Don't let it freak you out. It may be part of the process, and quite possibly could lead you to where..... you didn't realize you needed to go with the paper. Might even be a blessing!

Thank you, I was having a rough time last night... one of those questioning all my life choices. For anyone else having those moments...


Specializes in Postpartum/Public Health.

Maybe you're just being too harsh on yourself? I get it, school is difficult, and I feel like they just throw so much information at us, and expect us to get it. Have you had a chance to reach out to one of your classmates to review your work, and discuss how they're feeling? Maybe many of your classmates are feeling the same, and I always find it's great to have a good support system around you to share notes and lean on each other for help!  

Specializes in PICU.

I have felt the same way when doing research. I usually need to step away from it for a bit to help me remember why I'm wanting to research this. Be kind to yourself you are doing a great job!

Specializes in MICU, CCU, CVICU, Medical/Surgical, Nursing Admin.

Honestly, I felt the same way my first semester. Talked with others and discovered that the imposter syndrome is real and affects a lot of returning students. 

You got this. Just breathe and push through it. 

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