afraid of failing nursing!

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by AspiringRN27 AspiringRN27 (Member)

Hi! I totally know what you mean! Nursing school is such a rigorous program and filled with so much info! I think for the most part, all universities allow you to fail a max of one class. In the beginning it will be hard adjusting and getting settled in. So time management may be key, but I think the 2nd semester and on will be much more clear! TIP!! Find a group of good students and have study groups, that is one of the most effective ways to study!! Good luck!(:

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You are not going to get a guarantee that you won't fail, no matter where you look or what questions you ask. You're going to have to commit to it and give it your all and see what happens, if you really want to be a nurse. At this point, what kind of nurse you want to be is sort of...well, irrelevant. I know that's weird to say, but the reality is, when it comes to the curriculum, it doesn't matter what specialty you think you want to do when you graduate. In nursing school most of what you will be doing will not be focused on psychiatric nursing. Right now, try focusing on what you need to do to succeed— instead of thinking of the possibility of failing. For instance, think about how you might arrange your study time or maybe look at a syllabus from a nursing program and getting an idea of what is required. Imagine succeeding. How does success look? What changes do you need to make inside yourself to set you up to succeed?

Yes, people work and make it through nursing school successfully. Whether that will be your case, no one can tell...certainly no one on a message board who doesn't know you. Being so scared that you don't even try to reach your goal will only lead to one thing—you, not reaching your goal. My suggesting is that you slow down, take a deep breath, and rearrange your thinking.

I think we all worry about whether or not we can make it through nursing school. We've all heard how difficult it is, but at some point we have to decide if we want to jump in or not. Talking to an academic advisor is excellent advice! They can help you weigh the pros and cons.

For the record, I don't think anybody has a high likelihood of passing or failing. You get out of it what you put in. If it's something you really, really want, you need to find the confidence to go forward! Good luck!

If nursing is what you truly want to do and is a passion you have, then don't make failure an option. You will do great, you will pass, you will work, and you will remain positive. Please don't let negative thoughts or "what-ifs" enter your mind. I think it's normal for us all to have our lil freak out moment before we get into the program, but you can't let all your thoughts and worries get the best of you. Repeat after me: I will do great and I will pass!

Aspiring, im only beginning my many travels in nursing, but what ive learned so far is that PEOPLE MAKE MESSES. There is no "standard" patient. While they may be in the same unit, they're all individuals who have their own needs & issues. They will vomit. They will defecate. And urinate. And bleed. But they are people and they need the assistance. You cannot really pick & choose when you deal with these things, everyone nurse/aid/tech/physician deals with these at one point or another. Nursing is a great profession but your heart has to be in it. I recommend what everyone else has, sitting with an academic advisor to find a schooling plan that works best for you. Speak with other nurses in person. The men & women here can't talk you out of being nervous! Everyone handles schooling and tests differently! If you truly believe you want to be a nurse, set yourself on the right path & know that sometimes, "icky" is a large part of this job. What helps me is imagining its my relative or myself needing the assistance. They didn't ask to be injured or ill in a hospital bed.

Just relax and do some research online & make contact with some nurses you may know. But remember only you can really decide if you can handle it!

Best of luck to you!

Be unafraid to succeed.

If you have the courage to take the leap, you'll succeed with diligence and persistance. Perhaps you should alter your approach. Determine if nursing is right for you​, not if you're right for nursing.