Anxiety with Nursing School


I am a second semester freshman in college doing pre res for nursing school. I have always wanted to be a nurse my entire life. Unfortunately, I am not very strong in math and science. I cannot see myself in any other job, or want to pay off loans for any other major. I only see myself as a nurse. I am so nervous about school and especially chem. I got a d+ in my bio for health professions class and im currently retaking it feeling a lot more confident, but I am also taking chem for health professions. Should I continue following my dream of being a nurse or am I putting myself down a road of misery?


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If you are needing lots of help regularly talk to your professors and also seek out tutors at the tutoring service on campus. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.


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Has 5 years experience.

Go for your dream! You'll never know what you can accomplish if you give up before even trying.

I'm pretty bad at math myself but if you are determined and you study you'll get through it.

Chemistry is hard (at least for me) I went to every extra teaching session my professor had because in reality, I was paying them to teach me and they were going to do it!

Study groups are good too, you'll get different perspectives on the same problem. Look up any tutors your school offers too. If you ever find yourself struggling, talk to your professor and see if they can provide any extra help.

Nursing school in itself is kind of a road of misery (haha!) but worth it in the end.

Don't give up on yourself!

Specializes in Prior military RN/current ICU RN.. Has 16 years experience.

"road of misery"? yikes. Only you can answer that. Sounds pretty dramatic to me. It is school and a career..if you do not like it you do something else. D+ is not going to cut it. Period. And no one..NO ONE..cares if you are nervous or stressed out. Because guess what..when you are a nurse and you make a mistake and kill someone..the excuse "I was nervous...I was stressed out..I was tired" is not going to amount to anything. Toughen up and study. If you absolutely cannot do it then do something else. You can't see yourself doing anything else but a "road to misery"?? Being a nurse means having self confidence and a tough skin..because you are going to have to put up with a lot of things not going perfect. That doesn't mean it is a "road of misery". It is called a career. Deal with the bad as well as the good and you will make it. If you quit when it gets tough or "road of misery" then you may as well quit now because the challenges are just beginning. If you want to be a nurse start studying and when it goes bad learn from the mistakes and keep plowing forward. Sounds like you are already retaking a class which is good. Good Luck

Fruit Sucker

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Get tutoring. I had to get tutoring for organic chem. There's nothing to be ashamed of in getting extra help- it just shows you know how to use resources and do what you have to do. You may be surprised how much you improve with tutoring. D+ is an abysmal grade to be honest, but with work you might do better.

Specializes in RNC-MNN & Operating Room. Has 6 years experience.

Kind of harsh, windsurfer...geesh. Anyway OP, I was nervous like you and I'm doing fine. Just use the resources available to you, don't procrastinate and study hard. Good luck. 😊

Specializes in ICU / Urgent Care. Has 7 years experience.

Reality is harsh Hazel, windsurfer is right in all aspects. A D grade reflects poor study habits and an unwillingness to remediate. Studying is all about the struggle to grasp and retain information, everyone goes through it, could be harder for some then others. You know what you do when you see yourself fall behind? You put in more effort, you seek council, you OWN your situation, take responsibility and get where you need to be. Passively squandering your education is not an option when you are going into a field where you hold people's life and well-being at your fingertips. To the OP, it only goes uphill from here. Reflect a bit, whats the purpose of your affinity to the nursing profession. To help people? To care for them? Are you willing to take the necessary steps to learn and OWN the information needed to help people? It doesn't magically download itself into your brain when you graduate.