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Anxious About Graduating

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

So far, I have taken my nursing school journey day by day. Have gained confidence, feel like I've learned well, etc. Recently, with a semester and a half left and faced with the task of getting a preceptor for next semester, I've become very anxious with the prospect of almost graduating, taking the NCLEX, looking for a job..is it normal to feel like this all of a sudden?

I feel like even though I've learned ALOT in this huge journey, I still feel like there is so, so much that I don't know, and it's making me anxious.

Dear Anxious,

Anxiety and nursing school go hand in hand for many students. It's typical at the end, when it is all becoming real.

Actually, realizing how much you don't know is a sign of teachability. Teachability is a desired trait in a new grad. When managers are interviewing and hiring new grads, they look for nurses who are teachable, and for those who know they have a lot to learn. Why? Because those nurses are safe.

There is a lot still for you to learn, but that is not a bad thing. A safe nurse is one who asks for help when needed and acknowledges that they don't always know what they don't know.

Look back at how far you've come. You have done well, and nursing programs do not advance poor performers. Breathe, focus on the tasks at hand and take joy in your accomplishments. 

Those confident nurses on the unit? They were just like you a short time ago, and shortly you will be like them.

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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