Is this a normal feeling before graduation?

  1. I am SO overwhelmed! We have so many tests to do, so many classes to go to (ALL CRAMMED TOGETHER!) and a cumulative final that I have YET to start studying for! I feel like the entire semester is crammed into these last few weeks. I graduate May 18th. Hearing all this talk about what it's REALLY like to be a nurse, going to interviews, realizing that I will be a nurse in a few weeks... I can't handle it!!!!! I've had panic attacks, I've cried, I've doubted myself millions of times. I went through two years of school, I survived, only to now think do I even want to be a nurse?!?! This last kick of school might kill me, and if that doesn't, I fear that I won't even be able to survive as a nurse. It's so scary! I'm a naturally shy and timid, non-aggressive person. I will have to overcome that very quickly. Just thinking of everything that I will have to do, and have to learn to do that I never learned in school... AHHH!!!! Is this normal???
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  3. by   purplemania
    when I finished my ADN program I was too exhausted to enjoy the ceremonies. When I finished my BSN I was too exhausted to attend the ceremony. When I finished my MSN I was too exhausted to care if I graduated or not, but in the end I went to the ceremony and enjoyed it because I knew it was all finally over. So yes, what you are feeling is normal.
  4. by   MNnurseMom
    I too understand how you feel. I have been an LPN for 20 years and now will graduate from ASN program in 2 weeks!!!! I never thought I would make it this far. Our final test is not cumulative (luckily) but I am so nervous I won't pass it or something like that and not graduate. I worry a lot about boards. I feel like my books are growing roots into my lap. I am fearful of going into work as an RN instead of an LPN. I am sure I felt the same way when I started as an LPN, but I survived it to get this far. You will too. Give yourself a chance. Good Luck and congratulations!!!!
  5. by   pricklypear
    yes, your feelings are totally normal!!! hang in there, you'll make it. you've put a lot of work into this, and it will pay off. just buckle down and get through the next few weeks. i felt like there had been some mistake, i couldn't possibly be prepared to go out and be a "real" nurse!! you know more than you think you do, believe me. but you have a lot to learn - that's why employers have new grad programs!!

    congratulations!!!
  6. by   blackIrish
    I feel the exact same way right now. My final is May 2. In the next 1 week, I have due: a research paper on Nursing Unions, a one hour class presentation(w/ 2 other students), 2 final exams (one online-Comm.Health Nursing), a case study that took me 3 days to do, and my normal weekly self eval. Oh, and I (like everyone else) have children and a husband and a home that is a wreck.
    I will be a sobbing mess at pinning & graduation. But we have to get through these last few weeks- we've come this far- we'll be fine now.
    I am also terrified about starting as a GN. All of a sudden, I feel like I know NOTHING about being a nurse. I am so scared now- I feel like I forgot how to care for a patient.

    But, I'm sure we are not the only ones who have been here. (hopefully!)

    Brandy
  7. by   Cerridw3n
    You are not alone!!!

    I am graduating on May 21st... we still have a quiz and then a cumulative final. Not to mention the stress of WHEN I will finally have my license in hand since I accepted a job on the 25th of July. I hope it all works out for you!!!!
    Keep your chin up and fake it til you make it, baby!!!

    Sunstone
  8. by   SarasotaRN2b
    First, congratulations to all of you future graduates...that is a great accomplishment!!! Next for the OP, take a breath and just take one day at a time. It definitely can get overwhelming when you think of EVERYTHING you have to do...but again...just concentrate on thing at a time and before you know it, you'll be walking down the aisle with the biggest smile on your face for the great achievement you just accomplished...Congratulations again!

    Kris
  9. by   Nemhain
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    I am SO overwhelmed! We have so many tests to do, so many classes to go to (ALL CRAMMED TOGETHER!) and a cumulative final that I have YET to start studying for! I feel like the entire semester is crammed into these last few weeks. I graduate May 18th. Hearing all this talk about what it's REALLY like to be a nurse, going to interviews, realizing that I will be a nurse in a few weeks... I can't handle it!!!!! I've had panic attacks, I've cried, I've doubted myself millions of times. I went through two years of school, I survived, only to now think do I even want to be a nurse?!?! This last kick of school might kill me, and if that doesn't, I fear that I won't even be able to survive as a nurse. It's so scary! I'm a naturally shy and timid, non-aggressive person. I will have to overcome that very quickly. Just thinking of everything that I will have to do, and have to learn to do that I never learned in school... AHHH!!!! Is this normal???
    It sounds normal to me! I have two weeks until graduation and at this point I feel like I want to be a Bar Tender! LOL I had trouble last year with anxiety, but I got through it. I just kept telling myself that I'm not the only one who feels like this. Starting a new profession can be really scary, but you can do it!

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