Can't take anymore - page 3

I am in the last few months of school before I become an RN. Last night I found myself balling for no apparant reason and noticed it's a pattern lately. I do not know if it is burnout or what. I am... Read More

  1. by   jkaee
    Gosh, I know how you feel! I remember in my first semester, one of my instructors told me that I "didn't have what it takes to be a nurse." Why? Because I didn't remember what the gauge of a needle meant. There I was, absolutely NO nursing experience at all, young and inexperienced, every clinical a trial by fire, and she just shot me down! I cried all day. But, 9 years later, I'm a excellent nurse with great skills, and I don't even think of all the negativity all the nursing students face when they're in school. Believe me, one day you'll laugh at all this and actually miss the "good old days" in nursing school!

    Good luck, you're almost there!

    Jennifer (I'm outta school happy dance!)
  2. by   smk1
    Quote from ferfer
    Thanks to everyone who has replied- it helps to know that I am not a total nutbar and that you have all been through it

    I think the other thing, too, is that I do not have any time to deal with any of life's mini-crises due to the program. I have had 2 miscarriages in the past 6 months, one was during orientation to my labour and delivery clinical. But, I had no time to deal with it- I just have to keep on pushing anf put it out of my mind just to get through with all the work that has to be done. One of the things I will try to domore is just honor my feelings. If I am upset than I need to acknowledge it rather than just push it away because I am too 'busy' to think about it. We do such a good job of taking care of everyone else------maybe its time for ME, even if only for a day
    2 miscarriages in 6 months is a lot for your body and mind to go through. please please take some time for yourself even if it is at the expense of something else. your energy could be affected by the miscarrriages. hopefully you have gone into your doctor for tests. (i was anemic after 1 miscarriage and that will severly tire you out) also allow yourself to mourn your babies or at least acknowledge what feelings you may have regarding first getting pregnant and 2nd losing the baby. maybe take 20 min each night to journal your feelings, TRY TO MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR HEALTH! :kiss
  3. by   cclev
    Quote from Reborn
    I always call this situation (and I HAVE THE T-SHIRT!), "The Light at the End of the Tunnel Syndrome". When we begin a journey, we don't focus much, if at all on the end.
    As we go along, we are just moving ahead steadily, one day a time, kinda in the dark so to speak. We know we have to keep going to reach the end of the tunnel so we just keep on, step..step...step, head down, determined, but when we get far enough to see just that speck of light, as we keep moving toward the end, suddenly the pace seems agonizinly slow, the light seems hopelessly out of reach, and oh so slow to appear any closer.

    But it's not, as I know you know, and as all b/f me have said, hang in there, and since YOU mentioned God, I can say lean on Him, and that light is gonna grow bigger and bigger, and you'll be there.
    I hadn't thought about it that way but it is so true. I have been just going day by day at the moment because the light is just now starting to appear. I'm in a LPN/ADN program, (summer '04, May '05). My husband couldn't really understand how I was doing it but now I can explain it. Thanks!
  4. by   blueiwahine
    All I can say is hang in there, it will all be worth it when you finish. I'm in my 2nd semester of Nursing and thought please god just let me make it to the next semester. You've just got to take it one day at a time and it will fly by. Otherwise you will go insane. You've got to do this for yourself, everyone else will survive it. We're all going through the same sh**, feeling like we're being treated like babies, getting no sleep, having no life and doing so much unnecessary busy work.. But just think what you'll be able to do with that license. You can live anywhere and should always be able to find a job.
    <Hugs> You Can Do it....
  5. by   TinyNurse
    you are almost there!! almost at graduation!!! soon you will enter a whole nother world!!!
    you can do it, i was there in your shoes about 7 months ago.....I felt like a zombie at graduation, but soon again I became me, just jenni.
    xoxo Jenni
  6. by   pattik9898

    two miscarriages!! i'm so sorry. that alone would have put me in a permanently supine position. you're almost there. yes, let's count down this damn experience and get through it.
  7. by   pattik9898
    Quote from RNWannabe3
    I can understand exactly. I have exactly 8 weeks until graduation from my ADN program. I acted on misinformation from a nurse and mixed up two patients for a total of 10 minutes. We are is psych. and are not allowed to pass meds, so the patient was never in any jeopardy. My instructor found out and failed me for the entire clinical day:angryfire ! As a result if I receive another unsatisfactory I will fail clinical and the program!

    For 2 years I have not had a single unsatisfactory, and now I am teetering on the verdge of failing. I also have no social life. I am at school, home, or library never anywhere else.

    Only 8 more weeks to go!!!!!!!
    hang in there kiddo. you'll make it. my clinical instructor evaluated me as needing to improve my patient therapeutic skills. when put to task to substantiate, she had no answer. my final evaluation, "i have warm and supportive relationships with my patients". i also was diagnosed at winter break with an essential tremor which made it difficult to fill a syringe. AND she made me use a technique that was guaranteed to make me fail. jerk.ff.
    so i am treating the tremor with lopressor and pushing on.
  8. by   ferfer
    Yes, I know that the 2 miscarriages have taken a huge toll on my body and mind! I had just found out with the first one, and the next day I was bleeding. The second one lasted longer but was twice as bad when it happened as I had to go and have exams to make sure I did not need a D & C. And both times, I cried for a whole day and picked up my work and returned to school the next day as if nothing had happened. Man, how crazy is that!!

    I am counting down the days, but think I will give myself permission to not be perfect anymore. If I get less than A's, I get upset. But perhaps a B will be OK if it means maintaining my sanity and seeing my family for 1/2 a second!!!!!!!!
  9. by   EarthAngel
    I know the feeling. In August 2002, I started the LVN program, graduated 2003. 2 weeks later, started the Fall semester 2003 to work on prerequisites for the "LVN to RN Bridge" program offered at my college. Now, Im attending the Spring 2004 semester, gathering up my final prerequisites for that program, which will start June, 2004, and will end June 2005, hopefully with me graduating at the end of it. Throughout all of this I have been working full time. Im tired-of work, (no vacation since July 2002) tired of school, tired of busting my butt!! I want to sit down, stare at the wall and drool without having to worry that Im forgetting something or that I have an exam tomorrow that I havent even opened the book for yet!
  10. by   BadBird
    Boy do I understand how you feel, I remember going through nursing school, raising 2 small kiddos under the age of 7, working full time and going through a divorce all at the same time. I never gave up because I knew my life and my kids would be better off and I am so glad I did't. What seems impossible is not and you will make it. Hang in there you are almost done and the rewards will out weigh your exhaustion. What you are feeling is perfectly normal and probably expected.
  11. by   sebrina
    I'm not in school yet, still have my pre-reqs. Anyhow I so feel like giving up!. I have a hard time in math, however, everyone at work says I need to stick it out, and do for me now, and everyone will understand when they see you later.
  12. by   joannep
    I have had 2 miscarriages in the past 6 months, one was during orientation to my labour and delivery clinical. But, I had no time to deal with it- I just have to keep on pushing anf put it out of my mind just to get through with all the work that has to be done.
    I would be inclined to have some bloods taken and check that your girly hormones are doing the right thing and that you are not anaemic. As well, I too have had multiple miscarriages, and I grieved very much, perhaps in your busy life right now you are not permitting yourself to grieve as you are so focused on your goal. Perhaps now is the time to touch base with your mother, sister, or another female friend who could empathise with you now, and I would always recommend a massage.
    Hang in there, life will improve, and these final moments will be a memory.
  13. by   Soon2B-RN2004
    I certainly know where you're coming from right now. I will be done in December this year and the last month has been H***. Many times in the last several weeks I was in tears and on the verge of break down. I thought it was just me not handling the stress in the "proper" manner, but I see I'm not the only one in that boat. I also have problems at my school with "rotten politics" with the administration and that disturbs me most right now. Especially towards the staff that has been Heaven sent. They are being treated awful and they are the one's that have done the most for myself and my fellow classmates. They will be rewarded someday for all they've done for us, but it's heartbreaking to see all that they are going thru. Best of luck to you.

    Counting the days.......