Dropping out - page 3
I started NS this semester. I was so excited to start. I am now one month into school I am having second thoughts. I just do not think that I can I am made for this profession. Don't get me wrong... Read More
Oct 11, '07Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 289; Likes: 142Tracey,
I've been following your posts and could totally feel your excitement when you finally got into nursing school. I too am in my first semester and get all weirded out when I have to touch someone. I feel like I am hurting them it's something that I am just not use to. But I know with practice it will get easier.
Everyone has given you their advice and only you know what is ultimately best for you. But I think that you should finish out the semester and take it from there don't quit in the middle see how it goes and if you still don't like it then leave.
Btw, I have met many nurses who say they hate the sight of blood. Many of these nurses were teachers. Like someone mentioned in an earlier nursing is full of oppurtunities. There is so much you can do with your nursing degree. I really hope you decide to pursue it.
I wish you luck in whatever you choose, though. Let us know what you decide.
Oct 11, '07Occupation: Psych nursing Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in LTC, MDS Cordnator, Mental Health ; From: MN, US ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 525; Likes: 355[font='comic sans ms']
wow... i was 45 when i started as a cna to see if i could do this ... be a nurse... i was a little put out by the sights, smells, the touching. but when i stepped back and began to look at it in a clinical aspect. it was so much more interesting. it is amazes me that the more i learned the more interesting it became. i graduated in may took my nclex june12th and have been working as an rn in a nursing home.... the fast pace of the hospital did not suit me... i love long term care. i work as the care coordinator. i think it is too soon to quit. as was said in earlier posts there are so many opportunities for an rn today.
Oct 11, '07Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 7; Likes: 3If I could suggest just one thing to you, it would be to think this over thoroughly before you make your decision.
Are you sure that you are not just feeling completely overwhelmed by everything right now? Nursing school is really intense, and I know that there are many people in my program who seriously debate quitting at least once a week (myself included!).
This is hard work, and there are a lot of new situations & skills to learn. It's extremely awkward to meet someone for the first time, and they're buck naked, and you are there to wash them! Or you're sticking things where things really should not be stuck into! Or wiping, or measuring different fluids from different ends of the body... The sights, sounds, smells, and feeling of everything is new to us at one point in this journey. We can either keep at it, and hope that with practice, it gets easier to deal with... or we can discover that we have the capacity to fulfill this type of helping role elsewhere. There are so many other options for you if this does not work out. Just find what fits, and you'll do great!
If this isn't your thing, at least stick it out until the end of this semester. No point in losing credits you could potentially transfer elsewhere!
Whatever you end up doing, best of luck to you.
Oct 11, '07Occupation: Staff RN Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Adult and Peds ED, Forensic Nursing ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 98; Likes: 30Hey Tracey,
Just wanted to let you know that today's lecture was a joke so you didn't miss anything if you are coming back (and I also missed last clinical because I was sick). Also prof. R said they know who our academic adviors are, the just haven't told us yet, I'm sure if you wanted to talk to someone they would be there for you. Regardless of what you decide, take care and good luck, we are pulling for you.Last edit by MollyMel on Oct 11, '07
Oct 12, '07Joined: Dec '04; Posts: 876; Likes: 443Quote from 2008rn2beThis is my point. Thanks for your post.I know exactly how you feel. I went 2 1/2 months in the nursing program, then dropped out after 2 days of clinical. At the time, all I could envision was working in a nursing home changing diapers. (Please no backlash)...Just not an area that I want to work in. I finally realized that there are so many possibilities after I make it though school and I won't be confined one thing. Now, I am waiting to get back in school and finish up. My point is, just really be sure before you throw it all away! Good luck.
Oct 12, '07Occupation: Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty: Pain Management, RN experience was in ER ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 264; Likes: 131So today's Friday... I hope the OP can update us with her decision
Hey Tracy... I see you're on the thread right now. I'm very curious to see what happened with nursing school. I saw that you have a classmate that posted on here too... it sounds like you already have a good support system! I really hope that you can make it through the semester... at least so you can say you tried. Go Tracy!Last edit by shannonFNP on Oct 12, '07 : Reason: Tracy's peaking at the thread, and I didnt want to double post :)
Oct 12, '07Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 266; Likes: 79I know you said you were going to make your decision by now, but I too would like to encourage you not to make a fast decision that you may regret later. If you are even 1% undecided, I would encourage you to get through one semester. One semester goes really fast, and you really do become more comfortable. My first semester, I was working in inpatient oncology. Most of my patients were total-care, and it was VERY hard to provide some of that care! I remember putting a condom catheter on a patient and just wanting to melt into the floor because I was so embarrassed. Now, it's really not so big a deal. I would still probably blush, but it's just not as horrifying as it was then. I think that you move into your role, and realize that when you're wearing thoseand carry the title of nurse, it's just a different "relationship". You aren't just some schmuck grabbing people for no good reason ... you are there to help, you are doing your job, you are giving your patients what you need.
I hope that whatever decision you come to is one that you can feel totally confident in. I also hope that you give it a little longer before making a final decision, if you haven't already. I felt like quitting almost every single day of my first semester (and honestly, still do a lot of the time - because of the extraneous stuff. I love nursing, but I'm not fond of nursing school). I'm halfway through my 3rd semester out of 4 now, and graduation is about 7 months away, and I'm glad I've stuck it out. It really is worth it, and it really does get easier.
Good luck, whatever you choose.
Oct 13, '07Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 643; Likes: 1,209There are numerous health care career fields one can focus on and still help people. This thread of dropping out replys included alot and I would like to add one more. Although I am currently a nursing student I do have a background in Health Care Administration. I have been a Nursing Home Administrator for 15 years, then a Health Care Manager for a major prison system I have helped patients and staff along the way.
Nursing school is tough and we witness some of the most private moments a person can experience. Only you as a health professional can determine you comfort level of involvment (to include boundaries) with your client, the rest is technical nursing act practices. Given your educational status already and determination with education I am sure what ever you decide will be the right choice for you.
Oct 13, '07Occupation: ICU float, medical, surgical, cardiac and neuro Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in Travel Nursing, ICU, tele, etc ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 1,792; Likes: 792You are the only person who can decide what is right for you. If you know in your heart that nursing is not right for you, that is perfectly fine, set yourself free and keep exploring....there is so much that is needed in the world and so many places where you can make a difference.
Oct 14, '07Occupation: library clerk...for now Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 382; Likes: 19Just an update...
I have decided to go ahead with my plan. I will be withdrawing from both of my classes. I have been approached about my plan from both my mother and sister and I told them. My mother is pretty much of the philosphy whatever makes you happy but my sister is very judgemental. My sister was ok with my plan - I suspect because I would be more available to help my mother with her children. I would defend my sister to the ends of time but she tends to be ok with my decisions as long as it benefits her.
I hate that fact that I care what people think of my decisions - but I do. Since I told my family and they were not upset with my decision, I cannot tell you the relief I feel. I will continue on to complete my bachelor's in Sociology.
I am glad that I was accepted into a program and tried nursing. I found that it was not for me and moved on. When I look back I will not wonder what if. I tried it and it was not for me.
Thank you to everyone who gave me their opinions about their experiences wiht nursing. Good luck to everyone with their educations and careers.
Oct 14, '07Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 630; Likes: 93Good luck in all your future endeavors Tracy!! Glad you got that weight of your back with family. I wish you much happiness!
Oct 15, '07Occupation: mom and student :) Joined: May '05; Posts: 437; Likes: 106I wish you the best of luck and much happiness in the future. I hope everything works out well for you.
Oct 16, '07Occupation: Staff RN Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Adult and Peds ED, Forensic Nursing ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 98; Likes: 30Good luck Tracy! We will miss you, but I am so glad you are happy with your decision, that is the most important thing. I wish you all the best, take care.