Feel myself changing...... - page 2

I started at a Community College here last summer doing my prerequistes for the ADN program. I had just turned 44 and wasn't sure I was going to be able to do the "science" stuff. I've never been... Read More

  1. by   Katnip
  2. by   CountrifiedRN
    Cheryl, I'm glad to see that you have taken the steps to fulfill your dreams. Change is scary, even when it's good!

    I know how you feel. When I first started with my pre-reqs I never thought I would make it this far. Looking back, I can definately see a lot of changes in my self-confidence as I have met my goals for each semester. Even with some setbacks, I have worked hard and become a stronger person with each step forward.

    I still get scared about the responsibilites I wil face once I graduate, but I accept that and know that a little fear helps keep you on your toes!

    Best of luck in your studies!
  3. by   marilynmom
    Absolutly!! LOL I feel that same way! I had been to college before right after high school and ended up dropping out and just never going to class and made all Fs

    Now abot 10 years later I am back and LOVING it! I am taking Algebra and Anatomy, etc and am in the TOP of my class and I never would have though I could do that...ever. People ask me questions!

    You go girl!!! Sounds like you are doing GREAT in school and will be an ever BETTER nurse!!

  4. by   opalmRN
    It is such an awesome feeling.

    I believe most of what fuels that feeling is due to age. (For once, it is on my side.)

    I want to learn things completely and in a whole body sense. I don't want to just memorize something to pass the test, I REALLY want to know and understand the material. Not that I want to be an A & P instructor but rather because I want to be intelligent when I am finally out there working as a nurse. I want to be able to answer a family member's question intelligently and compassionately. I want all there is to know about my profession so that I can approach each day with a positive attitude about my ability which ultimately reflects on the care that is given.

    Yup, I got the bug too. I truly believe that it is why older students get it. While we may not get it on the first read, once we get it, WE GET IT!

    Glad to hear about your positive experience.

    Good feelings are contagious, pass them on!
  5. by   essarge
    As you get farther in to your program you will come out of your cocoon until finally (at graduation) you will become a butterfly ready to test your wings.

    I have seen myself change in many ways. I work in a hospital and it used to be that I would go in and get the job done. Now when I go to work, I look at the patient as a whole (not just a bedbath that has to be done before 0800). I sit and talk to them when I have a minute. I read charts to better understand what they are there for. It's fascinating and I can't wait until I graduate! Only one more year after this and I'll have my wings!!!