This probably won't make you feel better, but it's true: this happens to everyone. Take a deep breath, let it out slowly, step back for a sec and get some perspective.
I've barely scraped by sophomore year now and finals are in about 2 weeks. I've felt like **** and even posted a nasty thread where everyone blasted me because i was so bitter. but they were right to do so because it helped me realize that there are worse things in life. and yes, nursing school is hard, but if it were easy we probably wouldn't be good nurses. I thought i had it bad until I heard what some students go through in the EMT courses.
My nursing school makes us students feel stupid everyday and no one gives a word of encouragement or compliments. we even made our own shirts that say "---- Nursing, where your best was never enough since 1939." It doesn't help that our school is disorganized in general. Finals are upon me, and i know i just gotta give it one more big push to hang in there to the end.
One thing that helped me was what one nurse said in my clinical one day. She hadn't been on our floor for a while and the one week she came back she told us: "Thanks for your help. You guys are a big help for us and I can tell in the weeks that I was gone you learned A LOT."
What she said wasn't deep or profound, but it was enough to shock me into stillness. I wanted to hug her for it!! It was the nicest thing anyone ever said to us all year.
Another thing that helped was when a high school student came in to observe in the PACU and she knew nothing about med terms or hospitals or equipment, etc. My classmate and I slowly started explaining things to her and at one point I stopped and thought, "wow, i guess we do know a lot!"
If you need help, go to your instructors. Ask them what you can do to improve. they may have some ideas. Go to older students, find out what they did to survive. another thing meandragonbrett brought up was the student nurse/extern job. working at a hospital will give you experiences that you can't learn from a textbook. we all make mistakes or can't remember every detail about a disease process, but like Luv's says: "live and learn". learn from your mistakes and remember them and move on. You'll find your strength. Just hang on!!!