What's a good reason to quit nursing school? - page 3

I've read a lot of threads here about quitting nursing school. Most of them were someone saying "I have problems with this, this, and this" and people saying "well that's just not a good reason to... Read More

  1. by   none the wiser
    Quote from Mariakristina
    Hey there. I just read this and felt compelled to write to you because I currently am having having the same struggles. I know your post is a year old, so I am interested to see how things have developed since then. After my second semester of the program (first semester of med surg clinicals), I too feel deeply depressed about clinicals and disenchanted with the nursing profession in general. Is this standard for nursing school or is this indicative of someone truly pursuing the wrong career? Any advice you have in hindsight would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Jessica
    Hi Jessica,

    I took my boards yesterday...pretty sure I passed too. I have a job interview on Monday.

    I stuck with it. Turns out the first semester, and indeed the first day (when I wrote this) was pretty much the worst. I hit another wall in the last semester, but that first day was definitely the worst.

    The thing about nursing is there are a lot of different areas. Lots of floors, types of environments...you can even work for an insurance company or a law firm as a consultant. Nursing school is not representative necessarily of what you will be doing the rest of your life.

    Not everyone will end up in med-surg. Does your program have specialty classes like OB-Peds, Psych, Critical Care? You may find you like one of those.

    Not to mention there are specialty med-surg floors...I hate general med-surg, and I feel even more strongly about medical. Hate it. But I love Orthopedics. If there is something you're interested in, ask to shadow one day on a floor somewhere. See what a nurse really does...we did not do that until 5th semester. I would have felt far more encouraged if we were allowed to do that earlier in my nursing school career.

    I guess it depends on your reasons for hating it too...I didn't know what I was doing, which as far as I'm concerned is the worst feeling in the world. But I know that that is one thing that will definitely get better over time. It could be your teacher. It could be the floor you're on.

    Nursing school was bar none the hardest thing I've ever done, but now I'm really glad I didn't call it quits.
    Last edit by none the wiser on Jan 14, '11
  2. by   thenameismac
    OMG. I can't believe it. I am so proud of the OP none the wiser. You stuck with it and found something that you liked. It's like a good ending to a book. I'm glad that you stuck with it and found that it does get better. It makes me feel better and I bet so many other people who read this thread feel the same way.
  3. by   Moogie
    Thank you so much for posting your follow-up. I didn't realize that the thread was a year old and was about to comment---and then saw your post! What an awesome story!

    Congratulations on getting through nursing school and taking boards! And good luck to you with the job interview.
  4. by   tokidokifantasy
    wow! just realized the thread was a year old. But what a good example from the OP, it gave me so much comfort knowing the sense of failure and discouragement isn't the end of the world.
    I started first week of NS, terrified is really an understatement. I am overwhelmed with so much h.w and reading, but what really discouraged me and made me look dumb was the first day of clinical. We learned to take vital signs, sure, I read the book and watched the video, it all seemed easy, but when I really got to practice on someone, it was really horrible not to know how to take bp. The instructor showed me ways but I was too nervous, kept making mistakes, I couldn't hear the sounds, couldn't find the brachial nerve, and the person I was trying this on was making a scene and as if he knew it all. I was so discouraged and almost want to quit. I practice breathing technique and that really helped calming my nerves. I pray that I will get through this semester!
  5. by   pockunit
    Quote from tokidokifantasy
    wow! just realized the thread was a year old. But what a good example from the OP, it gave me so much comfort knowing the sense of failure and discouragement isn't the end of the world.
    I started first week of NS, terrified is really an understatement. I am overwhelmed with so much h.w and reading, but what really discouraged me and made me look dumb was the first day of clinical. We learned to take vital signs, sure, I read the book and watched the video, it all seemed easy, but when I really got to practice on someone, it was really horrible not to know how to take bp. The instructor showed me ways but I was too nervous, kept making mistakes, I couldn't hear the sounds, couldn't find the brachial nerve, and the person I was trying this on was making a scene and as if he knew it all. I was so discouraged and almost want to quit. I practice breathing technique and that really helped calming my nerves. I pray that I will get through this semester!
    I still suck at BP, if that helps. I have a better scope which helps, but doing the physical assessment is going to haunt me all the way through the program. Give me a dirty butt any day.
  6. by   semester1kid
    Quote from none the wiser
    I've read a lot of threads here about quitting nursing school. Most of them were someone saying "I have problems with this, this, and this" and people saying "well that's just not a good reason to quit."

    I had my first clinicals last week, and I was miserable every single second of it. I've cried every day since, dreading the next. I've had nightmares about it. I honestly can't come up with a good reason to stay in school, aside from my pride, money, and the job security nursing would provide, but everyone around me is just saying "Hang in there! You can do this!"

    I used to want this so bad, but now...I just don't. Surely there's other ways to get what I want out of a job without going through all this mess.

    So, what is a good reason to quit nursing school? How do I know if this is just stress from school and a bad instructor and a hideous clinical site, or if this is something serious I need to address?
    You might want to step back and examine what it is you don't like - is patients, the responsibility, being observed by an instructor, just isn't what you thought...think about what 'it' is and decide whether it's something that's managed or reconciled.
  7. by   none the wiser
    Well I passed the NCLEX. So this is the official happy ending to the story...haha.
  8. by   ncbutterfly
    That is awesome!! Congrats your now an RN!!
  9. by   mfrancisco
    This is so, so great!!! I started off reading this thinking that it was recent, too! I am starting my second semester of nursing school next week. I started off my first semester absolutely HATING clinicals for the first month. I really started questioning whether it was right for me. We did our first semester - at a really tough Acute Care Rehab - lots of Neuro, wounds, some onc, etc...There is one sentence that the OP had in her last post that summed it up - not knowing what you are doing really amplifies the situation. By far I still do not know what I am doing, but at least I am progressing. I am really nervous the night before clinicals, but so are the other students. We have a great support system, and I learned A LOT during my first semester. I was improving every week, and my instructor was very encouraging, and kept telling me that I was doing great. I think that helped a lot because I felt like a complete idiot.:-) Also, once I was approved to pass meds and do subcutaneous injections, it got to be more interesting. I know, the things that make us happy, right? I just started feeling more useful, and I also had some really awesome nurses that let me follow them around and help them out.

    I am so proud of you, OP! Congrats on sticking it through, and thank you for coming back to respond! What an inspiration. The anxiety is building for me already, and I still have another week of vacation before I go back. :-) This post made my day!
  10. by   semester1kid
    Quote from none the wiser
    Well I passed the NCLEX. So this is the official happy ending to the story...haha.
    LOL - congrats...I didn't catch the fact that this thread was old. Good luck in your new career
  11. by   anon695
    What is a good reason to quit nursing school?
    1)You're as sure as you can be that you do not want to be a nurse
    2) Multiple failures. Sorry to sound harsh, but IMO if a student has failed NS more than once, they aren't cut out for it. We all have things we're good at and things we're not good at, and recognizing which are which is the first step in the right direction (wherever that may lead you, nursing or otherwise)
  12. by   ejm99
    Clinicals are certainly not my favorite thing. I agree and have been told by many nurses that they are nothing like the real thing but I think you need to look at the big picture here.
    There is nothing to say you have to or WANT to do bedside nursing...and that isn't a bad thing. I think your beating yourself up for wondering if this is the right profession for you and your basing it on your clinical experiences...DON"T!!!
    I know a nurse that got her RN, did her mandatory 1 yr of bedside in a hospital, went to work in a Dr's office while furthering her education (BSN)...and now teaches nursing and LOVES it. There is nothing wrong with saying ...ok I don't like this...but I know I can move into another area that I will love and still be a Nurse.
    I won't say stay with it...but I will say DON"T QUIT. You'll look back and regret that you didn't do it (providing you know where you want to end up careerwise).
    Good Luck.
  13. by   cgravier
    winning the lottery is one reason I can think of.

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