Quote from caliotter3
What would you do in place of nursing school? You can go through one line of work after another, but at some time you are going to have to settle with something so that you can support yourself and maybe enjoy your career. The problem most people have with quitting nursing school is that you do it too early and don't give yourself a chance to get it together. You might want to talk to a nursing school advisor or a regular school advisor to get some insight on your decision. Good luck.
I've thought about different grad school options, such as genetic counselor (I have a biology degree). I've also thought about other lower stress medical positions, like an ultrasound tech or something.
Quote from goodnursingstudent
You seem to be under severe stress. There is no reason to quit nursing school unless you did not want this bad enough. If this is your dream, you would not entertain the thought of quitting. There are many obstacles that came in my way since I started nursing school but these hinderances just motivate me to push forward. I am always a winner not a loser! I am above not below!
I don't know if I want it...that's the problem. I feel like maybe I just sort of fell into this. I'd never even set foot in a hospital for more than a couple hours before this.
What worries me the most is I felt no compassion whatsoever. I wanted to be done, and that was it. I really couldn't have cared less about my patient. He was in late late stages alzheimers, and was practically comatose, but shouldn't I have cared at least a little? I really just didn't though. It was just a gigantic pain, a huge task to get through.
Already I resent my patient for next week and I don't know hardly anything about him. I hate that he's there. I hate that I have to clean up after him. I hate that I probably won't have time to go to the bathroom myself, but I will have time to clean up after his accidents several times over.
The best part of the day was talking with my classmates before clinical about the diagnoses. I feel like such a horrible, insensitive person, but I did not enjoy caring for this person one little bit. I don't feel like this job is making me into a better person...it's just making me generally dislike people who can't care for themselves.