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Heartbroken and Depressed- Failed Again

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Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

In need of advice. I failed third semester twice. I am so heart broken and depressed because I studied so much and I invested so much time in nursing school just to end up failing. I am at a loss now and not sure what to do with future now. I'm 27 with no career, I can't sleep at night as I'm getting anxious about where I am in life now.

Dear Heartbroken,

I am so sorry that you failed third semester twice.

It's devastating when you pour yourself into something so important and it doesn't work out. I hope you have a good support system to help you through this.

Consider counseling because a lot of strong feelings are involved here- they may include anger, guilt, loss, shame, anxiety, sadness- and you will need to talk about them to work through them. Expect to go through a grieving process.

You have options, and you are in control of the choices you'll make. You could take a non-related nursing job to gain perspective and distance. Or you may decide to pursue your LPN/LVN.

First, take care of you, get centered, and pay attention to opportunities around you. It's life's way of giving you signs. Remember, a year from now, this will be in the rearview mirror and things will make a lot more sense to you than they do now.

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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What bothers you the most, the failing or not being able to become a nurse and work as a nurse. Failing a course is often a sign that either you can't grasp the material to be a nurse or you aren't using the proper study techniques. Figure out where you stand because there are other jobs out there but if you really want to become a nurse, work as a nurse, can change your study habits to pass the courses, than stick it out. You will have to reapply somewhere and continue on your journey. You are still young enough to do something else or continue on your journey to becoming a nurse.

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