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help! I'm a burnt out, unmotivated junior BSN student...

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So I am a second semester junior in a 4 year BSN program. Ever since I was 16 I was so sure I should be a nurse. For years, I have been so passionate about my schooling and I've had so much drive to succeed. I literally could not imagine doing anything else.

However, recently I have felt SO burnt out and unmotivated with quite possibly every nursing. I hate my classes, I just feel like I am constantly scrambling and always behind. I went into the notion that I was gonna do pediatrics/ NICU, but now with the pandemic, those specialties are now on a virtual clinical. So, I wanted years to get jipped out of the one clinical I was excited for. I just like have ZERO motivation to do anything. I just want to lay in my bed all day and stare at a wall. I am barely passing pharm, and currently failing my peds/ob class. Every day I think about dropping, but it's too late since I am so deep into my BSN. I don't know what specialty I should really do. I lowkey don't even want to be a nurse anymore.

Is this normal to feel like this? I don't know what happened to me. I have just don't feel this burning passion I had before. I just feel like quitting, but it's literally NOT an option. I joked about doing it once, and I think my family would disown me if I legitimately did. What should I do? Any advice? Will this blow over?

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So I havent started nursing school yet, and I have no idea. I'm 41 and beginning a second career in nursing, so what I lack in nursing knowledge I have life experience. But what I want to say is that this is a really hard time for everyone. Everyone. The feelings you describe are normal and so common right now regardless of age, profession, or life stage. Hang in there. I'm sure some arrangements can be made to repeat the clinicals youre missing out on once this is over. Just focus on getting through and passing your classes, one day at a time, because it won't be like this forever.

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I am in the same boat as coolmom,, I haven't started nursing school yet. I'm 35 and also beginning a second career in nursing. I graduated with my Bachelors in social work in 2016 and I can only speak about my experience, but I think what you are going through isn't uncommon. You are nearing the end, not too far away, but just far enough that it still seems impossible. You should try to think about why you wanted to be a nurse in the first place, write those things down and then also write down why you are feeling stressed or burnt out, maybe it isn't really about school or nursing. I also agree with coolmom that what we are experiencing as a society isn't normal, there is a lot of uncertainty (that adds stress) It is great advice to take one day at a time. You got this!!

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