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atenpen atenpen (New) New

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i passed!! it's over. i'm done. soon to be r.n. but...did anyone else feel kinda depressed when school was over. i think my body has been used to going wide open all the time and now it's like i slammed into a brick wall. ptns disorder (post traumatic nursing school). my stomach hurts all the time, i still feel nervous and anxious, depressed. i thought when the stress of school was over all that would go away. maybe it just takes a while for the body to unwind again. but still...i'm done and they can't take that away from me. looking forward to working believe it or not.


Specializes in Behavioral Health.

Congratulations!!!! A few weeks and I'll be with you suffering from PTNS!!!


Specializes in Renal; NICU.

What you're feeling is normal, I think. I felt that way when I finished LPN school and again when I finished the ADN. I felt as though my safety net of the 'student nurse' was gone; now I was IT!! The NURSE to whom the patient would look for healing, caring and understanding; the one the doctors would yell at, order up, and expect to be perfect; the one the 'older' nurses would have for lunch!

Those days did come, but I knew what I knew, I had confidence in my ability. No lie, it took awhile to feel really comfortable in this, but I persevered...I was trained, tested and had proven myself, and as time went by, it all paid off.

It's been 30 (?!) years since I earned the Clinical Nursing Award; my career has spanned the spectrum from LPN to RN to Charge Nurse and Nursing Supervisor. I WAS yelled at, abused and yes, even eaten alive a few times. Each of these made me stronger.

BUT, the times I remember best are the tender touches, grateful smiles and even deaths made perhaps a little easier because I was there. I am a nurse, proud of it and grateful for all the experiences which have molded me, as a professional AND a person.

May it come to you...know your self, know your ability and feel confident that now YOU ARE THE NURSE!!!

Congrats ! Good Luck on the N-CLEX:)

Jealous that I won't have PTNS for awhile.

Congrats and best of luck on the NCLEX. :)

Congratulations!!! Enjoy some down time.

Congratulations to you, atenpen! You have worked hard to get to where you are, and you should be very proud of yourself!

I do know what you are talking about--I have been back in school for almost 3 years to finish my BSN (originally a diploma grad) and I will be graduating from the MSN program in 3 weeks. It is bittersweet, one one hand it will be a HUGE relief to be finished, and on the other hand school has been the major focus of my life for 3 years and soon it will be over. And yes, I do think it will take a while to unwind, but we'll get there!

Happy Graduation to you (and me!) :D


Specializes in Pain Mgmt, ICU nursing, L/D Nursing.

:balloons: CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!:nurse:

I remember when I finished school...it was a weird feeling, but don't worry...you've got a whole new excitement ahead of you!!

Good luck on the NCLEX!!!

Congratulations to you and good luck on the NCLEX. I am sure that you will do just fine.

I remember feeling really insecure when I first graduated. You will feel much better after you work for a while. It just takes time.

Good luck with your NCLEX!

Wanna trade places? I still have a year to go!!! Good job, by the way.


Specializes in critical care, med/surg.

I will be with you with PTNS on Friday! WOOT!


Specializes in tele.

Friday, May 9th is my big day too. Getting a BSN and a great job. The excitement is building but I think it comes in stages. I only one thing left to do tomorrow for school. I must attend seminar where they have to check my pulse and LOC.


Specializes in ICU-Stepdown.

Congrats on the pass!! I'm on the last leg of my series of classes. (have to take some co-reqs during the summer, but they will pose little if any difficulty -woulda taken them last year, but finances would not allow). All I have left is a final tomorrow in OB (Mother/Baby) and Cardiac (fall) then Leadership. I look forward to being in your shoes in December.

Sigh, already I'm getting nervous! :D

woot!!! :eek:

yeah, that feeling is normal. i had a great time in school and i felt just like you. but it will pass soon, and the nclex will be there for you to concentrate on. try not to lose touch with the students you became close to. maybe have a reunion in a year or so. i was president of my class and i plan to try to hold a 5 year reunion next year.

big congrats to all graduates!!!

:biggringi :cool: :balloons: :nurse:

Nurse Ratched, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health.

Lol - weirdest feeling in the world:

Pt: Asks question

You: Near-automatic first response, "Sure - let me just go ask your (inner voice: oh crud - that's ME!)"


CONGRATS!!! :D Man, do I wish I was where you are now! But I have awhile to go...however, I do only have like 10 days til graduation!!! :D WOOOOT!

Good luck, atenpen!!! :D


yannadey, LPN

Specializes in LTC, Alzheimers, hospice.


PTNS that will pass, then when you get your 1st job as a nurse thats another set of feelings.

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