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by AshtonR AshtonR (Member)

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So I've done a ton of research about being a LPN/RN and the stories and personal accounts I've read are terrifying. Some describe the job as "thankless" and "exhausting." I know it won't be easy to be a nurse but a lot of what I'm reading is discouraging me. I start my LPN program on 4/30 and I'm hoping to continue on to RN in the future. Does anyone else feel scared/uncertain? 

Advice and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 

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I definitely have had some anxieties. What quieted them for me was getting certified as a CNA. Once I started working in the field a bit, I totally understood how it could be thankless, exhausting, and stressful, but I still find my own satisfaction out of my job, and know I will even more so once I finish school and get where I want to be. Maybe it will be the same for you once you start clinical? Good luck! 

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On 3/26/2019 at 2:52 PM, AshtonR said:

So I've done a ton of research about being a LPN/RN and the stories and personal accounts I've read are terrifying. Some describe the job as "thankless" and "exhausting." I know it won't be easy to be a nurse but a lot of what I'm reading is discouraging me. I start my LPN program on 4/30 and I'm hoping to continue on to RN in the future. Does anyone else feel scared/uncertain? 

Advice and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 

I feel terrified I wont be good at it. 

That I might fumble when I am expected to respond. Might make a mistake big or small. But I also know that I dont see myself doing anything else. I dont feel as passionately about anything else as I do at the idea of becoming a nurse and helping people. SO I am worried, BUT I have faith that I will learn. That I will become comfortable with what I am doing and maybe gain a new confidence in myself ❤

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It's just scary thinking about how much responsibility I will gain 😕 Besides that, I believe the time and effort will be worth it.

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honestly, yes. I am doing upgrading right now to apply to become a nurse. I am so scared. this is something I really want to do. not to mention I have some health problems right now and I get rank brain fog so its not helping the situation. I really don't even know what to do 

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ThatChickOmi has 1 years experience.

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I'm not worried about it being a thankless/exhausting job at times, I've already dealt with that at my current job of 8+ years (Not healthcare related) so I've already got that part down lol.

 

It's just the idea of being out of school and out in "real life" and not under your instructor's wing anymore that bugs me out a little. Approaching graduation in less than two months, and the reality is starting to sink in. The seasoned nurses probably laugh than the newbs say this, but it's definitely nerve wracking.

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On 3/27/2019 at 2:18 PM, Mrs.Perseverance said:

I definitely have had some anxieties. What quieted them for me was getting certified as a CNA. Once I started working in the field a bit, I totally understood how it could be thankless, exhausting, and stressful, but I still find my own satisfaction out of my job, and know I will even more so once I finish school and get where I want to be. Maybe it will be the same for you once you start clinical? Good luck! 

I really do hope so! I hope I don’t become discouraged in the process. I know humans can suck sometimes and it will feel like a thankless job at times but I feel like I’m meant to do this! Wishing you the best of luck on your journey. 

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12 minutes ago, ThatChickOmi said:

I'm not worried about it being a thankless/exhausting job at times, I've already dealt with that at my current job of 8+ years (Not healthcare related) so I've already got that part down lol.

 

It's just the idea of being out of school and out in "real life" and not under your instructor's wing anymore that bugs me out a little. Approaching graduation in less than two months, and the reality is starting to sink in. The seasoned nurses probably laugh than the newbs say this, but it's definitely nerve wracking.

I can see how that can be nerve wrecking! & I do agree with you. There are plenty of jobs/careers that are not healthcare related and are stressful and thankless. It can be stressful and thankless but I’m sure I’ll get some kind of satisfaction out of making a difference, even if it is small. Good luck on your journey and thank you for sharing! 

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21 hours ago, Johnson0720 said:

honestly, yes. I am doing upgrading right now to apply to become a nurse. I am so scared. this is something I really want to do. not to mention I have some health problems right now and I get rank brain fog so its not helping the situation. I really don't even know what to do 

Keep going! I’m scared but I haven’t even started yet. Maybe it’s best to think positively. I know we can get through this! If it’s something we really want to do, we’ll find a way to get through it and be awesome at it! ❤️

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I have definitely had some anxiety about becoming an RN.  I am about to start my second quarter of nursing school, but during my first quarter I often feared how challenging nursing out in the real world will be.  However, once I reflected on the fact I am just starting my journey and have so much to learn, I realized I will eventually gain the knowledge and skills to become a competent nurse.  I feel like fear of the unknown is normal.  I would say just focus on trying to become the best student and nurse you can and the rest should fall into place.

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GatorMikeRN has 16 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU, IMC- Med/Surg. Nuring Ed., NCLEX- RN & PN.

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It is scary going in to and becoming a nurse but since I've been working with students over their nursing school "lifetime," a huge key is gaining confidence. That's what made the difference for me. When you assess that patient well and discover something's not right and the MD is notified and gets involved or you get that IV on the first try(after not getting it on several attempts before), when you discharge that patient with their loved one and you know your care made the difference- that boosts your confidence way high and you start to say- I can do this! It's ok to be scared but not paralyzed. Nursing is not for everyone but those who persevere and keep learning and keep going- this profession is for you. You can do it!

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I've been an LPN for 9 yrs and I will have my BSN in May. I was scared when I first became an LPN and I'm scared again to start working as an RN. It's pretty normal. It goes away after awhile. After about 3-4 months as an LPN I felt 75% better and it got better and better as time went on. I heard it's about the same story for RN's. After a 6ish months to a year, depending on the type of nursing you do, you will get over the scared feeling and be ok. Better to be scared than oblivious, I say. 

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