Is this what I really want?

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I have wanted to be a nurse for more than 12 years. I've completed one year of my program, getting ready for my second year. Now I'm really starting to wonder if I really want to do this. I've been working as a CNA and I am already burnt out on it, and wish I would have never took the job! I'm not excited about my second year, however, I can still see myself being a nurse when it's all said and done.

If I quit now, I will disappoint everyone...most of all myself. I don't want to quit school, I just don't know how to balance everything without being so overwhelmed!

answering my own...question....YES...I want this!!!


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You have some burn out. That is completely okay and normal. One more year!!! That's all. Keep telling yourself, this is not forever.

I have to tell myself the same thing. I am getting ready to start my first year and I wonder how this will affect my kids. Not so much in the first year, but the second year, when clinicals become 12 hours, two days a week and such. I think of how long my kids will have to sit at a daycare. It's discouraging. I just tell myself, "it won't be forever."


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Specializes in Trauma & Emergency.

Try to remember that you are trying to work and go to school also. When you graduate you will take on that one job and there won't be anymore school. You will be able to go to work and come home and relax. I know how you feel right now. Its like going to school for 8 hours and then getting to go to work for another 8 and those lucky nights when you don't have work I'm sure you could manage to study for at least another 6 hours. Hold your head up--your going to make it through this. So many already have and you will too!

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