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Is it normal to be nervous about becoming a nurse?

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I just wanted to say I just joined this site and am starting nursing school in Jan. I think it's fantastic all the positive advice and support some people give to all the prospective students because like many others I'm nervous, apprehensive and a little scared. I can't wait to enter this profession and for some of the comments I've seen from people who say to others like me such as "maybe you should look at a different career" or "if you can't handle being stressed now you'll never be cut out to be a nurse" maybe you yourself should look at the career path you've chosen. I believe it to be normal to feel this way and instead of discouraging those who very well have the ability to be fantastic nurses because of anxieties about starting something new, maybe you should help to build these people up and give some positive advice before knocking them down before they've even started. To those taking the time on here to help the many students and prospective students who are nervous thank you:) You're encouraging words and advice really do help:)

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3rdgenRN2B works as a pre-nursing student.

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Worrying will get you no where. It's useless! Turn those worry butterflies into excited butterflies! Start thinking of obstacles and scary situations as challenges and opportunities to grow. I've been the queen of worry for the past 20ish years and, hence, still work for the same employer since I was in high school. But I've decided to change my way of thinking and go for it. It's all in your mind set!

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Here.I.Stand has 13 years experience and works as a RN.

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Yes it is normal to be nervous -- this is a tough course of study and a tough profession. The nurse's responsibility is huge. However, it's attainable with dedication and hard work.

For what it's worth, I've been doing this a third of my life now, and I still have "can I do this???" moments. Usually it's when I'm about to assume care of a patient in a heartbreaking situation.

Also, know that anything worth pursuing is going to come with stress and work. My husband has his MBA and is an exec in a financial firm. He brings work on vacation! At least nurses are done when we clock out. ;)

And like brandiep said, if you let your nerves get too high, you'll cripple yourself.

Keep your head down, stay on top of your reading and assignments, and you should do fine! :up:

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Hi. I am starting nursing in September. I have 3 kids, I'm married and my husband is a kidney patient. During my Anatomy and Physiology level 2 class my hubby got a call for a kidney. It was the first week of school for my children and I. I am the only one that works. I missed most of my classes and got an A-. Mind you my husband was back and forth to the hospital and I had to do everything myself. It was a nightmare, but I passed. Please stop listening to negative talk of other peoples experiences. You can do anything you put your mind to.

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Being "scared to death" or "terrified" is not a functional way to go through life. It will serve you especially poorly not only in your first year of school, but in your profession as you go along. Telling yourself you're terrified / scared to death / panic-stricken is something we hear all the time here, but is a poor message to give yourself. Lose those words and their cousins pronto; banish them from your vocabulary and they will never bother you again.

Lose the word "terrified" from your self-descriptive vocabulary. I mean it. Never use it again, and if you feel it coming on, immediately replace it with the word "challenged" or "excited!" Challenges you can rise to and meet, but terror is a paralytic. This is an exciting time! Embrace it! Your faculty says you're ready!

 

"I am so excited to finally be starting my program! Whooeee!"

 

There now, doesn't that feel better? Doesn't your brain like that better?

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Thanks soo much guys :) Im going to stay positive this semester, and try not to stress out too much

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