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It has finally set in


I came home from work tonight and I am full of fear. I start school next week and I am all nerves. I know this is what I want and I can't see myself doing anything else, I just have become completely nervous and afraid and for a minute I even second guessed my decision to start this program. Can't really discuss this with my best friend because she failed out of her LPN program and I don't want to come off as insensitive. I have to shake this feeling. I will shake this feeling. Sorry just needed to vent.

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

Your apprehension is mostly normal. You're starting down a path that you've never been down before and you have no idea about what the future brings. You've heard that nursing school is fast paced and just very different from anything you've had before. This is true. It's very fast and they start expecting you to do (and think) differently. Nursing school is also a process and if you allow that process to happen, you'll find that nursing school is doable. You do have to do the work, be in class, and do the reading, but it's doable.

Also as the days and weeks roll on, you'll find yourself starting to get comfortable with a new routine and you'll find yourself doing stuff that you never thought you'd be able to do. When you look back upon your educational career when it's time to graduate, you'll realize just how far you've come when you meet some new 1st semester students who are starting their own experience with nursing school.

New things are always scary. And most likely every other student that you will be sitting next to next week will be just as nervous and scared. But it will probably be just that first day, then all the excitement will set in. You said yourself that you can't see yourself doing anything else, so don't let your nerves get to you. Take this last school free week to relax and get everything in order. I am sure you will do great!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

That's not fear - its EXCITEMENT!!! You're stepping out in a brand new adventure.

I went through that same process until I had my first class yesterday. I definitely built up much more anxiety in my mind than needed, and the first day was a breeze. It's school, and they will (well, should) prepare you for what you need to know. Take a breather and relax. Freaking out does not do anyone any good. Many people have gone through this before and succeeded. I'm sure you will too. Just don't slack off! :) Good luck.

Thank you everyone for all the helpful and encouraging words. Slacking off is definitely not an option and I plan on giving it my all. I have 5 days left before I start and I'm seeing this is the start of a new journey towards my continuing goals.