Lessons Learned

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Specializes in Home health, clinical, med surg, quality assurance. Has 27 years experience.

Advice to nursing students from a retired nurse on how to survive and prosper after the realities of nursing school. You are reading page 2 of Lessons Learned. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Happily Retired

Specializes in Home health, clinical, med surg, quality assurance. Has 27 years experience.

Panic/fear, if harnessed correctly, can be a pretty good motivator!  Meet those challenges head on, and systematically conquer every single thing on your "fear list" as soon as you can.  You said that it was panic over the unknown; all is takes is one experience for it to never be unknown again. There is no skill that can't be taught, so if being a nurse is your heart's desire, a calling on your life, then everything else will be a breeze - eventually; it's those who just enter into this field for the money (you can make more somewhere else) or for the "prestige" (think "disimpactment"), you'll be in for a very unhappy career.  Best of luck to you on your journey to becoming a member of the most noble profession!