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I am in my final year of nursing school and I'm 20yrs old. I feel a lot of pressure entering such a strenuous career such as nursing but Ive been able to stick it out and its not too bad. I just feel weird that all the people my age are out having fun all the time (partying etc..) and I'm the one in school studying all day. I just hope all this hard work pays off. Also, being thrown in the adult world with real life and death situations is a lot of pressure also, and many of my friends and people my age do not face these predicaments. This is my 1st post and have been lingering this site for months I just needed to vent how i felt, sorry. Please feel free to leave feedback advice and tips would be truly appreciated.
Hello, I enter the nursing world in eight weeks and I feel your pain. I am also young, 21, and yes, most of the people our age is out having fun. But here is how I look at it: you can party now, and be broke and finish school when you're 30, or be broke now and have money and party when you're 30. Which is it? A lot of people our age will be kicking themselves in the butt for waiting so long to start/finish college.
As for the fear regarding real life and death situations, all we can do is strive to be the best nurse possible. We can do that by diligently monitoring our patients and always know the drug before you give it. One practice of mine that I intend to do for a long time is look up my drug and write important things about it in the patient's MAR for that shift. That way, when I give the medication, not only will I be able to answer questions for the family about what I'm dosing their relative up on, but I will always be prepared.
So yeah, I feel your pain and fear, but we can do it. Just be strong and stay on top of things. Never let someone make you feel dumb for asking a question-in the end, it only matters how the patient turns out.