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When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a nurse. I'd bandage up anything I could find for the hell of it. Slowly as I got older and realized I wasn't the smartest person in the world, I got rid of my dream. I went to a four year University for a year, it just wasn't working so I stopped going in Spring 07.

In august i'm going to be starting a LPN program and I couldn't be more excited. I'm hoping to get a BSN sometime in the next 5 years :] I'm starting to become really nervous cause I hear how hard/challenging nursing school is. I wasn't the best student in high school (but for what it counts, I did amazing in a&p, I got C's in allgebra, C's in Bio, and I failed Chemistry.) I know if I put my mind to it I could get through this perfectly fine. I'm just not really good with studying as you can tell (I kind of stumbled apon it very late in my life.) I'm afraid i'm not going to make it out alive, and I really want this right now more then anything. I'm also afraid that i'm going to do something wrong once I get to have some patient experience. Did anyone else feel this way? Can anyone offer up some advice to me?

Thanks loves :)

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

all through nursing school and for a year or two after i graduated i feared that i would accidentally kill a patient. many students feel this way; not all will openly admit it. i think that it helps to keep you aware of what you are doing. as i developed mastery of procedures and gained confidence in what i was doing those feelings eventually went away.

do you realize that believing things like this about yourself: "as i got older and realized i wasn't the smartest person in the world, i got rid of my dream" is a sign of low self-esteem and a negative perception of yourself? it doesn't mean that it is a correct perception. negativity will prevent people from pursuing dreams and advancing in this world. one of the things that successful people have in common is a positive, can do, attitude. if you start nursing school already thinking that you are not going to make it out alive, that you will fail, then you are defeated before you even start. you don't necessarily need to be the smartest person in the world to be a nurse. but you do need to know how to think and learn. and those are things you learn with age. we all make mistakes. it is those who learn from their mistakes that are the "smart" ones.

Hi,

I went in with the same fears as u r feeling.... I too was never a straight A student, but to my amaze I am holdong my own and I do consider that In my first semester of PN school I did great.... My first day of clinical was scarry but I had an amazing CNA to teach me the basics of pt care. U need to just get rid of the fear and dive into it and also beleive in yourself. I am going into Pharmacology and this subject to me will be challenging but even if I dont get through it, I tell myself the worst that can happen is I have to take the course over again , and I get put on academic probation. I defiantely wont give up and I have passed with an 87 and higher in all my courses so far.

I think we all go in with fear but once u r there it does diminish that I can promise u.

Good Luck, U will do just fine....

When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a nurse. I'd bandage up anything I could find for the hell of it. Slowly as I got older and realized I wasn't the smartest person in the world, I got rid of my dream. I went to a four year University for a year, it just wasn't working so I stopped going in Spring 07.

In august i'm going to be starting a LPN program and I couldn't be more excited. I'm hoping to get a BSN sometime in the next 5 years :] I'm starting to become really nervous cause I hear how hard/challenging nursing school is. I wasn't the best student in high school (but for what it counts, I did amazing in a&p, I got C's in allgebra, C's in Bio, and I failed Chemistry.) I know if I put my mind to it I could get through this perfectly fine. I'm just not really good with studying as you can tell (I kind of stumbled apon it very late in my life.) I'm afraid i'm not going to make it out alive, and I really want this right now more then anything. I'm also afraid that i'm going to do something wrong once I get to have some patient experience. Did anyone else feel this way? Can anyone offer up some advice to me?

Thanks loves :)

OH I know exactly what you mean I was not smartest person in high school either but part of my problem was I did not apply myself like I should and my study habits were awful. I am getting ready to start an LVN Program soon too and I am so very nervous but I am going to apply myself like crazy, study, study, study, and hopefully I should make it through and so should you. I never thought I could get A & B's but to my surprise I have gotten 77 three points from a B on my first A&P exam, and then a B on my first lab Practical in A&P and finally a B on my second A&P exam that's all due to working really hard & studying very hard. You can do it do not let anyone tell you you can't. Believe in yourself & you will do great. Keep me posted ok, hang in there!!!!

Thank you so much for your words of support :) I just ended up finding out that after I take my pre-entrance test i'll put on the waiting list for Fall 09 which i'm very disappointed in :[ So I have a big wait infront of me.

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