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Nursing School Burnout/Rant....Help

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Hi y'all!

  So I'm completing my sophomore year of nursing school, and I'm experiencing some major burnout. The thing is, I realize this isn't even the toughest year of the program, and I'm kinda freaking out about my junior year.

I've been taking pharmacology this semester, and it's been very difficult. I scored well on my first exam, but the second test score wasn't so hot. This was really discouraging since I had studied so hard for the exam. There is so much material to memorize and apply effectively to certain situations/scenarios

Today, I had a nursing fundamentals exam that could have gone a lot better. A lot of the questions were tricky and NCLEX-style, so I'm worried that I might not have done so well. Right now,  I've reached an all-time low at this point in my academic career. There is just so much to stay on top of, and I hate when I don't get A's or at least a B+ (which is stupid, I know).

So my questions for y'all: Is it normal to feel this down and out, even though I'm still towards the beginning of the program? How did you do in pharmacology and fundamentals? How is junior year compared to sophomore year? Any tips or encouragement? Any your opinion, what is the hardest class of nursing school?

Thanks in advance for letting me rant and any advice would be much appreciated! Best wishes to everyone! 🙂

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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Sounds like you're driving yourself crazy with academic perfectionism.  Your marks only need to be high enough for you to pass.  Save your perfectionism for clinicals, but do not beat yourself up if you fall short.

I went to school with a few people who prided themselves on their GPA.  But when it came to clinical judgment and skills, different story.  Think of it this way:  what are your patients going to need from you?  Will they care if you were a precocious schoolgirl?  Or would they prefer a well-rounded and clinically astute professional?

I don't mean to downplay academics.  It certainly helps to know your stuff.  But needing to get As for the sake of getting As is a waste of energy.  Time to pace yourself for the bigger picture.

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Thanks TriciaJ, RN! That certainly brings a new perspective.

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Don't beat yourself up for not making A's and B's. I made mostly Cs in nursing school and never made one A. I'm just grateful for making it through nursing school. I did have a hiccup along the way in which I had to retake critical care because I wasn't going to pass it the first time. If you are going to fail drop before the drop date, I had classmates who were kicked out of nursing program after failing two nursing courses.  Nursing will break you or make you. I broke into tears after failing my first two psych exams by 1-2 points but made a high enough grade on my last exam to make a C in the class. I graduated a semester later and met new friends whom were also repeats. Take breaks, socialize, take care of yourself and don't stay up too late to study. 

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0.9%NormalSarah is a ADN, RN and works as a MICU RN.

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You have to take a day to relax, have a bath and a glass of wine (or whatever you’re into) and pick up and keep going. It’s early in your program, so make sure you find a study pace that works for you or yes, you will burn out. These feelings are normal throughout the entire program, so find a good coping mechanism and use it, preferably something healthy like exercise. Do not lose sight of your goal, these struggles will be worth it. And yeah, As in nursing school are few and far between, aim high but also focus in on clinical as Tricia said. That is where you will put all the pieces together of what you’re learning in lecture and it will help you be a great clinician.

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I went to a very competitive nursing school.  Everyone accepted to the program was a straight A student before the program.  Pretty much no one was by the end.  It was hard at first to accept you won't get an A in everything, but not having a 4.0 when you graduate will not prevent you from being an excellent nurse.  Keep your head up, and keep plugging away.  You'll get there!

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Hey everyone,

  Thanks for the comments, encouragement, and suggestions! It's really helping me see things from a perspective other than a grade-obsessed one. Also, it's encouraging to know that I'm not the only one that is experiencing this!

Wish me luck, especially in pharm (I have an another exam this coming week). 😐🙂

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