1st semester NS burnout?

  1. Anybody else with me? Jeez, I feel so unmotivated! I keep telling myself that there is only a month left but it seems like I'm just struggling through a river of molassas. Everything seems to be going ok, my grades are alright, etc., but my get up and go, has got up and went...(way, way, far away). Don't get me wrong, I know this is what I want to do and am so grateful that I'm FINALLY in a program after so long....I'm just tired...physically and mentally drained. Just wanted to know if any of my fellow first semester students were feeling my pain, LOL . Cheers, here I go....to try and make myself finish my homework. Feel free to kick me in the butt.... I need it.
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  3. by   PurrRN
    Whoops!! I think I thought I was posting this in the general student nursing forum......brain malfunction.....see what I'm talking about? I think its the molassass sticking to my brain cells!! Sorry 'bout the confussion and lack of functional brain activity on my part.
  4. by   I RN A
    I'm totally with you. I also have 1 month left untill the end of this semester. I have no motivation. I've started with a thought that I want to get an A in my classes. Now I don't care anymore. I get a lot of Bs and B+. I gave up. I also feel as I want my life back. I need to fo to the gym and work out, hang out with my family, etc. Since time the school started I feel as I don't have a life and often wonder if its worth it.
  5. by   newbered
    I'm totally with you. I'm in my second year at U of Cincinnati (a branch campus in a 2 year ... "2 year".... program.) and I'm absolutely done. My first year i had an A, B+ and then a B- in my nursing clinical courses, and now, first quarter of year two, i'm barely scraping by. And part of me doesn't really care, because no matter what i do, it doesn't matter. I love taking care of people, I love my job at the hospital, but Maternity/Peds seems to hate me. It's just nursing school: it's exhausting, horrid, and evil. I think they do it on purpose.
  6. by   Dublin37
    Quote from newbered
    i'm totally with you. i'm in my second year at u of cincinnati (a branch campus in a 2 year ... "2 year".... program.) and i'm absolutely done. my first year i had an a, b+ and then a b- in my nursing clinical courses, and now, first quarter of year two, i'm barely scraping by. and part of me doesn't really care, because no matter what i do, it doesn't matter. i love taking care of people, i love my job at the hospital, but maternity/peds seems to hate me. it's just nursing school: it's exhausting, horrid, and evil. i think they do it on purpose.
    [font="arial"]omg, thanks so much for that smile you just gave me! :d first semester-er here, and hating so many of my days! i want my life back too. to be able to sit down and watch stupid tv w/kids and hubband. to be able to make a dinner, to have nothin' to do for just a few hours....sigh.... geeps, i miss those days. but as you can see at the bottom of this message, there is an end date to this semester. sometimes i think, there is no way in h%&*#$ that i am gonna stick a needle, catheter, gastric tube etc into a real person! but then i'm with a real person, and it seems to be the kindest thing to do, not the strangest. but honestly, i can't even begin to count down for the two years, because in nursing school time, it's like...25 years! honestly, we started aug. 20 somethin, and i swear it's been like 10 months already! so i have to just take it day by flippin' day, it's the best i can do right now. so again, i thank you for the laugh, i needed it! now back to the ans that i can't bloody well figure out! :angryfire
  7. by   81ke83
    I hear each semester gets better. It does seem like this semester has gone on forever. Seems like whenever you get a handle on something they throw you a curve ball. This week they informed us that our care plan was do a day earlier. Some of us have to work........What is another night without sleep. Today we had to do a flu shot clinic, in December, it is national handwashing week, we have to go to an elementry school and teach the kids how to wash their hands. The last test before the mid term is the monday after Thanksgiving. The ones that I feel for are the students that just failed out and will have to retake this semester. That is the last thing I want to do. We will all get through it...........
  8. by   jodibmk
    I totally agree. I am a first year nursing student and I am so ready for the semester to be over with....I know I am burned out of having 12 hour clinicals and having to have all my paperwork filled out before post clinical.

    Thanks for all the support.

  9. by   PurrRN
    Thank Goodness, I'm not alone. At the beginning of the semester I felt fine, but now I feel SOOOO stressed and like everything I do is wrong. My focus has fallen apart, and I'm just ready to scream!! I guess the pressure of school, family, and life are just weighing down on me right now, but boy what I wouldn't give to just chuck it all right now and have a quiet week by myself without kids yelling in my ear, hubby whinning about **everything**, and my pharmacology book calling my name. <Sigh>
  10. by   Dublin37
    [font="arial"]we are not alone! i am trying to figure out the bloody ans (which i struggled through 3 yrs ago in physio) so i can actually figure out how the drugs relate in pharm...yes, a bloody exam monday on it and i'm still so danged confused! aaaaaaaaaaand, i just noticed this wk, that i'm balding! yup, my hair has gotten really thin right in my bang area. isn't that great! my butt is flabby, thighs spreading from all the sitting and studying, sitting and writing, sitting in class.... so... if and when we graduate, we'll be flabby, bald, black under our eyes graduates. no wonder they have us wear those white caps for grad pics, it's to deter attention away from our haggard, balding,crazed looks! keep an eye on my countdown at the bottom of my post, the date is prob. similar to yours. subtract the wknds and days not in class and clinical, and i feel a smattering of (dare i suggest?)....hope.
    your friend in pergatory...heather
  11. by   PurrRN
    OMG, Heather, I nearly busted a gut reading that last post! Nearly driven to tears cause it's ALL TRUE!! I think I've gained 6 pounds since class started . But I swear, if I go bald...somebody is going to PAY!!:roll
  12. by   CoolKell10
    I'm a first semester nursing student also. I went through a burnt out phase last month. I just couldn't force myself to study at all and lost all motivation. I knew what I needed to do but I just didn't care anymore. I stopped studying and bombed a couple tests. I think I needed to do bad on some tests to kick me back into gear. Now I'm back to studying as normal. It sucks not having a life and not being able to just relax and be lazy...but you just have to think of the outcome. It will all be worth it in the end when you get to graduate...or well, atleast I keep telling myself that. We're almost done with this semester, just hang in there for a little while longer!
  13. by   RN1263
    Quote from 81ke83
    I hear each semester gets better. It does seem like this semester has gone on forever.
    i have one semester left, then i'm done w/ the r.n. program, but i feel like my brain is FRIED to a crisp!!! ....frankly, nursing school is damn hard work, so it doesn't let up....unfortunately!

    just try to hang on & keep plugging along!
  14. by   RazorbackRN
    Just to give you guys some hope...

    I graduated in May, and I too felt like it was never going to end. My last semester, it was all I could do to drag myself to class/clinicals. I had made all A's throughout nursing school and in my final semester I made all B's. It wasn't that it was so much harder, it was just that I was so tired.

    Anyway, now here I am, 6 months later. I can't believe it ended so soon. I really miss school in a sick sort of way. Now, when I'm at work and see the students, I think, "Oh, to be in school again". Those were the good days!!