I'm Shaking in My Boots over Returning to School!

  1. Why am I so afraid of school? I am really intimidated for some reason...I keep thinking that I won't have what it takes to make it.

    I had a 3.23 GPA in undergrad...I took 3 semesters of BIO I got an A..B and B+....I got a C in chemistry though

    Since it has been more than 5 years since I took my science courses I have to repeat them. I am registering for chemistry and I am so scared.

    Is anyone else afraid?

    I graduated with a B.A in communications in 2003 and I have had 3 jobs in three separate fields since then. I have been a 5th grade teacher, corporate secretary and now I am an admissions assistant. None of these jobs or fields have brought me any satisfaction.

    I was a CNA when I was in college and I admit there were certain aspects of the job that I didn't like...the backbreaking labor (in LTC it's every CNA for themselves and as a result it IS backbreaking...the hospital was much better)...shoddy treatment from the nurses who didn't respect a nobody CNA...etc.

    Those things aside I really miss the hospital enviorment. I worked at a large hospital as a floater and I had the chance to work in almost every department. From Peds to POCU...I even worked in a locked jail ward!

    Of course I don't really really know what nursing is all about because I was a CNA but I have a good idea that for all it's pain in the butt issues nursing is for me.

    Originally I figured that I could do a 10 month LPN program and move from there to an Associates in nursing. But then I found out that it would take the identical amount of time for me to get a BSN so why reach for anything less than the gold star right?

    I am going to register at a local CC to do my pre-requisites and if all goes well...I can expect to be in a BSN program by Spring 2006.

    But i'm feeling so nervous...what is wrong with me?
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  3. by   sp1nter
    Nothing is wrong with you. Nervousness most of time time drives us through things that we are unsure of but, it sounds like you have the will and drive to make it through. So don't worry and good luck
  4. by   daisybaby
    The same thing happened to me. After getting a BA in sociology and then working in a brokerage firm for a number of years, I went for my BSN. I was almost sick over leaving a well-paying (but unrewarding job) because I didn't know if I could do it- being unemployed, and a student all over again when all my friends were getting married and buying homes.

    I graduated in December, and couldn't be happier about my decision. So go for it- nothing could be worse than looking back ten years from now and wondering "what if?".
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    It's ok to be nervous, but I bet soon you'll feel confident again. Looks like you did well before, and now you know how hard you have to try to repeat, or get better grades.

    Good luck!
  6. by   Lovely_RN
    I did it! I did it!

    I registered for my chem class and it starts on Sunday of all days! I'm getting excited now. Thanks for good advice.
  7. by   Nurse Cozmo
    Could it be possible that you are mistaking excitement for fear?

    Good luck to you. I went back @ age 35 and became an RN this year @ age 41. I can't say if you'll have the same experience as me, but It had been 20 years since my 1st collgiate experience and I was A little nervous about making it all the way through. I LOVED IT! My best advice is to find a school that has a good number of older students rather than surrounding yourself with 18-year-old classmates.

    Century Gothic
    Quote from Falon
    Why am I so afraid of school? I am really intimidated for some reason...I keep thinking that I won't have what it takes to make it.

    I had a 3.23 GPA in undergrad...I took 3 semesters of BIO I got an A..B and B+....I got a C in chemistry though

    Since it has been more than 5 years since I took my science courses I have to repeat them. I am registering for chemistry and I am so scared.

    Is anyone else afraid?

    I graduated with a B.A in communications in 2003 and I have had 3 jobs in three separate fields since then. I have been a 5th grade teacher, corporate secretary and now I am an admissions assistant. None of these jobs or fields have brought me any satisfaction.

    I was a CNA when I was in college and I admit there were certain aspects of the job that I didn't like...the backbreaking labor (in LTC it's every CNA for themselves and as a result it IS backbreaking...the hospital was much better)...shoddy treatment from the nurses who didn't respect a nobody CNA...etc.

    Those things aside I really miss the hospital enviorment. I worked at a large hospital as a floater and I had the chance to work in almost every department. From Peds to POCU...I even worked in a locked jail ward!

    Of course I don't really really know what nursing is all about because I was a CNA but I have a good idea that for all it's pain in the butt issues nursing is for me.

    Originally I figured that I could do a 10 month LPN program and move from there to an Associates in nursing. But then I found out that it would take the identical amount of time for me to get a BSN so why reach for anything less than the gold star right?

    I am going to register at a local CC to do my pre-requisites and if all goes well...I can expect to be in a BSN program by Spring 2006.

    But i'm feeling so nervous...what is wrong with me?
  8. by   Tweety
    It's quite normal to be nervous. Just take that energy and covert it to work! I start Chemistry in a couple of weeks and am very nervous about that. My last chemistry course was in high school lin 1976!

    Good luck to you. Too bad you have to repeat those courses, that bites.
  9. by   Lovely_RN
    Well guess what? I started out only wanting to dip my toe in the water and now I am going to be jumping in with both feet!

    I only wanted to register for the chemistry and my cousin works in an office at the college. I had to ask her to have a friend pull some strings and an get her friend at the registrar to do an over ride because of course the sat course I wanted was filled up.

    Well, she asked me why I wasn't going to do the A & P1 and I told her that I couldn't because I needed to take Chemistry first. Well, she went to the deprtment chair and explained that I was a 2nd degree student and that I already had 12 general bio and 4 gen chem credits and a B.A and the chair let me in!

    Then she had a her friend do an over ride so that I could get into the sunday a&P 1 class!

    This will save me at least a semester of school!

    I have decided that I am not going to be scared...I can do it I just have to apply myself.

    Thanks again for the support...to think at the beginning of this week I was just hoping to be accepted into the LPN program if I was lucky and now I am on my was to my BSN.

    Oh, well If you're goind to a thing might as well go full tilt...besides it would take 10 months to do the lpn and then 2 years to do an A.S. Might as well spend the 3 years getting my bsn.
    Last edit by Lovely_RN on Jan 27, '05
  10. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Aren't you still going to have to take chemistry? I know that for my BSN program it is required.

    Kris
  11. by   mattdixon
    I feel the same fear as you do right now in my first semester of Nursing school. I'm 22 now and have been in college since I was 18, having to essentially make up my first year because of C's I made simply because I was naive and not ready for the transition from high school. I took last semester off because I was living on my own and accumulated more bills than I could handle, but now I'm finishing up my 2nd week of nursing school.

    I'm absolutely terrified at this point. I am one of about 4 guys in my class of nursing students out of about 80 something students. That already makes me a little uncomfortable, but it's nothing against the women and girls in the class. It also feels like many of the students have a grasp of more of the information than me, sometimes I feel lost and that no matter what I'll do it won't be enough. I also feel pressure from my family and extended family, because I come from a family line of about 20+ nurses and doctors. I guess it's just the jitters of being new to the whole thing and hoping to live up to the expectations of everyone.
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    Aren't you still going to have to take chemistry? I know that for my BSN program it is required.

    Kris
    The BSN program at St. Petersburg College doesn't require it if you've had it in high school. However, the RN to BSN program I'm in requires college Chemistry, ugh.
  13. by   Lovely_RN
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    The BSN program at St. Petersburg College doesn't require it if you've had it in high school. However, the RN to BSN program I'm in requires college Chemistry, ugh.

    Sorry I wasn't clear. The pre-requisite for A&P1 is the chem class I am currently registered for. Normally I would have had to complete the chem class before I could do the A&P1. Now I can take the chem and the A&P 1 at the same time and save myself from having to attend an extra semester of school.
  14. by   mattdixon
    Quote from Falon
    Sorry I wasn't clear. The pre-requisite for A&P1 is the chem class I am currently registered for. Normally I would have had to complete the chem class before I could do the A&P1. Now I can take the chem and the A&P 1 at the same time and save myself from having to attend an extra semester of school.
    those pre req rules really screwed me up my freshman year because we're the last people to register for classes so I missed out on some labs therefore setting me back, but as long as I graduate before I'm 25 I'll be happy

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