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Scared Silly! Help!!


My ADN program starts on Tuesday and I think it's just started to hit me. I must be insane to WANT to go through this!!! Last night I was organizing my stuff and putting my 132 page syllabus for Nursing101 into a binder and arranging it into weeks (15 in total). I was so completely overwhelmed at all that has to be done for this one class. I have two little girls (4year-old and one who thinks she's 2 already...but won't be for another few months). My hubby works 2 jobs, but is very supportive of me going to school. But I don't think he realizes what he's getting into either. I don't know when I'm gonna have time to read all that's required, let alone get all the papers and quizzes and other stuff done too!! I just keep telling myself that other people have been here and done this and survived! I guess I could really use some help from Moms who have made it at least through their first semester (though any words of encouragment from ANYONE would be greatly appreciated as well)! Class hasn't even started and already I feel like I'm sinking.... *blub blub blub* :scrying:

(Oh, and another note that anyone can respond to - Are you required to wear a specific uniform? Our school makes us wear WHITE!!!! Hello? How dumb is that?! And they can't be "scrubs." :banghead: I feel like I just need a little white nurse cap to pin to my head and I'll be good to go! Ugh!)

Well,I have a five year old and a three year old and I am in my fourth semester of nursing so it is possible...oh and I got pregnant and had my newest baby three weeks ago,so let me tell you,if I can do it,anyone can! Just calm down. It is a lot, and it is hard. I won't sugarcoat it for you. It takes you wanting this. you have to make time to study,if you don't you will fall behind and you will get overwhelmed. Try not to start out so stressed because it's about to get much much worse. Nursing school is hell,but it is worth it in the end. I will hopefully graduate in may and I love what I do so far. Hang in there!


Specializes in Pediatrics, NICU, ER, PICU.

You can do it! And if it makes ya feel a little better, there is a school here in Louisiana that not only makes students wear the traditional white but they DO have to wear the white nurses cap too!!!!!! Oh yeah! They DO! lol


Specializes in ER, ICU, Medsurg.

Hey, you can do this!! The key is time management and if you have a supportive husband you are all the better. Its a tough road but its only 2 years (or whatever your program is) which is only a fraction of your working life. You CAN do this. I've posted some tips that I've found useful on some other threads. But like another poster said, don't get behind and manage your time wisely....you CAN do this.

oh and yes, we wear white scrubs to clinicals as well. YUCK

started having babies and nursing school around the same time. It can be done. try to remain focused. pace yourself and keep alittle ahead on the reading. you can do it!! BTW i have a four year old and a two year old. and I have another due in july :)

Hi! Yes, it can be done! Just take it one day @ a time! I just started 2nd semester of ADN. Have a 8 & 5 yr old. Plus a husband who is gone 4 wks, then home 2wks @ a time. Best advice is to not fall behind. I keep reminding myself it will all be worth it in the end. We also have to wear the white button up uniforms! Hate them. Lots of luck to you!

BTW we have to wear a white button up uni and white pants. Im always paranoid my cycle is gonna start so i keep and extra pair of white pants in my car. :uhoh21:


Has 1 years experience.

I was freaking out last night about starting my ADN program on Wednesday, but then my best friend reminded me that her mom did the same program I did 10 years ago and she had three kids, so if my second mom can do it anyone can :) I've already basically said good-bye to my social life for the next two years, and am only concentrating on family and real best friends, and of course the bf in Iraq. It's going to be hard but we can all do it :) One of my friends dropped out of nursing school after three weeks but I could tell it was b/c she didn't have the passion for it that I hold. So keep that passion going :)

Im not into the program yet, but I wanted to offer some words of encouragement, especially because I will be going through the exact situation in a bit. You CAN do it! So many people before you have, and you will too! Many people find ways to study, even as a busy mom. I have heard that making flashcards and reading them while cooking, cleaning, or even bathing helps. Record your lectures and download them into your MP3 player and keep a speaker in your ear as your going through the day. If your a quick typer and flashcards help, flashcardexchange has free cards you can type up, I literally have thousands. I wish you the best of luck :)

First of all you need to take a step back and atake a deep breath. it does seem overwhelming at first. I started back in the fall for my first year. i am going to vatnp in va. I felt the same way. i am 30, married with a son, and felt "why am i doing this? i should go back to the lab" (i am a phlebotomist). But after a semester it is not so bad. our instructors are great, and it will be worth it when we graduate. The best advise i can give you, during you school, always always always make some time for you to just relax. Even if it is just 15 min, take a bubble bath, go for a walk, and don't think about anything, just relax.

As for the uniforms, ours is white as well. they cannot be scrubs, they have to be a button down top with a collar, and the pants cannot be draw string. We are actually trying to get this changed, but at this time we are stuck with white.

Just relax, and enjoy the carrer path you have chosen.:yeah:

mybrowneyedgirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room.

You can do this. Just take it one week at a time. Don't look too far down the line or you're throw up from the stress. Take small bites and never get behind on the assignments.

....and it helps to list all the reasons why you're doing this and any motivational phrases to print out and look at during those rough times.

Oh Sweetie - You'll be ok! Yes, it will be rough for a little bit, but it will be so worth it in the long run! You are a great Mama for wanting to better yourself & your girls will survive! Praise God for a supportive husband!!

Please, if there is anything you would like to talk about or need to let out - please let me know!

God Bless!


Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 5 years experience.

I remember feeling just as overwhelmed my first semester of school; my children were 7yrs and 4yrs old, and I was also working part-time. "What did I get myself into??", I thought.

First thing I did, was get a calendar with big squares to write in (I like to see a month-at-a-glance, but do what works for you), grabbed my syllabus, and filled in reading assignments, due dates for homework, and exam days. I then highlighted those items in color-code (bright pink being exams!). I also got a big 3-ring binder for each class, and kept all of the paperwork (and there is a LOT) organized. Being organized like that made it so much easier for me; I could glance at the calendar and plan ahead, and I always knew where my stuff was at.

Before I knew it, two years had gone by, and I was graduating! :-) It wasn't always easy (I thought that the first year was tougher than the second - or maybe it was just that I was used to the nursing school grind by that point!), but it was sooo worth it in the end. You'll find that everyone else feels just as overwhelmed as you do. You'll be fine, just stay organized and take it one exam at a time if you have to :-)

Good luck!

Wow! You're all so awesome! I got teary eyed just reading through all the support! It's just good to know that I'm not the only one, ya know? It helps knowing that others have been through this (and survived)! I will definitely have to just "take little bites" and take it one day/week at a time. That syllabus totally overwhelmed me - but I realized that I was looking at the big picture. I need to just focus on what I can get done right now. I'm almost done with my first weeks reading (and my first week is next week)...so I hope that helps me get a good head start. I wish I could record in class...but we're not allowed to. So, I'll have to stick to good 'ol flash cards. Does anyone find doing the book's quizzes (in the book or on their website) to be helpful in studying?

I guess I'm not as worried about being able to handle the school work as I am about neglecting my children and hubby. The past year, doing pre-reqs, I've been able to just do my studying at night after the girls go to bed (and still pull off A's). I'm worried that won't be enough time and that I'll actually have to study during the day. It's hard enough for me to leave them for class hours - but I hate having to lock myself in my room while they're awake. *sigh* I guess I chose this path, and now I need to "pay the consequences." I will keep telling myself that I CAN DO THIS! And hopefully my girls are young enough that years down the road, they won't really remember all the hours that mommy was away. And maybe they'll gain a greater bond with their daddy for all the hours they'll be spending together.

Thanks again for all the comments so far! Keep 'em coming! I'd love to hear some more study tips (when, where, how, etc). I'm working on getting organized...but I'm sure I'll find a better method once school starts and I see where my stuff works best. Oh, and thanks for letting me know that I'm not the only one who will look ridiculous in my white uniform! :chuckle They might as well make us hold a huge flashing sign that says "STUDENT NURSE - Run Away!!" (And thanks for the idea of having an extra pair of pants in the car - just in case!) You have all lifted my spirits. I hope I will be able to have the time to check back here occasionally for that wonderful moral support!!

flightnurse2b, LPN

Specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry.

i just wanted to wish you good luck in your studies! stay focused and never lose sight of your goal. it will be here sooner than you know it!

we had to wear these hideous carribean blue colored scrubs for theory and the all white uniform and a cap big enough to shovel sand into to clinicals. it is beyond worth it to buy a tide pen and shout wipes. :)

Good luck you can do it! like you said you WANT to do it and if you want it you can have it!

Very good suggestion!!! Thanks!! I have a Tide pen... are the shout wipes better? That is too funny that you had to wear such an awful nurses cap - I'm sorry!! I guess I need to count my blessings that my head can stay "cap free." And I'm also grateful that we only have to wear our uniform to clinicals (not for lecture or lab). :)

the difficulty of nursing school is overrated. calm down and take a deep breath. i can't believe all of the hype i was being fed prior to the program. the entire thing was straight forward. you WILL have a social life. you WILL have time to do other things. have fun with it because in 2 years you'll be joining the workforce!

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