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Self Sabotaging or realistic?

Has 2 years experience.

Greetings all,

Today was my first day of nursing school. It wasn't as intimidating and frightening as I thought it would be. My instructor explained policies, dress code, expectations, etc. We also practiced P.P.E and correct hand washing. Even though I'm not frightening I can't help but to think to not get so excited. I found myself making other plans if it doesnt work out like to get my Associates of Science. I know we all want things to work but sometimes they dont. I just want to be prepared. Is my behavior self sabotaging or just being realistic?

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

From my perspective, it is ALWAYS a good idea to have alternate plans, no matter what you're doing. This is one characteristic that differentiates resilient people from those that fall apart at the first obstacle. Unless you're infallible... adopting an "all or nothing" approach - whether it's for nursing school or weight loss - is basically setting yourself up for failure & enormous stress levels.

It would be like planning to abandon your car if you ever get a flat. A better approach would be to deal with the issue at hand (put on the spare & fix the tire) and keep on driving. Nursing school is a journey. You may experience a lot of "car trouble" along the way. It's not self-sabotaging to plan for these events. It's healthy.