Nervous for Nursing School

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Anybody else scared to make this huge and difficult commitment. For those of you who are already in nursing school, do you have any advice. I only seem to hear about how difficult, stressfull, and demanding. Are there any fun areas in nursing school? Have you made good friends, etc.?

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Kari - posted on 11/13/2012

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YES, I was so nervous when I first started!! We have "test-outs" every term (where you demonstrate back to the instructor that you know how to do various skills, such as an IV, catheter, etc) and those still make me nervous. The most nerve-racking thing is walking into your first patient's room. You just have to have confidence that you know what you are doing, that you are capable, and that you know your stuff. It IS difficult, stressful, AND demanding, but it is also very eye-opening, amazing, and worthwhile (in my opinion :)



I have made several life-long friends in this program, but there is also a lot of cattiness that goes with it (surprise surprise, women being catty?? ;)

Personally, I enjoy geriatrics with dementia, and trauma/ICU. You'll find what you love and that definitely helps you push yourself in your journey :)

Stay motivated and focused!! I frequent a website that is awesome: allnurses.com. They have message boards where you can ask for advice, get help with care plans, etc. It's great!



GOOD LUCK!!!!

Czerina - posted on 09/21/2012

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Thank god I found this post!! I felt like the only mommy out there facing this formidable opponent aka nursing school! I start prereqs in 2 weeks and the full class load starts in january mon-fri with at least one full day of clinicals! I wasn't able to get into the daytime class so I will be in school until almost midnight on some nights. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself but I keep psyching myself out! I guess the best advice would be to just take it a day at a time and before you know it you're a nurse!

Shelley - posted on 05/02/2011

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I now graduate in a month and know it was the best choice I could have made. My husband is a racecar driver and my daughter is now three so I have had a very busy schedule the last couple years but you can make it work..my house may be a bit messier than it used to be but that's because I chose to spend my free time focusing on my family. All you can do is decide not to sweat the small stuff and know it will fly by! Good luck, u can do it!

Tanna - posted on 05/01/2011

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I'm in the same boat as Shelley! I will admit....I'm so incredibly excited and scared at the same time. My number one fear is the amount of time I will get to spend with my 2 year old baby girl. I live a very healthy lifestyle and working out is very important to me so I'm also nervous about how I will fit in my workouts. A clean house and laundry.....bah....lol. I would love to hear from the other ladies who successfully balanced being a mom, an RN student and an athlete.......any tips?
thanks so much! All of you are so inspiring to me :)

Shelley - posted on 07/27/2009

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ok ladies, new nursing student here!! Starting in Sept and I am also nervous!! How is everything going for you now that you are in school? Is it impossible to do school and have a clean house and finished laundry lol?

Evamarie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I just started nursing school to get my BSN...and I have to say that you need a good support system at home...the commitment is one that you will have to have...I have met students who have little one's at home and without a good support system, it just won't work...I have been in school for 3 years and have 2 1/2 more to go and I have been told that the nursing portion is the most difficult...as long as you have the drive and commitment with the support you'll be good to go!!!...I hope this helps...good luck!!!..

Sherilyn - posted on 12/14/2008

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I've already taken Microbiology and A&P - A&P I LOVED, Micro I survived. I've always found A&P fascinating though, so that really helped. Micro was definitely challenging, but not too terrible. I'm not going to lie - Nursing school is hard. It's a LOT of information, and you never will learn it all. You can't, things are changing all the time. I just finished my first semester of Patho and Pharm, and sometimes I feel the Pharm is a little excessive just because nurses really DON'T keep a drug database in their heads. I work in a hospital now - there are drug books handy and a drug database in the computer, and obviously you get familiar with them as you administer them. Anyway, don't stress too much, if you have a good work ethic you can do it! :)

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Okay, so I just went onto Youtube and put in nursing school, etc. and...it didn't calm my nerves. But there were a few nursing students that still had smiles on their faces so that counts...right? Elizabeth, you are going to have to be my "bearer of good news" since you begin a semester before me. Even if that means you are lying to me when you say, "ohh, the classes aren't that hard" and "pre-schools actually give huge discounts for the children of nursing students." What class did you find more difficult: Microbiology or A&P? I am taking them in the spring. Any advice regarding those classes.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/02/2008

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Me too, I officially start at a new school in Jan. and all I keep thinking of is what the women at the school said, "Our classes are University level," what does that mean? Will I be able to do it, how am I going to manage 14 credit hours. How will I pay for childcare, when will I study, what if I flunk... I need a pep talk, PLEASE!

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