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alwayslabellavita said: If you wouldn't mind answering this privately...? I'm starting clinicals (and Pathophysiology) in the fall and I'm just so anxious and scared. I'm scared of doing badly, of not knowing all the right answers... I just really want good grades and to do well but my anxiety is at an all time high. Do you have any tips or encouragement or anything at all? I don't know any nurses to talk to about this.
****I have gotten permission from the sender to post my response publicly. This is the same exact thing I went through during nursing school and I think it is really really really really really important to talk about because I know we are not the only ones that have dealt with this****
NURSING SCHOOL IS STRESSFULLLLLLL!!!!!!! to the MAX!!!!!! I would cry when I felt like I wasn’t getting it (out of frustration). I would study so much I wouldn’t work out (that’s super bad for you- don’t do that). Nursing school puts a test on ALL your relationships. The friends that you have that aren’t in the medical field don’t get it when you say you can’t go out on a Friday night. My boyfriend at the time didn’t get why I couldn’t go out while studying for boards.
Don’t bottle up your frustrations! TALK ABOUT IT!!!!! I CANNOT EMPHASIZE this enough. My school had a counselor (you should check to see if yours has one-it’s probably included with your tuition :. free to use) and I went to them to talk about my worries and anxieties with stress with school. I became very apprehensive about going to a counselor because I was afraid the someone was going to tell me that I had generalized anxiety and that they were going to put me on meds (which was not the case).
The thing is I became my own worst enemy because I would want to do such a good job- I would work myself up and panic when everything wasn’t perfect. This would weigh heavily on my self esteem and I started to think I couldn’t do it.
Then I started talking to the school counselor she made me realize all this crap I was thinking was in between my ears. It was me. I AM going to be a great nurse- and when I doubt myself- my patients/professors/peers are going to doubt me too. This is something that I didn’t change overnight. The counselor gave me strategies on how to manage these types to situations till I got the hang of it. You must realize some of this self doubt stems from something deep and you need to continue to work on the inner you (stop being so hard on yourself, you are amazing). This is something I got over with a lot of running, yoga, soul searching, talking about it, and coffee.
You’re right- we as nurses don’t talk about it- idk why. Who wants to admit that they are scared? We all fake it- till we make it.
Freak out. Then, let it go. But, always stay as cool as a cucumber. Poker face intact.
YOU are going to be the best DAMN nurse next to FLORENCE effing NIGHTINGALE.
And if you ever, ever, ever, need a reminder of this- let me know :)
Thank you for letting me post this.