Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm Fairly Certain

There are three things that will get me through nursing school:

1. Prayer

2. The encouragement of family & friends, including all of you. Especially those who are in nursing school and can totally relate.

3. A well-stocked liquor cabinet.

The more blog posts I read by fellow nursing students, the more I get freaked out. I KNOW this journey is NOT going to be a walk in the park, but the more I read, the more I feel like I'm totally unprepared and this is going to be even more difficult than I could even imagine. And I met with a friend yesterday who told me that one of our mutual friends is really having a tough time with her accelerated nursing program she started in May, the very program I was set to do before I changed my mind (again) and settled on the one I am now doing. She said she's really stressed and overwhelmed and thinking the accelerated program was a bad idea. Granted, she is working and going to school, and the program is mostly online, so probably a lot is self taught, but still.

I need to quit freaking out, but seriously, if I'm already getting myself worked up, stressed, and overwhelmed before school has even started... this might end up being a really long 13 months. Maybe I should have asked my doctor for a strong anti-anxiety?

T-7 days. Dun dun dunnnnnnn

(side note: In the event that I don't get around to replying to comments from my last post... or this one... or any future posts, I really, really appreciate all of your kind words. I love responding to comments because I think it makes my blogging relationships a little more than "I read you, you read me," but as I'm sure you can imagine, life has been busy and about to get even more hectic, so time may not always be on my side. But I am SO thrilled that you all like my apartment. It's been fun and a lot of work, but I think having a homey place to go to at the end of the day will be exactly what I need. And for those who offered a listening ear, I WILL be taking you up on that offer, I can guarantee that. You guys are the best!)

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Anonymous said...


But your mind to it and stay positive :D I'll keep you in my thoughts as you start your journey!

NP Odyssey said...

Just remember to Breathe.
You can do it and Praying is a good thing, even Jesus had a little wine.
Don't worry about others experiences, your mutual friend is not you, and to be working in an accelerated program is added stress she probably does not need.
To be blunt, go kick some ass.

Jess said...

Just take it one day at a time.

And, as I've learned.... sometimes, you HAVE to put it down and take a break. Burn out is real. Don't feel guilty about putting your work/studying aside for an hour to go take a walk or to talk on the phone with a friend (ahem) or to just zone out in front of the tube.

Big Fat Gini said...

I need to hook you up with my friend Maria. She did it with two kids, an unemployed husband, a move to a new city and a couple of years living with her sister and brother-in-law. She would totally be a great resource for you.

You are gonna be F-I-N-E!

Zazzy Episodes said...

Hang in there Marianne, just one step at a time. Get a big 8x11 planner and write your to-do list for each day, that way after you complete something you can cross it off. Nothing more rewarding than crossing off your list what you set out to do.

Anonymous said...

You'll be fine, I go back and forth being overwhelmed with the accelerated nature of my program and feeling somewhat comfortable. If you got into the program (which is difficult as it is), then you'll be fine. Figure out the best ways for you to study and don't get stressed out about being stressed out.

The professors and schools that have these programs really want you to succeed, at my school they really make themselves available to anyone that is struggling and I get emails in the middle of the night all the time about questions other students have asked that one of my professors thought was good to share with all of us.

Make sure you give yourself a breather every now and then! (Look at me, giving advice after my first week!) I've found a few really great study aids that I'm going to write about probably next week when I have time again.

The Future Missy Prissy RN said...

Ahhhhh!!! I've missed you! You wouldn't even understand! I love your new place, I am so proud of you, I am so happy for you. You deserrrrrveee it! Okay, I promise not to leave, but you have to promise the same! Pinkey swear...

R @ TravelistaRN said...

You can do this! Just remember to take it one day at a time and take some time for yourself every once in a while. We'll all be here supporting you along the way.

Cathy said...

Those blogs ARE scary! I start in a couple of weeks and some horror stories are enough to make me feel like a nap and/or a strong drink.

Hope things are going well for you so far!

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