Many thanks for the very sweet comments, I like your blog too!
My thoughts are that anything that is both unknown and important to us, brings with it a certain level of anxiety; which can be a powerful motivator to do well. Support during this time will be crucial, and you may be able to find it in various avenues, one example is ALLNURSES.COM, a wonderful website that includes a forum for nursing students right through to the graduating nurse preparing for the life altering NCLEX exam, and moving on to the working nurse. It also has some great information for books, supplies and career advice.
In terms of inspiration, it may be beneficial for you to start a journal, and read back on it as you progress – particularly through the difficult days when all you want to do is quit – reading over earlier entries may help you see how far you have come, and empower you to continue on your journey.
I found the more I immersed myself in nursing, the more comfortable I felt in the beginning, some of it involved volunteer work - which I still do- and also (you may laugh at this) putting post-it notes on my mirror dresser; some were motivational words when I was having dark days, and others were snippets from my textbook that I needed to reinforce and memorize. Those trusty post-its oftentimes made their way across the walls to the front door, especially during exam times.
Time management will be key in juggling all the hoops; and this might include a separate planner diary just for college work. Planning out the week can help,with little boxes to check off when you have completed each task (hey, small accomplishments actually help a little with motivation!) and a breakdown of your study plan.
Nursing school can honestly be stressful, but it is also an exhilarating experience, particularly when you do your clinicals and it all starts to fall into place, and you remember why you wanted to do this in the first place. Hold onto that thought when you feel overwhelmed.
Alleviating apprehension regarding exams may come in the form of test taking strategies, so it might be prudent to invest in a book that would identify ways to decrease anxiety while taking exams – and as soon as you’re able, find a good, solid study group (one that doesn’t monkey around too much),and these are probably the most important people you will meet in nursing school – they will laugh, cry and celebrate with you on your journey.
Best of luck to you, and I would be happy to help with any further questions along your journey
1. When you can’t find the nurse that you’re supposed to take report from
2. When you spot the crash cart, and crowds of people swarming around your district as you’re walking in
3. When all the call bells are ringing in the district you’re about to take over
4. When you spot a dangerously low bp on the monitor
5. During report, a patient goes unresponsive.
6. When you’re first up for admission. Worse in the ICU when you hear them call a cardiac arrest over the intercom for one of the patients on the regular med/surg floors, so you know you’re getting that admission
7. When you spot who’s in charge for the day, and just know they’re the sort to disappear whenever anyone needs them
8. When you have “chatty cathy” as a patient – awesome for the first 6 hours, since they’re actually pretty nice, not so much when other patient’s call bells are dinging because they feel neglected.
9. When you spot a confused patient trying to climb overboard (Chialyn, this one’s for you )
10. When you’re in charge for the day, and you’re super short on staff, plus you have a full district.
10.25. When you don’t have your lucky pen, or your stethoscope, or any lunch. Plus you only got two hours sleep.
10.5. When you’re late to work. It just all goes downhill from there
(or maybe it’s just a normal day on the unit)