Pain is a Sign to Keep Going (Nursing School During COVID)

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There is a quote that I really, really love. I’m a guy who loves a lot of quotes, have him up around my office. I read them down often and I love to share them one quote that I found recently by a guy named Ray Dalio.

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Welcome to another episode of the podcast. My name is Jon Haws RN. I’m the founder of where our goal is to make your journey through nursing school. A little bit easier with clear and concise supplemental learning that caters to all learning styles, especially visual learners, come over and check us [email protected] and start a $1 trial. Today. There is a quote that I really, really love. I’m a guy who loves a lot of quotes, have him up around my office. I read them down often and I love to share them one quote that I found recently by a guy named Ray Dalio, who I really respect says that nature gave us pain as a messaging device to tell us that we are approaching or that we have exceeded our limits in some way. So what he’s really saying here is that we have pain. 

We sense pain, emotional pain, mental pain. Um, I’m not talking about mental illness and mental health. I’m talking about, you know, this uncomfortable sense that we get at times when we are approaching or have exceeded our limits in some way. I love that quote because I feel it often, you know, I feel like I’ve pushed to my limits. My emotional limits might my work limits my capacity often. And I think that those senses of pain is really, you know, the universe telling us that we’ve hit our limits in some way. And I think that as we hit those limits, we have a couple options. We can either retreat back to our comfort zone, or we can blast through those feelings of pain, stretching our limit. Just a little bit more ahead of ourselves now, for many of us right now, many of us right now for varying reasons, being in nursing school, being a parent, not knowing how you’re going to handle childcare right now, having your school set shut down, um, trying to provide for your family right now with COVID going on, working from home, doing school from home, dealing with, you know, instructors who weren’t responding to emails or whatever it might be. 

We’re feeling pain. And we have an option right now. You have an option to retreat back a little bit drop out of nursing school, whatever it might be, or you have the option of blowing through flying past all of this that is going on and making yourself just a little bit stronger, pushing your threshold out, pushing your comfort zone out just a little bit. And I want to encourage you guys to do the ladder to push your comfort zone out just a little bit. I type in here really quick. There’s a, there’s this song by this band, red city radio, that one of, uh, Andrew who works [email protected] sent to me today. And one of the lines in the song says, I am a juggernaut. I am a juggernaut. And I had a general sense of what the word jug or not means, right? But I actually looked it up because I want to know exactly what it means so I can understand, you know, what is, what is he saying? 

There I am a juggernaut. A juggernaut is a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force. What is happening right now is unprecedented having to do nursing school online hasn’t as never occurred in history because of a pandemic right there. Wasn’t online nursing schools. Last time we had a global pandemic right now, you’re being forced to do something that’s never been done. And that’s incredibly hard. It’s incredibly hard. And you can retreat back into your comfort zone, or you can blow past pushing your comfort zone out just a teeny tiny bit. But in order to do that, I want to encourage you guys to be a juggernaut. I know I want to encourage you to be a huge, powerful, overwhelming force. Your goal of becoming a nurse is a good goal. It is a worthy goal. We need you to reach this goal. We need more nurses. We need hundreds of thousands of more nurses. We’re expecting a nursing shortage of about 600,000 by 20, 24 and of a million by 2030. We need you. 

And right now with the circumstances you’re facing, you’re required to become a juggernaut and be a huge, powerful, overwhelming force that pushes through the pain that you’re feeling right now. I know that it is not easy. I know that it is hard. I can’t imagine, nor will I pretend to imagine just how hard it is though. Nursing school was hard for me, but I didn’t have to do it online. I didn’t have to do more online clinicals and all that, but I know that you’re feeling fear, fear right now. I know that it’s hard, but you must push through and you can, you can do this. We talked to nursing students who finished last semester in the spring of 2020, who had to their whole semester just ripped out from under them, halfway through with COVID. So you can do this. And I know that you will do this, but it’s not going to be easy, but you’re not alone. 

You have this whole army of nurses behind you. You have all of us [email protected] behind you who know that you can. And that’s the whole reason we created this platform because we understand the nursing school is hard. An online nursing school during a global pandemic is infinitely harder, navigating online clinicals, virtual classes, home and family responsibilities, all the fear of being enough. Well, I know that you feel alone right now. I want you to know that you are not alone. You are one of the nurses who will change the world. Now you cannot change the circumstances that you find yourself in right now, but do not give up on your goals. The world needs more nurses. You are strong. You are not alone. You are a part of the nursing family, and we want to help you reach your goals. That’s why we created this online supplemental learning platform to help you cut the clutter with clear and concise lessons, cheat sheets, and practice questions. 

And to help you get back to school from now until September 21st, we are offering 25% off the nursing student membership. You don’t need a coupon. You don’t need anything to take advantage of this. All you have to do is go to It’s easy. It only takes a minute and you can start a $1, no obligation trial right now. Look, if you don’t do this, that’s fine, but I know it will help you. I know it will help you reach your goal, especially right now when things are online, things feel unorganized. Things feel cluttered and scattered. But if you can’t do that, please know that you must keep going. We still need you. Okay? We love you guys. We know you can succeed. We know you can succeed. If you guys need anything, please reach out to us. [email protected] Email us, follow us on social. Look for our stories. Look for our motivation because we want to see you succeed. All right, guys, now go out and be your best self today. Happy nursing.

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