I am pretty sure during nursing school I said multiple times,
“This is crazy, I can’t do this anymore.”
I heard it from many of my class mates. I have heard it from my fellow co-workers, from student nurses that I had follow me. It is not uncommon; you are not alone if you are feeling this way. Check out my other post on how not to feel overwhelmed in nursing school.
So how do you push through these feelings and keep going? Well, there are a few things you can do to help.
Treat Yo’ Self
That’s right, you deserve it. Nursing school is hard and you are working insanely hard to sometimes feel like you are getting no-where.
Go to your happy place, whatever that looks like, for me? That was Netflix with popcorn and ice-cream. For ideas that won’t break the bank check out this list of ideas.
Utilize Professor’s Office Hours
Perhaps you aren’t understanding the material, or maybe you are overwhelmed, or most likely you have researched it and you just found out you can’t
Talk to your professors! They may not be trying to frustrate you. Make sure you have everything you need to be successful in the class room. Plus, professors tend to respect the students who put in the effort they can actually see. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the frustration with nursing professors I just also understand that not all professors are bad and most of them will help you out if you ask!
Rely on Your School Mates for Support
I had a cohort that I was in for my entire nursing school experience and we all became super close! We studied together, took breaks together, celebrated together. If you don’t have this support group, get one! It’s the best thing I had to get me through nursing school.
Spend Some Time With Your Family
It is likely you have been neglecting your family while in nursing school. Take time to have dinner with them, go to the movies, or even have a family game night. Pictured below is Sandi and Kai, who I think might be contemplating what in the world she is supposed to do with a pumpkin!
Go to the Gym
I HATE working out. But I do it religiously because of all the benefits it has. Stress relieving factors, endorphins, and a body that is as healthy as we are advocating our patients have! Pictured below is me at my gym doing squats when Calvin, our gym dog, decided I was trying to sit down and maybe needed something to on! I was trying to finish my breathing and not burst into laughter!
Let it go, Let it go, the cold never bothered me anyway!
This is so so hard, but it is actually a key to being a happy person. I have struggled with this personally throughout my life and have found that when I am able to let it go, I am able to use my mental energy on other much more productive things.
I remember studying for a test and spending days poring over the material and getting to class and the teacher was like, “Surprise! I am not going to give you a test!” I was not laughing or cheering. I experienced similar feelings when I was surprised with “pop quizzes.”
So what did I do? I complained, spending numerous hours I will never get back and the results were that I complained without a change in the situation.
Remember why you are doing this in the first place
Take the time to think about the reason you are in nursing school. Why do you want to become a nurse? Whether your reasons be altruistic or egotistic, hold on to them to help you face the storm of nursing school.
Nursing school isn’t really a very good measure of the nursing world. For now, it is a stepping stone in the direction of your goals.