I’m hanging by a thread

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Will it ever happen? Will I ever see the light at the end of the tunnel?  Will I really be able to write the prestigious letters “RN” behind my name some day?  This semester I am taking my Adult Medical Surgical class and it has been horrific to say the least!!

This is the class at our University that makes or breaks the Nursing Students.  I however feel as if I am going to break! I studied for my last test at least (no joke) 20 hours.  I did not pass the test….along with 65% of the class….(ok maybe not 65% but close) this class has a very high failure rate.

I find myself getting extremely discouraged.  I know the material, I excel in my clinical practices, but I couldn’t pass this test?  I am not an over-achiever, nor a straight A student.  I have never recieved great grades as a kid;  and school was always a struggle.  Is there some secret to passing these tests?  I continually practice NClEX questions and seem to do fairly well on them.  What gives?

Did you ever have a time in your career or as a student when you just wanted to throw in the towel?  I have come so far, but have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel!!  I always knew nursing school would be a challenge, but I don’t think people really know how hard it is until they get there.  Well, I am there…with one year left.  I feel as if I am going to go off the deep end and end up on the evening news!!! AHHH!!  If I cannot get through this class, how will I pass my NCLEX? How does this stuff just come easy to some people?  I have a few friends who barely study and get A’s on all of their exams. Seriously?!  So all you seasoned RN’s and former students…..what can we as students do to get through this?

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