Recommitting to nursing school

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I am in my second year of a 3 year BSN program, and yesterday our Health Promotion instructor posed an interesting question to our class. We were discussing various change theories and ways we can go about helping our clients make decisions. She wanted us to experience what it’s like for a client to use a structured tool to make decisions, so we were asked to make a list of pros and cons for a major decision she presented to us: “You’re deciding whether to drop out of nursing school and petition the boards to allow you to take the NCLEX exam without completing your BSN degree.”  How do you make a decision like that?

I wrote out my pros and cons, and honestly, the only “pros” I could think of were all financially rooted. Sure, getting my RN now would mean I could start working as a nurse, getting paid like a nurse, getting benefits, and starting a new part of my life.  But what about not accomplishing what I’d set out to do? How would that feel? How would that feel to my family who has willingly supported me through this? And what about all that there is left to learn?

My class is at a point in our education where we start taking classes that are considered “BSN level” (like health promotion, case management, community, etc).   Our teacher went on to explain that we’re at a point in our program where it is so easy to just give in to the stress, to want to start wondering why we’re taking extra classes.

It’s been a challenging quarter for me. I have a lot going on outside of school, and a clinical that I have found challenging in a whole different way than  before. I hadn’t been considering dropping out of the program, but my motivation had gone down the drain and when this question was posed to us, I felt like she was reading my mind and knew what I needed to hear.  We all discussed it and it was interesting because we all felt very mixed up after, like our thoughts were jumbled about, but we all felt like it had affirmed our decision to be in school. It was really an interesting way to change our perspective.  It was a wake-up-call kind of assignment, the kind that makes you say, “this is what I am doing here.”

It gets tough, but we’ve all committed to this long journey to get us where we want to be. A simple assignment like this one every once in a while helps to put it all back into perspective and help us recommit to our ultimate goal.

Nursing students: Whatever type of program your in, what helps you recommit when you’re feeling down about classes?

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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3 Responses to Recommitting to nursing school

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    Ani Stay strong and recall why you are doing this. Think about the short term and long term goals you set before you began this journey.
    It really is worth it in the end. The light at the end of the tunnel may be dim – but it’s there.

  2. Shun K.

    Hello Ani!!!! Stay positive & definitely do it while u’r still young. I’ve waited till my mid thirties to seriously go back to school now with 3 kids & a hubby! So I guess u can say my plate is full

  3. F

    Wow… The timing of finding this article blows me away. I am a 40yo single mom in an LVN program. I am taking pre-reqs at night for a bridge to RN program and I have a part time job. And, I’m a perfectionist, so I’m passing my classes with flying colors. (My program is not at all supportive of parents, and is full of mostly young 20’s who live at home (and don’t have chores, per se). TODAY it hit me that I’m working my hiney off and (between dinner and the kids homework and a couple loads of laundry) I was wondering if it might be better to take a semester off, study on my own, and rejoin my program. The answer is NO. I need to finish. For me, I need to finish well and I need to be ready to start the RN bridge as soon as it starts. We can all do this!