Suffering from ENSS

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Are you tired, run-down, listless? Have you recently spent countless hours studying in front of your textbook or computer? Have you felt the urge to throw it up against the wall every time you read the same sentence twice? Do you throw your hands up in frustration in between pages of reading your school assignments? If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from ENSS: Erratic Nursing Student Syndrome.

I. Am. Pooped.
I had a massive public health test today. MASSIVE! While I’ve been keeping up with the readings for class, I really started buckling down and studying last Friday. I worked on reviewing material most of the day, reviewing what didn’t quite make sense to me. Then I worked Saturday and Sunday, but took my notebook with me, trying to catch a glimpse at the ‘tenets of public health nursing’ or reviewing the “community as a partner” model on lunch break. I literally did nothing but study all day Monday and Tuesday, waking up at 6 to studying and working into the night. I really started to feel like a machine when, after clinical on Wednesday, I sat down at my desk and just kept going. I kept reading highlighting, underlining, re-writing notes until I ran out of scratch paper.  I was up till midnight last night reviewing and woke at 5:30 to get ready and leave, and study some more in the 30 minutes before my 8:00 exam.

It’s been non-stop public health nursing for nearly 7 days, if I have to hear the words “assess not just the individual or the family, but aggregates and the population as a whole” ONE MORE TIME, I think I may just scream. I’m happy to say that I am feeling pretty good about it, and that whatever I got, I am good with since there is not one thing more I could have done to get this information into my head. My score is my score, but an immense weight was lifted from my shoulders when I walked up and handed in the test. But I honestly felt like collapsing the second I walked out the door. I am an “8 hours of sleep” kind of girl, and my sleep cycles have been out of whack all week, I’ve been sitting at my desk for more hours than imaginably healthy, and I even recited facts from the history of public health nursing as I was falling asleep last night.  No joke. I am not feeling myself, and while this test may be over, there’s always another one next week, and then projects galore as we enter into the second half of the quarter.

Suffering from ENSS? I definitely am. Treatment? One glass of wine, a warm blanket, and a good movie sounds like it would do the trick. But for now: on to the next test.

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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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5 Responses to Suffering from ENSS

  1. Tim

    I certainly know where you are coming from. I never knew how much info I would have to memorize just to have a seasoned nurse tell me to forget it all and re-learn everything on the floor. Not to mention I work 50 per week while going to school. I have gained 5 years of age for every one year of school.. Hang in there!!!!

  2. meiyanyan

    its not easy to become a nurse… it really takes a lot of effort… i do appreciate more nursing when i graduated, and now im preparing for my local board exam here in the philippines.. coz u really need to learn and have the passion by not merely memorizing things that u need to learn you have to internalize everything because we are dealing with lives and we care for them and aside from doctors the nurses are much more with the patients… well have patience, perseverance and good attitude towards your future profession… God bless

  3. Amy

    I feel you, I am in LPN school, but graduation is coming, so I am very excited

  4. Allyssa

    Hi, I’m a nursing student in my third year of an accredited BSN program and through my clinical rotations at the hospitals, I have observed that sadly many people to today are becoming nurses for all the wrong reasons. I have heard many fellow nursing students claim that they want to become nurses for the job security, for the money and or because their parents are pressuring them to do so. Some people from foreign countries become nurses in order to be imported to the US, UK and Canada and send home to their home countries. These nurses are taking away the jobs for those newly graduated nurses here in the US. People should become nurses not only for its job security or the salary, but because there is a passion to help others heal! I decided to become a nurse because I spent years volunteering in hospitals and in special education programs for students in my high school and it inspired me to help others no matter how much ass I have to clean!

  5. I love this!!! You are just like me!! Keep going, you know WE GOT THIS!!! <3!

    PS: I think its REALLY COOL that a Nursing Student from the Philipines commenting on this!!!

    YAY diversity!!! And yay nursing! It really is a discipline of holistic wisdom and love!