Not to be lame or infringe on a copyright or anything, but just do it.
Seriously. Just do it. Nursing school is exhausting, trying, frustrating, stressful…. pick your adjective. It’s a time of extreme growth, so with that comes extreme growing pains. No matter how your classmates may spin it, it’s a tough time for everyone and you’re not alone in that. Everyone has their own circumstances that make it more difficult, but it doesn’t change the fact that it needs to get done.
Memorizing drugs is hard. Writing care plans is hard. Going to clinicals is hard. Reading for lecture is hard. Studying for tests is hard. Getting not-so-great grades is hard. Group projects are hard. Balancing this with your family is hard. Keeping your head above water is hard.
None of it is an excuse not to do it, it’s just a statement. It’s what is. There is nothing you can do to prepare for it, make it easier, make it better. It’s hard and that’s just the way it’s going to be. You’re not going to want to do the things you have to do, but that doesn’t change the fact that you have to do it. Does that make sense?
An example: I spent a lot of time in nursing school not studying or not working out or not doing things I needed to do or not taking proper care of my relationships. I had excuses— I was tired, I was scared, I just didn’t want to, I was in school, come on man, whatever. Pick your poison. I wasn’t very efficient and I spent a lot of time wallowing in the fact that I didn’t want to do the things I had to do. Whelp, what do you know, I ended up still having to do them, and I’d just wasted a lot of time not doing them and whining about it instead. It’s just double the time spent doing the same damn thing. Less time —> more stress —> poor(er) time management skills, you see where this is going.
So really, my best advice is to just do it. Some days you’re gonna try to do it and it’s not going to quite work out that way and that’s fine, just get up and try to do it again. Sometimes it’s going to suck, and you’ve just gotta accept that. It’s okay. It’ll get better, just get through it. Think of it like running a gauntlet— people are trying to beat you down but you gotta keep running and keep your eyes on the finish line. The more you stand still and think, “Awww man!” the harder you’re going to get beaten. If you love it, and if it’s the right thing for you, you’ll make it happen. If nothing else, nursing school will make you a strong motherfucker.
I mean, there’s a lot of great things about nursing school too, don’t get me wrong. Sorry if I sound grumpy. I’m in kind of a weird headspace right now. Thanks for the question.