I stole this from my Aunt Sue (on facebook):
Student Nurse's Prayer: "Dear Lord, I know we
go through this every day, but please give me the knowledge as to why I
actually wanted to go to nursing school. Lord, give me the strength to
make it through those boring 4-hour lectures without falling asleep.
Lord, please give me the patience to make it through twelve-hour
clinicals with instructors who can't just give you the right answer. On
the same note, give the nurses the
ability to remember what it was like to be a student and give us just a
little more respect. Lord, give me the endurance to read all the
assigned readings and be able to remember it when I am taking a test
with four right answers. Lord, give my family and friends the ability to
realize I really am on the edge of insanity. Finally, Lord, give me the
vision to see that one day I will be a real nurse and I will never have
to wear this ugly uniform again"
I wish I could make people understand a nursing degree is not like other degrees - it is hard core difficult and stressful! We are learning how to save people's lives. I thought it was just because I have a family, but I talk to other nursing students who are young and single and they deal with the same emotions and stress levels as I do. I spoke with one classmate the other day who said she has cried every semester. (Check). Many are on anti-anxiety medications (not me yet) and I can see why.
I am feeling verrrrry close to the edge of insanity (see above prayer!) right now. I keep trying to tell myself only one more month until the end of the semester, but there is SO MUCH to do - tests, clinical hours, projects, etc, etc, etc.
I have been very blessed to not have to work while in nursing school and I am thankful for that. I also know Drew (and Austin when home) are very well taken care of by Tony or other family while I'm doing the never-ending school stuff.
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, but sometimes it seems so far away . . .