Saturday, March 30, 2013

Nursing School update of sorts

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 . . .

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