Second year nursing student and i don't know if i want to be anymore...

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    I am just about to begin my second year of a nursing degree and now I am really doubting whether I want to be a nurse anymore... I loved the majority of the time I spent on placement but I just feel like I know nothing on the academic side (I barely passed the first year) and just can't ever imagine myself as a qualified nurse. I found it really difficult to chose the degree I wanted to do but ended up choosing nursing by default as I couldn't do medicine.. I know that sounds really bad. Don't get me wrong I have really enjoyed bits and pieces of it but I am just doubting that I will ever be a good nurse as I have made so many silly mistakes and can't ever remember anything, but don't have the motivation to do even more work on top of the 40 hours a week. I am just really stressing about it as I don't know whether i am doing the right thing, but don't want to drop out as i don't have a job and definitely don't want to move back home... any suggestions?? Sorry about the long rant i am trying to understand my own head...
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    is first year really that bad?
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    Do it only if you genuinely have a sincerity towards the nursing profession.

    But here is the thing, everyone at one point will feel useless or incapable. It's just a matter of perseverance. Just keep going and put more effort. Of course, your skills will increase in the coming years and also when you get your first job. Your skills will increase throughout the years to become a competent nurse.

    But, if you still hate it, you always have the option to drop out. It's never too late.

    Good luck !
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    (Original post by AmyLil)
    I am just about to begin my second year of a nursing degree and now I am really doubting whether I want to be a nurse anymore... I loved the majority of the time I spent on placement but I just feel like I know nothing on the academic side (I barely passed the first year) and just can't ever imagine myself as a qualified nurse. I found it really difficult to chose the degree I wanted to do but ended up choosing nursing by default as I couldn't do medicine.. I know that sounds really bad. Don't get me wrong I have really enjoyed bits and pieces of it but I am just doubting that I will ever be a good nurse as I have made so many silly mistakes and can't ever remember anything, but don't have the motivation to do even more work on top of the 40 hours a week. I am just really stressing about it as I don't know whether i am doing the right thing, but don't want to drop out as i don't have a job and definitely don't want to move back home... any suggestions?? Sorry about the long rant i am trying to understand my own head...
    Hi, I am in a similar boat to you, only I HATE ward work but have enjoyed other placements. I would've loved to have done medicine (apparently some nurses have gone on to medicine later in their career so might be worth bearing in mind) I often wonder if I should've a paramedic degree because I love emergency care and first contact. I would say that if you don't like the academic side, medicine would be harder to grasp, but I can relate as I find the writing difficult with nursing, I got all As in English GCSE and at A level but haven't done very well on my assignments. think if you have enjoyed your placements, it sounds more like a confidence issue-- don't doubt yourself, you've just finished first year so aren't expected to know everything, it is so tiring so don't worry about the doing extra work, leave that to uni or half term time. Don't doubt yourself though, just think by third year you will have gained a lot more experience and knowledge as well as confidence so less to no mistakes will be made, they will teach you how to be a good nurse within the next two years and you could even do a masters to gain more knowledge.
    hope this helps!! But yeah just be confident, I often think staff think first years are stupid or judge you immediately and expect you to pick things up very quickly, but if you're like me you won't have done anything like this before, so i find it a bit harsh, but honestly just be positive that you're doing the right thing. is there any other reasons you feel its not for you?
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    Hi, I am in a similar boat to you, only I HATE ward work but have enjoyed other placements. I would've loved to have done medicine (apparently some nurses have gone on to medicine later in their career so might be worth bearing in mind) I often wonder if I should've a paramedic degree because I love emergency care and first contact. I would say that if you don't like the academic side, medicine would be harder to grasp, but I can relate as I find the writing difficult with nursing, I got all As in English GCSE and at A level but haven't done very well on my assignments. think if you have enjoyed your placements, it sounds more like a confidence issue-- don't doubt yourself, you've just finished first year so aren't expected to know everything, it is so tiring so don't worry about the doing extra work, leave that to uni or half term time. Don't doubt yourself though, just think by third year you will have gained a lot more experience and knowledge as well as confidence so less to no mistakes will be made, they will teach you how to be a good nurse within the next two years and you could even do a masters to gain more knowledge.
    hope this helps!! But yeah just be confident, I often think staff think first years are stupid or judge you immediately and expect you to pick things up very quickly, but if you're like me you won't have done anything like this before, so i find it a bit harsh, but honestly just be positive that you're doing the right thing. is there any other reasons you feel its not for you?
    To be honest I hadn't expected anybody to reply to this post but I am really grateful you have, as it has made me realise that it is not just me! It is a difficult course, but I knew that when I signed up for it and can't think what I would do otherwise. I love being away from home and an independent adult but after the summer I have had too much time to think today and am just finding it really daunting to go back. I think you are right, it is definitely a confidence issue and while some of the nurses that have mentored me have been brilliant, it has been such a mixed bag as some of them absolutely hate it as I'm sure you have found. it just made me wonder whether I will be stuck in a job I hate for the next 50- 60 years... Whenever anybody asks me how it's going i put on a front with a huge smile and tell them it's going really well and i love it, to the point that i was convincing myself, but i have had too much time to think thins summer and now i am just doubting everything! I don't want to drop out though as I hate the idea, my family would be disappointed and I would feel like a failure, so I know I will stick at it because it will be a rewarding career in the end. My main struggle at the moment is dealing with my own mental health issues as how could I be a good nurse if I can't look after myself, and uni have not been very helpful when I tried to get help about it! I also really struggle being away from my best friends at home. i always thought about being a midwife but got ABC at A level when i need 3 A's... Maybe i could do that after...Sorry for rambling and thank you for caring!
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    Do it only if you genuinely have a sincerity towards the nursing profession.

    But here is the thing, everyone at one point will feel useless or incapable. It's just a matter of perseverance. Just keep going and put more effort. Of course, your skills will increase in the coming years and also when you get your first job. Your skills will increase throughout the years to become a competent nurse.

    But, if you still hate it, you always have the option to drop out. It's never too late.

    Good luck !
    I feel like i do genuinely care when i am on placement actually doing the nursing work, but just find uni work almost impossible! i have had fairly good feedback from mentors about my attitude and things but just personally feel like i haven't really gained in knowledge this last year and only have two left to go now! I have also seen a huge amount of coursemates drop out...I am sure you are right though, it is more about making the effort and just hopefully things will start to stay in my brain! I know nursing is such a worthwhile profession to go into, i just found it was nothing at all like i expected- but as i had no experience before i didn't really know what to expect!
    Thank you for your advice!
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    (Original post by AmyLil)
    To be honest I hadn't expected anybody to reply to this post but I am really grateful you have, as it has made me realise that it is not just me! It is a difficult course, but I knew that when I signed up for it and can't think what I would do otherwise. I love being away from home and an independent adult but after the summer I have had too much time to think today and am just finding it really daunting to go back. I think you are right, it is definitely a confidence issue and while some of the nurses that have mentored me have been brilliant, it has been such a mixed bag as some of them absolutely hate it as I'm sure you have found. it just made me wonder whether I will be stuck in a job I hate for the next 50- 60 years... Whenever anybody asks me how it's going i put on a front with a huge smile and tell them it's going really well and i love it, to the point that i was convincing myself, but i have had too much time to think thins summer and now i am just doubting everything! I don't want to drop out though as I hate the idea, my family would be disappointed and I would feel like a failure, so I know I will stick at it because it will be a rewarding career in the end. My main struggle at the moment is dealing with my own mental health issues as how could I be a good nurse if I can't look after myself, and uni have not been very helpful when I tried to get help about it! I also really struggle being away from my best friends at home. i always thought about being a midwife but got ABC at A level when i need 3 A's... Maybe i could do that after...Sorry for rambling and thank you for caring!
    Aw, it's no problem, yeah I feel really similar to you, but only before the holidays I felt more stressed than I do now as I feel like I've managed to clear my head and convince myself its the right thing to do, but I think I'll always have days where I think should I have done something more sciencey or paramedic science, but I do think nursing has more opportunities and chances to specialise. My last placement started off okay but then I was so worn out and sick of it by the end, I was really close to throwing in the towel, but I am positive that it can only get better. I dread my managerial placement, but I'm hoping by then I will have been taught the skills and knowledge I need. I think you have to think of what you want to do, never mind what your family or anyone else thinks, its about what you want to do and what will make you happy. You could always be dual trained as a nurse and as a midwife. Yeah I have found that mentors have been nice, often busy and sometimes annoyed with the amount of questions I ask, but I always think its a person I'm dealing with and don't want to do anything wrong, whereas they have been doing it for years so sometimes must forget what its like.
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    also, about the knowledge, I think I haven't gained ANY either. Maybe learned a lot more communication skills, but I used to do a pharmaceutical course and if anything have feel like i've left that knowledge behind unfortunately. I wish nursing had a lot more anatomy and physiology.
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    I don't have much advice in terms of what you should do but try and stick it out and be more confident. My friend who qualified last year scraped her butt through uni. Never got above a 50% honestly. She did bare minimum because she's just not academic. But she's a fantastic nurse and it's really unfair. I'm the same though I'm such a [email protected] writer. I bought this pezzy book that tells me how to write thinking it would save all my troubles and I can't say I've improved really! But I'm just not even thinking about it anymore I'm just seeing it as a learning experience which is hard haha. I want to be a midwife some day too but I went the nursing route instead. I want to do abit of that first. Chin up and start year 2 with a fresh new head
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    (Original post by AmyLil)
    I am just about to begin my second year of a nursing degree and now I am really doubting whether I want to be a nurse anymore... I loved the majority of the time I spent on placement but I just feel like I know nothing on the academic side (I barely passed the first year) and just can't ever imagine myself as a qualified nurse. I found it really difficult to chose the degree I wanted to do but ended up choosing nursing by default as I couldn't do medicine.. I know that sounds really bad. Don't get me wrong I have really enjoyed bits and pieces of it but I am just doubting that I will ever be a good nurse as I have made so many silly mistakes and can't ever remember anything, but don't have the motivation to do even more work on top of the 40 hours a week. I am just really stressing about it as I don't know whether i am doing the right thing, but don't want to drop out as i don't have a job and definitely don't want to move back home... any suggestions?? Sorry about the long rant i am trying to understand my own head...
    Better to question yourself sometimes, it means you are thinking and feeling the way a good nurse would. You will be fine....stop overthinking 😀😀😀 good luck you will make a brilliant nurse. Be more confident.😀
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    I hope you've decided to carry on with your training!

    To be honest - we all felt like that at the end of year one. And again at the end of year two... I promise that it all starts to make a bit more sense as you go along and you'll get your little light bulb moments where you start to believe you can do it!

    I was exactly you in first year - next week I interview for a staff nurse post 😬

    If you don't doubt yourself a little at your stage you're doing it wrong. Seems to me it's a sign of a good nurse who knows their limitations! Good luck - I hope you make the right choice xxx


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    I'm a Psychology graduate and I worked as a healthcare assistant for a bit after I graduated. I wanted to do post grad mental health nursing to qualify one year after my degree but they changed the rules on nursing qualifications when I was in my second year of my psychology degree, so now it would take me three years of post- graduate study after my psychology degree. I decided it wasn't worth it.

    Instead, I applied for jobs as a Psychological Wellbeing Practioner. They are fiercely competitive. Although the majority of applicants were Psychology graduates like myself guess what? Nursing graduates were applying as well.

    I'm really not that knowledgeable on the subject, but my point is I think a nursing degree is applicable to other jobs than nursing. That's just the one example I know of.

    Hope that helps in some small way
 
 
 
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