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    Hi All,

    I was wondering what tips or advice anyone has to battle that nursing school burn out feeling. How do you guys get yourself back into the game?




    I stayed burned out the entire time, up until the last term in which I got to do a preceptorship in the ER (something I had to fight for and go to the Dean, as my program had no ICU and no ER time, but did have 1.5 semesters of OB … ugh, shiver.)

    I hope you find a way out of your burn out, but just remember, nursing is NOTHING LIKE nursing school. I enjoy being a nurse, but I HATED nursing school. Don’t think for a minute that what happens in nursing school is going to impact the rest of your nursing career to any extent. You will learn so much more on the job than you ever did in nursing school, and it will be stuff that actually applies to your job. Keep your eye on the prize

    Towards the end of my program I actually had one instructor come up to me after I had passed her class and congratulated me on passing, as she didn’t think men should be nurses and she did everything in her power to make me so miserable I would drop out of the program, but she admitted she was wrong in my case … that helped a little, but by then I had already gone through other instructors with the same philosophy and realized nursing school was not going to be an enjoyable experience. Thankfully I realized early on that what we were doing in nursing school was nothing like what the real nurses were doing and I had something to look forward to.

    Good luck!

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    This isn’t advice as much as it is support. I’m only in my first semester of an associates RN program and I am already feeling burnt out. I just keep trying to tell myself that the job will be better- That’s what everyone says. I really think nursing schools try to weed out the weak. We can do it!

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    Thank you for the support! I have an excellent support system with my classmates, an amazing clinical instructor, and lots of understanding at home. With 3 weeks left to the semester, I am officially feeling back in the game.
    Jason – I get to go to the ER in 2 weeks and I can’t wait! As far as having a one of “those” instructors goes, I haven’t personally had that experience yet but I do know a few people who have. It just goes to show that if you persevere, it is possible to overcome that kind of adversity.

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