Have you been thinking about quitting or dropping out of nursing school? Before you make your decision, please read this article about why you should hang in there. I can totally understand where you are coming from because I have been in this same position. I was in my first or second semester of nursing school and I had just performed poorly on a nursing exam that I had studied extremely hard for, and I’d had enough of all the stresses and struggles of nursing school.
I was majorly struggling with feelings of “am I smart enough for nursing school” and “am I even meant to be a nurse”. I came so close to switching my major to social work and forgetting about being a nurse. However, after some encouraging words I received I decided to “stick it out” and I’m so glad I did because I don’t know what I would be doing with my life if I’d quit.
In this article, I want to share with you some reasons on why you are probably feeling like you should quit nursing school and why you should stick with it.
Below is a video that I made talking about the feelings of wanting to drop out of nursing school. I hope it encourages you! Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more videos!
Reasons you feel like Quitting
- It’s hard! Nursing school is hard and it has many stresses and struggles, but there are good weeks and bad weeks. Chances are if you are reading this article you are having a bad week, but I’m here to tell you (former nursing student to nursing student) it does get better. For me, nursing school was like a constant roller coaster ride with many ups and downs.
- Everyone wants to! Almost everyone I knew in nursing school at one time or another pondered the idea of doing something different. It is normal to want to quit, especially when you are having a difficult week.
- Personal Life vs Nursing School Life! When you mix personal and nursing school life together, you get chaos! Evaluate your life right now and see if you are being hit with personal issues that are causing you to struggle with nursing school. If you are, try to eliminate or deal with the personal issues so you can get through nursing school.
- Feeling the weight of it all! There is so much to do before you graduate from nursing school, and when you think of it all at once it can literally make your head explode. Try to concentrate on the here and the now, not “Oh no I have to pass this exit exam, and then I have to pass NCLEX but how am I supposed to study when I have to go to clinicals and pass these other exams…..it’s just impossible”.
- It’s okay to fail! If you are failing a class or exam, it is totally okay! Some of the greatest nurses I know failed a class and had to repeat it. I’m glad they didn’t quit nursing school due to this because their patients would have missed out on a great nurse who saved their life.
Reasons why you want to hang in there
- Nursing is so versatile! You can literally do anything with your nursing degree. You are not limited to bedside nursing. You can work anywhere from jails to schools to health spas to the legal system. Name a profession and I can tell you how a nurse can work in it.
- In High demand! You won’t have a hard time finding a job.
- Pay is good! The pay is good along with the benefits. See the average nursing salaries in your state.
- Great degree to have! Even if you decide to do something else other than nursing, a nursing degree looks really good on your resume. Nursing has the reputation of being a difficult degree to obtain so it shows other employers you are smart and hard working since you got through nursing school.
Try to stick with it because you may be like me in the future and wonder how you could have even considered doing anything else. Don’t let stress or failure make you want to quit nursing school.