Comment on: 'I am totally useless at basic arithmetic'
Hi. Believe me, I'm awful at maths and if I had people trying to convince me last year that I would pick it up and be fine I wouldn't have believed them. But as far as drugs calculations go - believe me, it really is so simply you will think it's a trick. It's just common sense really. This is coming from the girl that got an E in her maths GCSE 8 years ago. Just make sure you practice, practice, practice.
I think ultimately this is a decision only you can decide. How close are you with your family, what do they all say? And most importantly , what does your dad think, or what do you think he would think? This is very awful news and I don't know what I'd do if I was in your situation. I think that maybe taking the time out could be beneficial. It will be a very stressful and hard time for you, so even if you don't take the time out, you could find yourself effected later in the year. Discuss this with your personal tutor too, but ultimately remember that your university will help you here. You can resume your practice when you feel the time is right. Good luck sweetheart.
Comment on: 'I'm worried I'll see patients treated badly when I start my mental health nursing degree'
I will be starting my second year in MH nursing in a few weeks. Luckily for me, so far, I haven't seen anything bad in practice. It is a worry, however, you will have a very strong support network at uni and hopefully within placement. Bad practice is usually (hopefully) because staff don't know any better - I.E. the bad restraints etc. A lot of nurses though do have bad attitudes. It is very important you have the strength and confidence to flag issues up if you feel that's what needs to happen. Start telling yourself that now. Bad practice is only allowed to happen or continue because staff feel they are untouchable or that people won't report them. It is our jobs as students and nurses to report bad practice as soon as we see it. It's bad that you've had bad experiences yourself, but try not to worry.
If it's something you feel passionately about then do not give up. Like previously mentioned, the jump from whatever you've done before to university degree is big. If you know you are a nurse, re take your first year. It may be another year, but you will have a better feel for what you're doing now. Take your time when referencing. I STILL faff up with referencing, but there are many tools online which can help you. When you graduate, imagine how proud you are going to feel of yourself, knowing you could've dropped out but chose to push further. Please believe in yourself.
Do not cancel your place! Not yet. Believe me, we have all had these thoughts. I worked so hard to get a place at university and felt exactly the same as you did. But the support network you will receive will be unbelievable. And trust me, your placements WILL NOT expect you to know everything. Keep what you're doing by reading nursing times articles and teaching yourself before you start. I came on to this degree after working in pubs for 6 years, so I couldn't have been less prepared. But I brought every new issue of NT, did as much research about nursing and nursing issues as possible and it really helps. It is totally natural to feel this way, you are not alone. But believe me when I say it will be the best thing you've ever done. It WILL be frustrating, and at times it will be hard work, but it's nothing you won't be able to do if you really put your heart and mind in to it. I have cried many times in my first year, but the fantastic amounts of fun I have had, as well as the new friends I've met - not just at uni, but the staff from placements too, has really made it worth it. Give it a month first. Then 3 months. Then when you're in your 6th month you'll wonder why you ever worried. You can do this!! x