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How do parents cope with the reality of a nursing course?

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“When I first applied to study nursing I naively thought it was going to be quite easy. I knew there was a lot to learn but I thought there was plenty of time to do so, and plenty of time for me to bring up my family at the same time.

“Then, a month before I actually start, I began reading blogs written by student nurses and am shocked by stories of 13-hour days and 50+ hour weeks.

“Is this the reality? How do other parents cope?”

- Lindsay, Buxton

 

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  • I'm a 1st year student nurse & also a parent. I too was worried about the long hours but am surprised to find I have coped with the academic side ok & now in my 4th week of my first placement. Many of my course mates also have kids & I would say you just have to be organised. I am a mature student and was very nervous about going back to uni but have no regrets - my motivation is still high and am loving my first experience on the wards. Exhausted at the end of a shift but happy to be on the path to my nursing career. It's working out about 3 long days a week - uni was 4 days & never finished later than 3.30. Start essays early - I have 3 for my 1st year. It's not easy but you do get some free time. I too read lots of blogs before starting but have been pleasantly surprised with it all so far. Good luck!

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  • I'm a 1st year student nurse & also a parent. I too was worried about the long hours but am surprised to find I have coped with the academic side ok & now in my 4th week of my first placement. Many of my course mates also have kids & I would say you just have to be organised. I am a mature student and was very nervous about going back to uni but have no regrets - my motivation is still high and am loving my first experience on the wards. Exhausted at the end of a shift but happy to be on the path to my nursing career. It's working out about 3 long days a week - uni was 4 days & never finished later than 3.30. Start essays early - I have 3 for my 1st year. It's not easy but you do get some free time. I too read lots of blogs before starting but have been pleasantly surprised with it all so far. Good luck!

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  • I'm due to start my final year and Iam also a mature student with children and three part time jobs. I would say be organised and try to stick to a routine, if you can good for you. The way I cope is I work at uni as much as possible and use notes directly after a lecture so the information is fresh in my head to find resources for assignments and reading. What ever you choose to do remember you have chosen a profession to be proud of and you will find a way to manage your time effectively.

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  • Organisation all the way. Just starting my 2nd year and have 2 kids to juggle plus a hubby who regularly has to travel abroad with his job. Having a great support network around you is vital but you will find there are many many others on the course in the same boat as you. Have to say, one of the things I love the most is when my eldest tells people with pride that his mummy is a nurse!

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  • I'm a PG Dip Adult Student Nurse (one year down, one to go). My son was two when I started and it has been hard. I've had to rely on various bits of childcare and my husband but, it will be worth it.

    The key is to make sure you do your essays promptly and get them in, so you can enjoy the time between assignments together. Don't be the person who messes around and leaves it too late because your head won't be in the right place for fun.

    I make sure when I do have time off that I spend it with him. It hurts at times because he does talk about how I am not always there but, I know this is for the best. It's worth it when he tells people that his Mummy is a Nurse!

    My Top 5:
    1. Have a good partner / family and USE THEM!
    2. Make sure you get essays in early so you have more focussed family time
    3. Be proud of what you are doing and they will be proud of you.
    4. Make the most of any time you have off with your family
    5. Be prepared to be poor.

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