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Embracing the fleeting moments of third year

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The beauty of third year is the realisation that we are all going through the process of transition, explains Prudence. 

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We are all on an emotional roller coaster and it’s twisting and turning, moving slowly at times, then taking immediate dips that take me by surprise.

Sometimes it feels like I am going backwards instead of moving forward as the workload is overwhelming.

Trying to balance it all; placements, assignments, work and social life sometimes appears impossible. Then there is the added pressure of securing a job.

Hmm, when people said third year would test my patience I didn’t believe them, but the good thing about all this; is looking back at my experiences and realising that l have advanced from being a novice student nurse.

I have good days, days when I feel like, life as a student nurse doesn’t get any better. Then l have days when suddenly all hell breaks loose; when it simply feels like its just chaos, and no matter what l do its as if nothing is falling into place.

I didn’t expect nursing to be smooth sailing, but at the same time I never anticipated that l would need to pull myself up by my bootstraps.

Nonetheless, I don’t see anyone trying to get off this rollercoaster. Instead we are all doing our best. We are all holding on tight because we know that in the end, it’s all going to be worth it.

If you are a third year student nurse who is struggling to stay on top of everything, don’t be so hard on yourself, because we are all feeling the pressure. Bad days exist but that’s all they are - a bad day, not a bad life.

The key is to pay attention to your feelings and emotions and recognize when you need to switch off and just chill. Remember the antidote for negative thoughts is distraction!

Make time for friends or family, because being in the company of others can be uplifting. Rejuvenate by trying out an activity you haven’t tried before. Take a bubble bath, get more than enough sleep, cook, try a new receipe.

What about zumba, mindfulness, or yoga? If its been in the back of your mind, start now!

Indulge yourself in something. Then when your head has cleared a little, tackle that ‘to do’ list.

I don’t know what the future holds for me, but in this moment in time, I am taking each day as it comes.

I am in my second semester of the third year. Everything seems to be happening so fast; but I am loving it. I am embracing every moment, because I know that there is a lesson to be learnt, with each passing moment.

Prudence S Mlambo, third year student nurse 


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