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How do you cope with stress as a student nurse?


What’s your advice for dealing with stress?

Being a student nurse isn’t easy. Not only do you have the worry of getting your essays in on time and passing your exams, you’re also in the unique position of having to change jobs every few months (at most!). This means adapting to a whole new team, new ways of working and avoiding getting caught up with ward politics, all while dealing with new and potentially distressing situations. And to top it all off you have a set of learning objectives you have to achieve in a limited time, making your initiative one of your most valuable tools.

It’s worth it to do a job you love but just thinking about all that makes us want to have a cup of tea and a sit down!

So we want to know how you cope with things when they get too much.

  • How easy is it to find time for yourself?
  • Do you have any tips and advice on dealing with stress?
  • How do you know when things are getting to you?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I really struggle to 'switch off' and sleep after a shift that's been particularly upsetting. Has anyone any advice on how I can stop thinking about patients away from placement?

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  • just go home, either write a reflective diary or speak to someone you live with to get it off your chest then read or watch tv to take your mind off it

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  • Kirsty Jones

    I find a good way to get rid of stress is to talk to my friends or, if I'm alone, putting on some loud music and dancing in my room :)

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