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I don't have time to stop


Can you advise this student nurse? 

I know how ridiculous this sounds, but I don’t have time to look after me. I spend so much time on the move, looking after people and making sure my duties are covered that if I take any time to stop and even have a drink I fall behind, which only makes me more stressed.

I don’t know if this is me and I am badly managing my time, or if this is the way it will always be. It’s making me worry that I am not cut out for this. 


Readers' comments (2)

  • Ridiculous?
    If you told me this to my face I would give you a hug, sit you down and give you some food. Then I would tell you how much I love you and that you will make a truly wonderful nurse when you qualify.

    Please look after yourself.
    Firstly you must eat properly and healthily. You need to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do you eat fruit everyday? Do you have proteins? Enough vitamins?

    Next, your organisation. Do you keep a diary? Do you have a daily routine? How do you divide your day? Try to have your lunch at the same time everyday and switch off from work for a while.

    Next, time management. When people ask you to do something can you say No? "I already have too many patients and simply cannot take on any more."

    Next, relaxing. Do you meditate? Just close your eyes and count your breathing to 10 for 5/10 minutes everyday during lunch.

    Can you talk to your manager for help?
    Talk to other students and see how they get on.

    And you are good enough to be a nurse. You will make a brilliant one.
    Think of all your patients who will be able to go home thanks to you.


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  • PDaveAngel this is absolutely brilliant. Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm just at my final 8 week stretch and my dissertation is due in 2 weeks. I'm currently on placement working long hours and it feels like it's never gonna end. But after reading your response- you are one of the many reasons I love nursing. People like you who offer support. Thank you so much for this. You have actually helped two struggling students with this response.

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