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‘I feel like I’m sinking’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m coming to end of second year and I’ve no idea how I got this far. I just can’t stay on top of everything. Without going into details, there’s a lot going on in my personal life that’s sapping up my energy and essays, placements and lectures on top are just too much.

“I’m not scared of doing my dissertation next year but I know without a doubt that I can’t take anything else on. I just don’t have enough time or energy.

“I’m not convinced anyone can help (except by going to placement for me or writing my essays!) but if anyone has any advice it would be appreciated!”


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Readers' comments (2)

  • Every student feels like that trust me. Everyone has stuff going on outside of work and I'm sure your mentor will understand. If not and you are really concerned then you could put a cause for concern in place if your uni does them. It's basically an action plan that puts support in place for you. I have had the same experience and it really helped me out. As for essays try to do them in advance, it's really easy to leave them to the las minuite as I traditionally have. But keeping notes of relevent references and possible arguments you come across in lectures ect is a good place to start. I like to leave a page in the back of my work book so I can scribble stuff in so I can find it when it comes to writing the essay.

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  • I use a dictaphone to record important facts, tell your tutor why you are doing this as it is very hard in a class full of students for everything to sink in.
    You are certainly not alone in the way you feel, but once qualified, you will be surprised how much of the work comes to you naturally, you will then realise just how much you have learned without realising it!
    Good luck1

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