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‘I just can't stay on top of everything’


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 detail, 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 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.”

Please use the comments section below to share your advice


Readers' comments (3)

  • Hello, I am a mother of 2 at the same stage in the course as you, and I feel exactly the same. I constantly feel generally, feel lethargic and loss of motivation (I can sleep for days). Like you, I have things going off at home and the juggling of caring for my home, children, eating and looking after myself, and then uni work whilst in and out of classroom time has become a huge challenge, one which I have yet since starting mastered. A lot of the time its the housework that gets sacrificed or my time to look after me (just never get time to relax and switch off ever). I think a big part of this is comparing ourselves to others. Seeing (or perceiving) other people managing the course, getting amazing grades and are confident in their abilities... looks like a great place to be. But I always feel like I fall far short of the mark; and because of assignment readmission, it has made me feel incompetent and no longer have confidence in my own abilities. This has given me anxiety and to be honest I have never felt more passionate about wanting to learn and be of help to people. But the ways I overcome sleepness is, once a week I make sure I have a long lay in bed, so I can get 12-14 hours sleep to recover, and take vitamin D twice a day. I have one day on a weekend that I specifically set aside to spend with my children (as I feel guilty about not seeing them much through the week), try at least twice or 3 times a week I eat a home-cooked meal to know we are all eating healthy enough which makes everyone emotionally in a better place. It is a case of creating a plan to work, rest and some play too. I think we forget how to enjoy life outside this course and that is what gets us in a rut because all our focus is on the pending assignment deadline dates. So my advise to you is please, eat well visit some friends, rest up and watch a film and once a week do something you really enjoy to help rechanrge the batteries. Also check with your GP to see if you have any vitamin deficiency, to help with you energy levels. You know know.

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  • *never know

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  • I am half way through 2nd year, and have just deferred my studies for a year. It all just feels to much at the minute and I really didn't have the determination that I once had to get me through the rest of the year. My plan of action is to pick up HCA shifts, read upto date info, and most importantly keep learning. Then, when I go back I will have gained experience, a bit of money and time out with my family, hopefully that will help me finish the last year and half of the course. However, you have finished the 2nd year and you only have another one to do. I would say keep going, which is easy for people to say when they don't understand. but I would also say think of yourself, if you need extensions on assignments or a bit of extra support ask uni, don't struggle alone, be proactive and make a plan, you can do this !!

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