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'I'm dreading going back to uni after Christmas - should I drop out?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“A couple weeks ago, I finished my first term at uni for Christmas. For those last few weeks before end of term, all I could think about was coming home and spending time with family and old friends. But, now that the dust has cleared, I can’t help but realise I how much happier I am now that I’m not at uni.

“Plus, whenever I think about going back to lectures or starting a new placement in January I feel a sense of dread.

“I’ve always known that training to be a nurse is challenging, but I’m starting to think that all the stress it causes is having too much of a negative impact my quality of life.

“What should I do if I feel like never going back to uni to finish my training? Should I stick it out or should I think about other options that might make this feeling go away? Does this show I’m not cut out for nursing?”

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Readers' comments (4)

  • I am sorry that you are finding the combination of pressurised academic study, being away from home, moving between placements and coping with the stress you are feeling too much. It's not for everyone so don't feel bad. If you like caring you may prefer to join a company like Barchester or BUPA nearer home and become a carer or senior carer? Life is too precious for regrets and stress. You are young and there is never only one way to proceed.

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  • It's natural to feel apprehensive when away from loved ones, is there a university nearer to home where you can transfer that do the same or similar course. Being a student doesn't necessarily mean being away from home, some it suits some it doesn't. Don't be afraid to approach student life for advice. Good luck in whatever you choose.

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  • Its a difficult time and yes nursing is a challenging career especially when you are away from your family and friends for support. What year are you into your training. Do you find the lectures interesting and do you enjoy caring for patients, delivering the fundamentals?..I suppose your answer will dictate your decision but good luck what ever you decide. Happy New Year x

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  • Sarah Mabbott

    This time exactly a year ago I was feeling the same,I booked myself a holiday so that I had something to look forward to! (But this did mean I had to pick up lots of extra shifts; not always easy when you have essays and exams to worry about too). Is there any possibility of transferring to a uni closer to home? This might mean having to take some time off to resume the course in September, but that would also give you sometime to clear your head and make sure it's the right decision. Might be worth making some phone calls/emails, if you think you'd be happier at home. Good luck

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