Can you advise this student nurse?
”I’m a first-year and I’ve really been enjoying going out since I got to university, but it often leaves me tired for class or placement the next day and it’s starting to wear me down.
“I used to be able to set strict limits and stick to them but lately I find myself staying out for just one more drink…or one more bite to eat…or one more conversation with a friend. It’s tough to say ‘no’.
”I think part of it has to do with the fact that I’ll be away all summer and I want to make a strong impression on my group before I leave so they won’t forget all about me.
”Unfortunately none of my other friends are training to be nurses, and none of their course loads are quite as rigorous as mine, so they have a lot more free time. I try to get most of my work done in advance so I can go out after but lately I’ve been falling behind - and it’s not like you can really do your placement work in advance anyway.
”So my question is how do I balance these two things so I’m not missing out on the fun but not exhausted all the time?
”How do I let my friends know that if I don’t go out with them it’s not because I don’t want to be with them but just because I have work to do and sleep to get?”
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