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'Is it possible to be a balance study with a social life?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“It took me a little while longer than most to figure out what I wanted to do, but I finally settled on nursing.

“I’m now almost a year into my adult nursing course. It’s OK – I don’t necessarily feel passionate about it, but it’s interesting enough and I know I’m good at it.

“The only thing is that it’s just so much work. When I get home at the end of the day, I’m so tired and want to relax. I usually can’t though, because I have so much reading and coursework to do.

“Most of my friends at university aren’t studying nursing, and they have loads of free time. They can go out every night and weekend. Whenever they invite me out, I have to turn them down – if I say yes, I know it’s at the cost of getting behind on my studies.

“I want to have fun while I’m still in uni. I want to meet my goals, but I don’t want to completely give up on my social life. Is it possible to be a nursing student and still have a school/social life balance? If there’s anyone who’s gone through this, I could really use some advice.”

Please use the comments section below to share your advice


Readers' comments (3)

  • Hi,

    The trick to this that I used was to allocate specific time for specific activities. Allocate parts of your week for reading, writing, relaxing, socialising and exercising. Knowing you’re going to spend sunday afternoon studying makes going out on friday night guilt free! I wouldn’t tend to study after a long day shift except maybe to catch an article or do a quick reflection on something that had come up that day. I worked part time in a bar and we would have a beer after work which was nice. Days off were planned such as am study pm go out. When sitting down to study have a specific objective in mind (I will finish this chapter, write 500 words etc) when you finish the task. Get up and go!

    It is important to do well for yourself and the people who will rely on your well developed skills and knowledge in the future. That said your career is only one part of you and you must nurture yourself as holisitically as you would care for your patients.

    Good luck and chill out!

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  • Hi,
    part of the problem might be you don't feel passionate. If you don't now, you never. Just concentrate on planning work as a priority and get balance with fun. Rembember at the end of your training, you will have different opportunities.9 to 5 work or work abroad.
    Your fellow students may not enjoy the same scope. maybe some other students could offer more advice on this website, or alternatively you could go on the Student Room website and post your comment, as this one does not enjoy a lot of feedback.

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  • I am shocked that your fellow students seem to be going out every night and weekend, this just isn't realistic especially while people are on placement. i think you should consider how well you are, especially if you feel tired, are you eating ok, sleeping well etc

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