The power of research.

As I walk into my tutorial I am greeted by my assessment group members which is promptly followed by exclamations of exasperation and hate towards our research unit at university.

I can’t even pretend to empathise. I love the research side of nursing now.

Before I began I was so ignorant to the field of nursing, I really only saw nurses in a “caring” capacity. Little did I know that the field of nursing is diverse, intellectual and academically rewarding. Another reason why I thinks nurses are amazing.

The introduction to evidence based practice has given me a whole new perspective on nursing and has made me realise that nurses can and really do play an integral role in the formation of clinical knowledge and interventions.

During my lecture, our speaker began introducing herself and announced that they were currently undertaking PhD studies in a leading trial for the area of focus. Intrigued, I googled their name and stumbled across a “3 minute thesis video”.

this was enough for me. I am now absolutely hooked on the idea of becoming a research nurse and lecturer and I haven’t even passed my first semester!

Has research opened your eyes to a whole new world? If so, what was it?


Getting the balance right.

Week 2 is in full swing at uni and as the workload increases, so too do the stress levels.

The new knowledge that we begin to explore when undertaking bachelor studies is exciting, it’s enriching and it’s stressful. That stress though, can be a positive motivating factor to help us achieve and strive to be out best in our academic pursuits.

The stress I refer to is that from external sources. The stress that I refer to comes from working a regular part time job, from relationships- new and old, parental pressures and peer pressure.

Parental pressure and peer pressure are relevant to us all at university but for the younger students this may be a massive influence on our academic lives.

Choosing a career path to pursue is a tough decision and it is one you need to think about, research and investigate. Some people choose their career paths because of a calling. Such as us nursing students/ nurses chose this vocation from our innate nature to care for others. Others have been influenced to pursue a vocation based in cultural expectations, familial expectations and even just undue influence. This creates bad stress for the student and results in negative outcomes.

New and old relationships require work to flourish during your university studies and normal day to day life and the need to maintain these friendships takes time and effort. Sometimes we want to put the effort in but just don’t have the time to do so. Conversely, we have the time and spend far too much time indulging in the company of others creating a backup of required work that we can’t get on top of.

Lastly, the main contributor to stress in the lives of undergraduate students is work. We need money to survive, to pay our bills to buy our groceries and everything in between. For most of us this means getting a part time job. Many people recommend working no more then 10 hours a week to avoid affecting your studies, for some this is just not possible.

In this instance, work becomes the sole focus of our lives and out academic pursuits come second. This creates stress when we can’t or don’t achieve what we set out to achieve.

Overcoming these negative stressors by striking a balance is hard and it is bound to frustrate you when you ultimately fail the first few times around. We are human and we make mistakes, but if we keep moving forward we will get where we want to be.