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On my way

Last month I turned 21. I also “celebrated” 6 years in my trade that I am desperately trying to leave.

As I see birthdays as a new year, I made a New Years resolution that in a year I will be working in healthcare as an AIN.

I just took the first step towards my resolution- I enrolled in a certificate 3 in aged care. This qualification when I finish will allow me to work as an AIN- a solid step.

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Losing motivation.

As mid semester break continues on I fall straight back into the swing of being a student. That is, to put it simply, much like being unemployed but socially accepted.

It with semester breaks that I begin to realise how little time we actually spend at university/ college. I have two and a half years until graduation and of the 120 weeks, only 50 are teaching weeks.

Sleeping in until lunch time and spending the rest of my days on Facebook and YouTube gets old very quickly. With it though, it brings a lot time for introspective thinking. Personally, I begin to think that there are easier and faster ways to become a professional member of the workforce albeit in a different industry.

This lack of structure to my life makes me feel like I’m in a rut. That my life is stagnating and I’m not moving forward. However, I KNOW that I am moving forward and that any place worth going takes effort.

I guess I’m just part of the student body minority. I thirst for knowledge and love being at university.

Most students would be shocked to hear this- but I can’t wait to go back to uni and am dreading summer break!

Ten things first semester has taught me.

As the end of the semester draws closer I have reflected on many of the things I have learnt and the situations I have been in. There have been many lessons, thoughts and experiences but below are the top ten things I have learnt this semester.

1. About 1/3 of the cohort likes to make jokes about how the will knock off restricted drugs when they are registered nurses working on the wards. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say this, I would be a millionaire. Although I know its mostly only a joke, it will most likely become a reality for some and thats just part and parcel.

2. Some people are only in the profession because they “got into university”. Thats all well and good, they could come out after three years and be the most amazing nurses that we have ever seen, but for the rest that sit in the back of the lecture hall and talk and laugh and disrupt the rest of us- find a mirror and take a good hard look at yourself, someone missed out for you to be there.

3. Academics are academics, when you get frustrated because you feel they aren’t doing a good job of teaching just remember these people are the cream of the crop and you need to do the leg work to seek them out and tap into their wisdom. If you make the effort to participate in their classes, they’ll make the effort with you.

4. Simulation mannequins have some of the most hilarious attachments (like balloons attached to the anus) and they make lab sessions that little bit more fun when parts fall off during a transfer manoeuvre.

5. Six semesters of nursing school is not long enough but it feels like forever. You need to cherish the time that you do have in school, do your best in your studies and keep focused on the end goal. Losing sight of the end goal is when we begin to fall short of our potential.

6. When you do graduate you won’t know everything and you won’t be expected to know everything. Nursing school prepares us to become a new graduate nurse, it is from here that we learn and develop into the nurses we want to be.

7. Some things you learn in school make no sense, and they probably never will.

8. Third years will tell you stories about practicing cannulation on each other and proceed to show their bruised arms and you will either be very interested or feel slightly anxious. For myself, I felt EXTREMELY anxious haha

9. Nursing school is hard and its not something that people do because they didn’t get into a “better” course.

10. Student nurses choose to go to nursing school for a reason, but ultimately we want to be a part of a cause that is greater than our own. Thats what makes nurses amazing people.

 

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.