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Starting out: keeping the scales balanced

Rising from a 32-hour week to a 34-hour week seems insignificant, but for a newly qualified nurse those two hours can really tip the scales in finding a work-life balance, as Emma Cowen finds out. 

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. I was completely unprepared for how tiring I would find working as a nurse full time and how demanding it would be. While at university I managed to have a good work-life balance, always finding time to relax and enjoy myself.

However, now I’m working full time as a newly qualified nurse I feel like I am struggling to get the balance right. I think this is due to several factors: the exhaustion that comes with a new job and a new role due to constantly learning and being taught new things, combined with the new feeling of responsibility that accompanies every decision I make.

Tipping point

It is also likely to do with the fact that,


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