Why I decided to quit my nursing course

Overwhelming stress prompted Kirsty Sartain to quit her nurse training, a decision she is still struggling with

Overwhelming stress prompted Kirsty Sartain to quit her nurse training, a decision she is still struggling to come to terms with

Kirsty Sartain made the distressing decision to quit her nursing degree course amid money worries, an exhausting schedule and a lack of support to cope with the stress she was feeling.

‘Leaving the course was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, it was devastating,’ she says.

Ms Sartain, who was 27 when she started her nursing degree course at Staffordshire University in 2015, dreamed of becoming a Macmillan nurse after caring for her grandad, who had terminal cancer.

‘Any day off I managed to get would be spent in tears on the sofa, completely exhausted’

Her bursary payment just covered her rent,


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