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Nicola Davies on ways nursing students can keep mentally healthy to ensure their demanding course is less stressful

Nicola Davies on ways nursing students can keep mentally healthy to ensure their demanding course is less stressful

Nurse training can be notoriously difficult, and can take its toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. The demands of nurse training can also put stress on your personal relationships and social life.

No one understands the pressures of a nurse’s life better than another nurse, making peer relationships invaluable. Peers can be a source of much-needed support, whether this is educational, mental or emotional.

Peer-supported courses and programmes support new, current and former students now working as nurses in clinical practice. Peers can help each other in a number of ways, such as engaging in mentor programmes, support groups, one-to-one tutoring and study groups.

Peer support is critical to ensuring success in such a demanding training programme. Here are a few tips for building

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