Nursing studies

As a mature nursing student, I came close to giving up in my first term – but now I’m ready to embrace the challenge

I now know juggling demands of independent learning, clinical placements and family life is hard, but worth it

I now know juggling demands of independent learning, clinical placements and family life is hard, but worth it

I started my children’s nursing degree in September, and being a full-time university student aged almost 46 has certainly been a challenge.

I don’t seem to have stopped worrying. How am I going to cope with the workload while looking after my four-year-old? How am I going to fit in at university where everyone seems much younger than me? How will we make ends meet on one income? And how am I going to keep up with the pressure when my health is under the attack of perimenopausal symptoms?

At first, I felt overwhelmed by the demands of my nursing degree

Although I was looking forward to this new chapter in my life, I was quite apprehensive, a feeling that was exacerbated


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