Barley hanging on

  1. I am a nursing student and I gradute in May, but I am at that point were balance in my everyday life seems to tilt. Nursing school is hard enought without everyday life being so complicated Are there any techniques I need to learn to balance nursing school in one hand and my life, bills, children, work, and spouce in the other?
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  3. by   meownsmile
    Persistence,, persistence. This to will end,, in May. Stick with it, you arent alone. A lot of us have gone where you are and made it, you can to.
  4. by   Haunted
    Babe, your screen name shouts "help" !!!! What is going on???
  5. by   Wise Woman RN
    Just do what has to be done. Dust balls will wait, mac and cheese dinner is fine. I used to record the kids stories on tape, so they would have Mom to listen to at bedtime, because I worked PM's and had school in the daytime.
    I wish you well, it's hard but hang in there...
  6. by   warrior woman
    Quote from Brandiwine14
    I am a nursing student and I gradute in May, but I am at that point were balance in my everyday life seems to tilt. Nursing school is hard enought without everyday life being so complicated Are there any techniques I need to learn to balance nursing school in one hand and my life, bills, children, work, and spouce in the other?
    PM me. I've been thru this. There are some relaxation techniques that I can share with you that can help you. PM anytime. You have friends here.
  7. by   suzi_h
    Quote from Wise Woman RN
    Just do what has to be done. Dust balls will wait, mac and cheese dinner is fine. I used to record the kids stories on tape, so they would have Mom to listen to at bedtime, because I worked PM's and had school in the daytime.
    I wish you well, it's hard but hang in there...
    That's awesome. I am going to have to try this.

    When I get really stressed with school. I remind myself of my progress this far, walk away from my MESSY house. Gos, it's never looked like this before! And walk away from school/studying. Go walk around the mall or just go do something you like to do to. This will relax you, even if only for a little bit. A brain refresher sometimes is all you need. HTH!

    Suzi
  8. by   HappyJaxRN
    While I was in school, my house was a mess (most of the time). A power clean was done when people came over. That meant, grab everything that was out of place and throw it in the closet and dust just where they were going to be...or vacuum for that matter.

    I frequently ate healthy snack foods...and sometimes not so healthly....family and hubby can help cook too....nothing wrong with the ole' hands there...I used to tell my hubby that.

    Ah, yes...the bills...well, I paid what I could, when I could. I picked a day in the month in which all of them were to be paid and paid the ones I could. The ones that needed to be paid...I was late on all my credit card bills by the time I graduated! Hey, I had lights, a roof over my head, food, car, gas for that car.....all the necessities!

    When you become an RN, you won't have as much studying...more time with your family, you can hire someone to come in and clean (maybe?? maybe not....great thought tho), you can eat regular meals...and never look at peanut butter and jelly ever again (popular nursing school food....'specially at the end of the month-between paychecks kinda thing). Oh, and you'll get so caught up on your bills....well I did...that I can double pay to get ahead....

    Just imagine...that's around the corner for you. These next months will zoooommmm by for you. YOU CAN DO IT! Heck, if I can do it, ANYONE CAN !!! Good luck! We're here fer ya! :kiss
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    Being so close to the end, I would have to say that focus and remind yourself that May is just around the corner and that it will be here sooner than you think. Good luck
  10. by   LeesieBug
    All I can say, from my chair in my filthy house, eating a "quickie" dinner, and feeling irritated about all the crud I have to do is: I HEAR YOU!

    Hang in there! We're almost done....and Christmas break will (hopefully) help refresh us!
  11. by   RN-TO-BE
    I definitely know hou you are feeling! I just graduated in May of this year and the feelings that you describe was exactly the same way that I felt last year at this time. I am 31 and a daughter, sister, mother, and wife, and will always say that nursing school was the most stressful and hardest time of my life! The only advice that I can give you is to stay focused on the prize...May. I know that it seems far away but the last semester really does fly by. You will look back next year this time, Just as I am, and think wow, how did I do it? I am working night shift now and that along with being a new nurse is very stressful but not near as stressful as some instructor standing over me waiting for me to do something si they can kick me out of the nursing program. Good luck and remember, this shall pass!!
  12. by   Jolie
    Quote from Haunted
    Babe, your screen name shouts "help" !!!! What is going on???


    LOL! I took the poster's screen name as an indication that s/he is from the Brandywine Valley in PA, not as an indication that she was in need of alcohol!

    Either way, we have all been there at one time or another. Please do something nice for yourself before you get back to your studies! Best of luck to you!
  13. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from LeesieBug
    All I can say, from my chair in my filthy house, eating a "quickie" dinner, and feeling irritated about all the crud I have to do is: I HEAR YOU!

    Hang in there! We're almost done....and Christmas break will (hopefully) help refresh us!
    This is exactly why I've come to love this board. I can't tell you the times my husband would complain about the clothes not being hung up and remaining in the basket. All I can say is,be glad they are clean and if you want them hung up and wrinkle free, do it yourself! Another busy nursing student's best friend are those packages of already cooked meats like pot roast, ham, and chicken marsala. Pop em in the microwave for six minutes and voila! I really did use to cook from scratch, I promise I did.
  14. by   jaxmom63
    Do you mean to say that clothes are not supposed to be in a basket? I don't think my wardrobe has seen a hanger in 4 semesters. I have one to go and I can't wait. My house is a mess, the only thing I can find is my books for school. My son is afraid to complain cause at 16, he can clean if he doesn't like it. I just know that when this is over, it will be better. Brandywine, don't despair. Last week when I was at my wits end, I got some PM's from some very caring nurses. It helped when I needed it most. Knowing that you are not the only one going through this is a big boost. Hang in there.

    Emmy

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