Nursing school is so stressful that it is seriously disrupting my quality of life. I literally cannot get decent sleep as I wake up every 30 mins after 5am thinking that I overslept. Or the fact that I'm taking a stupid theory class that gives us no guidance on how to write these papers. I don't enjoy pysch, as I feel so disconnected in that class.
i have 3 clinicals, 3 exams, 2 care plans
, a research paper, and clinical paperwork all for week 3. At this point my anxiety has gone through the roof to get good grades even though I know C's get degrees. I keep telling myself to take it one week at a time, so here's to six weeks left of this overwhelming semester. All I can think about is graduation, so that is my only motivation this semester but it cannot come quick enough.
The only good thing about this semester is that I like learning about Med Surg 2 minus the lengthy care plans.
So here is my rant that probably sounds more like complaining than anything else, but I just had to get this out.
I can definitely understand your situation. I am in a traditional BSN program and I just finished second semester, which has been labeled by our professors as the hardest semester in the program. Luckily I made it but I was so close to failing it and I can't tell you how many breakdowns I had... I ended up breaking my car key one time...
But here's what helped me: I had one teacher that REALLY helped me. I had a problem with organizing my time and so I would do all of this work and still barely have time to finish everything I needed to get done. I obviously didn't have time to really relax and take at least one day off. My teacher sat down with me for hours and helped me organize my planner (after she told me to get one...
) and we came up with a method for me to stick with it... (It involves sticky notes
The planner I had was an hourly planner and I even drew out a typical school week for myself. As soon as I was able to visually see how much time I really had throughout the week, I was able to plan out things much better and I didn't feel as stressed or as pressed for time.
I don't know if this post made much sense, but my point is to look at how you are organizing your time and draw it out if it helps you... It definitely helped me. I believe if you can visually see your school week (school related stuff ONLY), you can maybe see how much time you really have in that week, so it'll better allow you to prioritize based on what's due first and how much time you may need for certain assignments or projects...
Hopefully I made sense and was helpful.
SIDE NOTE: Also, don't try to finish 10 billion assignments in one day. It helps me to breakdown assignments in 1 -2 hour increments, instead of dealing with one subject for 4 hours straight. This is very important for reading assignments. It was odd to me and I didn't understand it, but I got more done and felt more productive breaking down assignments in realistically doable chunks, instead of using half the day on everything from one class.
Last edit by NotYourTypical on Jun 2
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