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How do distance learning students deal with staying on the computer ALL day?

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My friend sits on his computer all day, finishing a program. I'm guessing there's breaks and rules like the 20-20-20 thing. Distance learning students, how do you do it and what tips and suggestions can you provide for eye strain, etc?

dslpninla

Specializes in GI, Outpatient Surgery. Has 6 years experience.

My friend sits on his computer all day, finishing a program. I'm guessing there's breaks and rules like the 20-20-20 thing. Distance learning students, how do you do it and what tips and suggestions can you provide for eye strain, etc?

Every so often, when my eyes feel strained Ill pull out the glasses..... But rarely! I also take breaks of course- cant be on here 24/7 literally! Lol Its become an addiction sortof... I look at it like all of us going through the same thing supporting each other. Ill go to the epn or allnurses whenever i get a chance... On my phone, at work when i can, and at home. My ipad stays attached to me! Lol when you make calls during the day or see fam/friends, its not a big deal.

Seriously though, without the support of all the awesome people here and people ive "met", i dont think i would have been AS successful. It really pushes you. You want to succeed and they want you to too! Its a nice feeling knowing others are rooting for you and you for them. It's kind of a family of sorts. I guess what i mean is, it's not a hassle or burden to get on the computer, its a positive refreshing sight to see others doing it too!

Many times i have thought to myself "wow im on here ALOT" but then i see others online lights on too and think "thank goodness its not just me!" Itll all be worth it in the end!

Conqueror+, BSN, RN

Has 27 years experience.

I imagine it depends on the program. I went through Excelsior and the only time I spent online was to register for tests, email the school with a question, and to attend the occasional chat session.

Ah, you have found that enrolling in a DL course means you and your computer become attached at the hip. Research has shown that students need a break every 40-45 minutes or their attention decreases. Try to work when you are most rested, take breaks, exercise or take a quick walk during your break, keep the high caloric goodies to a minimum, and monitor for signs/symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or ankle edema. I normally start my studying early in the morning, afer lunch take the mid-day off (often take a short nap), and then continue later in the afternoon/evening until 9 or 10. Afterwards, I do something I like. Every so often, I take a day off and do something special that has nothing to do with nursing or studying.