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Learn How To Balance the Stress of Nursing School and Family

Written by kimmel52 on September 17, 2008 – 2:49 am

Learn how to balance family and nursing school.

Learn how to balance family and nursing school.

How to balance nursing school and family.
By Nancy Kimmel R.N., B.S. Ph.D. Many nursing students are moms and dads with children and jobs.  Due to the hard economic times one parent has to be the one to go back to school.  Also there are many single parent households.  Thanks to government grants and loans many people can afford to go to school.  It is never the less very stressful to be in nursing school and try to keep the same responsibilities to your family.  Something has to give.  Don’t let it be your health.   It is important to realize that your are not Superman or Wonder Women, though you may be.  You need time to relax and take a breather.  This means that you have to have a support network in place.  Before you get into your heavy clinical hours and studies, sit down with the family and have a long heart to heart talk.  Let everyone know that you won’t be there for every little thing.  Remember, making the grade in nursing school is not easy. Some schools consider an 80% a failing grade.   You need the time to study.  If they are in your corner then they will understand.   Let the kids go to a friend’s house one night of the week, even if you are home by yourself.  You must take care of yourself if you are to get through nursing school successfully.  In the end it will all be worth the time and effort.  Be kind to yourself. 

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