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I've wanted to become a nurse for as long as i remember, I am a naturally caring person, up for a challenge and want a career that is exciting, challenging and rewarding: adult nursing seems a good fit!

Basically, i understand that nursing is a very full on degree, in a sense that not only do you have academic lecture/seminar based learning but roughly 50% of your time is spent on placement and then on top of all that there is assignments and coursework. I've read articles about the tiresome 12+ hour shifts and how exhausting placements are, then combine all the extra work... when do student nurses socialise/have a social life and if there is time, are you too tired to do a lot?

It just seems (from what I've researched) that life as a student nurse is very antisocial and when i go to uni, obviously the main reason i'll be there is to get the degree and to learn, but part of me really doesn't want to miss all the other aspects of uni e.g. meeting new people (other than nurses and medics), going out etc ! My sis is at uni and shes doing english lit, she has lectures and assignments but overall she has a great social life and i'm quite envious actually!
In short, what i am getting at is: how much free time to student nurses have? Will i be able to have the 'proper' university experience if i apply for a nursing degree?

Thank you so much for your time and i hope i made sense lol!
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Hi all
I've wanted to become a nurse for as long as i remember, I am a naturally caring person, up for a challenge and want a career that is exciting, challenging and rewarding: adult nursing seems a good fit!

Basically, i understand that nursing is a very full on degree, in a sense that not only do you have academic lecture/seminar based learning but roughly 50% of your time is spent on placement and then on top of all that there is assignments and coursework. I've read articles about the tiresome 12+ hour shifts and how exhausting placements are, then combine all the extra work... when do student nurses socialise/have a social life and if there is time, are you too tired to do a lot?

It just seems (from what I've researched) that life as a student nurse is very antisocial and when i go to uni, obviously the main reason i'll be there is to get the degree and to learn, but part of me really doesn't want to miss all the other aspects of uni e.g. meeting new people (other than nurses and medics), going out etc ! My sis is at uni and shes doing english lit, she has lectures and assignments but overall she has a great social life and i'm quite envious actually!
In short, what i am getting at is: how much free time to student nurses have? Will i be able to have the 'proper' university experience if i apply for a nursing degree?

Thank you so much for your time and i hope i made sense lol!
You'll be able to have a social life, however your course will have to come first, so you might have to miss out on some big nights out as you could be on placement or have an assignment due in. The same would go if you were to join a sports team or society, it's possible, but you will probably miss out on some things, but you're still able to play an active part in things.

You tend to find that nurses hang out with other nurses or healthcare workers as they have similar shifts and days off. The majority of my closest friends work in healthcare, we've got used to having our nights out in the week as we are often working at the weekend.
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You'll be able to have a social life, however your course will have to come first, so you might have to miss out on some big nights out as you could be on placement or have an assignment due in. The same would go if you were to join a sports team or society, it's possible, but you will probably miss out on some things, but you're still able to play an active part in things.

You tend to find that nurses hang out with other nurses or healthcare workers as they have similar shifts and days off. The majority of my closest friends work in healthcare, we've got used to having our nights out in the week as we are often working at the weekend.
Thanks for the reply Yeah, i understand. Just wondering, Were/are you living with other nurses in your first year?
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Thanks for the reply Yeah, i understand. Just wondering, Were/are you living with other nurses in your first year?
Mainly, yeah. You soon find friends in your groups in university, I've made friends for life that I still see now and I finished uni quite some time ago now.
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Mainly, yeah. You soon find friends in your groups in university, I've made friends for life that I still see now and I finished uni quite some time ago now.
That's awesome, thanks for your time
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