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Currently in year 12 and thinking about doing a nursing course at uni. I'd initially planned on doing a non-vocational course and so wasn't too worried about lack of free time but due to a change in circumstances, I've shifted to nursing. I do love the thought of being a nurse, but I'm a bit worried about the free time. I've heard that nursing is extremely packed with long hours and assignments in between.

I've looked forward to uni life since primary. As someone who's never had many friends (struggled with social anxiety for years), it's pretty much been a dream to make some great friends at university and just hang out. But with what everyone's been saying about nursing and how draining the degree is, I'm a little worried. I'd also prefer to visit my family as much as possible.

Ultimately, I don't think having virtually no free time would sway me, but if anyone has any experience with the timetables, hours, free time etc, please let me know!
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Hi Anygy,
Nursing is very intense during both theory and placement from my experience there is very little time and little social life if you're looking for the 'full uni experience'
There would be nothing stopping you from making friends and managing your time correctly so you can socialise with family/friends or however you want to spend your free time however I do feel that nursing students do not have the typical student life most wish for
I think a lot of compromising and sacrificing happens as a student nurse therefore you really need to make sure that it's something you really are 100 percent on
I'd recommend some hospital experience as a healthcare assistant before applying to see how you can manage your time through that and how heavy you find the job as it's all experience and will help you make your decision

good luck I hope you make your decision soon
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One of my biggest regrets in my short 27years on this planet is that I didn't do a degree in a topic I was really interested in, before I went into Nursing. I went straight from school into a nursing degree that was full on and intense. You do get a social life, don't get me wrong I had an amazing three years and made the best friends that are my family today. If you plan your time well it can be done I assure you.

However if you're choosing a degree based on a university experience I say go study something you're interested in, a graduate entry nursing degree will be available to you at the end of heee years if you want it.
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Nursing is my second time at uni and if I'm honest the whole student thing I found got boring after a few weeks.
While you get a lot less holidays and social life on placement is questionable, especially ones where you have assignments due during the placement (for me not all do).
But I don't think you never have a social life either. I've enjoyed my time at uni doing nursing very much. I have great friends and love the degree and whilst I don't get involved in uni stuff I think that is partly down to the uni too. I go out occasionally, although I'm not a big clubbing fan now, but I know lots of student nurses who have a very active social life and are out most weekends!
I'd say I'm personally very happy with uni and my social life!


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