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Hi! I will be starting university next week as a nursing student, and I'm sooo excited. I've been declared fit to practice, however, I'm now starting to panic about silly little things. My health problem is regarding my bladder, which is very weak. I need to use the toilet quite frequently, and I'm getting so nervous about what happens when I'll be on placement etc. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice / has the same problem? I've completely psyched myself out watching youtube videos of nursing students talking about their placements and saying how they couldnt go to the toilet until their break which were few and far :/ Thank you in advance xx
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Hi! I will be starting university next week as a nursing student, and I'm sooo excited. I've been declared fit to practice, however, I'm now starting to panic about silly little things. My health problem is regarding my bladder, which is very weak. I need to use the toilet quite frequently, and I'm getting so nervous about what happens when I'll be on placement etc. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice / has the same problem? I've completely psyched myself out watching youtube videos of nursing students talking about their placements and saying how they couldnt go to the toilet until their break which were few and far :/ Thank you in advance xx
Talk to the uni and whoever is on placement.
I would rather the other nurses know rather than they think you were skiving. Make up any lost time.
They have to make reasonable adjustments.


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https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20355721

Watch how much you drink i.e limit it.
Go to the loo at every opportunity i..e before you start, on your break etc.
Avoid caffeine as that makes it worse.
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Talk to the uni and whoever is on placement.
I would rather the other nurses know rather than they think you were skiving. Make up any lost time.
They have to make reasonable adjustments.


https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/urinar...nce/treatment/
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20355721

Watch how much you drink i.e limit it.
Go to the loo at every opportunity i..e before you start, on your break etc.
Avoid caffeine as that makes it worse.
Thank you so much! It is a diagnosed condition and medicated, so I would hope that there would be reasonable adjustment / allowance for toilet breaks but just completely psyched myself out over it
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Thank you so much! It is a diagnosed condition and medicated, so I would hope that there would be reasonable adjustment / allowance for toilet breaks but just completely psyched myself out over it
Maybe you can practice and keep a diary of how often v how much you drink? That should give you an idea.
You get 20% of fluid just from normal food.
Talk to the placement supervisor as well plus make them aware of the condition and all the steps you are taking to reduce impact and take it seriously. As long as they dont think you are skiving, which gives bigger problems.

I dont know how serious it is but better to understand the practical implications, plus have a little emergency bag in your handbag.
If it was really serious then you might need to consider other options hence keeping a diary and reassessing.
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Thank you so much! It is a diagnosed condition and medicated, so I would hope that there would be reasonable adjustment / allowance for toilet breaks but just completely psyched myself out over it
Are the university's occupational health department aware of this? Get evidence from your GP/specialist and speak to the departments to get reasonable adjustments put into place - and make sure you tell your placements about adjustments as uni may not. Good luck with it!
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Maybe you can practice and keep a diary of how often v how much you drink? That should give you an idea.
You get 20% of fluid just from normal food.
Talk to the placement supervisor as well plus make them aware of the condition and all the steps you are taking to reduce impact and take it seriously. As long as they dont think you are skiving, which gives bigger problems.

I dont know how serious it is but better to understand the practical implications, plus have a little emergency bag in your handbag.
If it was really serious then you might need to consider other options hence keeping a diary and reassessing.
Yeah I currently do keep track of everything, and it is controlled with medication, but just wanted a bit of reassurance all would be okay. Thank you though!
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Are the university's occupational health department aware of this? Get evidence from your GP/specialist and speak to the departments to get reasonable adjustments put into place - and make sure you tell your placements about adjustments as uni may not. Good luck with it!
Yeah the OH dep are aware and I was cleared for my check, with the comment that the head of the course is to refer to OH if the condition worsens over the time at uni. I'll have an appointment with them in my first few weeks of starting so will deffo make sure they are aware and the right people are aware, and see if they have any advice on the best way to approach it in regards to placement. Thank you so much!
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Yeah I currently do keep track of everything, and it is controlled with medication, but just wanted a bit of reassurance all would be okay. Thank you though!
Just have a plan , keep all informed and you should be fine.
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