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Dropping out of nursing

Hello, I have been considering dropping out of my nursing degree, as I have been really struggling with my mental health and doing the whole degree online. Does anyone know if this will affect my ability to do a nursing degree in the future?
Original post by s0phiej4cks0n
Hello, I have been considering dropping out of my nursing degree, as I have been really struggling with my mental health and doing the whole degree online. Does anyone know if this will affect my ability to do a nursing degree in the future?

I doubt it will because for various reasons many people, unfortunately, drop out of nursing. With that said, have you thought of deferring or taking a gap year or something along those lines . Nursing is hard work and doing it solely online is even more difficult, so ask for from your PAT or module lead, they may be able to help.
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You may have to check with Student Finance... nursing is an exception course if it’s a second degree, but you may need to check the eligibility guidelines surrounding leaving a nursing degree and then coming back to it.

Best wishes for your mental health❤️
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Original post by moosec
You may have to check with Student Finance... nursing is an exception course if it’s a second degree, but you may need to check the eligibility guidelines surrounding leaving a nursing degree and then coming back to it.

Best wishes for your mental health❤️

hi sorry to join in on this but could you pls inform me as well about the finance surrounding this? when i phoned student finance she said i could get 3 years funding for child nursing despite my 2 years of adult nursing because nursing was an exception course but i didnt realise thats only if you are a pg student?? is it impossible if you are an ug?
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Original post by lxtte23
hi sorry to join in on this but could you pls inform me as well about the finance surrounding this? when i phoned student finance she said i could get 3 years funding for child nursing despite my 2 years of adult nursing because nursing was an exception course but i didnt realise thats only if you are a pg student?? is it impossible if you are an ug?



All I know is that if you have an UG degree, or have studied part of an UG degree in the past, and wish to undertake a degree in Nursing (whether that be UG or PG) your previous study will not be taken into account and you’re eligible for full student finance as it’s an exception course. So no I don’t think it’s just for PG?

My point was more about leaving a Nursing degree to then join the same course/field of study again later... I’m not sure how funding works for that so mentioned to OP to maybe query it with Student Finance. :smile:
I left nursing after dropping out in second year and having issues around my mental health, it was possibly one of the bravest and best decisions I’ve ever made. I am largely much better in my mental health and have plucked the courage to go and do a midwifery degree at a different university in a different city. I originally deferred for 6 months whilst still at uni, I wish I had more courage and left there and then but there’s always a reason for why we do something
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Original post by moosec
All I know is that if you have an UG degree, or have studied part of an UG degree in the past, and wish to undertake a degree in Nursing (whether that be UG or PG) your previous study will not be taken into account and you’re eligible for full student finance as it’s an exception course. So no I don’t think it’s just for PG?

My point was more about leaving a Nursing degree to then join the same course/field of study again later... I’m not sure how funding works for that so mentioned to OP to maybe query it with Student Finance. :smile:


Oh I see, thank you so so much :smile: !!
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Original post by mayacerise
I left nursing after dropping out in second year and having issues around my mental health, it was possibly one of the bravest and best decisions I’ve ever made. I am largely much better in my mental health and have plucked the courage to go and do a midwifery degree at a different university in a different city. I originally deferred for 6 months whilst still at uni, I wish I had more courage and left there and then but there’s always a reason for why we do something

It’s definitely a really brave decision and I hope you’re much happier now. Well done for choosing to look after yourself x
Original post by lxtte23
It’s definitely a really brave decision and I hope you’re much happier now. Well done for choosing to look after yourself x

Thank you my lovely! I am so much happier! Mental health comes first in life (in my opinion) x
I’m in my first term of nursing and I’m really considering dropping out. I’ve told my family I’ll decide at Christmas after my first placement but I’m worried I still won’t know. I’m just so stressed all of the time but then some days I enjoy the course so I don’t know what I want.
Original post by Veryconfuseduhoh
I’m in my first term of nursing and I’m really considering dropping out. I’ve told my family I’ll decide at Christmas after my first placement but I’m worried I still won’t know. I’m just so stressed all of the time but then some days I enjoy the course so I don’t know what I want.

Hi. I’m exactly the same, first year and just going into my second term. But I’m having so many doubts. I’m 22 and nearly 23 so I feel like I’m slightly behind anyway. I was really motivated to start with but now I just want to do any of it, I love the idea of helping and caring for people but I just don’t know if I want to do the degree. I’m dreading the placement and it’s just not what i expected. We’re doing it all online so it’s just not the same. I don’t know what to do 😩
Original post by mayacerise
I left nursing after dropping out in second year and having issues around my mental health, it was possibly one of the bravest and best decisions I’ve ever made. I am largely much better in my mental health and have plucked the courage to go and do a midwifery degree at a different university in a different city. I originally deferred for 6 months whilst still at uni, I wish I had more courage and left there and then but there’s always a reason for why we do something

I am in the same situation with my mental health and i Am in my second year of the intergrated masters in nursing UG. And i Know nursing isn’t for me but midwifery has always been my passion. Did it all work out? I’m just waiting to hear off student finance. Hoping to join this September.

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