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I’m starting my nursing degree in September just wondering how you guys balance everything. Iv heard a lot of time is on placement and gives very little time for personal life. I’m kinda worried about my mental health with the work on placements being majority hours. Does anyone have any positive things about nursing because TikTok and Twitter have all been negative and kinda making me regret it and very anxious. Thanks x
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I’m starting my nursing degree in September just wondering how you guys balance everything. Iv heard a lot of time is on placement and gives very little time for personal life. I’m kinda worried about my mental health with the work on placements being majority hours. Does anyone have any positive things about nursing because TikTok and Twitter have all been negative and kinda making me regret it and very anxious. Thanks x
As a student nurse you will have your freetime and then you make use of it when you get it.

A typical placement is anything between 4 - 7 or even 10 weeks blocks. You'll perhaps be working a typical day on hospital ward's approx 12 - 13 hours shift's regardless of dayshift or Nightshift or weekends. You do 3 days out of 7 days with 4 day's of but maybe different days you will be off.
Community placement are generally between the GP surgery opening hours ( say between 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday with a day off in the week plus weekends of to ) outpatient department placement hours are similar to GP surgery.


University times are usually between 9am - 4.30/5pm Monday to Friday as you'll do a average of 37.5 hours a week both on placement and at university.
You must complete all your hours - 2300 hours of placements and 2300 hours of university studying ( lectures and practical and theories practice) = 4600 hours over the 3 years of the course.

The course is broken up 50/50 of doing placement and university studying.

Any issues regarding your health related problems then talk to your university course leader and placement officer okay to resolve it.


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I’m starting my nursing degree in September just wondering how you guys balance everything. Iv heard a lot of time is on placement and gives very little time for personal life. I’m kinda worried about my mental health with the work on placements being majority hours. Does anyone have any positive things about nursing because TikTok and Twitter have all been negative and kinda making me regret it and very anxious. Thanks x
Yes, you very definitely will have time for social life while on placement - 3 years post qualifying and I'm proof of that, and that having an active life post qualifying as a registered nurse is completely doable (and Tracey is the midwifery version of that!).

As Tracey has already mentioned, you have to do 2300 hours of practice and the same amount of theory hours, so 50/50 split... but that's 2300 practice hours over 3 years. It gives you loads of time for social life - besides, some nursing jobs are 9-5 Monday-Friday (so VERY "normal", "social" hours), and the shift work jobs mean that you get days off in the week. Mid-week days off are highly underrated.

How did/do I balance things? By being organised, and accepting that I can't do absolutely everything in life that I want to. So, I make sure I've sorted my shift requests so that I can make at least 1 of 2 brass band rehearsals a week (I usually make 3 in 4 rehearsals, band are accepting of my job). I used to make a list of all my assignment/exam deadlines and allocate time for work on each assignment/exam revision - I think I only had 2 deadlines of when I was actually on placement, so I got the bulk of the assignment sorted in the theory periods before placement blocks so that all I had to do was tweak and proof read.
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Yes, you very definitely will have time for social life while on placement - 3 years post qualifying and I'm proof of that, and that having an active life post qualifying as a registered nurse is completely doable (and Tracey is the midwifery version of that!).

As Tracey has already mentioned, you have to do 2300 hours of practice and the same amount of theory hours, so 50/50 split... but that's 2300 practice hours over 3 years. It gives you loads of time for social life - besides, some nursing jobs are 9-5 Monday-Friday (so VERY "normal", "social" hours), and the shift work jobs mean that you get days off in the week. Mid-week days off are highly underrated.

How did/do I balance things? By being organised, and accepting that I can't do absolutely everything in life that I want to. So, I make sure I've sorted my shift requests so that I can make at least 1 of 2 brass band rehearsals a week (I usually make 3 in 4 rehearsals, band are accepting of my job). I used to make a list of all my assignment/exam deadlines and allocate time for work on each assignment/exam revision - I think I only had 2 deadlines of when I was actually on placement, so I got the bulk of the assignment sorted in the theory periods before placement blocks so that all I had to do was tweak and proof read.
Cheers Emily 😸😸😸
And I forgotten to mention that I also worked part-time job alongside the course.

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I’m starting my nursing degree in September just wondering how you guys balance everything. Iv heard a lot of time is on placement and gives very little time for personal life. I’m kinda worried about my mental health with the work on placements being majority hours. Does anyone have any positive things about nursing because TikTok and Twitter have all been negative and kinda making me regret it and very anxious. Thanks x
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As a student nurse you will have your freetime and then you make use of it when you get it.

A typical placement is anything between 4 - 7 or even 10 weeks blocks. You'll perhaps be working a typical day on hospital ward's approx 12 - 13 hours shift's regardless of dayshift or Nightshift or weekends. You do 3 days out of 7 days with 4 day's of but maybe different days you will be off.
Community placement are generally between the GP surgery opening hours ( say between 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday with a day off in the week plus weekends of to ) outpatient department placement hours are similar to GP surgery.


University times are usually between 9am - 4.30/5pm Monday to Friday as you'll do a average of 37.5 hours a week both on placement and at university.
You must complete all your hours - 2300 hours of placements and 2300 hours of university studying ( lectures and practical and theories practice) = 4600 hours over the 3 years of the course.

The course is broken up 50/50 of doing placement and university studying.

Any issues regarding your health related problems then talk to your university course leader and placement officer okay to resolve it.


A NHS registered midwife who had a social life as well as doing the degree.

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Thank you, I think seeing a lot of students on tiktok having bad experiences or only showing the bad experiences is making me really nervous.
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Yes, you very definitely will have time for social life while on placement - 3 years post qualifying and I'm proof of that, and that having an active life post qualifying as a registered nurse is completely doable (and Tracey is the midwifery version of that!).

As Tracey has already mentioned, you have to do 2300 hours of practice and the same amount of theory hours, so 50/50 split... but that's 2300 practice hours over 3 years. It gives you loads of time for social life - besides, some nursing jobs are 9-5 Monday-Friday (so VERY "normal", "social" hours), and the shift work jobs mean that you get days off in the week. Mid-week days off are highly underrated.

How did/do I balance things? By being organised, and accepting that I can't do absolutely everything in life that I want to. So, I make sure I've sorted my shift requests so that I can make at least 1 of 2 brass band rehearsals a week (I usually make 3 in 4 rehearsals, band are accepting of my job). I used to make a list of all my assignment/exam deadlines and allocate time for work on each assignment/exam revision - I think I only had 2 deadlines of when I was actually on placement, so I got the bulk of the assignment sorted in the theory periods before placement blocks so that all I had to do was tweak and proof read.
Thank you, yeah I was thinking about the over lap of assignment and placement too. I am pretty organised when it comes to assignments. Placement just sounds scary 😭😂. I am very excited for it.
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Thank you, yeah I was thinking about the over lap of assignment and placement too. I am pretty organised when it comes to assignments. Placement just sounds scary 😭😂. I am very excited for it.
What sounds so bad about placement? Yes I had placements I didn't like, but most of them were OK/enjoyable and I like my job (got a job on the ward I had my final placement on)
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What sounds so bad about placement? Yes I had placements I didn't like, but most of them were OK/enjoyable and I like my job (got a job on the ward I had my final placement on)
I’m not sure, I feel like my bad experience working in a care home has affected how I view it. But I enjoyed working with residents etc. I’m just so slow sometimes lol. But I think it has been that one experience which has given me severe anxiety lol for something Iv been excited to go into all my life.
Do you mind me asking what ward you work on. Also when we’re on placement do most students get jobs at the same hospitals/wards they work on in 3rd year.
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I’m not sure, I feel like my bad experience working in a care home has affected how I view it. But I enjoyed working with residents etc. I’m just so slow sometimes lol. But I think it has been that one experience which has given me severe anxiety lol for something Iv been excited to go into all my life.
Do you mind me asking what ward you work on. Also when we’re on placement do most students get jobs at the same hospitals/wards they work on in 3rd year.
Not every area is for everyone.
I wasn't keen on my nursing home placement - but for me, anything was better than A&E (don't ask, I'm not going in to that one). However, a couple of people in my cohort really enjoyed community and nursing home placements, they hated hospital placements. Others absolutely loved A&E.

I work on a surgical ward. It's vascular surgery (ie veins/arteries - usually lower limb - usually trying to save a leg to prevent amputation - sometimes nothing works, or the leg is past trying to save, so they end up having above/below knee amputations anyway).

Yes, a lot of students get jobs in the place that they did their final placement. Some don't, but that's usually their choice as they've moved away.
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That sounds really interesting, I feel so much better and excited to actually start my course now. Thank you! @Emily_B @Tracey_W
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Thank you, I think seeing a lot of students on tiktok having bad experiences or only showing the bad experiences is making me really nervous.
I don't and never have listened to anything about nursing on social media sites because a lot of it I don't believe in as I rather find out how things are by actually going and doing the placements and university studying.

Every individual perhaps has there own opinions about things with any nursing fields and the only way to actually knowing this yourself is in fact by doing these and then you know how it is then.

I think that every individual student nurses have a good and bad placement as it's part of the nature of nursing. You actually gain more experience from a bad placement as it encourages you to make sure you can do better than previously.

I even had a badish placement ( more a issue towards a full-time staff member towards students) which I didn't like but I got on with it.

Similar to what Emily said about job on the ward she did her final placement on I to got a job same way.
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I don't and never have listened to anything about nursing on social media sites because a lot of it I don't believe in as I rather find out how things are by actually going and doing the placements and university studying.

Every individual perhaps has there own opinions about things with any nursing fields and the only way to actually knowing this yourself is in fact by doing these and then you know how it is then.

I think that every individual student nurses have a good and bad placement as it's part of the nature of nursing. You actually gain more experience from a bad placement as it encourages you to make sure you can do better than previously.

I even had a badish placement ( more a issue towards a full-time staff member towards students) which I didn't like but I got on with it.

Similar to what Emily said about job on the ward she did her final placement on I to got a job same way.
Think I had the same issue at my job in care home lol.I did filter my social feeds to anything other than nursing students. I think with socials media once you like and follow one video you got a billion other videos of the same experience which seems like it’s bad all over but really their just tiny snippets.
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I’m not sure, I feel like my bad experience working in a care home has affected how I view it. But I enjoyed working with residents etc. I’m just so slow sometimes lol. But I think it has been that one experience which has given me severe anxiety lol for something Iv been excited to go into all my life.
Do you mind me asking what ward you work on. Also when we’re on placement do most students get jobs at the same hospitals/wards they work on in 3rd year.
I must agree with Emily about not every area suits everyone especially in adult nursing sector of nursing.
What suits you don't means it suits somebody else 😉. I do think that sometimes you have to take any particular position at first to secure a job on qualifying and then at a later date apply for somewhere else that you may actually prefer to work about like specialist areas ( transplant or ENT for example ).

I wasn't too keen on community placement as didn't know what sort of places you were going into when visiting mums to be at there homes.
I preferred the hospital side of midwifing.

You'll need to apply for a job later in third year and it depends on where you actually want to work about is your own preference so if you wish to work on the ward that you were on during your placement and a job was available in this ward then you could apply for it exactly as others would be doing.
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