The Key to Life as a Nursing Student: Balance
By: Brianna Story
Being a nursing student can be both challenging and rewarding. Because of this, students need to know when it is appropriate to hang out with friends and when they need to buckle down for studies. Two juniors in the nursing program, Jamie Haecker and Jamie Harlan were asked of their experiences, and any advice they may have for underclassmen in the program. Haecker plays on the women’s soccer team here at Presentation College and stated, “Being a nursing student and athlete is very doable.” She explained that she knows what is expected of her in both her athletic and academic performance, and in order to do well in both, she gets school work done first before her two-hour practice, “This helps me not procrastinate and fall behind.” Harlan made a point that setting time aside for yourself is just as important as studying and doing homework in order to have a good balance and state of mind. Both girls said that being a nursing student is difficult and stressful at times, but once they see their patient smiling and feeling good it is all worth it in the end. They stated, “It is important not to procrastinate and even though you may fail some tests you are smarter than you think; never give up.” Both girls love the idea of being a nurse and feeling like they are in Grey’s Anatomy while walking down the hallway in the hospital wearing their scrubs.
Two sophomores that are in the nursing program, Melanie Nabity and Emily Zimmerman were also interviewed. They both are excited to start clinical hours next year because the hands-on learning is going to be very beneficial, and it will be exciting to be right there with the nurses seeing how they deal with patients. Emily feels that she will need to learn how to prioritize what is most important as she balances her school and work lives. On the other hand, Melanie takes her two hours of soccer practice as a stress reliever, then hits the books after. As both girls are in their second year, the most challenging classes are starting to hit them as they are getting into more of the nursing specific aspect of their program. They know that it is extremely important to make time for themselves to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Melanie said, “I like to take it day by day. That way everything does not hit me like a truck, especially since I know I am not even in the hardest stages of nursing school.” Melanie decided that she wanted to be a nurse after her both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer. She said, “Seeing how the nurses cared so much for my parents to make sure that they are comfortable in their stay as well as sympathetic to the rest of our family’s feelings made me want to be like them. I like the idea of helping others as much as those nurses helped my parents and myself to feel better about the outcome of the situation. I just want to return the favor to more families.”