What to do when life gets in the way of nursing school

graphic_mighty-nurse-family-domesticLife has a funny way of sneaking up on you and sometimes that seems even more likely to happen when you are in nursing school. Pregnancies, marriages, breakups, divorces, and so on can make getting through school more difficult than usual.

It can feel like the world is against you when unforseen circumstances pop up. You may feel like nursing school just isn’t for you, or you may try to tough it out.

Unfortunately, you may stress yourself out more if you don’t seek help in pursuing nursing while your life is falling apart. Here are some tips for how to navigate these troubled waters.

Talk to your teachers

Your teachers may or may not be sympathetic, but they are the first ones you should contact with your troubles outside of school. In many cases, they can be helpful and find ways to work with you.

Depending on how life has gotten in your way, if you haven’t talked with them in advance your teacher’s hands may be tied. For instance, if you missed too many clinicals, they may not be able to help you make them up.

The point is that talking to the higher ups can really help you to find a way to solve the problem. Minor issues that don’t take up a great deal of time could be worked around.

Many teachers are sympathetic to the struggles of nursing students, and it is worth your time to check into it. Even going to the dean or other teacher supervisors may help.

Reach out for help

Again, it depends on what your particular issue is when considering reaching out for help. For instance, if you are having trouble with your children, try to get family to help you with babysitting or transportation.

Family is probably the best option for reaching out, but friends shouldn’t be discounted. Sadly, not everyone has these support systems, and that’s when you need to get creative.

If you need help, consider governmental assistance. Rent problems, money issues, and healthcare concerns are all issues that can be addressed by reaching out to the government for help.

You may also need help for emotional issues, and this would mean reaching out for help from doctors and therapists.

No matter what you are facing, help is available, but you have to find it and ask for it.

Consider trying later

As much as it may hurt, you may have to consider trying nursing school in the future. No one likes the idea of dropping out, but some cases don’t leave you very many options.

For instance, taking care of a loved one with a severe disease would likely take up too much of your time to allow you to continue nursing school. Likewise, a death in the family may be too devastating to allow you to continue.

Think about this very carefully because it has a strong impact on your future. Examine your options, but if you need to bow out and try again later, there is no shame in that.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and some things are more important than nursing school.

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