Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Stuck In A Rut

Last semester proved a tad stressful for me. I worked hard, agonised hard, and then agonised some more, and fortunately, it paid off. I decided from the very start of second year that I would be going after that first classification all guns blazing, and for a while there, I did. However, things aren’t exactly going according to plan this semester. My motivation it seems has completely deserted me: nowhere to be found, and as a direct result my work ethic currently leaves a lot to be desired.

The problem is I’m enjoying life too much. Not being on placement and having to endure shifts that make me delirious with exhaustion, combined with not having to write any soul-destroying and panic-attack-inducing assignments leaves plenty of time to... you know... have a life! All this temporary freedom is intoxicating, and I’m definitely making the most of it. I find being on placement quite isolating at times, and not surprisingly, I miss my friends and family dreadfully. As soon as placement is over, I have my diary out and phone at the ready; determined to eradicate absolutely any evidence of ‘free time’ whatsoever. But I digress. Soon all this splendid social freedom will be over, and it will be time to return once again to normality; which for a student nurse usually means being on placement, being in bed, or being in the library (hopefully).

I'm acutely aware of the importance of work/life balance, so it's not surprising that after a particularly full-on period of hard work or long placement, I feel the need to distance the nursing side of things for a little while - hence the persistent study struggles, not to mention lack of blogging! However, I am determined to turn things around as of today. I’m just going to watch Come Dine with Me first...

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