Nursing Education – Stress and Workload, comment

I thought it was appropriate to discuss stress because that is exactly what I am feeling about my degree program. It does feature online interaction and computer use. The purpose of my degree program was to prepare myself on how to be a better Community Health Nurse; I did not think it was to spend time on academic work. I went to bed last night feeling very stressed. My workday is already 9 hours long and by the time I get to my computer at night I am already tired and stressed. What am I going to do about it? I do not know. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. Many Nurses are already feeling the strain of work, family, education etc. I graduated from Nursing in 1982 at the ripe age of 19; it was a 3-year diploma program. Now it is all about the degree and it is becoming increasingly difficult for diploma nurses to move forward in their career. With the national nursing shortage, one would think the government would concentrate on more effective ways for diploma nurses to bridge over to their degree. I cannot afford to take 2 years off to go back to school and taking a course at a time I will be ready to retire by the time I get my degree. To the poster of July 3, 2009 first of all I feel your frustration, but the fact is that it is the nursing organizations that are at blame for this need for additional education not the government. As I am sure that you have found by now, taking classes online require a great deal of discipline and initiative. As with anything else in your life you deem important, time has to be made for it. I know making time in an already full life is going to be very difficult, but you have to weigh what’s more important to you right now, family and work or school. Once that question is answered, you will find a way to make it work.

Original Post:
June 15, 2009
Title; Stress and Workload
I thought it was appropriate to discuss stress because that’s exactly what I am feeling about my degree program. It does feature online interaction and computer use. The purpose of my degree program was to prepare myself on how to be a better Community Health Nurse; I did not think it was to send time on academic work. I went to bed last night feeling very stressed. My workday is already 9 hours long and by the time I get to my computer at night I am already tired and stressed. What am I going to do about it? I don’t know. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. Many Nurses are already feeling the strain of work, family, education etc. I graduated from Nursing in 1982 at the ripe age of 19; it was a 3-year diploma program. Now it’s all about the degree and it is becoming increasingly difficult for diploma nurses to move forward in their career. With the national nursing shortage one would think the government would concentrate on more effective ways for diploma nurses to bridge over to their degree. I can’t afford to take 2 years off to go back to school and taking a course at a time I will be ready to retire by the time I get my degree.

Tags: Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Informatics Resources, Nursing Education, Health Care Informatics Eduction, Community Public Health Nursing Education

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