Stress and workload, comment

You are not alone….working full time, family responsibilities, and going to school is stressful. I have heard people comment when I say I am taking online classes "well that is different". But online classes are not any less stressful than going to campus. It takes alot of discipline and organizational skills to take online classes. We all know the effects of stress on our body and health. Focusing on the big picture and your overall goals, will help keep you focused. I found allowing time to your self each day even if its only 30 minute of going outside, or riding my bike, brings my stress level down. Take advantage of the new education opportunities, I feel it is very important for nurses to complete there BSN.

Original Post:
June 15, 2009
Title: Stress and workload
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.

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