Stress and workload, comment

I also agree with both the original poster and the commentor regarding the stress of completing our nursing degrees and dealing with life in general. I also have a full time job where I travel around the country. I find that our textbooks are too heavy to take on the road so most times, I leave it at home and do my work on the weekends. My family responsibilities have changed as my children have completed their educations and now I feel that I must complete my own education. I am taking the degree completion RN program and find that when I have time to study and read, it is very enjoyable. I do feel stressed during my tests but that was like that 30 years ago in my diploma nursing program. I read that "A state of stress turns on the stress response mechanism" in Thibodeau’s Anatomy and Physiology. Our body helps us respond to stress and usually that works for me. I know that I will feel a lot less stressed when I finish my current class and then my Capstone class. I really feel that I have increased my knowledge and enjoyed learning "again" so much that I learned so many years ago. I think that we will all be better nurses due to this online learning. We should all be so proud of ourselves for pushing through our "stress" and making graduation happen!

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.

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