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Juggling to find balance: hearing the voices of undergraduate student nurses.

Mills, A., Ryden, J. and Knight, A., 2020. Juggling to find balance: hearing the voices of undergraduate student nurses. British Journal of Nursing, 29 (15), 897 - 903.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.15.897


BACKGROUND: Accounts of stress are common among students on nursing programmes. Prolonged high levels of stress can contribute to poor learning, the development of detrimental health behaviours, attrition and burnout. AIMS: To examine the health and wellbeing implications of undertaking a BSc nursing degree in the UK for first-year students. METHODS: Qualitative narrative analysis of 100 written student reflections on the influences on their health and wellbeing was undertaken. FINDINGS: Nursing students must juggle multiple competing demands on their physical capabilities, personal resources, income and time. Students are constantly seeking to achieve balance and personal equilibrium through the use of a variety of coping strategies. CONCLUSION: This work calls upon the profession, the nursing regulator, nursing programmes within higher education institutions and health Trusts to review the framework and content of undergraduate BSc nurse education. Programme requirements should enhance the health and wellbeing of students while simultaneously delivering education and practice opportunities necessary to meet professional requirements.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health ; Student nurses ; Student voices ; Undergraduate BSc programmes ; Wellbeing
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34534
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Sep 2020 15:01
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:24


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