How Student Nurses Can Practice Self Care

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With so many assignments to complete, many of you will easily put self-care on the back burner. Students prioritize homework, projects and assignments more than anything else.  The truth is you are the most important person. Your most important priority is to take care of yourself.

Self-care will not only make you focus on your studies but will make you remember what you studied because you will be healthier and more relaxed.

In this article, let’s look at a few things you can do to improve your self-care.


Plan your time

Planning is one of the best things you can do. And planning your time means making a time table, and sticking to it.

I know of many times when students come up with great looking timetables, but never follow them. For example, if you are taking two classes, Anatomy and Chemistry, you can plan on studying each course three days a week for three hours.

As simple as this looks, it can be a challenge for some busy students.


Plan Regular Breaks

It’s easy to keep going without any breaks. You can be so busy that even taking a shower is something you do for two minutes because you don’t have time!

You need to make sure you don’t become “the overwhelmed student.” Take breaks because your body needs to replenish. Alongside with breaks, make sure you get a good night rest.


Learn to say No!

When you are in Nursing School, you can easily agree to do other stuff that you should not be accepting. Learn to say no to things that will take more of your time.

Before you agree to anything, ask yourself these three questions

  1. How much of my time will it take?
  2. How much energy will it take?
  3. Will it add value to my studies?

If the request is time-consuming, draining and adds no value to your studies, just say a polite “No!”


Avoid negative people

As a student, you want to be as positive as you can be. There is enough on your mind, and the last thing you need is a negative person in your life. Negative people have a tendency to bring other people down. They are draining, and you can even dream about them if you listen to them too much. Negative people speak negative words that can eat into your mind like a cancer. Stay away from them as much as possible.


Eat healthy foods

Learn to eat healthy foods. If you eat too much junk food, your system will feel full, and you will be sleepy most of the time because of the excessive carbohydrates and sugars you overload your system with. This will reduce your concentration and performance in class. When you eat clean, healthy food, you feel fit and therefore, give your best.

If you make these few changes, you’ll be amazed at the success your student experience will bring.


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About The Author
Joyce Fiodembo is a nurse and author. You can find plenty of resources on her blog;, where she writes to inspire and uplift nurses to thrive. Joyce is the author of “The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America” and “How Nurses Cope with Difficult Coworkers” found on Her other book "Reflections and Prayers for Nurses" can be found on She started her career in Kenya where she worked as a travel, ICU and operating room nurse. Joyce works with nurses who may be struggling with cultural challenges, equipping them to settle down easily. She is also a career counselor, helping nurses with interview skills and resume writing among others. Currently working in Ohio, she enjoys volunteering for mobile clinics abroad. Joyce is passionate about writing and currently has a website with a goal of inspiring nurses worldwide. You can visit her website at
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