March 3rd, 2021

Resiliency as a Student Nurse

Reflecting on my experience of going through nursing school while in a pandemic, I learned that practicing self-care is essential amidst all the changes going on every day and that reaching out for help is never a sign of weakness. I have found utilization of available resources such as TimelyMD and UHS Mental Health Services to be extremely helpful during times when stress can feel insurmountable. Talking to countless mental health providers equipped me with new perspectives that I have found very useful to stay afloat when school/life becomes overwhelming. I believe that one of the most valuable lessons is to reach out for help when needed in order to keep moving forward no matter our challenges.

Tags: Managing stress, Resilient, Support

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Hi Huy:

Thanks for joining our conversation and sharing your experience. How did you learn to practice self-care? One goal of this process to see how nursing schools can better support students and help them be more resilient. Did the school or your professors help you in some way? Was there something more the school could have done?

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Hi Cindy:

I apologize for my delayed response. I discovered the importance of practicing self-care through my experience living alone, seeking mental health services, and talking to others. Through school, I consult my supervising nursing instructors during in-person clinical shifts whenever I face any challenges and also Student Affairs who assist me with appropriate academic accommodations to help me succeed in my courses. I appreciate that professors have shown support through office hours and email. Additionally, I have found usage of the app called Hapi (https://www.hapi.com) to be tremendously helpful as I am able to get help through day to day challenges by connecting in real time with a real human. It definitely always alleviates my stress. I imagine if there were such an app for student nurses to provide and receive peer-to-peer support, it would be incredible!

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