Staying Motivated When Studying Nursing

It gets tiring, stressful, exhausting and emotional. It can push you to your limits and boundaries, and it can change who you are as a person and how you live your life. Nursing isn’t just a career.

One thing I’ve experienced is getting so worn out that I lose motivation to study. Especially when I have placement, assignments and online work that needs to be done all at the same time. I figured that I’d make a post on how I maintain motivation to keep going!


During placement all of your energy goes into it. Every single bit, so juggling all of your theory work at the same time can be stressful.

So this is how I juggle this aspect:

  • Make a plan: know what time you start and finish your placement shift, then work around time to relax, eat and do some work. Even planning half an hour of theory work makes a difference. You can always fit in time.
  • Remember why I’m doing this: I can’t be successful in the practical aspect if I don’t know what I’m doing in the theory aspect.
  • Make time to have fun: if you’re feeling tense or stressed, you’re not going to want to study or do theory work. Make sure you find your work/study/life balance.
  • During the study break
  • I use this time to look over notes from last semester, create folders of information I need to know and add new illnesses and diseases to another folder I have. If you can stay motivated during your break it’ll make entering your next semester so much easier.
  • During the semester, without placements
  • You need to fully plan out your days, so that you aren’t studying at 12am stressing out. In my diary, I plan out for every week when I’m doing online work, working on assignments and when I can do something fun and entertaining.
  • This is my plan for this semester:
    • On the days I have classes, I’ll spend most of the day at uni studying and doing online work in the hub/library.
      I’ll spend the other days working on assignments.
      On the days I have work, those will be my breaks; because I’ll need them.

    Having a plan, as mentioned previously, will help to maintain your motivation; trust me.

    Other tips for staying motivated

    • Keep a list of reasons why you’re studying nursing close by.
    • Write down your short term and long terms nursing goals.
    • Plan for everything.
    • Try to avoid cramming heaps of events and parties at the same time of studying.
    • Find your work/life/study balance.
    • Don’t ignore your friends: having a social life is super important and breaks up the hard work.
    • Hang out with people when you can.
    • Always have a day off, you don’t want to burn out.
    • Keep quotes located around you, for me quotes dictate my life; they’re a real help for mental health.
    • Maintain your mental health!! I cannot stress this enough. Your mental health dictates all of your life.
    • Listen to your body, don’t force studying if you’re not into it.
    • Pay attention in classes, you have them for a reason.
    • Make friends in your course, that way you have someone you can bounce off, work with and have time with.
    • Don’t be afraid to grow: you tend to stay motivated when you grow and develop as a person, you will feel more accomplished.
  • Some quotes that keep me sane
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

    It always seems impossible until it’s done.

    Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.

    Remember your bad results as a motivation rather than a failure.

    If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

    Expecting things to change without putting any effort is like waiting for a ship at the airport.

    You are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with so be brave enough to let go of the those that weigh you down.

    Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.

    Sometimes I feel like giving up, but then I remember I have a lot of people to prove wrong.

    You didn’t wake up today to simply be mediocre.

    Make it fucking happen.

    I didn’t come this far to only come this far.

    I love the person I’ve become, because I fought to become her.


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