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A day in the life of a nursing student


Cari Williams is a nurse in training whose days are a mix of hands-on work in the lab and theory lessons in the classroom to build her knowledge. Here’s what her typical day at uni looks like.

7 – 8am

“I come straight to campus in the mornings as I prefer early classes and keeping my afternoons free. If I can’t catch a lift with my mum, who works nearby, I take the bus. I use the journey to just chill out and try to wake up – always a challenging time for me!”

8 – 10am

“When I arrive at campus, I usually head straight to my prac class. This means I have to be in my nursing uniform and it all takes place inside the lab, which is set up as a simulation hospital ward.

The lab is the best part of my studies and it’s so realistic. Often, we begin with the teacher giving us a hypothetical patient and scenario. We take a look at the medication chart and choose which medications to give first and how to administer them.

10 – 11am

“After a busy morning, it’s time for a break. I’ll usually walk to a local shopping mall with a friend and have an early lunch for an hour before we head back to campus.”

11am – 1pm

“My next session is usually a theory class. It’s a mix of us listening to the teacher and then presenting our own research about a question set the previous week. If there’s anything we’ve missed in our presentation, the teacher will expand on it further so we all understand.”

1 – 2pm

“I head home for the day after my last class. On the train I like to go over my lecture notes. I have to travel for an hour, which isn’t that bad, and it’s a good opportunity to get some reading done.”

2 – 7.30pm

“When I arrive home, I’ll have an afternoon snack and start on a worksheet for a lab class or do some more readings – it all depends on what’s urgent. All of the lecture notes are available online and I definitely concentrate better at home in my own time. I also have a casual job, but I purposely set up my uni timetable so I’m only on campus twice a week, leaving me free to work on different days. I find for me it’s easier to keep uni and work days separate.” 

7.30 – 10.30pm

“I’ll stop for dinner and by this time I’m usually pretty done for the day. I like to just relax and spend time with my family.”

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