A Few Quick Tips About Nursing Universities In Ukraine

Oct 25, 2019

Are you considering studying nursing or are you already on that path? Either way, congratulations are in order because you are moving forward with your academic life. If you are studying nursing in Ukraine then double congratulations. Studying nursing (or any course) in Ukraine comes with lots of benefits, including:

  • Tuition is very affordable compared to most developed countries.
  • The cost of living is low while the standard of living is very good. From accommodation to feeding to transportation, everything is low in cost.
  • Opportunities to be independent and learn another language as well as explore a beautiful culture.
  • Great teaching techniques and all-round quality education as well as a small student to teacher ratio.
  • Accredited universities that are recognized by most countries and by international organizations like WHO, UNESCO, MCI, etc.
  • Ease of entry as you don’t need to take language or entrance exams. All you need are the required grades.
  • It is still safe to study in Ukraine as schools are very far away (in a whole different region) from the battle and special attention is given to international students.
  • Opportunity to work and gain full Visa as well as other Visa benefits.
  • Fairly normal weather.

The need for nurses is predicted to grow by 2024 because of the aging population and because a significant number of practicing nurses are close to retiring. Not to mention the percentage of nurses who are leaving their fields for other reasons.

Therefore, studying nursing is a great choice but there are a few things you need to understand before going into nursing, and even if you’re currently studying nursing.

Is nursing your calling and does it suit you? To not be among the people who gain admission or get a nursing job and dropout or quit before long, you need to have a passion for this profession. You need to know why you’re doing this so that the problems you will encounter (and there will be problems) will not discourage you and so that you can keep your eyes on the price. Do you know all nursing entails?

I know that the mass media and even social media tend to glamourize the nursing profession but there are some drawbacks in nursing, as it is with other professions.

Here are a few things that people don’t talk about but you need to know about if you want to prepare yourself.

Firstly, I must say that even if you don’t want to be a bedside nurse, you will most likely need the experience (especially in the hospital) and you will also be taught on this as well. Not to say that there are no plus sides to nursing – and there are indeed beautiful aspects – but these are some aspects of nursing that could mess with you and make you fail to look at the positives if you’re not aware and prepared.

  1. Schedules: Nursing is not your regular 9-5 job. There is no set schedule and shifts could mess with you if you can’t find a way to fit your life around it. Shifts are usually divided into mornings, evenings and nights (this is often 7-15, 15-23 and 23-7) i.e., 8 hours per shift for fully staffed hospitals. However, some have two shifts (day and night with 12 hours each) which can be trying especially on relationships between friends, couples and between parents and children.

You will most likely start your experience with lots of night shifts, few holiday breaks and fewer weekends off. This changes when you have more seniority of course.

Plus side: There are advantages to working night shifts like more pay, fewer patients and fewer distractions by the administration. Also, once you get the hang of the shift rotation, you will be able to function like an actual human and have a life outside your bed and the hospital.

  1. Mandate Nightmare: This is when you are asked to pull extra hours (out of the blue) so your hours are extended to up to 16 hours, sometimes more.

Plus side: You will be reimbursed for the added hours which may be small compensation for the canceled plans but you could treat yourself with the bonus.

3: Salary: The average pay for regular nurses around the world is enough to cover living and feeding and other regular bills and expenses and then some, but it doesn’t mean that it can cover the cost of living “lavish”. Of course, you will be paid more with your seniority and experience level, but some people see the pay as unfair given their workload and importance.

Plus side: Most medical facilities give benefits like health insurance and coverage as well as childcare coverage.

  1. Patient to Nurse Ratio: This depends on the number of nursing staff present. Therefore short-staffed facilities have a larger number of patients to nurses. You can have as large as 10, sometimes larger. That can be a problem for the patient and nurse.

Plus side: Of course, you will be reimbursed (in most cases).

  1. Work Description: Nursing is a very messy job and you will have to do a lot of gross things. However, people don’t like to mention the aspects of bodily fluid and other aspects that you will be required to deal with. So, here goes… blood, pus, snort, urine, all forms of poop, all colors of vomit, etc. Therefore, if you’re squeamish about any of these, you need to train it out of you because you need to be able to work without making the patient feel even more embarrassed about himself or herself. Facial and mental composure is a plus for every nurse so you’ve gotta accept and cope with it all, warts and all.

Plus side: Yes, the whole profession can be stressful but you can’t place a price on the smiles that you give your patients, the wonderful (albeit brief) relationships you share, and the things you never thought you could learn.

6. Authority: Here’s a major cause of disputes between doctors and nurses. The whole “I know better than you” and “I understand the patient better than you” tuff war. Nurses indeed have a say in the welfare of a patient but they don’t call the shots, even if they feel as if what is being done to or about a patient isn’t right.

Plus side: In a way, this is better as it makes the nurse focus totally on the care of each patient without the added burden of making life-changing decisions.

There you have it, the other side of the coin. Like most professions – okay maybe a not-so-large number of professions – nursing practice is very challenging and so is nursing school. Students can often get overwhelmed in nursing school, all the responsibilities and workload, not to mention life outside the class can be extremely stressful to manage, no matter what degree or level they are.

But, it can be managed and you can thrive and excel. All you need is to hold on to those dreams and proper planning.

Here are 10 tips about studying nursing in Ukraine.

  1. Get help: For people with added responsibilities like parents and workers, you need to find ways and people to help you reduce the workload. Discuss with your family or find a support system and come up with a well-laid plan that will help you juggle these different parts of your life. When I said “well-laid” I meant it, plans should include emergency protocols and daily schedules and even plans for special events. You might also want to consider part-time programs.
  2. Schedule: To cope with all these aspects of school and real life, you need to organize everything possible into a schedule. This will involve incorporating class schedules and reading schedules and also real-life schedules, like a master schedule. You need to make use of your time therefore, some sacrifices are in order. All this is needed so that you don’t procrastinate and pill everything up.
  3. Classes: Take very detailed notes in class get all the materials discussed or needed in class. As an added benefit, you can use a recorder that you can use when too tired to write or for future reference. You can also compare notes with other students in your class.
  4. Know thyself: Find the best study time and place that suits you. Find the sanctuary that makes you focus more and take note of your best study periods. Another thing to note is your learning style. Are you the type that learns from listening more than writing notes? Or do practical videos make more sense to you than classes? You need to take note of all these little things because they will help you come up with a study plan.
  5. Study plan: You don’t have to wait for exams to read, besides doing this won’t work for you. Apart from assignments, find the time, based on what you have observed about your reading pattern, to study your notes after class every day. It doesn’t have to take too long, you will most probably still remember the class so all you have to do is skim through and highlight key parts and make notes at the side of materials you need to read to build knowledge of the class. When you read words, try to create scenarios in your mind, make the class come to life in your mind. Do this every day while setting aside days to read complete notes and other materials. Don’t focus on memorizing but on understanding the lesson.
  6. Be flexible: Apart from the class, assignments and notes find other ways to increase your knowledge. It’s okay if some don’t work out, just stick with what works and improve yourself. Here are a few options.
  • Utilize outside sources and materials but focus only on your course outline.
  • Join a study group and do more than gossip. Discuss troubling aspects of the class. Also, try teaching someone as this helps you remember. If you can’t, teach your pen, lamp, toothbrush or anything you want. Repeating words out loud makes it sink in better.
  • Watch online videos, they are easier to remember than text and will give you an in-depth idea of the course.
  • Use study apps, they find fun ways to summarize key aspects of a course. There are lots of applications for nursing students and practicing nurses. For example, the NCSBN learning extension, NCLEX RN mastery, Picmonic, Medscape, Quizlet, etc.
  1. Rest: Take needed breaks. Don’t exert yourself and take naps before tests and exams. It is important to not deprive yourself of sleep so that you don’t break down and with the help of a good schedule, you won’t often have too much workload and can get some downtime. When you have little downtime and you are pressed for time, make some sacrifices because your health comes first.
  2. Physical and mental health: As a nursing student, you have to learn to take care of yourself first. Eat well, sleep well and don’t take unprescribed drugs that “will help you focus”. The stress can be much but these little things keep you going. Also, keep track of your mental health and seek counsel when you don’t feel quite like yourself mentally. It will all work out okay.
  3. Exams: If you’ve been following the schedule and do daily revisions and other revisions, exams should be easier for you whether it is the school’s exam or certification exam. However, this does not mean that it won’t be hard. I know that it’s hard to reread your note completely but try. Also, use the apps and have mock exams or quizzes. Follow the nursing exam study guide and the course outline and focus on what was discussed in class.
  4. Get more training: After a successful study, don’t forget to also get some more training. Some of the best learning comes from volunteering so you can do that as well. There are lots of nurse training exercises out there, so you can sign up for anyone that interests you.

These tips will be sure to help you keep your focus and your sanity. I hope you find it useful and have an amazing study.

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