Long Beach City College
September 13, 2012
Stress is a reaction to many events of life. In the life of a nursing student, such as myself and my peers, not only do we feel it from factors such as work, money, and family, but we additionally have performance stress. There is a lot of pressure to do well in our homework, to be punctual to class, and to pay attention to details as is needed for clinicals.
Stress is defined as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation according to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary (1995). I can definitely vouch for the physical and emotional factors. What my husband and I have been going through has really taken its toll. I have not been able to eat or sleep. I cry almost every day. We are faced with the possibility of losing everything we have worked so hard for due to a decision we made. My husband has worked at the Compton Fire Department as a Firefighter for the last 16 years. His dream has always been too work for the Long Beach Fire Department.
Well, a few months ago he got accepted with the Long Beach Fire Department as a lateral firefighter. We thought it was the opportunity he had been waiting for since he first started as a firefighter. If we had only known then what we would have to go through at 48 years old, we would have never left his secure job. How do we deal with this? Should I quit school? Now is where I need to learn stress management, which, according to Gale Encyclopedia of medicine (2008), is a set of techniques and programs intended to help people deal more effectively with stress in their lives by analyzing the specific stressors and taking positive action to minimize their effects.
If school was the only stress I had to deal with at this time, then I think I would be okay because I know that I just need to be organized and prioritize. In order to cope with the...