Placements can be very emotionally draining, we’re often working with extremely unwell people, we may face violence and aggression, hold the hand of a person taking their last breath, tell a family impossibly difficult news and care for patients as their lives change forever. Although we are (student) nurses, we are also human, it’s natural… Continue reading Managing emotions at placement
When we got the email asking us to pick a start date, I decided to take a whole two months off after qualifying. At first, I felt guilty for taking such a long break. But I have to say, I definitely don’t regret it. Taking that time to relax, reflect and revise notes from placement… Continue reading My first supernumerary weeks…
During this partnership between Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma and The Student Nurse Project, I’d like to share with everyone President Tigges’ Call to Action: Connect, Collaborate and Catalyse. These link so beautifully with some of the NHS Horizons 30-day challenges and with this partnership in which we plan to host a series of tweet chats,… Continue reading “Collaboration as an Essential Leadership Skill” – PreChat guest blog
Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year? Don’t worry, it’s very common! The good news is there’s some simple things you can do to help yourself. Here’s a bit of my experience first: Five weeks ago, I started third year of my nursing degree. I was excited to get back to university and see… Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?
Throughout my life, compassion and creativity have formed the foundations of who I am and who I strive to be. Whilst I recognise I may be a jumble of many other things too, these, for me are the most important and the elements of myself that have (I believe) led me to nursing. I grew… Continue reading Compassion and creativity – the art of nursing
One thing I worried about before starting university was assignments and how to even write them! I wasn’t academic at all and this was causing me a lot of anxiety for starting off. Firstly, don’t panic! It’s not as bad as it all seems honestly. I didn’t have a clue to start with, my assignment… Continue reading Assignment Tips
Happy Sunday all! We hope you’re all adjusting to the changing weather conditions, how are we halfway through October already? We cannot believe it, but we are very close to reaching 5,000 followers over on Twitter - it only feels like yesterday that we were celebrating reaching 4,000. We are really proud of the Community… Continue reading Giveaway time!
At present, clinical placements make up roughly 50% of a nursing degree. When I remember back to my first day, I was excited, anxious, scared, nervous, and a sense of disbelief in that “wow, I am actually here, real peoples’ lives. It was terrifying, but throughout my training, whilst those first day nerves remain at… Continue reading Preparing for Placement
As a student nurse, I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity of many varied placements meaning I can explore a wealth of learning opportunities. Personally I have been so lucky with all my placements and had some fantastic mentors along the way which makes starting a new placement slightly easier. However, the dread… Continue reading Anxieties of a new placement…why am I like this?
When people ask me – as I imagine they have asked many of you – “did you always know you wanted to be a nurse?”, I have to answer honestly: No. While I was at school I was convinced I wanted to work in the theatre. From an actor to a stage manager to a… Continue reading Nursing and performing