This blog is written from purely my own personal experience and others may have a very different experience and approach to me. But that’s what makes this perfect, end of life is very different to each individual and from a patient’s perspective, everyone has their own religion, beliefs and values. Each person will have their… Continue reading Experiencing your first End of Life
The two placements I feel I got the most out of were Trinity Hospice and a Haematology/Oncology ward (where I was for my management placement). The former had countless interesting holistic therapies that student could observe and assist with; the latter had an extensive MDT, the majority of which were only too happy to host students for… Continue reading Getting the most out of Placement – singing the praises of PDN’s
Halfway through my course I am looking back and thinking of what I have learnt; about myself, my chosen career of nursing and about the whole university experience. I have no regrets and my passion for nursing remains, as does my love of the learning experience. But, I find myself pondering on some of the… Continue reading Caring for each other….
Wow, what a week! I would like to thank all of our blog contributors for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge, experience and reflections for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Furthermore, I would like to thank all of you for your engagement this week. Raising awareness of cervical cancer prevention is… Continue reading Cervical cancer prevention week 2019 – a personal thank you
As I sit down and open my computer on a Monday morning, I have 4 smears booked in for that day, sadly by mid morning two have cancelled and one hasn’t attended. For the woman that has attended it is my chance to make this consultation a positive experience. 1 in 3 women do not… Continue reading A Practice Nurses brief guide to smear taking
“I’m 92, you know?”, a patient says to me as we’re having a dance whilst I’m helping her to get washed and dressed in a less than conventional way. I can barely stand on one leg to put my other into a pair of jeans, and this lady is swinging her hips and singing whilst… Continue reading “I’m 92 you know”
As I have yet to reach the age of 25, I hadn’t had any experience of a smear test. Yes as a sufferer of endometriosis I have had many gynaecological interventions- but not an actual smear, this was alien to me. Through my previous placement at a GP surgery I saw cervical smear tests daily and to… Continue reading What happens during a cervical smear test…it’s not that bad!
So it is January, wow 2019 is here. Soon enough we will be in the 20’s! So this year I will qualify and honestly I am in-between terrified and excited. If you asked 20 year old me four years ago would you be typing a blog for Students. I would have ran a mile (that’s… Continue reading Third Year – The Final Year so far! – A Sort of Reflection
When I first qualified as a nurse, after a year consolidating my training on a surgical ward, I accepted a position on a gynaecology ward. I’m afraid I did not enjoy it at all and so, when years later I decided to become a General Practice Nurse (GPN), one of my main concerns was that… Continue reading Cervical Screening – A General Practice Nurse Perspective
Julia Tugwell who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013, shares with us vital information surrounding HPV, how it can be contracted and the consequences - which can lead to cervical cancer. Let’s start with the basics. Over 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK and around 800 will die.… Continue reading The realities of HPV and cervical cancer