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#FutureNurses pre-Tweetchat blog

So, we all read ‘that article', the one where nurses and midwives alike were described as nothing more than the doctors handmaiden.  And we all watched in shock as Jessica Anderson was originally denied a world record because, unbelievably, her nurses uniform was not a 'traditional' dress.    Yes, both authors of these articles offered apologies… Continue reading #FutureNurses pre-Tweetchat blog

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Dealing with Personal Adversity as a Student Nurse

I hate the term resilience. It’s a word that I think we overuse within nursing – how can we be more resilient? What does that even mean? Does it mean I’m supposed to ignore adversity, to stifle my emotions despite feeling like my world is falling apart, and just get on with it? Is that… Continue reading Dealing with Personal Adversity as a Student Nurse

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My first two weeks as a Registered Nurse

Yesterday marked the end of my first two weeks as an RN and my final supernumerary shift. It’s been a whirlwind, but I thought I would take the time to reflect on it and give you an overview of what I have done, what’s been good and what’s not so good.  My new role is… Continue reading My first two weeks as a Registered Nurse

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Mindfulness as a Student and NQ Nurse Tweetchat

So, we mention Mindfulness and what springs to mind? Images of people sitting cross-legged over hot stones gently chanting to themselves?  What should spring to mind? The idea of awareness, of being present in the moment.  The concept of effectively recognising and managing your emotions in order you are more able to deal with stressful situations… Continue reading Mindfulness as a Student and NQ Nurse Tweetchat

Placement · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · Self care · Study & Academia · The StN Project

Easing the year two transition

In February, I celebrated being halfway through my degree. I had calculated on the train home from placement that day that I was exactly a year and a half in, and I had a year and a half to go. Where had that time gone? I felt elated, skipping home from placement, and even went… Continue reading Easing the year two transition

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Third Year – as a dual field Student Nurse

I walk into my new placement for the first time and introduce myself “hello my name is Jess, I’m a third year student nurse, I’m really looking forward to working with you guys over the coming weeks”. You can see the cogs whirring, the expectations of a third year are a lot higher than that… Continue reading Third Year – as a dual field Student Nurse

Pre-Nursing · Self care · The StN Project

The importance of peer support

Peer support, it’s not a completely new idea. The concept of creating a safe environment, be it physical or virtual, where people feel able to share their feelings and experiences.  The very act of being around, or reaching out to people who have shared similar experiences is in itself healing and can lead to empowerment. … Continue reading The importance of peer support

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Staying Organised in the Emergency Department – The First things I Do on Shift

When you hear the words “Emergency Department”, “Accident & Emergency” or even “Anything & Everything”. What springs to mind? Manic, busy, rushed and overwhelming. Yes, it can be a little overwhelming at timesbut so can other departments too. Before I qualified many people tried to steer me away from the Emergency Department (ED) as a newly qualified, but I was… Continue reading Staying Organised in the Emergency Department – The First things I Do on Shift

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#WhatNursesWear: should what we wear define us as nurses?

This weekend, I was shocked to learn about the Guinness World Records’ decision to not recognise nurse Jessica Anderson’s achievement of beating the current world record of fastest marathon time for a woman wearing a nurse’s uniform. Jessica (@Janderzzz) completed the marathon in three hours, eight minutes and 32 seconds, beating the current record by… Continue reading #WhatNursesWear: should what we wear define us as nurses?

Placement · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · Self care · Study & Academia

Student Nurse Mental Health Awareness Day

My husband and I were married nearly 17 years ago and had our reception at a National Trust property - I know, I know - what’s she babbling about and what does this have to do with the Mental Health of Student Nurses? Well the property in question is a mill - one that took… Continue reading Student Nurse Mental Health Awareness Day