Awareness · Reflection · Skills · The StN Project

Restart a Heart Day – A Reflection

As nurses, we all know basic life support, its our bread and butter of emergency care. However, we are not the only people capable of doing it! We should never be complacent with basic life support, your refresher every year is important and shouldn’t be seen as a chore. If you suffer a cardiac arrest… Continue reading Restart a Heart Day – A Reflection

Awareness · Motivation · NQN · Opinion pieces · The StN Project

Our New Year message to you

Wow! 2018 has been a momentous year for the Student Nurse Project! We continue to reach new heights as a project and are breaking previously unbroken ground. None of this could have happened without the team members of the project past & present. I am so grateful to each and every one of them got… Continue reading Our New Year message to you

Awareness · nursing · Reflection · Skills · The StN Project

Celebrations and Festivals

I consider myself to be a pretty enlightened human. I am accepting of almost every person and the choices that they make. I have my own thoughts and beliefs, but I try not to let these become a barrier to the way I make friendships or deal with patients. I have lived abroad, and I… Continue reading Celebrations and Festivals

Awareness · Emotional Intellegence · NQN · Placement · Recommendations · Self care · student nurse

Managing emotions at placement

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

Awareness · mental health · nursing · Self care

Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?

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?

Awareness · NQN · Reflection

What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

This is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of your revalidation. CPD is a way to track and document your skills, knowledge and experience. Furthermore, it is a record of this experience that you learn and then you can apply it to your practice. However, this is not classed as your regular hours of work;… Continue reading What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

Awareness · mental health · The StN Project

A Student Adult Nurse’s Experience in Mental Health 

In the last 2 weeks of my nursing home placement, I had the opportunity to spend a day at a mental health inpatient unit for elderly patients with dementia, and sit in on a Consultant Psychiatry clinic afternoon. The deputy manager of the home had asked if there was anything I wanted to do specifically since… Continue reading A Student Adult Nurse’s Experience in Mental Health 

Awareness · Midwifery · Reflection

Midwifery – More than catching babies

The media seems to have a thing about painting the job of a midwife in a particular light... The midwife on screen is either eating cake, telling a woman to push, riding a bicycle, or having a cup of tea. They don't show you the relationships we build with women and families during pregnancy, the… Continue reading Midwifery – More than catching babies

Awareness · Placement

Speaking out, placements and you

I know for certain that I’m not the only student that has gone out on placements who has had the horrible task of having to report bad practice. But knowing that doesn’t take away the stress that doing exactly that brings with it. To help with compartmentalising a situation I am going through at the… Continue reading Speaking out, placements and you

Awareness

#HelloMyNameIs Day 2018

Today is international #HelloMyNameis day. In a celebration, I wanted to share with you the importance of always introducing yourself to patients.   How did the #hellomynameiscampaign start? With a wonderful called Doctor Kate Granger MBE, who had the misfortune of becoming a terminally ill cancer patient. Throughout her stay in hospital back in 2013 she… Continue reading #HelloMyNameIs Day 2018